Around Town Calendar

Around Town

A look at what is happening in the Comox Valley this summer

BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival

MAY 14-20—North Island Zone Drama Festival. Seven plays in 7 days. May 14—The Drawer Boy, presented by Courtenay Little Theatre; May 15—Anne of Green Gables, presented by Stages Youth Theatre Program, Portal Players Dramatic Society; May 16—Jenny’s House of Joy, presented by Rivercity Players; May 17—Toronto Mississippi, presented by Nanaimo Theatre Group; May 18—Asylum, presented by Theatreworks; May 19—Waiting for Something to Happen, presented by The Collective; and May 20—Marion Bridge, presented by ECHO Players. Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay. Call 250-338-2430 or visit FMI.

MAY 16 – JUNE 1—Pearl Ellis Gallery presents ”Comox Valley Photographic Society” Show and Sale. 1729 Comox Avenue. Visit FMI. 250-339-2822.

MAY 17—An Evening with Cox, Bachman and Lee classical blues music, Cumberland Hotel. 7:30pm.

MAY 20—Denman Island Farmers’ Market. Fresh local produce, baked goods, gift items and more. Grass field beside Marcus Isbister Old School Centre. 9:30am-1pm.

MAY 20-22—15th Annual Art & Bloom Festival. Painters, pottery, unique art forms, photography, wrought iron, sculptures, jewelry, furniture glass and fabric. Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. Saturday/Sunday 10-5; Monday 10-4. Call 250-338-6901 FMI or visit FMI.

MAY 20—Empire Days Quilt Show. The Comox Valley Schoolhouse Quilters Guild is having a quilt show from 10-5 in the Cumberland Cultural Centre. 10am-4pm.

MAY 20—Cumberland Village Market Day. More than 75 vendors, unique artisan goods, arts, crafts, tasty food. 10am – 4 pm.

MAY 21—30th Annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour. 10 unique venues. 10am-5pm. Visit FMI.

MAY 31-JUNE 3—6th Annual Elevate the Arts Festival. A barrier free, street level arts and culture festival celebrating experimentation, exploration and the Commons. Music, poetry, art, dance, circus, photography, literary antics, urban reclamation and more. Variety of times and locations. Downtown Courtenay. Visit FMI.

JUNE 3 & 4—Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association Outdoor Show. The great outdoors! Something for everyone. This is a fun filled event with displays, booths, activities, food, music, etc., running from 9am to 4pm each day. FMI visit

JUNE 9-18—BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. It’s shucktastic! The BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, the largest in Western Canada, is celebrating its 11th year. 11 days of non-stop tours and charters, seafood chef demonstrations and tastings, gala dinners, educational seminars and contests celebrating British Columbia’s seafood producers, industry and bounty. Stay tuned for event announcements, tickets sales and contests. Save the date and keep on shucking! – Various locations around the Comox Valley. FMI

JUNE 12-16—Manatee Holdings Shellfish Hatchery Tour. This public tour will feature an overview of the industry’s best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee’s Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters. 4085 Gartley Point Road, Royston, from 11am. Visit FMI.

JUNE 17—Comox Valley Motorcycle Ride For Dad 2017. The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. We raise funds through large scale one-day motorcycle, snowmobile, watercraft and ATV ride events and through ongoing public fundraising. TELUS Ride For Dad events take place in multiple cities across Canada, representing every province.. FMI call 1-866-594-3243 or email [email protected].

JUNE 18—Father’s Day Kite Fly, Goose Spit, Comox. 12-12:30pm

JUNE 22-24—Miners Memorial Weekend. For 32 years the Cumberland Museum has co-hosted an annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues. The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, artists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.All are welcome to join us for this important weekend of solidarity, celebration, and remembrance. FMI visit

JUNE 27 – JULY 22—Pearl Ellis Gallery presents “Pearl Ellis Gallery Member’s People’s Choice Awards” show and sale. 1729 Comox Avenue. Visit FMI. 250-339-2822.

