10 Don’t-Miss BC Fall Festivals for 2018

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Fall is upon us, ushering in a number of don’t-miss festivals to enjoy across the province. Celebrate the harvest with food and drink indulgences, wonder at BC’s spectacular wildlife, explore our cultural landscape, and more.

Culture Days BC | Mike Biden

Culture Days BC

September 28-30 in communities throughout BC

In its ninth year, this Canada-wide celebration of all things arts and culture will feature approximately 500 free events in BC alone. Check out hands-on activities, workshops, and excursions intended to give insight into the world of local artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers. From walking tours and scavenger hunts to art shows and live performances, come discover what BC’s arts community has to offer.

Queen of the Peak | Kyler Vos

Queen of the Peak

September 28-30 in Tofino

What started as a showcase for some of the talented female surfers on the west coast of Vancouver Island has grown into a week-long festival that includes yoga and zumba classes, an art show, and movie premiers. Last year more than 100 women and girls competed for cash, prizes, and bragging rights. Sunday night, the event wraps up with a celebratory dance party.

Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

September 27-October 7 at various locations in the Okanagan Valley

The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is a fun-filled way to mark the harvest. Whether your tastes run more toward Pinot Noir or Ehrenfelser, you’ll be wowed by the quality vintages produced in BC’s Okanagan Valley. Local food—highlighted in longtable dinners, small-plates pairings, a chocolate and wine party, and more—is the perfect complement. Don’t miss the first annual British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards, a mash-up of the province’s premier wine competitions.

Vancouver Writers Fest | roaming-the-planet

Vancouver Writers Fest

October 15-21 on Granville Island and other venues around Vancouver

The Vancouver Writers Fest presents interviews, panel discussions, readings, and performances that connect readers with some of their favourite writers. This year’s festival includes more than 80 events—approximately half of which are geared toward young readers—and includes names like Patrick deWitt, Cherie Dimaline, Jodi Picoult, and Vivek Shraya.

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl | Linda Williams

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

October 19-21 in various locations along the Sunshine Coast Highway

The laid-back lifestyle and stunning scenery along BC’s Sunshine Coast has long been a draw for artsy types. The annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl showcases the talents of more than 400 artists—including painters, sculptors, carvers, metal workers, jewelry makers, and mixed-media artists—at 165 venues. Pick up a brochure for a comprehensive list of galleries, home studios, and shops open for your viewing pleasure, and be sure to take home a hand-crafted memento.

Barkerville's Ghostly Hallowe'en

October 27-28 in Barkerville

Are you brave enough to face the ghosts and ghouls who haunt Barkerville Historic Town in the fall? Take a walk among the 125+ heritage buildings that line Barkerville’s spooooooky main street, carve a pumpkin, enjoy hot dogs and s’mores by the bonfire, and tour the haunted house—if you dare.

Headbanger Festival, Radium Hot Springs | Robert Crowe

Headbanger Festival

November 2-4 in Radium Hot Springs

Want to witness the raw power of BC’s wildlife in action? The Headbanger Festival celebrates rutting season as bighorn sheep challenge one another in a fight for dominance. The crack of their horns colliding can be heard for miles as they run at one another full speed. In addition to the spectacle, take part in a smartphone photography workshop, join a guided hike, and learn from wildlife experts.

Cornucopia | Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane


November 8-18 in Whistler

This wildly popular food and drink extravaganza combines all the elements of BC’s culinary scene into an unforgettable 11-day event. Take part in drink seminars, chef’s table luncheons, decadent brunches, educational workshops, convivial after parties, and more. And no Cornucopia experience is complete without at least one signature tasting. Crush, the flagship tasting event, features wines from BC and beyond.

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival | Kelly Kitsch

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

November 17-18 in the Fraser Valley

There’s something thrilling about spotting a bald eagle soaring overhead, or perched in a tree. Now imagine an opportunity to view one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles around. Spawning salmon making their way up the Fraser River attract these majestic birds in droves, giving wildlife enthusiasts a chance to watch them feast. Take part in nature walks, check out environmental displays, learn from expert speakers, and enjoy some local cuisine and dine alongside the eagles.


September 21-22 in Kelowna and November 19-25 in Vancouver

Question: What happens when a huge venue is packed with thousands of patrons enjoying fine libations and delicious food? Answer: A great time is had by all. Join the fun at the Kelowna Curling Club in September or the PNE Forum in Vancouver in November, and sample craft and premium beers, spirits, wines, and some outstanding Scotch and other whiskies. Enjoy snacks, partake in a full dinner, or just listen to the music as you sample and discover new favourites.

POSTED BY: Tiffany Lewis

From: Richmond
Born and raised in British Columbia, Tiffany Lewis is a Destination BC staffer who lives just south of Vancouver near charming Steveston Village. Passionate about all things local, from food to cider to theatre, Tiffany spends her weekends exploring the province’s parks and beaches with her two beautiful daughters.

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