Valley Residents use any excuse to get together and have some fun. There is a staggering variety of festivalsand special events happening throughout the year, especially in the summer.
May - September
Pier Street Farmers Market in the Discovery Fishing Pier Parking Lot in Campbell River
This weekly Pier Street Farmers Market is located in one of the most beautiful spots of Campbell River right in front of the entrance to the Discovery Fishing Pier, surrounded by the stunning scenery of Georgia Strait, Fisherman’s Wharf, Discovery Pier, and the new Maritime Heritage Centre. The Pier Street Farmers Market operates as an open-air market, offering a wide selection of farm products, processed foods, an array of crafts and arts, fun and entertainment—always fresh. Customers can spend their Sunday morning on the market, enjoying a walk and ice cream on the unique Discovery Pier or stroll the adjacent harbour where they can buy fresh seafood. Check out their website at www.pierstreet.com.
April - October
Comox Valley Farmers Market
Come experience the great tastes of the market at the Exhibition Fairgrounds on Headquarters Rd. in Courtenay. Every Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm. Call (250) 337-8479 for more information or if you are interested in selling your goodies or check out www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com
April - September
Spring/ Summer Fossil Tours
Tour includes introduction at the Courtenay Museum and Field Trip to riverside fossil formations. To reserve call the museum at 334-0686.
May 19 - 21, 2012
Woodland Gardens Art in Bloom Festival
A fine art show designed to emphasize original works of art in a 24 acre garden that has been created to enhance the natural habitat. At Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. Call 338-6901 or check out www.woodlandgardens.ca for details.
May 25 - 27, 2012
Painters at Painters
Annual celebration of local artists with many of British Columbias finest artists in attendance. Watch the masters at work, attend lectures, and view an impressive collection of art in the exhibits. For more information contact Painter’s Lodge at 250-286-1102 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 16, 2012
BC Shellfish Festival
Shellfish Farmers will be joined by local food and wine producers along with culinary professionals for a "show and tell" of the region's Sea to Table story. Entertainment, education and cultural experiences will accompany delicious shellfish tastings on the festival menu. For more information please visit www.bcshellfishfestival.ca
July & August
Summer Concert Series at the Filberg Park in Comox
Bring a friend, bring a blanket, and a picnic and enjoy an evening of music by the seaside! Concerts are from 7 to 9 pm. For performers and dates, please visit www.filberg.com.
June 27 - July 1, 2012
Transformations On The Shore
Frank James Park Rotary Sea Walk – 13th Annual wood carving Contest – 923-5078 – Amateur to professional wood carvers transform discarded log tailings into works of art.
June 29 - September 5, 2012
Mount Washington Summer Scenic Chairlift Rides Opening Day
FMI call 338-1386 or 1-888-231-1499 or check out www.mountwashington.ca
July - August
History tours from the Campbell River Museum
250-287-2103 or www.crmuseum.ca
July - August
Heritage Puppet Theatre and Rainy Day/Sunny Day programs
Join the fun at the Museum at Campbell River with special events every day of the summer. Check out the Heritage Puppet Theatre, Rainy Day/Sunny Day programs and guided tours of the Haig-Brown Heritage Site. For more information please contact 250-287-3103 and check out their website at www.crmuseum.ca
Month of July
CVYMC Music Festival
Comox Valley Youth Music Centre Festival - Students and faculty from around the world featured in local jazz, choral, and musical theatre performances. FMI and performance schedule, please call 338-7463 or visit www.cymc.ca
July 1, 2012
Campbell River Canada Day Celebrations
Over a dozen satellite events happening through this beautiful Oceanside City ~ something for everyone! Starting off with Campbell River Fire Fighter’s Pancake Breakfast in Willow Point, Shoreline Arts Carving Competition, Huck Fin Kids Fishing Derby at the Discovery Fishing Pier, Campbell River Children’s Fest; downtown Campbell River, Willow Point Cake Cutting, Main Stage at Robert Ostler Park featuring live entertainment & music all day - free, Family Fair Market, Multicultural Food Fair, Salmon BBQ, Seniors Honour Roll, Antique Car Parade,Salmon City Skate Comp & Jam at Sportsplex, Canada Day Parade - Downtown 4 pm, Official Canada Day Ceremonies & Cake Cutting andfeaturing Quality Foods "Celebration of Lights" Fireworks Finale at 10:22 pm - viewing from Robert Ostler Park at the Foreshore in the heart of beautiful waterfront Campbell River! For more information check out www.campbellriver.ca
Courtenay Canada Day Celebrations
Featuring a parade down 5th Street in downtown Courtenay and celebrations and fair at Lewis Park.
Call City Hall at (250) 334-4441 for details.
July 7 & 8, 2012
Annual Campbell River Garden Tour
Experience the Magic of Art and Gardens on the Campbell River Garden Tour. Each year there is a wide range of gardens to visit - from large country acreages to smaller city lots - all offering personal touches and inspirational gardening ideas to visitors. Artists are at work in many of the gardens. This tour of 12 private gardens will run from 11 am – 4 pm both days. Tickets are $15 per person and are good for both days. Proceeds from the Garden Tour supports children's programming at the Gallery. FMI Call Art Gallery at 250-287-2261 or email email@example.com
July 6 - 8, 2012
Vancouver Island Music Fest
A three day event featuring a variety of music and performers from all over Canada and the world. Call
250-336-7929 or check out their website at www.islandmusicfest.com
July 21, 2012
Downtown Market Day
Main Street (5th Street) is closed to all traffic as merchants, crafts people, buskers and food vendors fill the streets of Downtown Courtenay. Call (250) 337-2096 for details.
August 3 - 6, 2012
At Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox. A popular annual festival with arts, crafts entertainment, and concessions and special guest artists (Fired Up: Contemporary Works in Clay) in the Main Lodge. Call (250) 339-2715 for general information or check out their website at www.filbergfestival.com.
August 4 - 6, 2012
Comox Nautical Days at Marina Park in Comox
A festival of family fun with events such as International Bathtub Race, Canoe Jousting, Clam Chowder Cooking Contest, Build Bail and Sail, and the Ceremony of the Flags. Call (250) 338-1120 or visit their website http://comox.ca/discover-comox/community-events/comox-nautical-days for more information.
August 25 & 26, 2012
Alpine Food & Wine Festival - Mount Washington Alpine Resort
FMI call 338-1386 or 1-888-231-1499 or check out www.mountwashington.ca.
August 10 - 12, 2012
North Island Logger Sports & Salmon Festival
The North Island Logger Sports is a world class event with local and international competitors. Presenting World Championships, Canadian Championships along with events for Youth, Teens, Ladies, Intermediate, Novice and open competitors make this eventone of the largest inCanada. This event takes place at Nunns Creek Park. For more info call Nunns Creek Park at 250-287-2044 or visit their website at www.crsalmonfestival.com
September 1 - 3, 2012
Woodland Gardens Artisan’s Festival
Meet a variety of local and regional artisans and stroll through 26 beautiful acres of woodland at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. Call (250) 338-6901 or go to www.woodlandgardens.ca.
Black Creek Heritage Fall Fair (To Be Announced)
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