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.
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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.
Townsite Jazz Festival – April
Founded in 2017, Townsite Jazz Festival aims to attract some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians to Powell River, on a mission to entertain a coastal community and inspire a new generation of young talent. Intimate venues throughout Powell River’s historic Townsite serve as the perfect backdrop[ for a genre that only gets better with age.
Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt – April
The Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is for children 10 and under, but all ages can participate in the activities! This family fun annual event includes an Easter egg hunt, games, activities, and more all located at Willingdon Beach. This is a BYOB event – bring your own basket! For 2020 the hunt will take place on Saturday, April 11th. For more information please call the Recreation Complex at 604 485-2891.
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.
PRISMA – June
The Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) brings an epic symphonic spectacle to Powell River every June, when international music students converge on the community to study with principal players from top orchestras around the globe. The fruits of their labour can be enjoyed by all during the annual PRISMA Festival, which offers two weeks of indoor concerts and ticketed events, as well as the free and family-friendly PRISMA on the Beach celebration.
Music in the Park Series
Enjoy this free family fun event at Willingdon Beach on the last Wednesday of the month for June, July, and August. Shows start at 6:30pm.
June 26th – After August
AFTER AUGUST is a seven piece band formed in 2018 from Lund, BC. This West coast Indie rock band has a modern sound with undertones of southern rock, punk, and blues. Primary song writer, Al Stepaniuk, led the band as the lead guitarist and front man until Gitta May Nielsen joined as their lead vocalist and co-writer in 2019. Winner of The Shot season 6, Nielsen has fronted many bands over the last decade, this being the first solely made up of original material. AFTER AUGUST continues to write and record music in Lund, BC.
July 31st – Ron Campbell and the bLUES bUSTERS
Formerly little known outside their remote Canadian town, jump blues dance band Ron Campbell & the bLUES bUSTERS are now attracting new fans daily with their “jazzy swinging tunes, impossible not to dance to” and their “strong soulful blues vocals, and top notch musicianship”. Word is spreading about “Canada’s best-kept blues secret”. Not just another guitar band playing a stale 12-bar formula, the bLUES bUSTERS stand out with their use of saxophone and harmonica, their “brilliant songwriting”, “fine harmony singing” and their jazz-influenced scales and chords. All without sacrificing the “powerhouse blues delivered with style and attitude” that blues fans have come to expect.
August 28th – Malaspina Ensemble
The inspiration for the Ensemble’s beginnings in 2007 was Martin Rossander’s ‘The Enjoyment Band’ in Powell River. Their present 12 members perform world, folk, celtic, and popular music in gigs as varied as farmers’ markets, a seniors’ centre, Wu Woom at Sliammon, the annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity, craft fairs, and the Blackberry Festival.
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.
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 all ages! If you’re interested in being a vendor, please contact the Recreation Complex at 604-485-2891. Please note, due to the fishing regulations for the 2019 season, our 4th Annual Canada Day Fishing Derby has been cancelled.
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.
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.
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.