October 13 & 14, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm
Our 27th Year!
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.
Admission is $5 (cash only) for adults; children 12 and under free.*
Apple Festival admission includes Garden admission.
This fundraising event, organized by the Friends of the Garden, supports UBC Botanical Garden.
*Membership cards or passes for UBC Botanical Garden Members, UNA members, affiliated organizations and Groupons are not accepted in lieu of the $5 admission fee.
Hours: 11 am – 4 pm
There is NO parking at UBC Botanical Garden during Apple Festival. Please park at the West Parkade or Fraser River Parkade. There is a free shuttle bus from the UBC Campus West Parkade and Fraser River Parkade beginning at 9:30 am and running every 15 minutes. The last shuttle leaves the Festival at 4:45 pm.
The Garden is serviced by the #49 UBC/Metrotown bus and the UBC Shuttles #68 UBC Exchange/Lower Mall.
Please check the Translink website for up-to-date bus schedules.
A bike valet will be available at the main entrance.
A map of the festival will be posted in the fall.
This event aims to be zero waste.
Interested in volunteering at Apple Festival? Please email email@example.com.
No pets are allowed in the Garden (service animals excepted). Please leave them at home.
Apples and Apple Trees Available
Last year, we are expecting to receive and sell approximately 34,000 pounds (15,422 kilos) of apples (63 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” apples), as well as over 70 varieties of apple trees.
We recommend you arrive early. Some varieties of apples sell out quickly. A list of apples and trees available for sale will be posted in October.
Friends of the Garden Apple Tasting Tent
One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Friends of the Garden Apple Tasting Tent . For $5, curious event goers can taste a huge variety of new and heritage BC-grown apples.
- up to 60 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in British Columbia
- Friends of the Garden’s Apple Booklet, available for purchase at the event, lists the history, propagation needs and features of more than 100 varieties of apples
- Tasting sessions from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday
- Tickets $5, available outside the tasting tent
Please note that not all the apples in the tasting tent will be available for sale due to very limited availability of some heritage varieties.
A list of apples available for tasting will be posted in October.
Activities and Displays
Kids can engage in a number of activities in the Children’s Area, ranging from face painting, games and storytelling. They can learn about biodiversity, the environment, bees and other pollinators and more from our outreach partners. And don’t miss everybody’s favourite—the Leaf Pile!
Best Apple Display in Canada
Also at the event is The Vancouver Island-based BC Fruit Testers Association, who hosts a physical display of the nearly 200 apple varieties that are still grown in British Columbia.
- Demonstrations of grafting and cider-pressing
- Apple ID – try to stump the experts with apple varieties from your garden (hint: bring along six apples from your unidentified tree)
- Master Gardeners will be available to discuss apple and fruit tree-related diseases and pest management for those seeking problem-solving advice
- Learn all about bees and pollination
Attractions at the Garden
Be sure to spend some time exploring our beautiful Botanical Garden:
- Take a “walk in the trees” on the Greenheart TreeWalk – special event pricing in effect!
- The Shop in the Garden features an exciting array of apple-related merchandise as well as tools, books and gifts
- Our Garden Centre has a wide variety of fruit and ornamental trees and hundreds of plants for your garden
Food Fair & Crafts
This year’s Food Fair promises to have something for everyone! From apple pie to hot coffee, chocolate, pizza, cookies, popcorn and much more, you’ll be sure to have fun sampling all of the different offerings.
You can also discover great finds from our crafters, including books, soaps, pottery and stationery.
A variety of talented entertainers keep the family amused, including family-friendly shows on both the Great Lawn Main Stage and the West Entrance Small Stage. 2018 Entertainment schedule to be posted in October.