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:
May 8-24, 2015: Feast Tofino
Tofino may be a small town, but it is big on offering a world-class culinary experience. Feast is an Oceanwise endorsed 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, please visit the Feast landing page.
May - September 2015
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 1-3, 2015: 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 7, 2015: Ron Weeks & Joel Gray Live at the Driftwood Café
Ron and Joel have 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 them 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.
May 10, 2015: 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 21, 2015: Candace Dawne Live at the Driftwood Café
Popular Tofino musician Candace Dawne invites you to join in some acoustic singing with guitar accompaniment Thursday, May 21st 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.
May 29-31, 2015: 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 4, 2015: Sofiella Watt & Huckleberry Jim Live at the Driftwood Café
Sophiella Watt is an independent folkstress hailing from Eastern Australia. Joined by her "musical pirate man", Jim Maher, the duo spent months touring Australia with their guitars, banjo, washboard and camping gear. On their Vancouver Island tour this summer, the pair will join us Thursday, June 4th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm. We hope you join us too! 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.
June 5, 2015: Winemaker's BBQ with Poplar Grove Winery at the Driftwood Café
Engage in a full-bodied evening of award-winning wines, tasty plates and mingling with fellow wine lovers, winemaker host Tony Holler, President of Poplar Grove Winery. Your evening begins at 5:30pm 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 6:30pm. Tickets $75/pp plus taxes and service can be reserved through our specialevents [at] wickinn [dot] com (Special Events) team.
June 5-7, 2015: 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 2015 are June 6-8.
June 11, 2015: Oysters & Wine at the Driftwood Café
A perfect pairing! Sommelier Ike Seaman is working with Chefs Warren Barr and Junior Sous Katherine Thomas to bring you three oyster varieties paired with three beautiful wine samplings. Taste the ocean while watching the waves rolling onto Chesterman Beach from your perch at the Driftwood Café in the Wickaninnish Inn's Beach Building.
Join us for an evening of oysters - Tofino's most celebrated bi-valve! Thursday, June 11th between 4:00pm and 9:00pm No tickets required. Oyster and wine feature available for $25 per person plus taxes and service.
June 14, 2015: 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 18, 2015: Will Ross Live at the Driftwood Café
Born and raised in the heart of Southern Ontario, Hamilton musician Will Ross is a charismatic, multi-talented up and comer. Will's varied musical background has allowed him to develop a unique sound with a wide range of influences spanning the musical spectrum. As the former lead singer of local ska band The Jolly Rogers, Will played with The Flatliners, IllScarlett, Catch 22, and The Planet Smashers. He's spent years entertaining audiences and has made the stage his home. As a solo artist, Will's influences range from almost everything. His songs have a distinctive reggae-rock feel, accompanied by his soulful harmonica. Join Will Thursday, June 18th 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.
June 21-July 1, 2015: 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.
Nightly Summer - Early Fall 2015: 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 2, 2015: Prester John's Gone Live at the Driftwood Café
Prester John’s Gone was formed in 2009 by Tofino residents Chris Dolphin and Joel Gray. They combined a mutual passion for bluegrass and country roots music into a performance executed with fervor.
Join them Thursday, July 2nd 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.
July 9, 2015: Tofino Brewing Co. in the Driftwood Café
Tofino Brewing Co. was built around a few basic ideas: brewing great beer (they do), being a positive addition to the town (they are), and operating in a sustainable and locally focused manner (they do this too!). Neil Campbell from Tofino Brewing Co. will be at the Driftwood Café for a night of beer tasting, mingling and story swapping.
Join us for an evening of Tofino brew Thursday, July 9th between 4:00pm and 10:00pm No tickets required. Beer flights $5 per person plus taxes and service, and paired menu items available on an a la carte basis.
July 16, 2015: Lance Lapointe Live at the Driftwood Café
Lance Lapointe Band surfaced 7 years ago from Vancouver Island. Singer/songwriter Lance just finished a solo journey across Canada adventure showcasing his summer 2014 CD and writing new material. Recently, Lance just won the "Spirit of Music" award from the Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce. Not one to rest on his laurels, he's also been working at the Van Howes Studio in LA working on a new CD and new songs. Lance's preformance will bring you thru a versatile set that is full of unique, emotional original and cover music that will surely make your senses reel for more.
Join Lance Thursday, July 16th 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.
July 24-26, 2015: 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.
July 28-29, 2015: Fine Art Exhibit
Vancouver Island artists Tonja Bjermeland & Martha Ponting invite you to a special exhibition of west coast fine art at the Inn's Salal Room. Paintings feature original depictions of the stunning beauty of the west coast landscape and seascape. Join these celebrated painters, as they will be in residence creating their works of art both days.
August 1, 2015: 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 16, 2015: 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
August 28-September 13, 2015: 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 18, 2015: 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.
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 2015 TBD: 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.
November 19-22, 2015: 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 (details is sure to delight, an there's also the Mermaids' Ball with its slurping contest and (dare we say) outrageous costumes...
December 23 , 2015 - January 2, 2016: 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, 2015: 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, painter Joan Baron. All are welcome!
January 2 - February 5, 2016: 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 February 5th.
March 2016 TBD: 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 19th annual fundraising (and fun-raising) event. 100% of the ticket cost and silent auction proceeds support the volunteer-fueled Whale Festival, now in its 30th 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! For details email our specialevents [at] wickinn [dot] com (Special Events) team.
March 2016 TBD: Pacific Rim Whale Festival
Join us for a whale of a time during the 30th 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.
March 25-28, 2016: Easter at the Inn
We are tickled pink, blue, and all other pastel tones to offer you our annual Easter themed brunch Sunday, April 5th at The Pointe Restaurant, 8:00am to 2:00pm. Call 1.800.333.4604 for details.
April 2016 TBD: 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 TBD will be donated to the charitable organization, which raises over $30,000 a year through the program. Making a difference never tasted so good! For reservations at The Pointe, please call 250.725.3106.