Cowichan, British Columbia is a vibrant region located on Vancouver Island, known for its natural beauty, rich history, and diverse cultural events. There is always something happening in Cowichan, with numerous festivals, concerts, and community events taking place throughout the year.
The Cowichan Exhibition is a 155-year-old annual event in Cowichan, featuring agricultural exhibits, livestock shows, carnival rides, and live entertainment.
One of the biggest events in Cowichan is the annual Cowichan Exhibition, which has been held for over 150 years. This event takes place every September and features everything from agricultural exhibits and livestock shows to carnival rides and live entertainment. The exhibition attracts thousands of visitors each year and is a celebration of the region’s farming heritage. September 15-17, 2023.
Another popular event in Cowichan is the Islands Folk Festival, a three-day music festival held every summer at Providence Farm. The festival features local and international musicians performing a variety of genres, including folk, blues, and world music. In addition to the music, there are also workshops, food vendors, and artisan markets for visitors to enjoy. July 21-23, 2023.
Tyler Hayes of Hayes Glass Design located in Cobble Hill.
For art lovers, Cowichan has a thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries and studios showcasing the work of local artists. One of the most notable events in the Cowichan art community is the annual Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, which takes place each spring. This show features a juried exhibition of the best artwork from across the region, including paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces. May 5-June 2, 2023.
Visions Artists once again will open their studios for three days so that you can see first hand the exceptional work they do and choose work that was inspired by these unique settings in the Cowichan Valley. The Visions Art Studio Tour & Sale takes place July 7-9 from 10am-4pm.
The Duncan Farmers Market is a weekly event featuring local vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, artisan crafts, and more.
In addition to these annual events, Cowichan also hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, such as farmers’ markets, street festivals, and cultural celebrations. The region is home to a diverse population, including Indigenous communities, and there are many opportunities to learn about and celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. Downtown Duncan Farmers’ Market, weekly on Saturday from 9am-2pm.
May 24 – September 13, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Honeymoon Bay Outdoor Market
Saturdays 10am – 2pm
July 8, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Laketown Ranch is Western Canada’s premier festival and recreation park on the edge of Lake Cowichan, hosting multiple music festivals throughout the year.
Laketown Ranch is a captivating destination that offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty and vibrant entertainment. Surrounded by lush greenery, rolling hills, and pristine lakes, this enchanting venue provides a breathtaking backdrop for various events and gatherings. Whether it’s music festivals, outdoor concerts, or community celebrations, Laketown Ranch is renowned for its expansive grounds, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to providing unforgettable experiences. With its meticulously designed stages, camping areas, and amenities, it serves as a haven for music enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventure seekers alike. From the mesmerizing sunsets over the mountains to the invigorating outdoor activities, Laketown Ranch is a testament to the Cowichan Valley’s charm and serves as a testament to the region’s enchanting allure.
June 16-18, 2023
June 30-July 2, 2023
August 3-6, 2023
With over a dozen wineries, Cowichan has been recognized as an official wine producing region by the BC Wine Authority.
With a unique terroir crafting plenty of award winning wines, there are ample events throughout the year to celebrate and indulge. Averill Creek Vineyards Noir Fest takes place June 24 & 25, hosting 14 makers from 8 different sub-regions, one top-chef and all the pinot noir! The Cowichan Valley Wine Festival hosts the Sunset Soiree on July 27, and a self-guided tour of 12 wineries with a tasting passport throughout the month of August.
Other Notable Events
39 Days of July
June 30-August 7, 2023
Arts on the Avenue Festival
August 26 & 27, 2023
Ladysmith Show & Shine
August 19, 2023
Beverly Corners Show & Shine
August 20, 2023