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BC Cultural Crawl


Your Community
604.521.7887
www.BCCulturalCrawl.com

The BC Cultural Crawl is a self-guided tour of community-initiated events: music, theatre and dance performances, visual arts, festivals, museum and heritage exhibitions, culinary arts, community art walks and more.

MAX Guide
Metro Vancouver's Arts & Culture Guide


Vancouver BC
www.maxguide.org

Metro Arts Xperience
A new online guide to arts & Culture events in our region

City of Coquitlam Events

3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam BC V3B 7N2
604.927.3000
www.coquitlam.ca/arts

Coquitlam 2016 55+ BC Games
September 20 — 24, 2016
Approximately 4,000 athletes, their families, coaches, 1500 volunteers and fans will converge upon Coquitlam for one of the largest community celebrations sport has seen in many years. This annual British Columbia event showcases the outstanding athleticism of BC competitors 55+ and promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

Community Heritage Picnic
September 17, 2016 | 12 — 4:30 p.m.

Step back in time at Blue Mountain Park! Grab a partner and start practicing your three-legged racing skills. You’re going to need them at the 1925-themed Community Heritage Picnic. You can expect all sorts of games, such as tug-of-war, potato sack race, ring toss and bean bag toss. There will be also be crafts, live music, a tea tent and a farmers market too!

Lights at Lafarge
November 26, 2016 | 2:30 — 5:30 p.m.

With a mug of steaming hot chocolate, join your family and friends at Lafarge Lake for the grand finale. Get a start on your Christmas shopping at the artisan fair, watch the special screening of the Coquitlam 125 wrap-up film and art project, and prepare to be awestruck at 5 p.m. when the seasonal light display illuminates the night.

Sidney Street Market

Beacon Avenue
Sidney BC V8L 1W9
250-655-1158

www.sidneystreetmarket.ca

May to August, 2016

The Sidney Street Market is Vancouver Island’s largest outdoor market featuring 130 vendors and attracting between 3,000 and 5,000 people each night. Every Thursday night from 5:30 to 8:30 during May to August, the Town's main street is transformed into a spectacular, festival offering everything from locally grown produce, home baked goods, artisan jewelry, crafts, gifts, mouthwatering food and live music.

Salt Spring Studio Tour


Salt Spring Island BC

www.saltspringstudiotour.com/

May 21 to October 10, 2016

Take a self-guided tour of diverse and fascinating artists’ studios located throughout beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. Meet the artisans, browse their galleries and take home wonderful memories and special treasures.

JUST FOLLOW THE SIGNS!

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival


Vanier Park Vancouver BC
Tickets: 604.739.0559 or 1.877.739.0559
www.bardonthebeach.org

Jun 3, 2016 to Sep 24, 2016

Bard on the Beach
Bard on the Beach The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September in open-ended theatre tents against a backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. Featuring The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Pericles.


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Doors Open Richmond


Richmond BC

www.richmond.ca/doorsopen

Jun 4 to 5, 2016

Enjoy a diverse mix of arts, culture and heritage at the Doors Open festival held annually on the first full weekend in June. Up to 50 sites in Richmond provide free access to the public. Get a sneak peek into the world of artists, museums, aboriginal groups, religious institutions, parks and other public and private arts, culture and heritage sites. Enjoy interpretative and intercultural performances, story-telling, demonstrations and tours at this one-of-a-kind event. Free.

Pacific Rim Arts Summer Festival

PO Box 468
Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
250.726.2443
Cell headoffice@pacificarts.ca

www.pacificrimarts.ca

June 30th - July 9th, 2016

The Pacific Rim Summer Festival aims to bring residents and visitors of the region together to enjoy musical performances, films and workshops that will appeal to a range of audiences and set the stage for a weeklong celebration of the arts in our communities. See pacificrimarts.ca for full details.

71st Annual Steveston Salmon Festival

4111 Moncton Street
Richmond BC V7E 3A8
604-238-8094
www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Jul 1, 2016

"Canada’s biggest little birthday party since 1945”, Steveston Salmon Festival celebrates this historic fishing village in Richmond July 1 annually. The Festival opens with a parade, followed by a day of entertainment, cultural exhibits, marketplace, carnival and salmon grilled over open fire pits!

