Events & Festivals
Campbell River & Region has a number of fun, creative, authentic and multicultural annual events that welcome visitors and locals alike. Share experiences with others and connect with locals as living history and culture come alive in a variety of special community events.
YEAR ROUND: This outdoor facility is Campbell River’s town centre, providing a wide open space for almost any kind of public gathering. The Campbell River Spirit Square welcomes all residents and visitors twelve months of the year.
The Campbell River Spirit Square does its very best to represent social diversity by providing a program of entertainment and public awareness events. Local organizations are welcome to use the Spirit Square to promote individual causes. For more information visit the Campbell River Spirit Square Facebook Page
June 24th-28th, 2015
This annual event brings novice, amateur, semi-professional, and professional carvers to the Pacific shoreline of Campbell River at Frank James Park for five days during the last week in June to transform cedar and/or fir carving logs into works of art. About 30 carvers shape their logs using chainsaws, mauls, knives, chisels and various custom tools until a new creation is released from the heart of the wood. The finished sculptures are later displayed in various parks and sponsors’ premises for everyone to enjoy year round.
May thru October
Be sure to take in the Pier Street Farmer’s Market and Arts Fair between May and September, held every Sunday from 10am-2:30pm in front of the Maritime Heritage Centre, by the Discovery Fishing Pier.
In the Winter, the market transitions to a Pier Street Christmas inside the Maritime Heritage Centre. Everything from edible goodies to hand dyed silk scarves, pottery to jewellery and it’s all handmade!
August 7th-9th, 2015
The Salmon Festival will be presenting 2 World Championship and 7 Canadian Championships, along with 35 open, intermediate, novice, ladies, youth and teen events. International and local loggers will be competing for part of the proposed $35,450 prize package at this World Class Loggers Sports Competition.
Labour Day Weekend
Each year, on Sunday of the Labour Day weekend, the North Island Cruisers host an incredible car show in downtown Campbell River. The efforts of volunteers from the North Island Cruisers, as well as other local car clubs, bring one of the biggest events that takes place in our beautiful city. Local merchants support our efforts by sponsoring the trophies and t-shirts, while the City of Campbell River and Tyee Plaza Shopping Centre allow the use of the main street and shopping centre parking lot. Service clubs from the area supply food kiosks, first aid, and have 50/50 draws to build excitement and raise money. Old time Rock & Roll music fills the air for entertainment during the event. The quality and variety of the entries provides something for every taste, as the show is open to all types of vehicles. The main focus is on vintage cars and trucks and includes sports cars, muscle cars, race cars, exotics and special interest vehicles. Participants have come from as far away as California. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities.
Tour June 2015 – some studios open year round
Enjoy exploring the work of over 35 artists in their studios and at the Community Centre (where lunch is available). Many artists will demonstrate their techniques during the weekend. Tickets for the event each June are $5/person, sold at the Campbell River Art Gallery or Visitor Centre. After June 7th, 14 studios remain open all year. Studio-touring is a great way to explore beautiful Quadra Island and the wide range of art-making will be sure to surprise and delight.
A National day filled with activities and adventure, Campbell River is the place to be every July 1st. Events happening in every part of the community, with the parade, main ceremonies and fireworks located in the evening downtown, at Robert V. Ostler (Foreshore) Park