You don’t want to miss celebrating over 20 years of diversity, culture and community pride. The history of Fleetwood and its namesake are celebrated every year with this community-hosted festival, which includes lots of family fun activities, interactive booths, food and more.
The community of Fleetwood was named after Lance Corporal Arthur Thomas Fleetwood who passed away due to his wounds in the First World War. His sister Edith applied to the provincial government to name the community they lived in after her brother. Local residents and herself formed The Fleetwood Community Association, which is still active to this day. The Association erected a bronze statue of Thomas Fleetwood to memorialise him. Every year since 1998, the Association hosts this annual Fleetwood Festival, which celebrates the heritage, environment, wellness, and spirit of Fleetwood.
During this annual event, you can watch performances, join in kid friendly activities, and celebrate the spirit of the community. This year the festival will host over 4,000 people and will feature more than 60 booths from local businesses and organizations, making it the largest festival to date!
Entertainers this year include ventriloquist Norma McKnight, performances from the Steel School of Irish Dance and local Celtic-folk favourite Pat Chessell. Attractions include a giant obstacle course, paddleboats, bouncy castles, and a trackless train. And be sure to check out the Surrey Youth Talent Showcase, where local youth will be performing and showcasing their talents.
Did we mention that its free admission? This is a great opportunity to celebrate the history of a growing Surrey community with the family, and also a great weekend activity to relax after the stress of school starting. The event is held rain or shine, so make sure to dress appropriately.
Annual Fleetwood Festival
Fleetwood Community Centre, 15996 84 Avenue
September 7, 2019 from 11:00am-3:00pm