Whistler is looking forward to celebrating an action-packed May Long Weekend with festivities and activities for all ages during the sixth annual Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, GO Fest, from May 17-20, 2019.
GO Fest, which is part of the municipal Festivals, Events and Animation Program, is a celebration of the convergence of winter and summer. Attendees get a chance to sample a host of outdoor activities and products in a high-energy outdoor setting. This year’s festival will see entertainment and activities taking place in Whistler Village, including free concerts, workshops, adventure films, and street entertainment.
“GO Fest brings incredible energy to Whistler that has transformed May Long Weekend into a really unique time for adventurers to visit Whistler and for locals to stay home and play,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “It truly is a celebration of the junction between winter and summer. I am looking forward to another fun weekend inspired by Whistler’s renowned mountain culture. I hope to see everyone skiing, biking, enjoying activities on the water, running, practicing yoga, dancing at the free concerts and more.”
The fun, all ages atmosphere in Whistler during May Long Weekend is the result of work over the past six years by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and resort partners to build a weekend celebrating the wealth of outdoor recreation available in Whistler for all ages, and to collaborate toward proactive safety initiatives.
Events and activities taking place during GO Fest this year include outdoor recreation clinics (ranging from stand-up paddle boarding, running, yoga, cycling to sailing and more) and a series of free outdoor concerts with Corb Lund, Jesse Roper, Said the Whale, Buckman Coe, Tonye Aganaba and the Lazy Syrup Orchestra in Whistler Village Square. There will also be street entertainment and the Whistler Film Festival Adventure Film Series, screening the world’s best independent adventure films.
GO Fest is produced by the RMOW through the Festivals, Events and Animation program. The program is funded by Municipal and Regional District Tax (hotel tax) revenues collected in Whistler and allocated by the Province of British Columbia in support of tourism initiatives in Whistler.
Learn more about the events and activities during GO Fest by visiting www.greatoutdoorsfest.com
Ensuring a peaceful weekend
In addition to the action-packed GO Fest programming, there will be a strong RCMP, bylaw and fire department presence supplemented by private security and crime prevention initiatives by accommodations and bars.
The RCMP presence in Whistler over the May Long Weekend will be enhanced to ensure a peaceful weekend. Local officers will be working extended shifts, and additional officers will be brought in from the Lower Mainland and Squamish. RCMP officers will be highly visible and conduct foot and bike patrols in Whistler Village and the various parks.
RMOW Bylaw Services and Whistler Fire Rescue Service will also be conducting patrols during the weekend. Private security guards will be placed at strategic locations and also patrol Whistler Village.Road checks on the highway will be in effect, and there will be an RCMP presence around night clubs as well as monitoring of house parties. There will be zero tolerance for public intoxication, possession of open liquor, general disturbances, and disorderly behaviour. Community members are encouraged to report incidents by dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies or (604) 932-3044 for non-emergencies.