Cowichan Valley Events for 2018
Cowichan Valley is being recognized for its foodie culture and farm to table movement, voted #13 of the top 20 best places to visit in Canada. by vacay.ca for its culinary tourism.
Discover its hidden gems: world class restaurants, bakeries, and cheese and wine bars. A scenic drive through rolling hills will entice you to explore the vineyards and boutique wineries, a cider works, farmer's markets and farm gate stalls and be sure not to miss Canada's only tea farm! Be awestruck while whale-watching tour or visiting the Birds of Prey centre. Save some time to explore the hiking and cycling trails to the Kinsol trestle, experience the serenity of a moonlit paddle, or soak up the scenery at one of the area's marinas, sheltered bays and beaches. You have arrived at your destination!
For a list of local restaurants and services - also visit our Activities page
I have compiled for you a delicious list of events happening in the Cowichan Valley this summer so that you can plan your vacation and see for yourself what all the buzz is about:
Duncan Farmer's Market with 150+ vendors - Year round
every Saturday April - October 9 am - 2 pm ~ November - March 10 am - 2 pm
Market Square in downtown Duncan. Visit http://www.duncanfarmersmarket.ca/
Pizza Night at Bird's Eye Cove Farm
Mondays and Wednesdays 4 - 8 pm starting June 4th
Experience wood oven pizza from their outdoor oven made from scratch using their farm and local ingredients. Picnic-style eating on the farm with spectacular views.
Live Music at Maple Bay Marina
Every Sunday in July and August from 11 am - 1 pm in the courtyard at Maple Bay Marina
Listen to live music by the sea.
Cowichan Artisans Studio Tour
Friday April 13 - Sunday April 15, 2018
Visit artists at work in their studios located in the Cowichan area. www.cowichanartisans.com/
Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show
Tuesday May - Sunday May 6, 2018
Open art exhibition at PORTALS gallery at 2687 James St. in Duncan, BC
Brentwood International Rowing Regatta
Friday April 7 - Sunday April 29, 2018 http://regatta.brentwood.bc.ca/
Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival
Saturday May 19 - Sunday May 20, 2018
A family event celebrating heritage wooden boats at Maple Bay Marina
Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Festival
Sunday July 8, 2018 in Cowichan Bay
Chemainus Theatre Festival chemainustheatrefestival.ca/
June 8 - September 1, 2018
Grease- the Musical
July 14 - August 5, 2018
The Little Prince
September 14 - October 6, 2018
Glorious! - the comedy
October 19 - November 3, 2018
November 16 - December 30, 2018
39 Days of July - Cowichan Summer Festival
June 29 - August 6, 2018 https://www.39daysofjuly.ca/
Party in the streets! Open air concerts, street sales, food and entertainment.
Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
Saturday July 14, 2018 www.chemainusbluegrass.com
Bluegrass music, featuring many bands, jamming sessions and more.
Cowichan Valley Lavender Farm
May through August open weekends: Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Stroll through the fragrant lavender labyrinth, harvest your own lavender, or purchase lavender products. Family fun abounds. 6357 Wicks Road, Duncan, BC
Islands Folk Festival (at Providence Farm - 1843 Tzouhalem Rd)
July 20 - 22, 2018
All ages event. Sway to a variety of music styles on several stages, including bluegrass, celtic, world beat, blues, roots, folk rock, contemporary singer-songwriters. This is working organic farm and a therapeutic community. For info and tickets, visit www.islandsfolkfestival.ca/
Medieval Days and "Knights" at the Raptor Centre
July 27, 2018 from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm $16
Fundraiser for Raptor Rescue Society (RRS)
BBQ, archery, flying demonstrations, and a Medieval Market!
Sunfest Country Music Festival at Lake Cowichan
Thursday August 2 to Sunday August 5, 2018
This foot-stomping event is the largest outdoor country music festival in the west. The festival features today's hottest country musicians - this year, Eric Church headlines.
Shawnigan Players present Shakespeare Classics
various dates in August
Live Shakespeare plays presented in an outdoor setting at the Gem O' the Isle Sculpture Garden and Heritage property near Cowichan Station on Koksilah Rd
Cowichan Valley Wine Festival at Lake Cowichan
Friday August 24 - Sunday August 26, 2018
A three day foodie celebration of local Cowichan Valley offerings, artisan food and drink.
Cobble Hill Fair
An old-fashioned community fair, held annually in mid- August. Fun for the whole family.
Held annually in early September. Animal shows, judging of produce, artwork & baking and a variety of performances by local acts, musicians and comedians. Midway carnival rides.