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 5, 2016: Lance Lapointe Live at the Driftwood Café
Lance Lapointe is a prolific songwriter that is rooted from the west coast of Vancouver Island. At the age of 16, Lance was writing full time with a band from Nanaimo and was soon signed to Velvet Records out of Toronto. Recently, Lance wrote a catchy little song called ‘Girl” which infuses his smokey roots, with an RnB feel. The song is a natural hit, winning Lance ‘Artist of The Year” at the VIMA’s 2016. Join Lance Thursday, May 5th 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 6-22, 2016: 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. Visit the Inn's Feast Tofino page for more details.
May - September 2016
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 8, 2016: 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 18, 2016: Keith Scott Blues Live at the Driftwood Café
Keith Scott, celebrated blues musician and personality, has been at his craft for the last 30 years. Originally from White Plains, N.Y., he attended college in Gainesville, Florida, where he met Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. With the inspiration of his music heroes he proceeded to relocate to Chicago to pursue his musical journey. It wasn't long before he began touring with the Jimmy Dawkins blues band performing throughout much of the world. Keith currently tours, records and performs his own brand of blues throughout the US and Canada.
Join Keith Thursday, May 19th 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 27-29, 2016: 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 3, 2016: Winemaker's BBQ with Black Hills Winery at the Driftwood Café
Engage in a full-bodied evening of award-winning wines, tasty plates and mingling with fellow wine lovers presented by Winemaker Graham Pierce of Black Hills Estate 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.com (Special Events) team.
June 3-5, 2016: 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 12, 2016: 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 30-July 9, 2016: 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 22-24, 2016: 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 30, 2016: 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 - to present the best of Western Canada's bounty with a Beachside BBQ. Details are being finalized. Please contact our Special Events team at 250.725.3100 ext. 222 or email specialevents [at] wickinn.com (subject: Food%20Day%20Canada%20BBQ) (specialevents AT wickinn.com) to be contacted as more information becomes available.
August 14, 2016: 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 12-September 22, 2016: 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.
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 1, 2015: Tofino Brewing Co. at 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.
Kick off Oktoberfest month with an evening of Tofino brew Thursday, October 1st between 4:00pm and 9:00pm No tickets required. Beer flights $5 per person plus taxes and service, and paired menu items such as sausages, sauerkraut, potatoes and pretzels will be available.
October 3-4, 2015: 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 8, 2015: Ken Stead and Erin Kay Live at the Driftwood Café
Ken and Erin are on a Western Canadian journey promoting their newly released and celebrated CD's. With recent shows such as the Edmonton Music Festival - an audience of over 20,000 - they are looking forward to the intimate venues and smaller crowds of Vancouver Island. Join them Thursday, October 8th 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.
October 22, 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, October 22nd 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.
November 5, 2015: Alexandria Maillot Live at the Driftwood Café
The current chapter of Alexandria’s musical odyssey saturates her soon-to-subsist secondary CD release, with novel narratives derived from latter-day love, loss and life lessons. The candor in her words could easily resonate with both proletariats and puritans, and speaks to the carriers of blemished hearts, wide-eyed optimists and those who identify as Wallflowers. This year marks a major milestone in Alexandria’s life, embarking to foreign lands co-inciding with the extensive promotion of her future release to strengthen her local, national and international presence. Join Alexandria Thursday, November 5th 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.
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 Out Landish Oysters event (details below) is sure to delight, and there's also the Mermaids' Ball with its slurping contest and (dare we say) outrageous costumes...
November 20, 2015: Out Landish Oysters at the Driftwood Café
Victor and Kathy McLaggan are the founding members of Out Landish Shellfish Guild, a group of shellfish farmers working out of Heriot Bay on Vancouver Island.The group farms oysters, clams, mussels and scallops on and around the discovery islands, Quadra, Read, Marina and Cortes Islands.Victor was born and raised a farmer in Ontario, farming Dairy cows and sheep. As he moved west, he switched to farming seed grain in Alberta. He is still a farmer these days on the coast and has been farming shellfish for 25 years. He is self described as stubborn, strong and sustainable in his approach to farming. Kathy was born by the ocean, and raised on the beach; now, she is farming shellfish with Victor. She is a Mother, artist and as Victor says, is the glue for their operation. Growing shellfish, selling shellfish, making sure that their lovingly curated product reaches the right people!
