Tofino Events Calendar

Welcome to the Wickaninnish Inn Tofino Festivals and Events Calendar! On these pages, you will find information on Wickaninnish Inn events, as well as the many festivals and celebrations in the Tofino/Pacific Rim area, and on Chesterman Beach to complement your time enjoying the waves!

Click on the tabs below to see events at the Inn and around Tofino during your stay with us: 

Nightly Summer - Early Fall 2014: Classics in the Gardens

Enjoy the music of Mozart, Bach, Vivialdi and more while sipping wine on the Darwin's Cafe Patio or meandering through the award-winning Tofino Botanical Gardens. A high quality audio system set near the front of the gardens brings you a different classical artist each evening from 8:00pm - 9:30pm.  If you prefer a lighter background sound, wander through the garden paths until you reach the grounded boat at the silent Tofino Mudflats.  Tickets - including garden admission - are $10 and valid for three days. Offered nightly unless closed for private events. Please call 250-725-2247 to confirm. 

July 25-27, 2014: Ukee Days

Drive down Highway 4 to our neighbouring coastal community of Ucluelet for some small-town fun, including the ever-popular logger sports competition. Weekend details can be found on the Ukee Days website.

August 2, 2014: Food Day Canada Beachside BBQ

Founded by Canadian food pioneer Anita Stewart, this is a day-long, coast-to-coast celebration of Canada’s rich culinary heritage. This year, The Pointe's culinary team is working with guest Chefs Nicole Gomes of Nicole Gourmet Catering and Duncan Ly of Hotel Arts from Calgary - and a silver medal finalist at the 2014 Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships - to present the best of Western Canada's bounty with a Beachside BBQ.

Chat and mingle with the Chefs as they present dishes highlighting products from BC and Alberta. Enjoy this interactive non-alcoholic event on Chesterman Beach with open seating from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Tickets are $65 plus services and taxes and can be reserved through our Special Events team at 250.725.3100 ext. 222 or email specialevents [at] wickinn [dot] com (subject: Food%20Day%20Canada%20BBQ) (specialevents AT wickinn.com).  If you prefer an a la carte dining option, The Pointe Restaurant will also present a special Food Day Canada dinner tasting menu. Reservations for The Pointe can be made at 250.725.3106.

August 2-3, 2014: Mark Hobson in his Tofino Gallery

You are invited to meet the affable Mark Hobson and view his Clayoquot Sound-inspired paintings throughout this week-end at his gallery on Campbell Street, Tofino, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rainforests to the underwater realm the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work. All are welcome.

August 14, 2014: Candace Dawne and Aisha Belle Live at the Driftwood Café

Influenced by classic artists such as the Beatles, Neil Young, the Eagles, BB King, and Willie Nelson, Candace recognizes the importance of creating a catchy tune, as well as telling a story, and sending a meaningful message. Her unique style includes folk, reggae, blues, flamenco, and gypsy-jazz, all spiced with a light to medium dose of comedy. Candace encourages everyone in life to ‘Laugh Out Loud’. “Life is short; laugh often, love always!” Join Candace and her friend Aisha Belle Thursday, August 14th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music at the Driftwood Café, off Chesterman Beach, in the Wickaninnish Inn's Beach Building. Complimentary event, no tickets required.

August 17, 2014: Tofino Lantern Festival

We love this magical night, when creatively handmade lanterns adorn the winding paths of the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Past guests have even made their lanterns at home for this special event, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the local Raincoast Education Society (Photo credit Jacqueline Windh for Raincoast Education Society).

August 28, 2014: Chris Silvestri Live at the Driftwood Café

In the words of Chris himself "I remember listening to Karma Police by Radiohead for the first time in my mom's kitchen, on the local rock radio station.  It was the first song I ever learned on guitar. I played it and played it until there were deep indentations in my finger tips.  There was just something about that song; those vocals; that band, that was different than anything i had heard up until that point.  And, for a minute there, I lost myself...  Now, I am in love with [music] and I've tried from time to time to channel some of the artists that got me to that point.  Sometimes, I play music for people." Join Chris in the Driftwood Café on Thursday, August 28th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music. Complimentary event, no tickets required. 

August 29-September 14, 2014: Carving on the Edge

This celebration of our traditional and contemporary West Coast wood carvers makes its encore with carving demonstrations, forums, exhibit and family programs throughout Tofino and Ucluelet. Find more information on the Festival website or drop by Henry Nolla's Carving Shed on Chesterman Beach.