JULY 1—Canada Day. Come to Downtown Courtenay and Lewis Park and enjoy the Canada Day celebrations for Canada’s 150th Birthday! Parade starts at 10am, Ducky 500 race, Battle of the Bands, 5th Street Mile, Outdoor Pool Free Swim, and many more fun things for the entire family.

JULY 2 – AUGUST 22 (SUNDAYS)—Every Sunday evening come relax and enjoy FREE concerts in the park from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Simms Park (located by the 5th Street Bridge and across from Lewis Park). Sit on the chairs provided or bring your own lawnchair or blanket.

JULY13-16—Denman Island Readers’ & Writers’ Festival. Solo readings and performances, main stage events, writing workshops. Ticket sales and online workshop registration now open. All events occur in the Denman Village. Call 250-335-2113 or email [email protected]. Visit FMI.

JULY 14-16—23rd Annual Vancouver Island Musicfest. This is a must attend festival for people and musicians from all over the world. From bluegrass to blues, reggae to folk, indie rock to rockabilly and from country to hip hop and spoken world—there’s music for everyone to enjoy and discover. Comox Valley Fairgrounds. Visit FMI.

JULY 22—47th Annual Downtown Courtenay Market Day.More than 100 vendors will be on the streets with some of the Valley’s best offerings. You will find handmade one-of-a-kind items along with some of the best deals from your favorite downtown Courtenay stores. Food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. Visit FMI. 9am-7pm.

JULY 25 – AUGUST 12—Pearl Ellis Gallery presents “Trifocals” by Sharon Lalonde, David Ballantyne, Ingrid Mayer. Show and sale. 1729 Comox Avenue. Visit FMI. 250-339-2822.

JULY 27—Live in Filberg Park, summer concert series. Jesse Roper. Tickets online at

JULY 30-AUGUST 1—Comox Nautical Days. Enjoy a free, family friendly and fun-filled Festival BC Day Long Weekend in Comox Marina Park. The Annual Comox Nautical Days Festival returns with all the games, nautical competitions including Build, Bail and Sail, Bullhead Derby and Dragon Boat Races, outstanding entertainment and great food you’ve come to love and expect. For event details and schedule visit

AUGUST 4—Live in Filberg Park, summer concert series. Delhi 2 Dublin. Tickets online at Gates open 7:30pm; show 8:30pm

AUGUST 4-7— 35rd annual Filberg Festival. This is one of the largest festivals on Vancouver Island, with a huge lineup of artisans and performers to keep the entire family entertained. Situated on the grounds of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, this four-day event features pottery,toys, woodcrafts, jewelry, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods from more from 130 different vendors. Food, entertainment and much more. Daily admission charged. FMI visit

AUGUST 12-13—The Denman Island Studio Tour offers a rare glimpse into the creative spaces of island artists. Come for the day, or spend the weekend exploring 17 studios against the backdrop of Denman’s rural charm. Visitors will find works in a wide range of media, including painting, photography, wood carving, fabric arts, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, and mixed media.Since subject matter and style are varied participating artists are very happy to answer any questions about process, inspiration, and technique. The self-guided tour is free and runs 10am – 4pm both days. More information at

AUGUST 24—Live in Filberg Park, summer concert series. Ashley MacIsaac. Tickets online at Gates open 6:30pm; show 7:30pm

AUGUST 25—Mount Washington’s Annual Wine Festival. Join us for an evening in the mountains with a variety of delicious wine samples and gourmet food. Back by popular demand is the Intimate guitar music of Chilean-born virtuoso Rodrigo Figueroa, performing his mix of Latin and Blues-inspired melodies. Wine seminar and silent auction. 6-9pm. Tickets online at

AUGUST 18-20—Atmosphere Gathering Music and Arts Festival. Three stages showcase back-to-back talent of multiple genres. Live acts, djs, acrobatics, dance, spoken work—we have it all at Cumberland’s Fourth music festival. Cumberland Park. FMI.

AUGUST 25-27 — Comox Valley Exhibition. Celebrating 143 years of agriculture, the Comox Valley Exhibition invites everyone to join in on the three days of jammed packed family fun, ‘Canada 150 and Growing.’ You can milk a goat, race a zucchini, watch the many farm animal and 4H shows and demonstrations, sink your teeth into a freshly made candy apple and sit back and enjoy the lumberjack shows and non-stop entertainment. Come experience the many wonders of Comox Valley rural life!