Join us for cocktail style reception featuring Out Landish Oysters, wine and beer pairings on Friday, November 20th between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Tickets $75 plus taxes available through specialevents [at] wickinn.com (specialevents AT wickinn.com) or calling 250-725-3100 ext. 222.
December 3, 2015: Manglewood Live at the Driftwood Café
Scott Brown was born in 1964 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and began playing guitar - taught by his father, Ross - at the age of four. After his family moved to Nanaimo BC, Scott soon found himself handling lead singer duties for a number of popular Vancouver Island bands.In addition to touring with Trooper, Scott performs in the acoustic duo "Manglewood" and is writing and preparing material for an upcoming album. He also works and teaches at Arbutus Music in his off time. Join Scott and Richard as the duo Manglewood Thursday, December 3rd 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.
December 10, 2015: Flavours of India at the Driftwood Café
The Pointe Restaurant's Chef Bushan, originally hailing from Mumbai, brings a taste of India to Tofino. Enjoy dishes such as lamb roganjosh, butter chicken, masala fried fish and more cozied up next to the stone fireplace or from your perch at the signature driftwood bar. Join us for an evening celebrating flavours of India Thursday, December 10th between 4:00pm and 9:00pm No tickets required. Dishes available on an a la carte basis.
December 17, 2015: Joel Gray and Ron Weeks 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 Thursday, December 17th 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.
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 24, 2015: Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Driftwood Café
The Driftwood Café celebrates the spirit of the season with traditional treats, carols, and It's a Wonderful Life playing silently in the background. A perfect time for a warming libation inspired by the holidays! Enjoy the atmosphere cozied up next to the stone fireplace or from your perch at our signature driftwood bar. Join us for an evening of joy this Thursday, December 24th between 4:00pm and 9:00pm No tickets or reservations required.
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.
February 11, 2016: Morgan Davis Live at the Driftwood Café
For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition whenColin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie". His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band. Join Morgan Davis Thursday, February 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.
March 10, 2016: 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 20th 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.com (Special Events) team.
March 10, 2016: 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.
March 17, 2016: Higland Park Presents in the Driftwood Café
Made Where No One Else Could. Highland Park is one of the oldest, most respected, and northern most distilleries in the world. Enjoy a flight of Highland Park 10 year old, Highland Park 12 year old and the award winning Highland Park Dark Origins paired with the delicious cuisine of the Driftwood Cafe. Brand Ambassador Dan Volway will be present to describe the whiskies. Join Dan in the Driftwood Café from 4:00pm until 10:00pm for a night of Highland Park features paired with select menu items. Sip and enjoy.
March 12-27, 2016: 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 24, 2016: Steve Bick Live at the Driftwood Café
Steve Bick is a songwriter producing recordings in a huge variety of genres and tempo ranges. His sound is built on music production of his original songs that play with a folk format, twisting it into something more modern. Come by Thursday, March 24th between 6:30pm and 9:00pm for a relaxing evening of live music with Steve at the Driftwood Café, off Chesterman Beach in the Wickaninnish Inn’s Beach Building. No tickets required.
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, March 27th at The Pointe Restaurant, 8:00am to 2:00pm. Call 1.800.333.4604 for details.
April 21, 2016: Geoff Johnson Live at the Driftwood Café
Tofino's Geoff Johnson performs more than 100 shows a year. Ranging from acoustic guitar for wedding ceremonies through cocktail-lounge jazz to a Led Zeppelin tribute act. Recently his self-produced album Women and Losin' was nominated for the Vancouver Island Music Awards. This evening Geoff will be playing a selection of classic rock, country, and jazz as well as a few of his own songs. With a repertoire of 100s of song requests are encouraged... toe tapping is guaranteed.Join Geoff Thursday, April 21st 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.
April 28th, 2016: Tofino Brewing Co. at 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 to launch their 5th anniversary Beer, the Super Tuff.
April 29 - May 1, 2016: 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