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SURREY EVENTS: May days of 54-40 at rodeo, SPARK Stages shows, festivals & much more this month

A guide to Surrey-area events and entertainment
Rock band 54-40 headlines concerts coming to Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair from May 17-20, with an all-ages show Sunday, May 19. Entry is free with a general-admission ticket to the fairgrounds. See listing under Fairs, visit (Contributed photo)


Spring Fest: Historic Stewart Farm & Totest Aleng: Indigenous Learning House event Saturday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at Elgin Heritage Park. “After months of rain and grey skies, visitors are invited to a new, vibrant event with diverse musical guests, dancers, food vendors and a maker market.” At 13723 Crescent Road in South Surrey. Additional parking is located in the west parking lot. Entrance is free. Info: 604-591-4627 or visit

Afri’Ca Fest Surrey 2024 festival May 24-26 at Surrey Civic Plaza, city hall. “Experience the vibrancy and diversity of Africa,” free admission. “Together, let’s come to honor Africa’s rich cultural heritage and celebrate the diversity that makes our community so special.” Info:

Surrey Greek Food Festival returns June 7-16 to church parking lot, 13181 96 Ave. “We have everything from meals to snacks, coffee to dessert for you to enjoy. Each night features live entertainment from traditional Greek dances and bands to music from diverse groups in our local communities.” Festival hours are weekdays 4 to 10 p.m., weekends noon to 10 p.m. Info:, 604-496-5099.

B.C. Halal Food Fest: June 22-23 at Holland Park in Surrey. Free admission for “Western Canada’s largest halal food festival,” to feature 40 halal food and drink vendors, 40-plus market vendors, carnival rides, cultural stage. Vendors and sponsors are sought for the 2024 festival:


Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Hour-long concerts at Northwood United Church on select Sundays, 3:30 p.m., at 8855 156 St. “Jazz meets the Spirit in a time of reflection and prayer.” Suggested donation $10. Info:, or call 604-581-8454. May 5: Kim Greenwood & Friends; May 26: The Caribbean Rhythms of Sweet Pan.

Spring Concert performed by Surrey Youth Orchestra Saturday, May 11 at Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 7 p.m. start. At 10238 168 St., Fraser Heights.

VSO “Surrey Nights” series concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. “Maestro Tausk is joined by British composer and musicologist Paul Rissmann as they discover and uncover the secrets to Hector Berlioz’s incomparable Symphonie fantastique.” Tickets and info:, 604-876-3434.

Soundscape a Capella Chorus presents a spring concert “Renew: One Song at a Time,” June 8 at 7:30 p.m., White Rock Baptist Church, 1657 140 St., Surrey. Admission by donation. Reserve tickets:


The Flight of the Hummingbird: “Join Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria for a free presentation of concert and an original opera for all ages,” 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. Info: 604-507-6355. Reserve free tickets on

Surrey SPARK Stages shows at Surrey Arts Centre: Surrey Civic Theatres presents several kid- and family-friendly shows on the weekend of May 24-26 including Dino-Light, Tree, The Libravian, Robot Song, Falling in Africa. Call 604-501-5566, for tickets and info.


Duniya Dance Academy’s 37th show “Bhangra to Bollywood,” 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey.All tickets $25 via

Dream Team Dance Festival in Surrey presented by Showtime Dance Promotions, at Surrey Arts Centre May 4-5. “Thousands of dancers, scholarships and prizes, top adjudicators, and fun safe environment for all dancers to compete.” Info:

Surrey Festival of Dance runs during the month of April at Surrey Arts Centre (Bear Creek Park) in an annual showcase and competition for thousands of dancers, ending with No Borders Group Dance Challenge on May 9. Admission $2 per session. Schedules and info:, call 604-585-3320 or email


Sundar Prize Film Festival at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage theatre June 15-16, for screenings and more at this inaugural festival. “Embark on a journey with us as we showcase incredible films from across the globe, engage in thought-provoking panel discussions, and connect at networking receptions that promise to leave you inspired.” Tickets/info:


Ukrainian Soul Food: Perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch available on last Friday of every month as fundraiser, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108 Ave, Surrey. “Hot take out or choose to dine in, as well as frozen products to stock your freezer. Cash only. For information, call 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313.


Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair returns to Fairgrounds on the Victoria Day long weekend, May 17-20. “Experience the excitement at Canada’s most unique country fair,” with rodeo, live music, rides, much more. Admission starts at $12 (kids 12 & under are free). Info and tickets:

• RELATED: 54-40, Chris Buck Band to headline Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.


Surrey Food Bank’s “Breakfast with the Bank” annual fundraiser Thursday, May 9 starting at 7 a.m., Taj Park in Surrey. “All proceeds raised from this memorable morning will benefit the people living in the Surrey and North Delta communities. Enjoy a delightful morning meal, network with fellow community members and leaders, and learn more about the impactful work being done by the Surrey Food Bank.” For tickets:


Royal Canadian International Circus returns to Surrey with 19 shows over 10 days in a colourful circus tent at Guildford Town Centre, May 2 to 12, at 104 Avenue and 150 Street. The touring circus promises “explosive live entertainment featuring spectacular acts” performed by generational circus families from around the world. For show times and tickets, visit


Surrey RCMP celebrates 73rd year in Surrey with an Open House at the Surrey Main Detachment, on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 14355 57th Ave. “Attend this free event to learn about all the different policing tools, techniques, and resources used to help keep our community safe. There will be police boats, bikes and vehicles on-site, with lots of hands on activities, free food and meet police pups.”

KPU Community Day: Free, all-ages, community event Saturday, May 25 at KPU Tech Cloverdale, 5500 180 St, from noon to 2 p.m. “We’re inviting our Cloverdale neighbours on campus for a fun-filled day of discovery for all ages. Make memories, build connections, and learn all about how you can get involved in KPU initiatives in your community. Games, refreshments, live entertainment, tours.


Surrey Archives will host guest speaker Rizwaan Abbas Thursday, May 9 in a free, online discussion about the history of the Indo-Fijian diaspora in B.C. “As Director of the Surrey-based Indo-Fijian Cultural Society, Abbas will address the topic both locally and provincially.” Via Microsoft Teams from 6:30-7:30pm. Register at 604-501-5100 or visit


Museum of Surrey: At 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info:, 604-592-6956. “Lahore to London: A Journey of Chardi Kala,” to May 19; also “Teens: Creative Minds,” a travelling exhibition from Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science, to Aug. 4; “Witness Blanket,” a reproduction of an art installation by master carver Carey Newman, May 9 to July 21, in Indigenous Hall.


Surrey Muse Writers Workshop series event ‘Blossoms & Arteries: A writing workshop for young adults (age 18-25) with facilitator/resource person Kyle McKillop, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at City Centre branch, Surrey Libraries. Register: $25, $15, Free. Info:, also

Surrey Muse: Interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group meets on fourth Friday of each month except December (5:30-8:30 p.m.). Gatherings feature an author, a poet and an artist/performer at varying levels of artistic development, followed by an Open Mic session. Virtual gatherings continue for now.


Create your own print with master printer Peter Braune at Surrey Art Gallery, on Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Bear Creek Park. Registration is required, email “Takao Tanabe: Printmaker” is on view until June 2. Organized by Kelowna Art Gallery with guest curator Ian M. Thom.

Surrey Art Gallery: Multiple galleries at Bear Creek Park, 88 Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, “Takao Tanabe: Printmaker,” to June 2, 2024.

Newton Cultural Centre features works by local artists at 13530 72 Ave., at venue of the Arts Council of Surrey. For calendar visit, or call 604-594-2700.

Thursday Artist Talks: Events hosted by Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) on the first Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Info: 604-501-5566, On Facebook.surreyartgalleryassociation. May 2: Dylan Goguen, “Reflections on Perception.”


Surrey RCMP and BC RCMP Recruiting Team is hosting a career information session Saturday, May 11 at Surrey Detachment where applicants will have the opportunity to start the application process, 14355 57 Ave., 10 a.m. start. Register on, visit for info (under News section of website).