September 5, 2014: Wickaninnish Inn Pro Am Golf Tournament

Every year, we play the scenic Long Beach Golf Course with a number of golf pros traveling from throughout BC for this special event, now in its 13th year. All proceeds go toward the Ucluelet Secondary School's athletics program - including golf, of course! To date, over $120,000 has been raised for our local students.

September 11, 2014: Savanna Callison Live at the Driftwood Café

Originally calling the backwoods of Nova Scotia home before relocating to Tofino, this singer/songwriter has busked country markets, small town coffee shops and city parks coast to coast across Canada. Through her Intensely inspiring emotional acoustic ballads, Savanna will have begging for more. When not singing and strumming, Savanna can be found in her newly blossoming Herbal Apothecary located in Green Soul Organics in Tofino, where she offers herbal consultations, an attentive ear and always a warm smile. Join her Thursday, September 11th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music at the Driftwood Café, off Chesterman Beach in the Wickaninnish Inn’s Beach Building. No tickets required. 

September 25, 2014: Candace Dawne Life at the Driftwood Café

Popular Tofino musician Candace Dawne invites you to join in some acoustic singing with guitar accompaniment Thursday, September 25th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm. Come by for a relaxing evening of live music at the Driftwood Café, off Chesterman Beach in the Wickaninnish Inn’s Beach Building. No tickets required.

All October: Blue Mountain Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Promotion

With the help of Okanagan Falls BC's Blue Mountain Vineyards, we're thrilled to offer the Blue Mountain Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation promotion in celebration of those affected by breast cancer. For every glass or bottle of Blue Mountain Rosé sold at the Inn in the month of October, partial proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon Region. Cheers to your health!

October 4-5, 2014: Queen of the Peak

Inspired by the pioneers of female surfing in Tofino, Shelter Restaurant and Surf Sister combined forces to celebrate our local ladies and offer them the chance to show their stuff! This third annual women's surf competition has grown to be the largest of its kind in Canada, and one of the largest in North America, attracting athletes from all over the Pacific Northwest. Though you may not be ready to carve a wave (perhaps another lesson with Surf Sister first...) fun events leading up to and during the competition are open to the public. For more information visit the Queen of the Peak website.

October 11-12, 2014: Mark Hobson in his Tofino Gallery

You are invited to meet the affable Mark Hobson and view his Clayoquot Sound-inspired paintings throughout this week-end at his gallery on Campbell Street, Tofino, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rainforests to the underwater realm the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work. All are welcome.

November 10-11, 2014: Mark Hobson in his Tofino Gallery

You are invited to meet the affable Mark Hobson and view his Clayoquot Sound-inspired paintings throughout this week-end at his gallery on Campbell Street, Tofino, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rainforests to the underwater realm the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work. All are welcome.

November 14-17, 2014: Clayoquot Oyster Festival

We just love this annual tribute to our favorite bivalve! This is a week-end festival of entertaining talks, oyster farm tours, and tasty events like The Oyster Gala where local chefs present their own interpretation of our locally-farmed oysters. Our signature Oysters with the Oysterman event on November 15 is sure to delight, an there's also the Mermaids' Ball with its slurping contest and (dare we say) outrageous costumes...

December 23 , 2014 - January 1, 2015: Holidays at Wickaninnish Inn

For years, guests from around the globe have retreated to the Inn, for a holiday experience that gives back. “Each holiday season The Wickaninnish Inn attracts visitors who want to use this time of year to recharge and renew,” says the Managing Director Charles McDiarmid. “For couples, families and even extended families, Christmas and New Year's at the Wick is a bonding experience, spent at a safe distance from hectic holiday activities and Boxing Day sales.”

December 30 - January 1, 2014: Artists in Action

Start the new year beautifully by visiting us in the Beach building off Chesterman Beach for a sampling of Vancouver Island art! Meet sculptor Craig Benson, wood carver Frank Armich, the multi-talented jewelry artist Lisa Fletcher and pottery creator Daniele Petosa. All are welcome!

January TBD, 2015: Annual Wickaninnish Inn Closure

We appreciate your patience as we take this time to buff, primp, and prime the Wickaninnish Inn, ready to welcome you back at 4pm on January 24th.

February 13, 2014: Candace Dawne Live at the Driftwood Café

Influenced by classic artists such as the Beatles, Neil Young, the Eagles, BB King, and Willie Nelson, Candace recognizes the importance of creating a catchy tune, as well as telling a story, and sending a meaningful message. Her unique style includes folk, reggae, blues, flamenco, and gypsy-jazz, all spiced with a light to medium dose of comedy. Candace encourages everyone in life to ‘Laugh Out Loud’. “Life is short; laugh often, love always!” Join Candace Thursday, Fenruary 13th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music at the Driftwood Café, off Chesterman Beach, in the Wickaninnish Inn's Beach Building. Complimentary event, no tickets required.

