Whistler residents and visitors can look forward to a summer of vibrant festivals, events, outdoor concerts and street entertainment. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is excited to release this year’s Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) schedule, funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative.
The summer program launches with a Canada Day long weekend celebration from June 30 to July 4 and two special Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performances.
Other summer highlights:
- Tough Mudder – June 16 to 17
- Whistler Children’s Festival – July 6 to 8
- Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series – July 13,14, 20, 21 and August 2, 4, 24, 25, 31 and September 1, 8
- Subaru IRONMAN Canada – July 29
- Crankworx Whistler – August 10 to 19
- RBC GranFondo Whistler – September 8
- Whistler Village Beer Festival – September 11 to 16
“Our year-round Festivals, Events and Animation program is well-established and has contributed to the overall visitor experience,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “Thank you to the Province of British Columbia for continuing to invest in this program and to the event organizers for bringing their unique programming and expertise. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is proud of the many partnerships that create this annual program.”
“It’s wonderful to see Resort Municipality Initiative funding supporting events that bring visitors to British Columbia and that benefit the people and communities who work in the tourism industry,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “This summer’s entertainment provides an opportunity to showcase the resort’s year-round attractions to both locals and visitors. The lineup of exciting events and festivals has something for everyone, and I hope all who visit have a memorable time.”
Celebrate Canada Day with a parade and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performance
Join Whistler’s Canada Day long weekend celebrations from Saturday, June 30 to Thursday, July 4. The fun-filled long weekend includes the Canada Day Parade, street entertainment and spectacular evening performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for free at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Concerts will be led by renowned conductor Bramwell Tovey, who is conducting for his final year with the orchestra. Bring your own picnic basket and blankets.
- Saturday, June 30: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Check out the Wine & Beer Garden open on site from 6 to 10 p.m.
- Canada Day: Sunday, July 1: Cheer on the Canada Day Parade, as almost 50 floats wind their way through Whistler Village. This year’s theme is The Great Canadian Campout. The parade begins at noon at Whistler Olympic Plaza and continues along the Village Stroll to Mountain Square. Register for the parade by Wednesday, June 27. The Whistler Farmers Market takes place in the Upper Village from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day culminates with a dramatic performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. at Whistler Olympic Plaza, with the Wine & Beer Garden open from 6 to 10 p.m.
- Monday, July 2: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute of Whistler performs at Whistler Olympic Plaza at 2 p.m.
Whistler Street Entertainment will be roving Whistler Village—with colourful characters, art demonstrations, live painting and music by local musicians and artists. Throughout the weekend, everyone is encouraged to walk, cycle or take the bus. Whistler Transit will be free and Whistler Olympic Plaza will have a bike valet, the Whistler Bike Check, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on June 30 and July 1. Note: Due to wildfire risk, Whistler will not be scheduling a fireworks show.
Road impacts during IRONMAN and GranFondo
The RMOW would like to remind the public of traffic impacts during Subaru IRONMAN Canada on Sunday, July 29 and RBC GranFondo Whistler on Saturday, September 8. Plan ahead and expect delays.
- Subaru IRONMAN Canada has a new bicycle route, so the race will have different transportation impacts than previous years. A detailed Traffic Impact Guide for residents will be released by IRONMAN Canada in the coming weeks. Learn more at whistler.ca/Ironman
- RBC GranFondo Whistler returns with 4,000 cyclists journeying from Vancouver to Whistler along Highway 99. The highway will remain open, but traffic will be significantly delayed between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. south of Whistler Village. More details will be released soon by the event producers. Learn more at whistler.ca/Granfondo
Year-round festivals and events contribute to Whistler’s success
Now in its eighth year, the municipal Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program builds off past successes with a similar approach and investment mix. The program showcases Whistler as a destination for sports, the arts and entertainment.
During events, the RMOW works with AWARE to reduce waste. The outdoor concert series will have a Zero Waste Station at Whistler Olympic Plaza for recyclable waste.
The robust FE&A programming continues into the fall and winter with:
- Whistler Readers and Writers Festival – October 11 to 14
- Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra – October 13
- Cornuopcia – November 8-18
- Whistler Film Festival – November 28 to December 2
- Whistler Holiday Experience – December 22 to January 6
- Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve – December 31
Since its inception, the FE&A 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. This year’s budget is $3,160,000, which is the same as last year.Whistler hosts hundreds of events each year. Calendars are updated regularly at whistler.ca/events and whistler.com/events.