Vendor call for Car-free Day in Newton, set for Saturday, June 8, noon to 8 p.m. on 137 Street between 72A & 74 Ave. Event will “transform the street into a pedestrian paradise with multiple stages, artisan vendors, local merchants and family-friendly fun.” Info:


Yuk Yuk’s comedy club at Elements Casino Surrey, with shows Friday/Saturday at 17755 60 Ave., Cloverdale. For calendar and tickets, visit or call 1-800-899-9136, ext. 0.


Donegal’s Irish House: Live music and jams at 12054 96th Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-584-2112,

Whalley Legion’s Vimy Lounge: Live music Friday-Sunday, Tuesday karaoke at #102-10626 City Parkway, Surrey. Info: (604) 582-0697,

Dublin Crossing: Live music on stage at 18789 Fraser Hwy. 604-575-5470, online at

Mojitos: Latin music and more at The Turf Hotel, by bands and DJs, 12411 King George Blvd. Info: 778-223-6936,

Taphouse Guildford: Music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-583-8828,

Brewster’s Pub: Live music Saturday nights at 7380 King George Blvd. No cover. Info:,


Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford: 15051 101 Ave. 604-581-1716, Info:

Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72 Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400,


The Cloverdale Market: “Your Weekly Treasure Hunt” in two buildings with 200 tables and 100+ outdoor spots, open every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, off 176 St. (Hwy 15) and 62 Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-837-1676,


Mother’s Day weekend at Glades Glades Woodland Garden: “Treat your mum to a memorable experience surrounded by live music and vibrant displays of blooming rhododen drons and azaleas along the picturesque trails.” Tickets for this special event are $8.25 plus tax. A maximum of 6 tickets can be booked per order. Entry times are scheduled every 60 minutes. Tickets on At 457 172 St., Surrey.


Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards featuring SmartSweets founder Tara Bosch, guest speaker during awards event, May 9 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 5 p.m. start. Info:


Surrey Industry Bus Tour hosted by Surrey Board of Trade, Friday, May 3 from 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Showcases some of the unique industries and industrial lands in Surrey. Seats are very limited so early registration is recommended.” Three buses with 3-4 different tour stops (you choose which bus). Tour will conclude with a guest speaker during a luncheon. For tickets and info visit

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim to speak at Surrey Board of Trade luncheon Tuesday, May 14 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. “Sim will share insights into the collaborative efforts, highlighting joint initiatives and strategies, including the FIFA World Cup, aimed at fostering business growth and prosperity in the Metro Vancouver region.” Tickets:

Crime and Business : A Discussion with Attorney General Niki Sharma: Surrey Board of Trade luncheon Thursday, May 23 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. “The Attorney General of BC has a significant role in dealing with city-building issues such as prolific offenders, public safety, court availability, and judicial accountability.” Info:


U15 Water Polo National Championship League: “Water Polo Canada’s U15 Western National Championships will take place at the Guildford Aquatic Centre from May 3-5, 2024.” Info:

World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboarding Championships: Annual event highlighting flatland freestyle skateboarding. Four-day event annually on the May long weekend at Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair, Alice McKay Building. Info:

Keres Memorial Chess Tournament: “The 48th annual tournament has a guaranteed prize fund of $8,500 across various sections and is hosted by the Fraser Valley Chess Academy and Juniors to Masters Chess Academy,” May 18-20 at Westfield Country Club, 7778 152 St., Surrey. Info:, also

25th Annual Canucks Alumni Golf Classic is “celebrating 25 years of making a real difference and supporting charities across B.C., with more than $2 million raised to date,” on May 27 at Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey. Contact Canucks Alumni Executive Director Robin Wyss at or call 604-836-7929.

Surrey Eagles: Junior hockey games at South Surrey Arena. For schedule and tickets, visit or call 604-531-GOAL (4625).


Community Tree Planting events in Surrey at various sites. “Help grow Surrey’s urban forest by planting trees and shrubs in your community park this spring.” Schedule and info:, email

Surrey Tree Sale Program: “Surrey residents can buy quality trees at an affordable price to help grow the urban forest.” Purchases are made online and then later picked up from Surrey Operations Centre. Info:

Nature Work Parties: “Help care for Surrey parks by removing invasive plant species, cleaning up litter, and enhancing habitat within the park. Remove invasive plant species, clean up litter, and enhance habitat within the park. Tools and training are provided. Bring your family and friends; all ages are welcome.” For info and dates, visit


Online Research for Ancestors in Poland, Prussia and Pommern: Surrey Libraries hosts online event Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. “This presentation will provide an overview of the large, free Szukajwarchiwach database. These records encompass many Polish, German and Jewish residents.” Free, registration required via or call 604-598-7328 to register. Info:


The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) is offering free 3-hour online workshops every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. “Goal of the workshop is to learn to identify different types of abuse, support survivors of abuse and learn how to find additional supports and resources for survivors of abuse.” Email nevr@kpu to register for a free VIP workshop. Info: 604-599-2267.


READ Surrey/White Rock Society’s Partners Program offers free, one-to-one tutoring for adults who want reading, writing or math support. “If you or someone you know needs literacy help, call Shanti at 778-242-7323 or email” Info at


MYzone and MYgame After School Drop-in Programs run from October to June at seven locations across Surrey. “These fun programs provide children ages 8-12 the opportunity to explore a variety of activities during critical after-school hours in a safe and fully supervised environment.” MYzone and MYgame are included with the purchase of a MY Fun Pass or annual children’s pass, via City of Surrey. To register for MYzone and MYgame without the purchase of a MY Fun Pass, a one-time fee of $27.75 per child and $16.75 per child, applies respectively. Info:


Guided Nature Walks at Surrey Nature Centre on various dates:“Join a Surrey Nature Centre team member for in-person guided walks to learn about nature and the diversity of Green Timbers Urban Forest. Walks are designed for all ages and will go rain or shine.” More info: 604-501-5100.

Surrey Trekkers Volksport Club: “A friendly walking club where everyone is welcome. We have a proud heritage as an associate of International Volkssporting with regularly scheduled walks throughout the Lower Mainland.” Walks are on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, most statutory holidays. Info:

Surrey Walks Together: City hall initiative encourages residents to “reconnect with others while walking to improve both mental and physical health.” Meeting locations are posted to Surrey Walks website ( along with other walking resources including trail maps, information on self-guided walks, walking groups, charity walks and more.


Belinda’s Connection Café at Newton Cultural Centre: “A free monthly event for 55+ seniors to connect with others while participating in art-related activities,” on select dates, 10 a.m. to noon, register by email to, call 778-879-4097. May 30: Intro to Smartphone/tablet photography with Leah Murray; June 27: Water marbling on paper with Desmon Tompkins.

Senior’s bingo every Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Whalley. Cards are 25 cents each. Telephone registration is required: 604-598-5898.

Surrey Singles Over Sixty: “We are a group that meet for dinners, card games, bowling, dancing, picnics etc. We are based in the North Surrey/North Delta area. New members (fully vaccinated) are welcome.” Call Georgie at 604-585-7304 or Bob at 778-545-5350.

TALK (Third Age Learning at Kwantlen): Program promises “creative and stimulating educational activities” for the 50-plus age group in Surrey and surrounding cities, with a mix of in-person and online events. TALK courses are “ideal for retirees who want to continue learning.” Fees range from $15 to $30, plus $10 annual membership fee. Info:, 604-599-3077.

Seniors Centre Without Walls: Join various presenters for telephone-based exercises, literature or coffee clubs, learning mindfulness or estate planning. View details for information about the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls initiative by Seniors Come Share Society and register by calling 604-531S-9400 ext. 205 or


Surreys Heritage Rail: Rides from Cloverdale Station. Arrive at least 15 minutes before departure to be able to enjoy all rides. Accessible. Parking is available at the station, at 17630 / Highway 10. Info:

Bear Creek Park Train and MiniGolf: Mini train rides through forest at Surrey’s largest park, 13750 88 Ave. For hours and rates, call 604-501-1232, visit


Surrey No Longer Alone Nar-Anon Family Group (for people affected by someone else’s drug use) in-person meetings on Monday evenings, from 7-8 p.m. at Bethany-Newton United Church, 14853 60 Ave., Surrey. Entrance at north side of the church.

