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July 2018

July 1 - Sept 2 - Butchart Gardens Fireworks (Saturday Evenings) feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to music.  Take it from my Mom, she goes ever year!

July 6 – 8 - Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival is now in its 16th year at Maffeo Sutton Park.  Dragon boat racing is one of the most amazing sports you will ever get to witness so take the time to come down and cheer on the 70+ racing teams. Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, food trucks, candle and carnation ceremonies. 

July 14 - Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition- registration starts at 10:30 am, building the sandcastles is from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, and winners will be announced at 2:45 pm.  Lions will be selling t-shirts and running a concession at the beach. Jim Taylor will bring lively music to the beach area. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring your pails and shovels, have fun and make great memories!      

July 13 – 15 – The Catalina Sailboat Rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour Marina on Thetis Island.  Contact for details. 

July 15th- The 28th Annual Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta Every year this event brings more fun for people of all ages with entertainment, food vendors, free activities for children and lots of silly racing. The Silly Boat Regatta is strongly supported by amazing local business sponsors. 

July 20 – 22 – the 34th Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm, Duncan, BC.  Folk Festivals are all about growing and nurturing the next generation of live music lovers! We want young families to be part of our event and know they can cut loose, dance, camp under the stars and do it all with their kids too!  Visit our Wee Folks Area for lots of fun and activities. Bring your family and become part of our family! 

July 21 - Bowen Island Classic Car Show features unique vehicles, art installations and music.

July 27 – 29 - Sea Cavalcade in Gibsons has one of the best logos ever!  Now in its 50th year, this fun filled weekend has something for everyone.  The Tin Man Challenge, Keats to Armours swim, pancake breakfast, beer garden, classic cars, salmon BBQ and a parade.

 July 28, August 1st and August 4th - For the first time ever, the Honda Celebration of Light invited the public to vote on a theme for this year’s fireworks competition. “Love” was selected by an overwheliming majority, don’t miss your chance to share in the excitement and see how each team will incorporate the theme.  This year, the festival features South Africa, Sweden and South Korea

July 2016


July 2 – September 3Butchart Gardens Fireworks Display – There are 5 mooring buoys in Butchart Cove, anchorage in Tod Inlet or moorage in Brentwood Bay.  Butchart Gardens has a dinghy wharf that is free to use while you are in the park.

July 8 – 10Comox Music Festival – The lineup includes The Trews, Matt Anderson, 54-40, Bill Bourne, Ashley MacIsaac and Jim Byrnes

July 17Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta – This is the 32nd annual regatta and fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.  There is even a children’s mini regatta and lots of free family activities.

July 21 – 24Nanaimo Championship Bathtub Race -  If you are out on the water, the race starts at 11:00 on the 24th and runs for an hour and a half from the Nanaimo Harbour to Maffeo Sutton Park.  It is quite a spectacle from the water, now in its 50th year.

July 22 – 24The 32nd Annual Islands Folk Festival held at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC.  Tie into Maple Bay, Genoa Bay or Cowichan Bay and it is only a 15 minute cab ride.

July 23Powell River Sea Fair Parade – If you are a vintage car fan, this is a fun parade.  Every year they have a great collection of colourful floats along with some beautiful collector cars.

July 23 – 24Gibsons Sea Calvacade – This is the 48th Circus by the Sea that includes a run, parade, family day, pancake breakfast, the Keats to Armours swim and fireworks. 

July 23, 27 & 30Honda Celebration of Light – English Bay comes alive with fireworks.  Netherlands on the 23rd, Australia on the 27th and the USA on the 30th.  As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, Shorefest will be showcasing some of Canada’s top bands including Loverboy. You can even save a spot by reserving at the Inukshuk Lounge, YVR Observation Deck or The Keg.


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