Community Events in the Comox Valley
The Comox Valley has a lively Arts and Cultural scene which is
reflected in numerous annual festivals as well as many "one off" events
such as theatre and concert performances. Some of the regular annual
events are listed below. For an up to date listing of upcoming
happenings in the Comox Valley see the events
calandar at the Discover Comox Valley website.
Annual Festivals and Events in
the Comox Valley
June Comox Valley Shellfish Festival
Presented by the BC Shellfish Growers Association in
partnership with the K’omoks First Nation. Festival events running
throughout the week. Main event on Sunday June 10th, 2007 at the Comox
Marina Park. Events include entertainment, education and cultural
experiences along with shellfish tastings. More info on the Comox Valley Shellfish
June - July Showcase Festival
Professional theatre festival featuring three plays. More
info at http://www.showcasefestival.org. Contact: (250) 898-8399
July 1 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
July - Sept ( every Saturday through Sept) Comox Valley Farmers Market
Saturday mornings 9am to 12pm at the Exhibition Fairgrounds in
Courtenay. Come for the freshness, stay for the fun! Call 890-0519 for details.
July - Sept Hands on Farm at
The Hands On Farm is a farm yard petting zoo located on the fabulous
Filberg Park Grounds. We welcome the public daily from 10am to 4pm.
Everyone welcome! Admission $2 (children 5 years and under $1); Season
Pass $30; Group Rate (must have a ration of at least 1 adult to 4
to meet the supervisory needs of the farm) $25.
July - Aug CVYMC Music Festival
Student and Faculty classical, jazz, and performing arts'
concerts' held at various locations throughout the Valley (Tuesdays,
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) throughout the month of July and
early August. Call the CYMC office at (250)338-7463 or check out their
website, www.island.net/~cymc/ for further details.
July Vancouver Island Music
A three day event featuring a variety of music and
all over Canada and the world. 3 stages, family-oriented, and on-site
See our Island Music Fest
information page more more details.
July - Annual Beerfest at
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
July Downtown Market Day
Main street in downtown Courtenay (5th
Street) is closed to traffic as merchants, crafts people, buskers and
food vendors fill the streets. Great deals, great fun!
July TBA Arts Denman Studio
Fine art and craft studios exhibiting functional,
non-functional and decorative works of art will be open to the public
on Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free to the public, tour maps available at the
Denman Island Art Centre at the top of the ferry hill. Information at
July - Aug Hornby Island
Festival of the Arts
A classical and popular music festival featuring Canadian
artists. Internationally acclaimed performers - instrumental, vocals,
& theatre. Various venues throughout the Island including some of
Hornby's renowned private homes. See http://www.hornbyfestival.bc.ca/
Aug - BC Day long weekend Filberg Arts and Crafts Festival
One of the premier annual Arts and Crafts Festivals in BC.
At Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox. Arts, crafts,
entertainment and concessions and special guest artists in the Lodge.
Call 339-2715 for information.
More on the Filberg Festival
Aug - BC Day long weekend Comox
A weekend-long festival of family fun with events such as
International Bathtub Race, Canoe Jousting, Clam Chowder cook-off,
Build Bail and Sail and the Ceremony of the Flags. Plus fireworks on
the Monday night
Aug Courtenay Rodeo
At the Norwood Equestrian Centre. Call Marie Main
250-286-6755 for details.
Aug West Coast Sheepdog Trials
Call the North Island Border Collie Club at 337-5510 for
( And, no, they do not put the poor things in jail if they are
Aug Comox Valley Fall Fair
Over 15,000 visitors come annually in
late August on a fun-filled weekend to learn about Comox Valley
agriculture through family activities, educational displays,
entertainment, livestock and exhibits. More info at www.cvexhibition.ca
Sept Woodland Gardens Artisans
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.
Entertainment, food fair, and a variety of activities for
kids. At Lewis Centre in Courtenay from 10am-3pm. Call (250)338-5371
Sept Local Colours Arts and
Annual event sponsored by the Comox Valley Art Gallery
showcasing local art and food. Details of this years events TBA.
A do-it-yourself, go-at-your-own-pace tour highlighting over 20 artist
and artisan studios in the Valley. There will be demonstrations and/or
work for sale at each location. Tour packages will be avaliable at the
gallery on Duncan Avenue in Courtenay. Please call the Comox Valley Art
Gallery for details, 338-6211, or check out their website,
Sept TBA Comox Valley Art
Gallery Studio Tour
Nov. Charles Dickens
Christmas Craft Faire
This successful faire occupies two floors of outstanding arts and
crafts in the Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay, B.C. Featuring
quality, juried, hand-crafted gifts made by well known local artists
and crafters. There will be on-going demonstrations of decorative
painting, needlework and woodwork. Live entertainment, free hourly
draws and concession.
For more information you can contact Janet at (250) 339-9891
Nov. - Dec Juried
Christmas Craft Market
At the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Duncan Ave. in Downtown
Courtenay. Call the Gallery at (250) 338-6211 for details or
Nov Moonlight Magic in
9am to 9pm. Sale prices every hour, street entertainment, lighting
of the downtown Courtenay Christmas tree, food and lots of fun.
Call (250) 890-0519 for details or visit www.downtowncourtenay.com. .
Nov Santas Light-up Christmas
A Celebration of Lights event in Downtown Comox with fantastic
pre-Christmas sales. Call Lara at 890-0519 for info.
Nov Santa Claus Parade
Down 5th street in Downtown Courtenay see a parade of shimmering
floats, music, carolers, bands and Santa on his sleigh. For more
or visit www.downtowncourtenay.com
Dec Cumberland's Annual
Artisans & Crafters Faire
At the Cumberland Recreation Hall, Dunsmuir Avenue. Contact the
Cumberland Village Office for more information.
Dec Vancouver Island's
Originals Only Christmas Art Show
At the Comox Community Centre, Noel Avenue - Comox.
Dec Denman Island Christmas
The Denman Christmas Stroll is a superb Country Christmas Faire - 25
years in the making. Drawing from the "artist enclave" found on
this Gulf Island, this faire is renowned for its high quality
professional crafts. Over 70 booths in 2 Community Centres, -
10:00am to 4:00pm - 1 block from the ferry landing OR, hop on the
Shuttle Bus “for a loonie”. More
Info: (250) 335-2918
Dec 26 Polar Bear Swim
At Goose Spit in Comox. Call (250) 339-2255 for more details.