Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet

(Because She’s Worth It)

You know what feels good? Throwing a party for someone who deserves it. Like, really deserves it. Someone who doesn’t always get the recognition she deserves. Someone who at times, has been dealt a pretty bad hand.

That’s why each year when spring rolls around we start looking forward to Surrey’s annual Party for the Planet. It’s an Earth Day festival that celebrates this incredible planet we call home.

The holiday commemorates what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson. He was moved to make a difference after a massive oil spill ravaged Santa Barbara, California in 1969. He was also inspired by the passion of the anti-war movement and realised that if he could combine that same fire with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, environmental protection could become a part of the national political agenda. He was right.

Today over 5,000 environmental groups in nearly 200 countries are raising awareness for this important cause and igniting a desire for real environmental change.

BC’s largest Earth Day celebration takes over Surrey Civic Plaza in April for a full day of entertainment and family-friendly activities.

Entertainment for the day includes a full schedule of live, local musicians, dance troupes, Indigenous performers and an appearance by the Urban Safari Rescue Society. Kids’ activities include rock climbing, the Family Stage,  the Downtown Surrey BIA craft zone and the chance to make a smoothie using pedal power! 

2024 entertainment highlights included The Wookiez, Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea Adventure, Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers, Matt Hermano, Wilona, Harmeet Kaur Virdee, the Surrey City Orchestra, Shawn Bullshields, The Stars of the North Dance Troupe and Merlin the Magician. 

Shop local at the Sustainable Marketplace. From art and jewellery to skincare products,  home decor, clothing and food there’s something to appeal to almost everyone. And let’s not forget about the food! There will be a variety of food trucks on site serving vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Pick a few native plant friends for your outdoor space at the popular Surrey Parks plant sale. Introducing native plants to your garden is a sustainable approach to gardening as they require less water, do not need fertilizer are naturally resistant to garden pests and help support local wildlife like birds, bees and butterflies. 

This Earth Day join in person and ‘be the change’.  It’s for a good cause… it’s loads of fun … and it’s free!

Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 27, 2024
11 am – 7 pm
Surrey Civic Plaza