Plan your trip to Dawson Creek around these fantastic annual events! From arts and culture to mountain fitness, there is something for everyone in Dawson Creek and surrounding communities throughout the year.
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Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Since 2006, Lobsterfest is an annual lobster boil community fundraising event taking place the day before Mother's Day. Live auction, great food and drink, and fun! Proceeds always go to local charities and initiatives. Past beneficiaries include the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation and Bear Mountain Ski Hill.
Each spring, the South Peace Art Society hosts a live art auction of 60+ paintings, photography, mixed media, and sculpture donated by local artists. The auction is held in conjunction with a fully catered meal and semi-formal social event. This is a great way to take home original art from the Peace and to support the Dawson Creek Art Gallery in its year-round exhibits, educational programming, and more.
Located 16 kms north of Dawson Creek (and 1.5 miles west of Rolla, BC) on the sprawling pastoral home and working ranch of the Mattson family, Sweetwater905 brings together a wide range of talent from the community, the province, and beyond. Camping, art exhibits, children's activities, vendors, and more.
July 1st, 2016 - The Biggest Party in the Peace
The parade begins at 10:00 AM at the Village Square, and is followed by a fun, family-friendly afternoon at Pouce Park, with live entertainment, children's activities, local vendors, and the mouth-watering BBQ Beef prepared by Pouce Coupe Foundation volunteers. There is also a breathtaking fireworks display at dusk. Shuttle services to Pouce Park from the Village Square and from Dawson Creek are also usually offered.
July 8th to 10th, 2016 - 22nd Annual Summer Cruise
Get your fix of hot rods, classic cars, trucks, and all things motorized in downtown Dawson Creek. "A fun weekend includes a great Steak BBQ Banquet for participants, cool rides from all over the Peace Country and beyond, and on Sunday the BIGGEST car show in Northern BC and Alberta."
August 9th to 14th, 2016 - The Greatest Show in the Peace!
Since 1922, Dawson Creek has been home to an annual fall fair and exhibition. Highlights of the event include World Professional Chuckwagon Racing, Western Chuckwagon Racing, Wrangler Canadian Pro Tour Rodeo, headlining entertainers, heavy horse events, agriculture fairs, a West Coast Amusements midway, food and retail vendors, camping, fireworks displays, and more! The six-day affair also features two downtown parades.
Join the Kiwanis Community Band this October for Live music, fantastic German food, domestic and imported beers, arts and culture vendors, traditional games, photo booth, and prizes for best-dressed. Tickets sell quickly, so make sure that you check back at the Encana Events Centre come September. Prost!
Also taking place at the Encana Events Centre, the Little Black Dress Affair is a ladies-only evening of glamour and fun. Silent and live auctions, as well as a band and dance floor, make this event an essential night out and major fundraiser for social services within the community.
February 5th to 8th, 2016
Take in our northern climate in truly Canadian fashion by heading to Fort St. John for the 12th Annual High on Ice Winter Festival. A little something for everyone, features include international ice carving displays, local ice carving competition, the Mukluk Curling Bonspiel, family friendly activities, live entertainment, sleigh rides, ice fishing, snowmobile races, skating, and much more! Make sure you also get to Centennial Park for the ever-popular ice slide.
June 10th to 12th, 2016
Chetwynd's chainsaw carving initiatives began in 1992 as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway celebrations, and has become a regional must-see! The first full-blown competition was in 2005, and now every year chainsaw artists flock to Chetwynd for this incredible event. There are over 120 carvings displayed throughout the town, and more created each year in ever-increasing detail and intricacies!
July 30th to 31st, 2016
Enjoy the beautiful mountainscapes of Tumbler Ridge for the Peace Region's biggest music festival, entering its 15th year! This is a full-service music festival in the heart of Tumbler Ridge, with camping and other accommodations nearby. Mainstage musical acts have, in the past, included Theory of a Deadman, George Canyon, Emerson Drive, Bif Naked, and Trooper. Vendors, local artistans, facepainting, children's activities, and a horseshoe tournament are some of the other things you'll discover throughout the festival.
August 6th, 2016 - Run with the goats, cruise with the caribou, or trot with the ptarmigan
2016 marks the 18th annual Emperor's Challenge Half Marathon on Babcock Mountain near Tumbler Ridge, BC. Put this on your list of race goals, and while you're at it, take in the astounding views of the mountain ranges! There are age-group medals for 18 & Under, 19 - 34, 35 - 49, 50 - 64, and 65+. Registration opens April 12, 2016.
Since 1972, Taylor's Gold Panning Championships competition has drawn people to the Peace Island Park to try their hand at striking gold in the magestic Peace River. The Class 'A' Championships are not the only thing to do during this three-day event - there are gold panning competitions and tutorials for all ages and abilities. Also enjoy arts and crafts events, a movie night, bannock baking, and the popular children's Candy Rush! Make sure you pack your Victorian-era gold panning costume for Sunday's activities.