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 1-31, 2013: Feast Tofino ON NOW
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 more details on the Inn's events visit our Feast Tofino landing page
May - September 2013
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 30, 2013: Geoff Johnson Live at the Driftwood Café
Geoff Johnson's adventure in music began with The Beatles and always seems to return to the music of their time. While he can often be heard playing raucous rock and roll up and down the coast and spinning tracks on the local radio station he loves to sit down in a quiet room with an acoustic guitar to play the melodic 60s and 70s tunes that turned him and so many others into music lovers. In addition to The Fab Four expect some Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison and the like as well as an original tune or two. Join Geoff Thursday, May 30th 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.
May 31-June 2, 2013: 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 9, 2013: Edge to Edge Marathon
Run the natural course between Tofino and Ucluelet in this annual event - and Boston Marathon qualifier - attracting visitors from across the continent! www.edgetoedgemarathon.com
June 13, 2013: 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, June 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.
June 22, 2013: Poplar Grove Winery BBQ at the Driftwood Café
Engage in an full-bodied evening of award-winning Poplar Grove wines, tasty plates and mingling with fellow wine lovers hosted by Winemaker with character, Ian Sutherland. 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 begins at 6:00pm). Tickets $70/pp plus taxes and service can be reserved through our specialevents [at] wickinn [dot] com (Special Events) team.
June 27, 2013: Smalltown Empire Live at the Driftwood Café
Smalltown Empire is an acoustic duo comprised of singer/songwriters Ron and Anne Weeks. The pair have been delighting audiences with their folk-rock harmonies on the West Coast for over 5 years. Join them Thursday, June 27th 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.
June 21 - July 1, 2013: 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.
July 26-28, 2013: 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 3, 2013: Food Day Canada
Founded by Canadian food pioneer Anita Stewart, this is a day-long, coast-to-coast celebration of Canada’s rich culinary heritage. Enjoy a special Food Day dinner tasting menu at The Pointe Restaurant and Inn guests, join us for a Crab Cookout special event!
August 25, 2013: 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.
September TBD, 2013: 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. All proceeds go toward the Ucluelet Secondary School's athletics program - including golf, of course! To date, over $140,000 has been raised for our local students.
Mid-October 2013: 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.
Mid-October 2013: Tofino Film Festival
This grass-roots festival is in its twelfth year of showcasing a diverse selection of films from across North America. Proceeds will help upgrade Tofino's cozy Clayoquot Sound Theatre. Check back here for the lineup!
November 13-16, 2013: 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. There's also the Mermaids' Ball with its slurping contest and (dare we say) outrageous costumes...
December 23 , 2013 - January 2, 2014: 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.”
January 1-24, 2014: 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.
Mid March 2014 dates TBD: 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 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 2014 date 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 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.
Late April 2014 date TBD: 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)
May 2014 dates TBD: 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 more details visit Feast Tofino's website.
May 2014 dates TBD: 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.