Tsawwassen Sun Festival – Experience Delta summer 2019
By: Michelle Hopkins
Food, music, live entertainment and more – if you love summer festivals, you won’t want to miss this one
The hot days of summer are here and we all want to make the most of it. One of the most highly anticipated summer events in Tsawwassen is already a tradition for many local families – it is the annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival.
This three-day celebration of fun in the sun kicks off Friday, August 2 nd from 3 to 7 p.m. with the popular Antique Fair at the South Delta Recreation Centre. Then, from Saturday, August 3 rd to Monday, August 5 th , the days are jam packed with special events, games, friendly competitions and many other attractions.
From antique hunting and skateboarding at the South Delta Recreation Centre, to a pancake breakfast, the Rotary Parade, classic car show and BINGO at KinVillage, and an exciting three- day softball tournament, there is something for everyone in your family.
“Since I started, we added a volleyball tournament, skateboard competition, drive in movie, car show and a talent show that still exist,” says Campbell. “There are so many events over the weekend that will interest everyone of all ages. It is popular event for everyone, because there is always something going on.”
Some of the can’t be missed highlights include the family-favourite Drive In Movie, the Marketplace, Car Show and the fun-filled Kids FunZone.
“Monday starts off with the Lions Club Pancake breakfast at Winskill Park and then the Rotary Parade down 56th Street,” says Elaine Campbell, the festival event coordinator. “Winskill Park is where it all happens, where you can grab a bite from the TOOBS tent, a drink in the beer garden, check out the Classic cars, the Slo-pitch Tournament or do a little shopping at the
The local grassroots festival began when a few Tsawwassen residents felt that Tsawwassen should have their own festival, such as the May Days festival held in Ladner. From its early days, the festival has morphed into a three-day celebration, attracting between 13-15,000 people
from across the Lower Mainland each year.
Besides the festivities, the Tsawwassen Sun Festival is an important fundraiser in support of local non-profit organizations, including the Tsawwassen Rotary Club, Tsawwassen Lions and TOOBS.
The festival cannot happen without the dedication and hard work of the dozen or so committee members and a roster of 35 volunteers. However, the committee can always use more help. If you are interested in volunteering, email Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The festival is a real tradition in Tsawwassen,” says Campbell. “Those who grew up here and attend every year have amazing memories. It really is a great weekend at home!”
For the Tsawwassen Sun Festival, Party in the Park 2019 full schedule, visit
https://www.sunfestival.ca/program-schedule. There will be pubic parking available for people with disabilities at Winskill Park. For others, there will be parking available at South Delta Secondary School (53A Street and 8A Avenue) with shuttle service available from there to the Sun Festival. Watch for the signs.