This year’s preliminary schedule for Whistler’s Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program has been released, with a year-round lineup of festivals, events, outdoor concerts and street entertainment.
Highlights include the return of Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival (GO Fest) on Victoria Day long weekend and the Canada 150 celebrations on July 1 featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) annual FE&A program also features street entertainment, music and live art displays on the Village Stroll, as well as investments into events like Subaru IRONMAN Canada, as part of the program’s overall aim of ensuring there is always something happening in Whistler.
“Events are a cornerstone of Whistler’s culture and success. This year’s lineup builds on past successes to deliver an engaging program that offers arts, culinary and sports activities, as well as entertainment for all ages,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “I’d like to thank the Province of British Columbia for making this programming possible through the Resort Municipality Initiative and helping to grow visitation and enhance the visitor experience in Whistler throughout all of our seasons.”
- Whistler PRIDE and Ski – January 22–29
- Family Après, Whistler Olympic Plaza Snow Zone, and Fire & Ice Show – Until the end of March
- World Ski and Snowboard Festival – April 7–16
- Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest) – May 19–22
- Whistler Street Entertainment – Starting May 19 to September 9
- Whistler Half Marathon – June 3
- ThinkBike (formerly Outerbike) Whistler – June 1–4
- Tough Mudder Whistler – June 17 and 18
- Tough Mudder Half Whistler – June 17 and 18
- Canada 150 Parade and Celebrations – July 1
- Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – July 1 and 2
- Whistler Children’s Festival – July 7–9
- Subaru IRONMAN Canada – July 30
- Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series – May 19–21, August 3–5, 24–26, September 1, 2 and 9
- Crankworx Whistler – August 11–20
- RBC GranFondo Whistler– September 9
- Whistler Village Beer Festival – September 13–17
- Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra – October 14
- Whistler Writers Festival – October 11–15
- Cornucopia – November 9–19
- Whistler Film Festival – November 29 to December 3
- Whistler Holiday Experience – December 22 – January 7
- Whistler Presents New Year’s Eve – December 31
“I would like to acknowledge the many event organizers from Whistler and from outside of the community that deliver quality experiences in our community,” said the Mayor. “The partnership of those events along with the programming delivered by the municipality has resulted in an outstanding annual program that I am very proud of.”
Bands and artists for the Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series will be announced in late spring.
FE&A Program Details
Now in its seventh year, the FE&A program is a major annual initiative designed to attract visitors to Whistler and enhance the visitor experience through the development and production of a wide range of festivals, events and entertainment for an equally wide range of target groups.
Since its inception, the program has contributed to the success of the resort community, not only increasing occupancy during shoulder seasons, but also contributing to a positive guest experience.
An ongoing strategic planning process is in place, involving many resort partners, to review research, identify opportunities and make decisions on the best way to invest FE&A funds on behalf of the community.
The FE&A program plans for 2017 were presented to Whistler Mayor and Council at the Tuesday, February 7 meeting.
The program is made possible through funding from the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative. This year’s budget is $3,160,000, which is the same as last year.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is Whistler’s local government led by an elected council and administered by an executive team and staff on behalf of 10,447 residents and three million annual visitors. The RMOW manages municipal planning and development, park and Village operations, sports facilities and recreation, public utilities and environmental services, bylaws and enforcement, fire rescue, fiscal planning and financial services, legislative services, human resources, communications and the administration of the Whistler2020 Comprehensive Sustainability Plan and Whistler’s Official Community Plan. The RMOW collaborates with in-resort and external partners to create visitor experiences and enrich community life.
Whistler’s vision is to be the premier mountain resort community as it moves toward sustainability. Whistler was the proud Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.