Spring is the season when Whistler’s summer and winter activities become available: from sailing, skateboarding and scavenger hunts, to skiing and snowboarding. From running, paddle boarding, road cycling and yoga, to mountain biking. Add the Adventure Film Series, Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week, the British car show, street entertainment, classes for your pooch, creative pursuits and the phenomenal free outdoor concerts (featuring The Philosopher Kings, Current Swell and the Funk Hunters) and you have Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival.
GO Fest, which runs over the May Long weekend from May 18 to 21, is the perfect opportunity to try something new. Curious about DJing? Visit Vancouver’s Premier DJ School at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Want to head out onto the lake on a paddleboard? Try an hour-long session at Lakeside Park. Feeling the urge to paint? Pick up a brush at the Alta Lake Station House. Curious about trying a musical instrument? Join the Musical Instrument Swap and Jam Session at The Point. Arts, heritage, adventure and education are on offer during this festival. The full events schedule is online at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com/schedule.
GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, is supported by funding from the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI); this initiative invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout British Columbia. Celebration is an essential component of Whistler’s culture and GO Fest launches Whistler’s summer season of events and animation.
“It’s great to see Resort Municipality Initiative funding supporting events that attract visitors to our province and that benefit British Columbian families and communities who work in the tourism industry,” said Lana Popham, Acting Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “GO Fest is an incredible opportunity for both locals and visitors to experience the year-round attractions in Whistler, and I hope everyone enjoys the festival."
Whistler is known for its free Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series and GO Fest launches the summer of music in the mountains. The Philosopher Kings (7:30 p.m., May 18), Carmanah (3 p.m., May 19), Current Swell (7:30 p.m., May 19) Coco Jafro (3 p.m., May 20) and The Funk Hunters (7:30 p.m., May 20) will perform during GO Fest at Whistler’s Village Square.
Produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative, this year’s festival will see entertainment and activities taking place in Whistler Village, including music and street entertainment, as well as throughout Whistler valley. Over the course of four days, GO Fest attendees will get a chance to sample a host of outdoor activities and products in a high-energy, family-friendly, dog-lover-friendly outdoor setting.
Learn more about all of the events and activities at GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, by visiting www.greatoutdoorsfest.com and stay connected for updates and inspiration by following www.facebook.com/greatoutdoorsfest, and @GOFestWhistler on Instagram and Twitter.
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About GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, takes place May 18 to 21, 2018 and celebrates the convergence of winter and summer in North America’s premier four-season mountain resort. GO Fest is an initiative of the Resort Municipality of Whistler and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative. Part of the Festivals, Events and Animation Program, GO Fest is one component of the larger May Long Weekend Initiative. Learn more at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.