Looking for a free, festive community event the whole family can enjoy on this July? Well get down to Holland Park on July 20 & 21 for a fusion of arts, culture and sweet treats at the Surrey Fusion Festival.
Hosted by the City of Surrey, this fest is the ultimate celebration of food, music and culture with 55 different cultural pavilions showcasing authentic cuisine, crafts, music and goods plus over 200 performers on 7 stages.
What to do with the family at the Surrey Fusion Festival
Listen to live music
This fest is known for its eclectic mix of world beats and international tunes. Whether it’s Afro pop, rap, steel drums, fiddle music, Punjabi Bhangra, electro-soul band or flat out fusion, if you love music, this fest is a must. PS: There are also dance and performances for the kids. PPS: It’s FREE!
Eat something sweet
Try desserts from around the world. The fest is not just about the free flowing tunes that permeate the village, it’s a foodie’s dream. Bring your appetite, and dig into mouth-watering delights from Afghanistan to Zambia. Think bannock at the Indigenous/Metis Village; French crepes, fresh coconut smoothie from Colombia (pictured), German Pork hocks and wagon wheels from Taiwan.
Visit a cultural village
There are pavilions from Jamaica to Nepal! Visit the Africa zone, the Indigenous Village; find out about Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Greece, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Korea, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Venezuela and so many more. Pick up cool swag at the market.
Get busy at the Family Fun Zone
All City of Surrey festivals have a dedicated family space where kids can be themselves! Take the littles to Storyville to hear stories, laugh with puppets and win prizes. If you have super tinies, you’ll want to hit Toddler Town, a safe, fun space for young ones to run and play! Active families can drop by the Sports Zone to play sports and games.
Decompress in a sensory friendly space
Fairs and festivals can be stimulating spaces. If you need a calm and quiet supportive environment for your child with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety or sensory-processing needs, head to this soothing oasis created in partnership with Canucks Autism Network. This space offers a wide range of elements to support relaxation, including comfortable seating, sensory toys, books, games and noise-cancelling headphones.
>> Find out more about the The Surrey Fusion Festival
Protip: Fusion Fest is free, and it’s on from 11 am to 11 pm all weekend, so you if you’re heading out with the kids, choose an earlier, family friendly time frame.
This post is sponsored by the City of Surrey
The City of Surrey: The Future Lives Here
The City of Surrey is dedicated to providing free and inclusive family-friendly events to the community. Each year Surrey hosts five major special events annually: Party for the Planet, Surrey International Children’s Festival, Surrey Canada Day, Surrey Fusion Festival and the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. Join the fun and attend the City of Surrey’s annual free community events! For more info click here.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).