Surrey offers behind-the-scenes look at annual Doors Open event

Linda Hepner  Photo by Chandra Bodalia
Linda Hepner
Photo by Chandra Bodalia

THE City of Surrey will welcome residents and visitors alike to 39 locations across the city for the 4th Annual Surrey Doors Open event on June 27.

Offering a behind-the-scenes look into Surrey’s rich culture, history, art and architecture, the free community event ‘opens the doors’ to festivals, exhibitions, family activities and important community sites, including parks, museums, universities, recreational facilities and places of worship.

“Doors Open is a wonderful opportunity to discover the stories behind Surrey’s vibrant cultures and diverse communities,” said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. “I encourage everyone to take part in this annual event, in an effort to better understand and celebrate the history, people and notable sites that have shaped our great city.”

Participating sites are offering a variety of free activities including tours, demonstrations, local food, live entertainment and children’s activities. Event goers can also take part in the Surrey Doors Open photo contest by uploading photos of sites visited to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SURREYDOORSOPEN or emailing

“Surrey enjoys a rich cultural fabric and strong sense of community that is further explored each year through Surrey Doors Open,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve. “Residents are provided a sneak peek into many important and socially significant civic spaces that contribute to our quality of life and connect our heritage to one another.”

The opening ceremony for Surrey Doors Open kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Newton Community Festival, and free bus and trolley transportation is available in each of the following participating communities: City Centre, Bear Creek Park, Newton and Cloverdale. Doors Open runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and detailed event information is available at or at any Surrey library branch or recreation centre.