Ships to Shore Steveston


Richmond BC
www.richmond.ca/shipstoshore

Jul 1 to 2, 2016

History, adventure and fun will sail into Richmond for Ships to Shore Steveston. Relive the days when Richmond was a major port-of-call for sailing ship fleets. Board tall ships and search for treasure as historic Steveston Village comes alive with free events and activities for the whole family. It’s also Canada Day long weekend, so don’t forget to check out the Steveston Salmon Festival – Canada's biggest little birthday party. Free.

Photo credit: Jennifer Strang

Theatre Under the Stars

610 Pipeline Road, Malkin Bowl
Vancouver BC V6G 1Z4
Tickets:1.877.840.0457
www.tuts.ca

Jul 6, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016

Prepare to fall in love this summer with two smash-hit Broadway musicals! Theatre Under the Stars presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story, running July 6 - August 20, 2016 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park's picturesque Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS' beauty of a season brims with romance, enchantment, and swoon-worthy summer fun for the entire family.

Tickets from $20-$45 at tuts.ca or 1-877-840-0457. Info: tuts.ca

Harrison Festival Of the Arts

98 Rockwell Drive
Harrison Hot Springs BC V0M 1K0
604.796.3664
www.harrisonfestival.com

July 9th to 17th, 2016

For 38 years the Harrison Festival of the Arts has presented the best in Canadian and International performing and visual arts in a setting free of large crowds, long lineups and high ticket prices. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy featuring music from all corners of the globe, as well as visual and literary arts, theatre, a large waterfront art market, workshops and a special day for children."

6th Annual Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music


Quadra Island BC
250-285-2422

www.quadrafestival.com

July 19-24, 2016

Each year, musicians of international acclaim join Philip Hansen on beautiful Quadra Island where concert goers enjoy memorable experiences. An evening with Philip Hansen, Artistic Director, launches the Festival. The musical events offer exciting themes ranging from classical to Celtic and Canadian pieces presented in four charming venues. For the second year, a mid-day family concert is planned for children of all ages at the Community Centre.

Vancouver Summer Market

999 Canada Place
Jack Poole Plaza Vancouver BC V6C 3C1
www.craftcouncilbc.ca

Jul 21 to 24, 2016

The Craft Council of BC are pleased to announce their fourth annual summer craft market July 21-24th, join us at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron). Over 60 artisans from throughout BC will be showcasing their handmade work – ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home decor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. A great market for gifts or to treat yourself. Admission is FREE! We look forward to seeing you there!

Sun Peaks Resort - Canada's Alpine Village

1280 Alpine Road
45 minutes N of Kamloops, BC Sun Peaks BC

www.sunpeaksresort.com

July 29th to July 31st, 2016

Sun Peaks Resort is a year round destination taking a remarkable transformation from our snowy winter wonderland to a stunning alpine paradise basking in the interior BC summer sun. The Alpine Blossom Festival takes place in the summer season near the end of July when the alpine wildflowers are at the height of their bloom. Be sure to take a scenic ride on the Sunburst Express chairlift for access to hiking trails. The wildflower meadows on Tod Mountain can be reached by a leisurely stroll to more challenging hikes. Check out the popular 'Reach the Peak' Tod Mountain Summit, a guided hike by knowledgeable local guides, including Sun Peaks' own Olympian, Nancy Greene. The village is also alive and host to entertainers, activities, kids zone with games, face painting, outdoor evening theatre and more! View all the detail on-line on our Events Calendar.

River City Art Festival


Campbell River BC
(250)286-1161
www.rivercityartsfest.com

July 22, 23 & 24

FREE!
Join us for outdoor artists and an artisan street market, an indoor festival art gallery, live music, children’s art activities, street performers, delicious food and much more!

Friday July 22 12 -5pm (Festival Gallery at the Community Centre)
Saturday July 23 10am-5pm (Outdoor Artists and Market, Festival Gallery, entertainment)
Sunday July 24 10am-3pm (Festival Gallery at the Community Centre)

Events take place downtown Campbell River, Spirt Square, Community Centre and Shopper’s Row.
For more information visit: www.rivercityartsfest.com

If you need any more info please email or call (250)286-1161

Bella Coola Music Festival


Bella Coola BC V0T 1C0
250.305.8756
www.bellacoolamusic.org

July 23 - 24, 2016

The Annual Bella Coola Music Festival July 23 and 24th is a family-friendly, multi-cultural event showcasing award-winning performers from across the country, as well as our own region. We’ll kick it off with a free concert at the Legion Friday evening! Tickets go on sale May 1st. Featured Artists: Jill & Matthew Barber,Bend Sinister, Nick Sherman, Amelia Curran, Elage Diouf, Murray Porter, Ben Rogers, Quique Escamilla, and The Crooked Brothers!

