City of Burnaby Special Events

Get involved in special events

City of Burnaby produced events take place throughout the year in various locations across our city. These unique, diverse, and free events are an important piece of our goal of being a world-class city committed to creating and sustaining the best quality of life for our entire community.

Burnaby consistently delivers accessible, safe and diverse special events that: 

  • reflect the community’s cultural aspirations
  • contribute to vibrant parks, streets, neighbourhoods
  • create memorable experiences for residents and visitors

Call for performers and community groups

We're seeking performers and community groups to participate in our special events!

We are seeking a diverse range of performing talent from emerging and mid-career artists and artist teams/collectives to bring excitement and energy to our family-friendly signature special events and festivals throughout the year. We welcome artists who enjoy the opportunity to interact with thousands of families, friends, neighbours and visitors from various communities! 

Types of performances may include:

  • music
  • performance arts
  • dance
  • magic
  • combination of disciplines

Compensation will be provided based on time/duration of engagement, artistic merit, group size, market rates and industry standards and other factors. We provide comprehensive support to artists, including program promotion, artist fee and contract, as well as access to power, set up and tear down for event as appropriate.

Performer Application Form

We invite diverse community groups, including ad hoc groups, businesses and non-profit organizations and charities, to bring excitement and energy to family-friendly signature special events and festivals. You'll have the opportunity to engage with thousands of families, friends, neighbors and visitors from various communities! 

Ideas include: 

  • interactive outreach, demonstrations, installations and workshops
  • interactive games, sports, crafts, photo booth or costumes 
  • engaging information and/or distinctive display materials 

General information: 

  • Internet, WiFi, power, lighting, and staging will not be provided as a standard offering.
  • Activation must have staff present throughout the entire event duration.
  • Unauthorized sales of goods and distribution of food and beverages are strictly prohibited.
  • Any use of sound devices (such as microphones or speakers) must be communicated in advance for approval.
  • Each group will be allocated a standard 10’x10’ space. If you require a larger arrangement, please mention it in the application form.

Community Groups Application Form

Please note: A nominal registration fee may apply to participate with some exceptions. Registered not-for-profit organizations or charities are exempt from the registration fee. Further details regarding the fee structure will be provided upon acceptance, and participants will be informed of any applicable charges.

Submissions are accepted year-round. The submission deadline has passed for 2024 events, however, applications will still be accepted and considered for future events. 

We will reach out to applicants who have been shortlisted. However, all applications received will be retained for future review and consideration.

Preference will be given to: 

  • Burnaby based artists, organizations or local community groups who are in good standing with the city. 
  • Activation that enriches the city’s event diversity to represent a wide range of cultures, activities and services. 
  • Engaging and interactive family friendly activities. 

Have questions? 

Email: [email protected]

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