Take transit to the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade on Apr. 20

Take transit to the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade on Apr. 20

Two buses in the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade in 2023

The annual Vaisakhi parade is nothing short of colour and festivities as the South Asian community celebrates one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar!

What is it: Vaisakhi is celebrated by people of Indian descent as a festival of harvest and renewal, as well as a time to meet friends and family.

  • It is also one of the holiest days in the Sikh calendar. It marks the formation of the Order of the Khalsa more than 300 years ago.
  • Metro Vancouver’s Vaisakhi celebrations are among the largest outside of India.
  • Everyone is welcome at this event, which features floats, community performers, and live music.

If you go: The Surrey Vaisakhi Parade takes place on Saturday, Apr. 20. It begins 9:30 a.m. at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar Temple and concludes there at around 4 p.m. View the parade route.

  • Attendees wear colourful, traditional clothes as they parade through the streets enjoying langar (free food) served by devotees doing volunteer service for thousands present at the parade.

How to get there: Take transit, walk, or roll as there’s limited parking. The 323 128th Street bus takes you to and from 128 Street and 88 Ave, which is near the parade start point, Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar.

  • 🗺️ Plan your transit trip using our Trip Planner at translink.ca/tripplanner.
  • 🆓  Kids 12 and under ride free every day and you only need a 1-Zone fare to travel across all zones on Saturdays.
  • 💳 Don’t have a Compass Card? Simply tap your contactless credit (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or Interac Debit card on our Compass Card readers to pay your transit fare. This includes Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.
  • 🚧 There are road closures to accommodate the parade. As a result, the 323 128th Street, 324 132nd Street, and 329 124th Street bus routes are re-routed on parade day. The 323 and 393 South Newton routes are also rerouted on Apr. 19 for setup.  Visit translink.ca/alerts for details.