Visit our web site for more details.

Sooke Fine Arts Society

Box 471
c/o 6739 Westcoast Rd Sooke BC V9Z 1H4
250.642.7256

www.sookefinearts.com

Jul 24, 2016 to Aug 3, 2016

Experience the 30th Sooke Fine Arts Show from July 22 - August 1! This 11-day art show and sale features over 375 works of fine art from all across BC's coastal islands. The show provides a myriad of special events, entertainment, delicious food, children's activities, and more! Visit us at www.sookefinearts.com for details about Vancouver Island's premiere arts event.

Harmony Arts Festival


West Vancouver BC
604.925.7268
www.harmonyarts.ca

July 29 to August 7, 2016

A lively ten-day celebration of community and art that showcases the finest creative and visual arts talent from the North Shore. The Harmony Arts Festival takes place at various waterfront venues in West Vancouver and includes music, culinary events, an art market, public art installations, hands-on art experiences and more!

2016 Filberg Festival

61 Filberg Road
Comox Valley BC V9M 2S7
250.941.0727

www.filbergfestival.com

Jul 29, 2016 to Aug 1, 2016

Set among the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Wander through the grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Mountain Range.

Artswells Festival


Wells BC
www.artswells.com

Jul 29, 2016 to Aug 1, 2016

Island Mountain Arts presents the Annual Artswells Festival of All Things Art, Wells, BC.

The 13th annual ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art will take place from July 29 — August 1, 2016. Brimming with the dynamic talent of over 300 artists and performers, ArtsWells has developed the reputation of BC’s largest and best new indie arts festival. See you there!

Over 100 musical performances on 12 stages — folk, hip-hop, electronic, world, pop, roots, jazz, country, funk.

Powell Street Festival

Oppenheimer Park (400 Block, Powell Street) and Surrounding Venues
Vancouver BC V6A 1C6
604.739.9388
Fax 604.739.9308

www.powellstreetfestival.com

July 30th & 31st, 2016 11:30am to 7pm

Celebrate Japanese arts and culture at Vancouver's longest running community arts festival and the largest festival of its kind in Canada. Expect modern and traditional live music and dance, amateur sumo wrestling, one-of-a-kind crafts, delicious Japanese food and much more. All events are free!

Milner Gardens and Woodland

2179 West Island Highway
Qualicum Beach BC
(250) 752-6153

www.milnergardens.org

August 6 to 7, 2016

Milner Gardens Art & Photography in the Garden


10:00 am to 4:00 pm (gardens close at 5:00pm) live music, local artists, silent art auction.


Milner Gardens & Woodland offers visitors a beautiful old-growth forest walk, a delightfully wild artist's garden highlighted by more than 400 Rhododendrons, and a magnificent view of the Strait of Georgia. Enjoy afternoon tea and views in the 1930's cottage style Milner House where the Queen once stayed.

Richmond Maritime & Wooden Boat Festival

Britinnia Shipyards National historic Site
5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond BC V7E 6P3
www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca

Aug 6 to 7, 2016

Celebrate Steveston's waterfront heritage at spectacular Britannia Shipyards. Experience live music, artists, storytellers, food trucks, and maritime characters. But whatever you do, don't forget to visit the bounty of beautiful boats and ships moored at the 190 metre dock. The Richmond Maritime Festival is produced by the City of Richmond, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, and is one of region's largest, don't-miss summer events. Admission is free.

Saturday, Aug 6 from 11am-8pm

Sunday, Aug 7 from 11am-5pm

First Nations, Inuit & Metiis Art Show

2243 Beacon Avenue
Sidney BC
250.656.0275
www.marywinspear.ca

August 8th to 31st, 2016

The First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art Show is an annual show held in August with a unique representation of First Nations artists from across Canada. Northwest Coast artists as well as Mtis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwa, Navajo, Inuit, and Chickasaw Nations are featured. The diversity of art expressions include: carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, leather work, beading, painting, jewelry and some that might surprise you!

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