Festivals & Events

The City of Powell River is fortunate to have a vibrant line up of festivals and events that happen throughout the year. From local community gatherings such as the Community Easter Egg Hunt, to the high profile festivals of PRISMA, Kathaumixw, Logger Sports, and Canada Day, there usually isn’t a weekend that goes by without something happening within our community.

Community Calendar

Browse our community calendar for up to the minute information on local happenings in our community or if you wish to post your own upcoming event, click here.

Annual Events

These events take place annually in the City of Powell River and showcase some of the great talent and performances:

Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts – February & March

For many participating performers and audience members, the Powell River Festival of Performing Arts  has become one of the brightest calendar days of the entire year. No matter what kind of performing arts discipline, young and young at heart CAN participate in the Festival and make a unique impact in this performance art cultured community.

Sunshine Coast Marathon Shuffle – April

An annual rite of spring for many, the Marathon Shuffle takes place on the last Sunday of every April. Hosted by PAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society), Club Fat Ass, the Powell River Hikers and the BOMB (Bloody Old Men’s Brigade) Squad the Marathon Shuffle is held to to promote the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Trail. The Shuffle is fun, low key “shuffle” (hike or run) on a 29-km section of the Sunshine Coast Trail.

http://sunshinecoast-trail.com

 

BC Bike Race – July

Day two of this world-class competition is hosted in Powell River’s very own Millennium Park and Duck Lake trail areas. Cyclists are challenged with 50 km of beautiful cross-country tracks, beginning and concluding at Willingdon Beach Park and Campsite – the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s ride!

Check out the BCBR website for more information, course details, registration and more.

www.bcbikerace.com

PRISMA – June

The Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy(PRISMA) offers a two-week program that prepares music students and young professionals for a career in music performance. It is designed to assist students to obtain the necessary tools to win a position in a professional orchestra.

http://prismafestival.com

Kathaumixw – July (every 2nd year)

The International Choral Kathaumixw is a 5-day choral festival filled with concerts, common song singing, choral & vocal solo competitions, conductor’s seminars and social events.  Occurring every 2 years, the festival is a place where all can learn from each other and from world renowned choral personalities. Join us in bringing the world to Powell River… you won’t want to miss a note!

Kathaumixw returns to Powell River in 2018.

http://www.kathaumixw.org/index.shtml

Community Canada Day Celebrations – July 1st

Each year, the City of Powell River hosts its Community Canada Day Celebrations at Willingdon Beach Park. Come down for an afternoon of fun and mingle with your family and friends while enjoying various musical and theatrical celebrations on stage at the Rotary pavilion. There are lots of games and activities available for the kids and for the adults, be sure you enter the annual fishing derby for your chance to win some great prizes. If you’re interested in being a vendor, please contact the Recreation Complex at 604-485-2891.

 

Powell River Logger Sports – July

Powell River Loggers Sports showcases some of top logger sports competitors from around the world. This annual event is held mid July at Willingdon Beach Park and features various competitions over 3 days. The newly constructed Loggers Memorial Bowls provides the perfect backdrop for this amazing event that is rich in culture, history, and heritage. Be sure to check out the chainsaw carving competition too. You won’t believe your eyes.

http://www.powellriverloggersports.com

Blackberry Festival – August

The blackberry is one of BC’s favourite fruits and is set to be celebrated big-time at the Powell River Blackberry Festival, a spectacular jubilee of local colours and flavours guaranteed to put a smile on that dial.  Powell River has it all, when it comes to blackberry flavours, wine, cheese, pizza and the most mouth watering desserts this side of the sunshine coast.

Art’s Alive in the Park – August

Put on by the Powell River Arts Council at Willingdon Beach Park, Art’s Alive in the Park features local artist displays including musical and theatrical performances on stage. A delicious array of food from many local vendors is also available.

https://www.powellriverartscouncil.ca/arts-alive

Winter Wonderland – December

Everyone looks forward to Winter Wonderland each holiday season at the Recreation Complex. Enjoy an afternoon or evening of skating fun on the Winter Wonderland themed rink that is decorated with hundreds of trees and thousands of Christmas lights. There’s even a small section of the rink dedicated to pond hockey! Its always a favorite stop for Santa each year. Our skating schedule will be posted in November.