Festivals, Events & Animation
Celebration has always been an important aspect of Whistler culture. Since the 1980s, Whistler’s been a destination for unique experiences and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has been an important part of facilitating these opportunities.
From legendary mountain-top concerts and sports festivals to fine art shows focusing on young, contemporary artists and amazing street entertainment, Whistler’s reputation has been built on what happens in the Village as much as what happens on the mountains. The RMOW invests in many cultural projects through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) Program.
Whistler tested its mettle by co-hosting the ultimate event, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Because of successes like the 2010 Winter Games, the RMOW's commitment to festivals, events and village animations continues stronger than ever.
The legacy lives on at Whistler Olympic Plaza, the largest multi-purpose entertainment venue in Whistler. Located on the same grounds that hosted Whistler’s Olympic and Paralympic medal ceremonies and the Paralypmic Closing Ceremony, this space opens up great opportunities for festivals, events and increased village animation.
As the cornerstone of the RMOW’s cultural tourism strategy, Whistler Olympic Plaza anchors a strategy to increase Whistler’s profile as a cultural tourism destination. Through the provincial government’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), the RMOW is investing in year-round, cultural programming.
Together with other community stakeholders including Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Arts Council, Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, Whistler Sport Legacies, Whistler Museum and Archives as well as many third party event producers and organizations involved, the RMOW is excited to build Whistler’s reputation as a cultural tourism destination. With events for the whole family, there’s something for everyone, from street performers to bands on the rise.
With many free festivals and events, lively street activations and its magnificent natural setting, Whistler Village is the place for fun on and off the mountain.
Producers please note:
The RMOW also welcomes third-party producers and works to ensure that production of your event is integrated into the overall operations of the resort. On this website, producers will find guidelines and general information on how to put an event on in Whistler. The Whistler Events Working Committee meets every month to discuss existing annual events and discuss applications for new events. Learn more here.
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- News Release: RMI funding supports Whistler tourism projects April 2013
- News Release: Whistler 2013 Festival, Events & Animation plans revealed February 2013
- Presentation to Council: Festival, Events and Animation 2013 Recommended Funding Allocation July 2012
- Presentation to Council: RMOW to invest $2.685 million in Festival, Events and Animation May 2012
- News Release: RMI funding and Festival, Events and Animation to receive more community input March 2012