City of Burnaby - Festivals and Special Events

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Burnaby Blooms Festival

Sun. May 5th at Deer Lake
Sat. May 18th at Burnaby Mountain
Sat. May 25th at BC Parkway

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.

Nat'l Indigenous People’s Day

Fri. June 21st at Burnaby Civic Square, 3-7pm

NIPD is a community celebration to honour, recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples. All are welcome to participate.

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

Canada Day StreetFest on Central

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

Burnaby’s Canada Day StreetFest celebration is the City’s largest outdoor event, with 40,000+ participants!

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

Classical Weekend at Deer Lake (VSO & VO)

Sat. July 13th and Sun. July 14th at Deer Lake

Join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for a free summer performance amid the spectacular beauty of Deer Lake Park on Saturday, followed on Sunday by the Vancouver Opera featuring highlights from some of the world's most beloved operatic classics.

Both days includes family activities and pre-concert entertainment -- on Saturday presented by the VSO School of Music and the VSO Orchestral Institute, and on Sunday with family activities and pre-concert entertainment from the VO Young Artists program and others.

Burnaby Pride

Sat. July 20th, location TBA

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 seventh year in 2024 and features musicians, drag performers, community groups, arts activities, food trucks, and more.

Summer Stages and Cinema

July 9th through Aug 22nd
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

Movie start time 8:15pm

Plus 1 movie night at Edmonds Park 
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

Saturday August 10th 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. In 2024 the Festival will expand to encompass a wider range of genres.

This event is FREE and will feature multiple performances, a kids’ activity area, an artisan market, and food trucks. Headliners TBA.

Burnaby Central Spark

Friday October 25th at Burnaby Central Park, 6:30 to 8:30pm (fireworks at 8:15)

The City of Burnaby celebrates 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.


Parkway Alive!

Wednesdays and Sundays through June, July, and August
BC Parkway

Parkway Alive! Will be activating two locations along the BC Parkway (greenway corridor between Patterson and Willingdon) during the months of June, July, and August.
Activations take place every Wednesday from 5 to 8pm and every Sundays from 11am to 2pm.

All are welcome to participate in health and wellness activities, Indigenous education, arts, crafts, and heritage opportunities. Every day will be different, with food trucks on site and multigenerational play encouraged.

Volunteers will help welcome the public, answer questions about the program, assist with simple games or activities, and hand out resources.

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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.