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Vancouver Island Events and Festivals

Events, festivals and happenings on Vancouver Island. There's always something going on year-round, including music festivals, kids festivals, sand castle competitions, chili cookoffs, wine and food festivals, garden shows, craft fairs, art shows, dragon-boat festivals, shellfish carnivals, livestock exhibitions, wedding shows, marathons, beach festivals, family days, film festivals, beer tastings and quilting shows. There's no question, Vancouver Island knows how to party

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Beer and food pairings, wine tastings, shellfish festivals, these are Vancouver Island's premier food and beverage events
Music Festivals (6)
From folk to rock to ska to blues, Vancouver Island is your music festival destination


Filberg Festival, Comox BC popular

9 out of 10 stars (2 votes)

An annual summer event on the enchanting grounds of the Filberg Lodge and Park in Comox, Vancouver Island, BC Canada, features superb arts and crafts, delightful music and fun entertainment

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Bellies, Birth and Babies Fair

The annual Bellies, Birth, & Babies Fair, hosted by The Comox Valley Doulas, is for new and expecting parents and families. It will showcase local products and services, a separate room hosting a series of free workshops, and an additional space for free childminding. Hourly door prizes donated by local businesses and event vendors, free admission and ample parking and stroller/wheelchair accessible facilities. Workshops and demos this year will include infant massage, belly casting, baby wearing, and "Birthing from Within".

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Brant Wildlife Festival

This celebration of nature includes eco-tours, wildlife photography and learning to bird for the whole family. Dates from March and April each year, according to the migration of the Brant Goose

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Coombs Fair and Oceanside Garden Show

Oceanside Garden Show and the annual Coombs Fair on Vancouver Island. Presented by Arrowsmith Agricultural Association, 4-H displays, chicken races

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Fire And Ice Street Festival Qualicum Beach

The Annual Fire and Ice Street Festival - Qualicum Beach, BC. Chili Tasting, Entertainment, Ice Carving and Family Fun!

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Global Film Festival Nanaimo

Annual Global Film Festival Nanaimo held in February

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InCONceivable Family Gaming Convention

Undiscovered Photography and Games and Grounds Coffee House are proud to bring you: InCON - A family gaming convention that includes a cosplay costume contest, special guests, panels, demos, a scavenger hunt, vendor and artist tables, kids' fair +tournies in MTG, Warhammer, COD & Smash Bros. Local gaming talent showcased, famous Cosplayers on-site PLUS there's a professional photo booth on-site so you can get your picture taken with them :) One of our artists is an amazing Face Painter, great to finish off your cosplay costume effect or just to rock it for the day. There are 2 sites for the convention: Florence Filberg Centre & Games and Grounds Coffee House. Your pass gets you onto both sites, and they are about a 5 minute walk from each other. Both sites will have food and drink, but specialty drinks will only be available at G&G. Pre-sales of Convention Passes and Tournament fees are available on our website or at Games and Grounds Coffee House. All tournaments have a limited amount of spaces, so pre-registration is advised to avoid disappointment. There will be space for drop-in MTG Booster Drafts during the day. Cost at the door is slightly higher, so save your $$ and purchase prior to the event! Please note that there is no ATM on-site at Florence Filberg, so please bring cash. Games and Grounds has a debit machine, but will limit the amount of cash withdrawals for the day. Visit our website to find out all that is happening, and join our facebook page for all the up-to-the-minute updates.

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Kris Kringle Christmas Craft Fair

A one-of-a-kind juried art and crafts show nestled in beautiful Parksville, featuring over 120 Exhibitors showing this year that are talented, creative artists and craftspeople from all over BC at the most beautifully decorated Christmas show.

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Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival

The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival brings together and gives back to our diverse community through team building, charitable fund raising and a cross cultural experience that is fun for everyone. This is three days of passion, pleasure and pain that brings all of Nanaimo to the Centre of town to witness our cities finest compete against teams from all over North America.

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Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair

Out of Hand is an annual Christmas fair of fine crafts, artisan food and the decorative arts at the Conference Centre in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Annual whale watching festival in mid-March. Each spring the entire North American population of Pacific Grey Whales migrate along the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. An estimated 22,000 grey whales make the 16,000 km round-trip journey between their mating and calfing lagoon

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Parksville Beach Festival

10 out of 10 stars (1 vote)

Parksville’s Beach Festival Society is actively planning our next annual World Class event - Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition You should also know that we are planning our event alongside other summer events planned for that period (Kite Festival & Oceanside Overdrive Car Show). And of course our popular Entertainment Stage will be another fabulous attraction Friday and Saturday evening plus Sunday afternoons.

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Parksville Kids Fest

Kids of all ages can have fun with plenty of Games, Entertainers, awesome Prizes, the Children's Sandcastle competion and plenty more at this August event in Parksville

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Qualicum Beach Family Day

Every year on the last Sunday in May the town comes together to celebrate our community. Since 1976, Family Day has been an annual event sponsored by the Town of Qualicum Beach, meant to bring the community together for a free festive day. Family Day festivities draw a crowd of over 3,000 plus smiling faces. Start the day off with the Shriner's pancake breakfast at 8:30 - 11:30a.m. The pancake breakfast is held at the Civic Centre in the parking area.

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Sooke Canada Day Celebration

9 out of 10 stars (1 vote)

July 1st Family fun day, superb food, challenging games & contests for all ages, live music, crafts, clowns and fireworks at dusk.

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Sooke Fine Arts Show

Sooke is steeped in artistic talent and natural beauty making it the perfect host for Vancouver Island’s premier art show and sale for the past 20 years

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The Great Walk - Tahsis to Gold River

The Annual Great Walk sponsored by the Tahsis Lions Club, takes place on the 63.5 kilometres (40 miles) of gravel logging road between Gold River and Tahsis in Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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The Victoria Film Festival

10 days and over 160 films, parties and events each an every year. VFF is Victoria and Vancouver Island's oldest and largest film and video festival.

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Tour De Victoria Cycling Event

Tour de Victoria is a supported mass participation cycling event, catering to all ages and fitness levels in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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Vancouver Island Exhibition - Nanaimo

Each August, the Vancouver Island Exhibition provides a setting for the last big event of summer. This years theme is COUNTRY ROOTS AND COWBOY BOOTS! Come to the VIEx evaluated BEST FAIR IN BC for 2009!

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Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

August 17-19 2012 at the Victoria Inner Harbour. One of Victoria's most popular summer events, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is a remarkable combination of culture and sport. Showcasing our world-renowned inner harbour, it is the only dragon boat festival in North America to take place in a working harbour.

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Victoria Pride Society

The Victoria Pride Society's mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are - or think they might be - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies. Victoria Pride fosters learning and empowerment through social celebration and networking. We strive to create a better public understanding of our community’s history, courage, diversity and future.

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Victoria Tall Ships

Victoria’s scenic Inner Harbour will provide the backdrop for an event that will touch the hearts and minds of thousands. During four unforgettable days of revelry and celebration, we will commemorate the city’s maritime heritage with the historic visit of over two dozen tall ships from around the world.

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up your media, your vancouver island apple technician

Up Your Media is Vancouver Island's mobile Apple computer specialist. Regularly scheduled service calls to the West Coast, Port Alberni, Duncan, Cumberland, Parksville Qualicum and Nanaimo. Macinstosh computer repairs, training, upgrades and support.