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Since its inception in 1909 arts and culture has been an integral part of Powell River. Year after year dozens of groups and organizations sponsor a wide range of festivals and events. A few worth noting have been entertaining the community for 30+ years:
Started in 1932, the Fair has come and gone. In 2015 it was in danger of being a thing of the past once again, but was saved at the last moment. To read more on the subject see the article in the Powell River Peak.
Photo Credit: PR Living
A selection of movies shown three times weekly “that stay with you long after you've left the theatre: movies that inspire you by their their craft and beauty; movies that really stir the emotions; movies that make you question your assumptions; movies that give you a genuine insight into the local, national and global communities to which we belong.”
Quote from the Vancouver Cinematheque Theatre
September & January -
An annual tradition since 1938, the Festival of Performing Arts provides an opportunity for local and Provincial students to learn and perform. “The festival is based on the fundamental idea of providing all participants with the best possible support for their artistic development. The festival is strongly committed to the philosophy that performance is a vital opportunity to learn and pursue excellence.”
Two weeks in February and March
Master classes are open to the public with a Grand Concert held on the last day of the Festival.
Sponsored by the Powell River Rotary Club
The primary mandate of the Powell River Film Festival is “To raise the public’s artistic knowledge and appreciation of cinematic art. It also provides the opportunity for youth to increase their understanding of the art of filmmaking with an annual contest.
Sponsored by the
Friends of the Powell River Film Festival
Powell River Film Festival
Third week in February
First Saturday in February
An annual event to recognize and award businesses and non-
Sponsored by the:
Powell River Peak; and
Second Saturday in March
Part of a food preservation initiative by the Farmers’ Institute (Powell River), Seedy Saturday is a day to exchange and/or purchase local seeds, attend related workshops and purchase garden related supplies.
Last Sunday in April
Started in 1993 the Marathon Shuffle is a relaxed run or walk on 29km of the Sunshine Coast Trail through “old growth, temperate rain forests, along creeks and lake shores, through dales and over hills”. Along the way participants get to enjoy “Magnificent vistas of the Sunshine Coast, adjacent islands, nearby lakes and the city.”
The event is free but, to help maintain trails and cabins, as well as other related expenses, a donation to PAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society) is encouraged.
A weekend of good eating and entertainment for the whole family in Lund, a tiny, picturesque village at “Mile 0” of Highway 101 that extends to the tip of South America. It is also the the entrance to Desolation Sound, which attracts visitors from around the world for its beauty and marine life.
The Festival is free and includes tours, music, cooking demonstrations and the opportunity to purchase live shellfish.
4th Weekend in May
Photo Credit: PR Peak
A Community Band has, for the most part, been part of the Powell River musical scene since the first one was established in 1913. The Band we have today has been playing light classics, show tunes, marches and popular medleys at events throughout the year with fund-
(for general information;
see their Facebook page for updates)
Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy
Two Weeks in June Every Second Year
Students from around the world are invited to participate in a two-
PRISMA is a non-
Every Two Years in Early July
An idea born in 1982 became a reality in 1984 with the first Kathaumixw, a Salish word meaning “a gathering together of different peoples”. “Today more than 1,200 singers from around the world gather at each festival to share their music, culture and friendship.“ (excerpt from website)
Started in 1963 by the Powell River Rotary Club, the Powell River Sea Fair is truly a weekend for the whole family. A parade, amusement park, contests, music, food and firewords are just the main features of this annual event.
Tucked away in the creek at Willingdon Park, Popeye, Olive Oil and Wimpy await children to come and play. The three concrete figures were on a float in the very early days of Sea Fair.
Planes, planes and more planes, this four-
Third Weekend in July
This weekend of family fun has been the premier event on Texada Island since 1984. In addition to building sandcastles, there are games, music, food and much more to enjoy.
Photos by Nicholas Simon, MLA
An initiative of PR Food Security started in 2009, the Edible Garden Tour provides the opportunity garden enthusiasts to see how other gardeners are utilizing their space to grow their own food. The Tour is free and includes lectures by experts.
Arts Alive in the Park was started many years ago by Ann Nelson (pictured on the left) to provide a venue for established and emerging visual and performing artists to be seen and heard. Today Ann is still the primary organizer, but now has the help and backing of the Powell River Arts Council.
In addition to local music throughout the weekend there are events for the kiddies as well as adults and, of course, food venders.
August: on the weekend before the Blackberry Festival
Sandwiched between Arts Alive in the Park and the Powell River Studio Tour, the culmination of the Blackberry Festival events is the Marine Avenue Street Party on Friday night. There is music, food, and vendors of every description to entertain the crowds. The evening is capped off with fireworks at Willingdon Beach.
Sponsored by the Malaspina Business Association
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Photo by Brian K.Smith Sunshine Coast Tourism
The weekend after the Blackberry Festival
Started in 2004 by local artist Alfred Muma, shown on the left, the Studio Tour provides visual eye candy at art studios and galleries from Lang Bay to Lund.
The Tour is free with a brochure and map available online and at local stores.
Labour Day Weekend
Musicians come from all over the world to play at the Sunshine Music Festival held at Palm Beach located 20 minutes south of Powell River. Started in 1981 the Festival ends the summer with music, food and beach fun.
Photo by Powell River Daily News,
Fall Fairs, a community tradition across Canada and beyond, are a celebration of the local bounty and crafts of all kinds.
In addition to produce and garden completion, the Fair in Powell River has entertainment, aa petting zoo, a mini-
Photo by Powell River Daily News,
Sponsored by Scotia Bank and BC SPCA, the Paws for a Cause walk begins at Willingdon Beach and ends with a BBQ. There is also a silent auction, a variety of entertaining and fun activities including Doggies Got Talent and other fun games with great prizes and much more.
Funds raised go to the Powell River SPCA.
Last Sunday in April
Over 9,000 Terry Fox Runs are held each year with 84 cents of every dollar raised going to cancer research (read more).
In Powell River the course is 10k with 3.5k suitable for bikes, wheelchairs/strollers and rollerblades.
Photo Credit: mypowellrivernow.com
Fourth Saturday in October
Since 2004 the Pacific Salmon Gala Dinner & Auction has become a popular fall event. The money raised goes toward local salmon enhancement and conservation.
Mid November to Mid December
Sponsored by inclusion Powell River, the Festival of Trees has been a holiday tradition since 1995. Local businesses's donate decorated trees, which can be won with the purchase of a ticket. Proceeds go to the Wish Fund.
Third Saturday in November
Newcomers and visitors agree that the townspeople of Powell River are known to extend a warm welcome to everyone, including those from other lands and different cultures. Started in 2010, the aptly named Celebration of Cultural Diversity provides an opportunity for people of different ethnic backgrounds to share their culture through food, dance and demonstrations.
More information (Arts Council Facebook page)
Established in 1955, The Powell River Chorus has been delighting audiences with their music ever since. Their Christmas Concert and Wassail (a festivity or revel with drinking of health) is a seasonal favourite.
An annual tradition since 1978, Academy of Music choirs celebrate the Christmas season with “…carols "old & new" as they surround the historic Dwight Hall with the soft glow of candlelight.
Book early as the event is often sold out.
Photo Credit: PR Peak
Formed in 1998, Chor Musica is a male voice community choir comprised of 40 singers. Their annual Christmas concert includes both sacred and secular music.
Auction and Wine Tasting in the Spring
The Rotary Club of Powell River has worked steadily and tirelessly since 1955 to improve and enrich our local community through fund-
Proceeds from the event will go to a local community project.
For more information or to participate, contact
Jill Ehgoetz at info@aTasteofArt.ca