Recovery Canada: “We are a free, in-person, self-help support group for people experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. In-person meeting Tuesdays 1:30-3pm at St. Cuthbert Angl ican Church, 11601 82 Ave, Delta BC. For more info contact Anita at or 604-788-4633. The virtual meeting will continue Thursdays 7-8:30 pm. Contact Gilles at for more info, or visit

Surrey Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings on last Saturday of month at Valley View Memorial Gardens 14644 72 Ave., Surrey (no meetings July and December). “Everyone is invited who are interested in knowing more about prostate cancer. Coffee & cookies provided. Call 604 594-5257.”


Surrey Singles Over Sixty: “We are a friendly group that meet for dinners, card games, bowling, dancing, picnics, walks, etc. Our club is based in the North Surrey/North Delta area. New members are welcome.” Call Julie, 604-218-2946.

Surrey Air Cadets: 278 Cormorant RCACS, launched in 2017, welcomes new members aged 12-18. “We parade (train) on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. from September to June of each year,” at Princess Margaret Secondary School, 12870 72 Ave, Surrey. Info:, 778-832-0278.


Peace Arch Chorus: A capella group rehearses at Newton Cultural Centre under direction of Elvera Collier and assistant director Bev Feick. “Auditioned members are provided with excellent musical education and vocal coaching.” Chorus welcomes women to join. Info:

Aequitas Singers: ”Located in Surrey, Aequitas Singers is an adult-only, non-auditioned choir that sings to bring hope, to raise awareness of social justice issues, and to have fun.” New singers can attend rehearsals Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; for details, email Info:

Soundscape A Capella Chorus: A mixed-voice, auditioned community chorus for adults. Rehearsals Tuesday evenings at Fraser Heights Secondary, Surrey. Info:

Handel Society Choir invites new members. Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. at Cloverdale Canadian Reformed Church, on 174 Street and 60 Avenue. Soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices wanted.” Phone 604 202 7801 for information.

Westcoast Harmony Chorus: Group rehearses in Surrey at Parkland Community Church (9574 160th St.) on Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. “A group of women and people of marginalized genders who love to sing and are personally committed to excellence and lasting friendships.” New members sought. Visit for info.

South Fraser Community Band welcomes new members, particularly needing brass/horns. Rehearsals Thursdays 7:30-9:30 p.m., September to June, at Earl Marriott Secondary, 15751 16 Ave. Email, visit


Surrey Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has provided volunteer services and fundraising since 1947, and needs additional volunteers. “We manage the hospital gift shop, the lottery booth and hospital gift cart. All funds raised go towards enhancing patient comfort and promoting patient welfare, assisting with much needed hospital expansions and equipment, fostering good relations between Surrey Memorial Hospital and the community.” Visit the gift shop to learn more. Info:

Bell Performing Arts Centre seeks new volunteers. “Our volunteers gain experience in box office sales, ushering, concession sales, working with the public, and more. Get a backstage view of the arts in your community. Learn about teamwork, and experience the joy of giving something back to your community. Volunteers of various ages and all cultural backgrounds welcome.” For info call 604-507-6355. Application form on

Volunteer Cancer Drivers organization needs drivers in Surrey and other cities. Anyone wishing to become a volunteer driver can find more information at

Community Thrift Store: “Can you spare 4 hours a day to volunteer at Newton’s Community Thrift Store, a joint project of Surrey Hospice Society and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society?” At 7138 King George Blvd. Call Donna at 604-599-9930 or visit to learn more.

Surrey Art Gallery docent program seeks volunteers to lead weekday school group tours of contemporary art exhibitions. Visit “Volunteering at the Gallery” page on or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator,, 604-501-5198.

READ Surrey/White Rock Society is recruiting volunteer adult literacy tutors for their fall training. Info:

Fraser Health Crisis Line is marking 50 years of operation this year; that’s 50 years of 24/7 service delivered by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Fraser Health Crisis Line:

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