With summer—and the heat—come the fantastic summer festivals, celebrating art, culture, food, music and the beautiful scenery in the Fraser Valley. With the number of amazing festivals planned for this year, you and your family will be entertained throughout the summer months. Here is a list of 5 great Fraser Valley events and festivals that we think you should check out. It was near impossible to choose just five, so we kept going on this one.
Fraser Valley Kids Fair
It can be difficult to find things for the whole family, but the Fraser Valley Kids Fair may just have the answer. Okay, it does say “Kids” in the title, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t great stuff for mom and dad, too. The fair takes place June 16 at Bakerview Eco-Dairy in Abbotsford. For only $2 per person, guests have access to live entertainment, arts and crafts by Creative Edge School of Arts, a bouncy castle park, a petting zoo and exhibits for the parents. Scheduled to appear are Music with Marnie and Zox of the Forest. With food vendors Wilkyz Grill and Suburban Spoon on hand, there’s no worry that you’ll spend the day hungry.
Fraser Valley Kids Fair takes place June 16, 10 am to 5 pm at Bakerview Eco-Dairy in Abbotsford. For more information, visit www.fraservalleykids.com.
Envision Concert in the Park Series
If music with a beautiful, lakeside backdrop is your thing, then the Envision Coffee House Concert Series might be just the thing for you. In the spring and fall, the series moves indoors to local coffee houses, but during the warm summer months, the fun stays outdoors, along Mill Lake. Take advantage of the opportunity to support local musical talent while enjoying an evening at Mill Lake. The musical stylings vary based on the musician showcased, but the series has everything from folk music to country, rock, indie pop, reggae, jazz and bluegrass.
Concerts take place on Saturday evenings, 6pm-8pm from June 30 through September 15 by Kariton House in Mill Lake Park. For more information visit www.abbotsfordartscouncil.com.
BC Renaissance Festival
If you have a hankering for ye good olde days, then head to Langley for the BC Renaissance Festival. From July 19 to 22, you can enjoy live entertainment, a joust, a king’s court, arts and crafts, food, music, dance and parades. The story takes place in the year 1512, with King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Everyone from children to senior is welcome at the festival. Live entertainment includes fighting demonstrations, children’s shows and mini-plays. Guests can also enjoy the archery range, games and rides.
The BC Renaissance Festival is held from July 19 to 22 and the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. For more information visit www.bcrenfest.com.
Surrey Fusion Festival
Summer heats up in Surrey on July 21 and 22, with the Surrey Fusion Festival, a celebration of music, food and culture. Among the sites are amazing live entertainment, cultural pavilions and a food festival. Plan to spend lots of time at the Surrey Fusion Festival.
The Surrey Fusion Festival is held July 21-22. For more information, visit www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival.
Langley’s International Festival
Great food, a car show, a dog show and a soccer tournament all in one place? That’s what Langley’s International Festival offers. This summer, on August 25 and 26, stop by Willoughby Community Park (next to the Langely Events Centre) too celebrate cultural diversity in Langley. The festival includes a children’s chalet, a soccer and tennis tournament, a beer and wine garden, a cultural art gallery and a theatre in the park.
The festival runs August 25 and 26 from 10 am to 6 pm both days. For more information, visit www.internationalfestival.ca.
The great thing about summer is that there are more than five great festivals to check out. Here are more fantastic events in the Fraser Valley.
Harrison Festival of the Arts, July 7 to 15, Harrison Hot Springs
The Festival of the Arts celebrates Canadian and International visual and performing arts alongside beautiful Harrison Lake. Guests can enjoy music, theater, an art and craft market and workshops. www.harrisonfestival.com
Rockin’ River Musicfest, August 9-11, Mission
This year’s event features more camping, a Thursday night opening kick off party, bigger stages and an awesome lineup of artists! www.rockinriverfest.com
Caribbean Festival, July 14 and 15, Maple Ridge
Two stages, 15 live bands and 60 to 70 street vendors displaying all the wonders of the Caribbean. www.caribbeanfest.ca.
Mission Folk Music Festival
Six continents, seven seas and one magical weekend in Mission overlooking the Fraser River. Enjoy folk, world, roots, blues and a variety of other types of music. www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca.
Abbotsford Airshow, August 10-12, Abbotsford
We know everyone knows about the airshow, but we thought we’d mention that this year is the 50th anniversary celebration, so the show should be spectacular. www.abbotsfordairshow.com
Feast of Fields, September 9, Maple Ridge
This year, the fundraiser for the FarmFolk CityFolk will be held at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge, on September 9. For four hours, you get to wander through the festival, sip wine and taste foods from across BC. www.feastoffields.com