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calendar1Salt Spring Island offers visitors many events throughout the year. Events range from eclectic to folksy to internationally-recognized and the venues are equally varied. So, if you are thinking of coming to the island, why not combine your stay with one of these typical island events.

Here is a list of some of the events taking place on Salt Spring Island. We will update this list with new events regularly so do check back.  Its not comprehensive. For more information visit one of the Calendar of Events

2017 Calendar


The Saturday Market            Every Saturday from 26 March  until 31 October at Centennial Park

The Farmers Market             Every Tuesday from April  until late September at Centennial Park

Music Under the Stars          Live music Wed – Sun from May  to October at the Tree House Cafe

calendar2Pitchfork Social   Featuring world class Americana and Roots music concerts  from May to October at a unique music venue in a forest setting just 5 minutes drive/15 mins walk  from Hedgerow House . There is an outdoor kitchen offering delicious meals before the concert in a picnic setting. Make an evening out  in this very special space.This is a house concert with a difference :  Warning: tickets sell out fast !! Check the 2017 schedule of concerts  on the website. Cowboy Junkies are coming back !

Salt Spring Folk Club:  From October to March  the Salt Spring folk Club stages a wide variety of local  as well as national and even international folk music shows at the historic  Fulford Hall. Check the schedule and combine your trip to the island with a visit to this quintessential Salt Spring experience.

Farm to Table Dinner Series    May  – June  : Four farms, four chefs  & one great dinner.  Come down to the farm, sit at long tables and enjoy farm fresh food and great atmosphere. In addition there are a number of other farm to table dinners such as at Stowel Lake Farm,  and Bullock Lake Farm which highlight the bounty of food available on Salt Spring Island.

Art Spring Theatre    Throughout the year the main theatre in Ganges features an eclectic mix of cultural events including plays, chamber orchestras, and jazz. Check out our seasonal cultural stay and save packages in combination with specific Art Spring events.

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2017 Month by Month Calendar:


Jan 01.   Salt Spring Polar Bear Festival at Vesuvius beach


The February festival has events throughout the month

Feb 11     Seedy Saturday at the Farmers’ Institute – buy, sell and exchange seeds in tine for spring sowing

Feb 13    Family Day . Various celebrations all over the island

feb 14  Valentines Day ! The most romantic day of the year = perfect for some island relaxation !!

Feb 18    Salt Springs famous Indoor Saturday Market  ( all day)


Mar 3-5   The Salt Spring Documentary Film Festival


Every Saturday:   The famous Saturday Market starts April 1


May  –  Sept Art Craft :   10 am to 5 pm showcasing a selection of local artists at Mahon Hall in Ganges Village (5 minutes walk)

May 19 – 21  Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) art auction fund raiser  at Mahon Hall.


Every Tuesday: The Salt Spring farmers market starts  June 6.

June 19-21  Sea Capers at Centennial Park

All Month: Canada 150  Celebration with 150 days of fun 


01  July       Canada 150 festivities in many locations including fireworks over Ganges Harbour. Art & Nature fest at the Salt Spring conservancy  at Blackburn Lake.

02 July       Art in Nature Festival , Salt Spring Island Conservancy, A wonderful day of art, music, great food  in a bucolic setting around Blackburn Lake. Check back for details.

July 16       Outstanding in the Field  Farm to Table Dinner at Bullock Lake Farm.


Canada 150 celebrations with 150 days of fun throughout  the island 

September : 

Sept 9    Pride Festival: One of the largest pride parades in BC. Join the colourful festival celebrating gay pride.

Sept 19/20  The Fall Fair at the Farmers’ Institute – one of the largest fall fairs in BC –  a 119-year-old tradition celebrating everything to do with farming and artisan traditions on Salt Spring Island. Lots of entertainment and good food plus lots of fun.  Zucchini races anyone?

Sept 22 – October   Salt Spring National Art prize. (SSNAP)    A Juried exhibition of world class art from all corners of Canada

Celebrate Canada 150 with 150 days of fun throughout the island. 


Oct 1     The Apple Festival    Check out the 350 varieties of apples at Fulford Hall and at many apple farms throughout the island. Sample fruit and try some apple cider.

Oct 7-9  Thanksgiving weekend

Oct 14   Grape stomp at Salt Spring Winery

Oct21    Sip & Savour Salt Spring

Oct 22   Salt Spring National Art Prize (SNAPP) –   Closing Gala  at Mahon Hall




November 27 – December 1    Winterfair  at Mahon Hall in Ganges

Christmas on Salt Spring  November 28 – December 20  at various venues throughout the island

For  more detailed event listings please  go to  The Driftwood Calendar