February 22, 2014: Westcoast Winter Music Series Presents Lorraine Min

In it's 14th season, the Westcoast Winter Music Series showcases a wide range of talent, from classical to jazz and roots. All concerts are held at the intimate Clayoquot Sound Theatre, starting at 7:30 pm. On February 22nd, Lorraine Min takes the stage! This critically acclaimed pianist has impressed audiences worldwide for her artistic brilliance and virtuosity. Email westcoastwintermusic [at] gmail [dot] com (Westcoast Winter Music) or call 250-725-4455. Single tickets will be for sale the week before each concert at Mermaid Tales Bookshop.

February 27, 2014: Chris Silvestri Live at the Driftwood Café

In the words of Chris himself "I remember listening to Karma Police by Radiohead for the first time in my mom's kitchen, on the local rock radio station.  It was the first song I ever learned on guitar. I played it and played it until there were deep indentations in my finger tips.  There was just something about that song; those vocals; that band, that was different than anything i had heard up until that point.  And, for a minute there, I lost myself...  Now, I am in love with [music] and I've tried from time to time to channel some of the artists that got me to that point.  Sometimes, I play music for people." Join Chris in the Driftwood Café on February 27th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music. Complimentary event, no tickets required. 

March 11, 2014: Pacific Rim Whale Festival Gala and Silent Auction

Chef Warren Barr and the kitchen brigade cook up some magic, as wine pairings and tempting silent auction items complement the evening for this 18th annual fundraising (and fun-raising) event. 100% of the ticket cost and silent auction proceeds support the volunteer-fueled Whale Festival, now in its 28th year! Tickets for the dinner and wine pairing are an amazingly great value at $110/person, including taxes and service. The results will be announced at the Whale Festival Opening Ceremonies on March 15th! For details email our specialevents [at] wickinn [dot] com (Special Events) team. 

March 13, 2014: Ron Weeks and Joel Gray Live at the Driftwood Café

You may recognize Ron Weeks of Smalltown Empire and Joel Gray from Prester John's Gone, but Ron and Joel have also been playing music together as a duo in Tofino for the past six years. Be it funk, country, or rock they enjoy composing, playing, and singing songs about love, life, and loss on the wild west coast. Join this dynamic team in the Driftwood Café on March 13th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music. Complimentary event, no tickets required. 

March 15-23, 2014: Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Join us for a whale of a time during the 26th annual festival, when 20 000 Pacific Gray Whales migrate past our shores on their journey from Baja to Alaska. The Festival offers over 70 events for the young and young at heart, from a plethora of whale sightings to hands-on education about whales and the whaling tradition within the Nuu-chah-nulth people of the West Coast. The Wickaninnish Inn hosts the much-anticipated winemakers dinner and silent auction, with 100% of proceeds donated to further education on these ancient creatures. Click www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com.

April 5, 2014: Westcoast Winter Music Series Presents Rebecca Caine

In it's 14th season, the Westcoast Winter Music Series showcases a wide range of talent, from classical to jazz and roots. All concerts are held at the intimate Clayoquot Sound Theatre, starting at 7:30 pm. On April 5th, soprano Rebecca Caine accompanied by pianist Robert Kortgaard presents an evening of musical theatre, with songs from Broadway and the opera. Emailwestcoastwintermusic [at] gmail [dot] com ( Westcoast Winter Music) or call 250-725-4455. Single tickets will be for sale the week before each concert at Mermaid Tales Bookshop.

April 13, 2014: Brunch for the Birds

You don't need to be a birder to treat yourself to a delicious brunch in support of the Raincoast Education Society and the 17th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival. This event is sponsored by the Wickanninish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant with all proceeds supporting Raincoast Education Society programs. Tickets are $40/pp, event runs from 11:00am - 1:00pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Raincoast Education Society at 725-2560 orinfo [at] raincoasteducation [dot] org ( info AT raincoasteducation.org)

April 19-20, 2014: Easter at the Inn

We are tickled pink, blue, and all other pastel tones to offer you our annual Easter themed brunch Sunday, April 20th at The Pointe Restaurant, 8:00am to 2:00pm. Call 1.800.333.4604 for details.

April 24, 2014: Dining Out for Life

The Pointe Restaurant participiates in AIDS Vancouver Island's 8th Annual Dining out for Life program. Twenty-five percent of all food sales at The Pointe on April 25th will be donated to the charitable organization, which raised over $35,000 in 2012 through the program. Making a difference never tasted so good! For reservations at The Pointe, please call 250.725.3106.

