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BIA kicks off summer of music, long-table meal, movies and more in Downtown Surrey

Free-admission festival June 17 to feature Los Duendes band and others
Los Duendes and other bands will perform at the 2023 Surrey Fest Downtown festival, on Saturday, June 17. Admission is free. (Photo:

Event planners with Downtown Surrey BIA are busy again this spring and summer.

Three “signature events” are on the business association’s calendar, starting with Surrey Fest Downtown on Saturday, June 17 at Central City Plaza.

The free-admission festival will feature live music by Happy Hour, Julio Avila Cuban Band and Los Duendes (a “Psych Latin Fusion” group, headlining) plus food trucks, crafters, a silent auction and more, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Roots of the festival date back to 1999 when it launched as Whalley Community Festival, in collaboration with Whalley Community Association and City of Surrey, on a site behind the old North Surrey Recreation Centre.

Next up is the BIA’s annual Long, Long Table dinner, a gathering of people of all ages who live, work, volunteer and learn in Surrey to sit at the same dinner table and share a five-course meal together.

“Citizens who would not normally interact with one another find themselves sharing experiences and getting to know one another, making it a ‘friendraiser’ rather than a fundraiser,” explains a post on

The 2023 dinner is on Tuesday, June 27, and tickets are priced at $54.58 on At Surrey Civic Plaza, dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. that evening, featuring an entree of grilled suya-spiced bavette steak with chimichurri, mashed yuca, pickled ramps and morels, or a vegetarian option of seared gnocchi, pana chili cream sauce, shaved black truffles and manchego cheese. Check the eventbrite webpage for the full menu.

Later this summer, on three consecutive Saturday nights in August, the BIA will host more Movies Under the Stars at Holland Park, on Aug. 5, 12 and 19. Admission is free, and the movie titles will be announced later.

This week, the growth of Downtown Surrey is the focus of a DSBIA-hosted development expo Thursday, June 8 at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, starting at 4 p.m.

The event offers a chance to “take a look at future developments and plans for the changing city landscape in Downtown Surrey.” Admission is free; attendees can reserve a spot on, or call 604-580-2321 for details.

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