It just wouldn’t be summer in White Rock without the annual White Rock Sea Festival & Semiahmoo Days. For over 70 years, on the BC Day long weekend, Sea Fest, as it is known by locals, has drawn thousands of people to White Rock’s beaches to celebrate summer in our seaside community with live music, family-friendly activities and fireworks!

From July 29 to 31, 2022, the waterfront will be bustling. Activities planned this year include a movie night at Semiahmoo Park, the traditional, and always delicious, salmon barbecue, live local performers on the main stage and the beloved Pirates in the Park, which will have a pirate ship bouncy castle, the best pirate family contest (Saturday), a petting zoo, fun activities and mini cupcakes on Sunday. Be sure to catch young local talent competing in White Rock’s Got Talent, and take some time to stroll through the artisan market and the Westcoasters Car Show. The fireworks show will light up the skies over Semiahmoo Bay on the evening of Saturday, July 30.

Performing on the Memorial Park Plaza Stage are headliners Tainted Lovers (Rock/Pop) at 8:30 pm preceded by KokoSoul (blues & jazz), celebrity impersonator, Tracey Bell, Southside Vibe (R&B), Matthew Presidente (rock/pop), Bollywood dancer, Karima Essa, The Wheat in the Barley (Celtic) and Evan Kennedy (folk).

The Spirit Stage at Semiahmoo Park will host the festival’s opening ceremony, the best Pirate Family contest, Jingle Dancers, storybook reading of “What the Seal Saw” with author Sherry McMillan, an appearance by Moana, the Semiahmoo Kwel Eng Sen Youth Group. Seung-Ri Academy demonstration and the exciting “White Rock’s Got Talent” competition!

Find the full schedule of events here. 

Tips for attending Sea Festival:

Tip #1: Go early if you want to find parking anywhere near the beach, but remember that traffic will be busy, and access in and out of the area may be limited.

Tip #2: Instead of worrying about tip #1, take public transit if you can.

Tip #3: Check out the entire event. Sea Festival & Semiahmoo Days spans from West Beach all the way to Semiahmoo Park at East Beach.

Tip #4: Bring your patience. It’s going to be busy, both on the beach and in the restaurants and ice cream shops.

Tip #5: If you want to take a break from the beach, the White Rock Farmers Market takes place on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. It’s in Miramar Plaza, just up the hill (about a 20-minute walk).

Tip #5: Have fun!

We can’t wait to see you there! Don’t forget to use our hashtag #explorewhiterock when posting all your fabulous photos!


White Rock Sea Festival & Semiahmoo Days
July 29 – 31, 2022
White Rock’s Waterfront