May 1-29, 2014: Feast Tofino

Tofino may be a small town, but it is big on offering a world-class culinary experience. Feast is an Oceanwise endorsed month-long celebration of the best Tofino has to offer the discerning epicurean.

The festival highlights boat-to-table cuisine practices embraced by Tofino’s top restaurants, including the renowned Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn, a mainstay on the culinary scene here for many years. Prix fixe menus, Inspirational Chef’s Tables, on the water activities and a Dock Festival event during Feast will allow guests to experience the bounty of the very waters the Pointe overlooks with its 240-degree view. For emerging details on the Inn's events check back on our Feast Tofino landing page

May - September 2014

Make your way to the Village Green (Campbell & 3rd Street) every Saturday and explore our market. You will find beautiful photographs, unique crafts, and a variety of creations, all while meeting some of our colourful local residents.

May 2-4, 2014: Tofino Shorebird Festival

Come birdwatching with the guidance of seasoned birders, learn how to better photograph birds and wildlife, enjoy a walk on the Tofino Mudflats and more- with the help of Tofino's Raincoast Education Society in this annual event! www.raincoasteducation.org

May 11, 2014: Mother's Day

Flowers and chocolate are okaaay, but why not treat her (and yourself!) to our annual Mother's Day Brunch, at the Pointe Restaurant from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Scrumptious details include smoked wild salmon, bennies, and house-baked treats. Walk-ins welcome. Parties of five or more please call 250-725-3106 for reservations.

May 17-18, 2014: Mark Hobson in his Tofino Gallery

You are invited to meet the affable Mark Hobson and view his Clayoquot Sound-inspired paintings throughout this week-end at his gallery on Campbell Street, Tofino, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rainforests to the underwater realm the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work. All are welcome.

May 31-June 1, 2014: Rip Curl Pro Tofino

Get immersed in surf culture (we're talking skate ramp, live DJ and general beach fun) on neigbouring Cox Bay Beach while watching some great surf talent! Find more info here.

June 5, 2014: Chris Silvestri Live at the Driftwood Café

In the words of Chris himself “I remember listening to Karma Police by Radiohead for the first time in my mom’s kitchen, on the local rock radio station. It was the first song I ever learned on guitar. I played it and played it until there were deep indentations in my fingertips. There was just something about that song, those vocals, that band that was different than anything I had heard up until that point. And, for a minute there, I lost myself…Now, I am in love with [music] and I’ve tried from time to time to channel some of the artists that got me to that point. Sometimes, I play music for people.” Let Chris play for you in the Driftwood Café on June 5th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm.

June 6, 2014: Winemaker's BBQ at the Driftwood Café

Engage in a full-bodied evening of award-winning wines, tasty plates and mingling with fellow wine lovers hosted by Chief Winemaker, Michael Bartier from Bartier Bros.  Your evening begins at 5:00pm with a Reception Hour at the Driftwood Café.  Wander through the Café, Henry Nolla Gallery and the Driftwood Patio on Chesterman Beach as you explore a variety of wines and suggested paired plates prepared in person by the Inn’s culinary team.  Dinner will begin at 6:00pm. Tickets $70/pp plus taxes and service can be reserved through our Special Events team. 

June 6-8, 2014: Tofino Food & Wine Festival

An eclectic community makes for a delicious combination of people and flavours on this lauded week-end in June. Guest winemakers and a series of delectable events. Visit www.tofinofoodandwinefestival.com. Event dates for 2014 are June 6-8. 

June 8, 2014: Edge to Edge Marathon

Run the course in Ucluelet at this annual event - and Boston Marathon qualifier - attracting visitors from across the continent!  www.edgetoedgemarathon.com

June 19, 2014: Alex Morrow & Krystle Aspenlind Live at the Driftwood Café

They met here in Tofino, and recently discovered their shared enjoyment in playing music together. Guitars, banjos, harmonicas and harmonies make for that tasteful folk-like sound that will get stuck in your head and make you sway. Some compare it to that feeling bear cubs must experience when they are gently awoken by the warm, late spring sun – cozy, yet awakens the senses. Let Alex and Krystle lure you out of the den on Thursday, June 19th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music at the Driftwood Café in the Wickaninnish Inn’s Beach Building. Complimentary event, no tickets required.

July 1-15, 2014: Pacific Rim Summer Festival

This  annual event celebrates entertainment throughout Tofino, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Ucluelet with everything from dance, foreign films, live music, and even spoken word. Find more info on the Pacific Rim Arts Society website.

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