City of Burnaby - Festivals and Special Events

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Burnaby Blooms Festival

Sat. May 13th and Sun. May 14th at Deer Lake
Sat. May 27th at Burnaby Mountain

Burnaby Blooms features eco-art installations, educational and cultural walking tours, gardening workshops, art activities, roving performers, community booths and free entertainment all day.

Burnaby Blooms promotes the long-term sustainability and ecological health of our community in a fun and creative environment.

Indigenous People’s Day

Wed. June 21st at Edmonds Park Plaza

A community celebration to honour, recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.

This event includes storytelling, performances, an Indigenous artisan market, and free activities throughout the day.

Canada Day Celebrations

Sat. July 1st at Burnaby Central Park, Central Blvd, and Civic Square

Burnaby’s Canada Day celebration has quickly become the City’s largest outdoor event, with 30,000+ participants!

StreetFest on Central includes a family focused activity area with performances at Civic square, a pedestrian friendly street closure along Central Ave with community activations and a main stage with fireworks finale taking place in Central Park. The event is free to the public and offers activities and entertainment for all ages.

Classical Weekend (VSO & VO)

Sat. July 15th and Sun. July 16th at Deer Lake

Each summer since 1988, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has returned to Deer Lake Park for a free summer performance.

This event also includes family activities and pre-concert entertainment from the VSO School of Music and the VSO Orchestral Institute. Following the successful inaugural year in 2022, the City will once again host Vancouver Opera the following day with family activities and pre-concert entertainment from the VO Young Artists program.

Burnaby Pride

Sat. July 22nd at Burnaby Civic Square

Burnaby Pride is a collaborative community initiative organized by a number of agencies and volunteers in Burnaby alongside City staff. The Burnaby Pride Celebration is going into its sixth year in 2023 and features musicians, drag performers, community groups, arts activities, food trucks, and more.

Summer Stages and Cinema

July 11th through Sept. 1st
at Confederation Park, Civic Square, and Edmonds Park

Summer Stages

Confederation Park
Shows every Tues, Wed, and Thurs. from Jul.11 Aug.25
Shows at 12pm & 2pm

Enjoy free family friendly shows, featuring local musicians, clowns, ventriloquists and more!

Summer Cinema

Burnaby Civic Square
Fridays from Aug.4 to Sept.1

Movie start time 8:15pm

Plus 1 movie night at Edmonds Park 
Sat. Aug.26
Movie start time 8:30pm

Grab a blanket, bring the family and settle in for a free family friendly movie under the stars!


Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival

Sunday August 12th at Deer Lake 

Since 2000, the festival lawn of Deer Lake Park in Burnaby has played host to a wide array of professional blues and roots artists originating from around the world.

This year for the first time, the event will be FREE and will feature multiple performances, a kids’ activity area, an artisan market, and food trucks. Featuring multigenerational superstar Buffy Sainte-Marie as headliner, this is sure to be a summer highlight you will look back on with pride.

Burnaby Central Spark

Friday October 27th at Burnaby Central Park, 6:30 to 8:30pm (fireworks at 8:15)


New in 2023, the City will celebrate Halloween and fall traditions with CENTRAL SPARK -- a fireworks-centered event at Central Park focused on family fun.

Featuring a spooky outdoor maze, roving entertainers, carnival games, art activities, a photo booth, food trucks, and a grand fireworks finale. Costumes are encouraged!

Click HERE for details.

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Mission Statement

The Festivals & Special Events office brings the community together to celebrate with free festivals and events for the whole family.