EVERY SUNDAY — Bluegrass Brunch Sundays with Archie Pateman & Friends. 10:30 am. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322

EVERY MONDAY — Senior’s Program, Halbe Hall in Black Creek. Start with an hour-long fitness class, followed by a homemade lunch provided by the Black Creek Community Assoc. $5 drop-in. 250-337-5190 FMI.

EVERY MONDAY — The Woolgatherers. A guild-style fine fibre group with equipment, a library and skill sharing for spinners, weavers, knitters etc. 11:30am-3pm, Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. Everyone welcome. Call Meta, 250-339-0676 or Norma, 250-890-1218 FMI

EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY — Al-Anon for people concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Mon, Tues and Fri 8 pm; Thurs 10 am. Call 250-334-2392 FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Fun Euchre, Courtenay Legion, 1:30 pm. Mixed pub darts at 7 pm.

EVERY TUESDAY — Drop-in meditation with Lucas every Tuesday, 7 pm at Ocean Resort, Oyster Bay (by $$ donations to the food banks). Call 250-792-3165.

EVERY TUESDAY — Universal Devotional Chanting and Meditation. Mystic Valley Voices Chanting Community. Little Red Church Healing Centre, 2182 Comox Avenue (at Alpine). 6:45-8:30pm. Everyone welcome! ChantMaster Oliver Clarke, 250-218-1688. Visit FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Tech Tuesday at the Courtenay Library. Drop-in and get help with technology issues (iPads, tablets, readers, laptops, etc.). 2:30-4pm. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY TUESDAY — A Good Yarn Knitting & Crochet Circle meets at the Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. Lessons, refreshments and some supplies are provided. All ages. Drop in. 250-339-1240 or [email protected] FMI.

EVERY WEDNESDAY STARTING JULY 5 — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Wednesday mornings from 9am-12:30pm in Downtown Courtenay. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more. FMI:

EVERY WEDNESDAY — The Woolly Mammoth Craft Club is a free, all ages knitting circle ongoing Wednesday nights at Lake Trail School. 6:30-8pm at Lake Trail School (805 Willemar) in the school library. [email protected].

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5.10:30-11am. Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Avenue. Comox

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Regular Drop In Silent Meditation Practice; two sessions: 7-7:30 pm & 7:35-8:05 pm. Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, 407A 5th Street, Courtenay. FMI.

EVERY THURSDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10:30-11am at the Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY THURSDAY — Crib & Gucci, Courtenay Legion, 6:30 pm. Men’s darts at 7 pm.

EVERY THURSDAY— Thursday Jazz Club. In the past year the Jazz Club has had over 20 different host combos with 200+ musicians aged 13 to 80 years on the stage. The Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eight Street, Courtenay, 7:30-10:30 pm.

EVERY FRIDAY — CCTSC Cycling. Come join us one one of our weekly rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the cross Canada Cycle Tour Society. Meet at Florence Filberg Centre lower parking lot at 10am. We cycle at a medium pace of 20km/hr for a 40 to 80km ride.

EVERY FRIDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10-10:30am. Cumberland Library, 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

EVERY FRIDAY — Conversation Group—a great opportunity to practice English in a safe and welcoming environment. Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Every Friday, 1-20 pm. Last Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm. Call Jean, 250-338-6359 FMI.

EVERY FRIDAY — High Five Kids. An after-school prgram for kids aged 6-9 who have recently relocated to the Comox Valley, in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street. 2:45-4:45pm.

EVERY SATURDAY — Drop in play group for ages 0-5 at the Courtenay Library. 10am-12pm. Wraps up with a story before noon. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY SATURDAY — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more from the 50+ vendors, plus live music and food. Come and meet the producers of your local food. Saturdays from 9am – 1pm at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Headquarters Road, Courtenay.

EVERY SUNDAY STARTING JULY 2—The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market will be in Cumberland this summer on Sundays from 10am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more. FMI: