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 2018: Friday Jazz Classics in the Gardens
Enjoy the music of Esther Celebrini 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 piano and vocals by Esther on Friday evenings from 5pm - 7pm. 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 Fridays unless closed for private events. Please call 250-725-2247 to confirm.
Summer, 2018: Raincoast Walks
Interested in the rich natural landscape of Clayoquot Sound? Raincoast Education Society's expert guides draw on both scientific and cultural perspectives to provide you a unique understanding of the globally significant ecosystems of the region with a variety of educational walks around Tofino. The walks are free, and donations are always appreciated. Please dress appropriately, with good footwear. This program will run rain or shine.
July 1-8, 2018: 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 at Pacific Rim Arts Society.
July 2-August 31, 2018: Pacific Rim National Park Program
The Pacific Rim National Park offers their 2018 Summer Interpretive Program, featuring daily (and complimentary!) guided walks, touch tables, theatre talks and more! For full schedule information, click here.
July 6-8, 2018: Tofino Saltwater Classic
In its 9th year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by the National Hockey League’s Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives. Over $250,000 CAD has been raised thus far! Find participant entry forms and other information at www.tofinosaltwaterclassic.com.
July 14, 2018: Surfrider Beach Cleanup at Florencia Bay
Every month Surfrider Pacific Rim organizes beach clean-ups as well as supporting local events on the beautiful beaches of Pacific Rim. July's cleanup will be in the Pacific Rim Park at Florencia Bay from 1:00pm - 8:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the ocean, meet people in your community and have a great time on the beach! Details for all events will be confirmed on the Surfrider Pacific Rim website.
July 20-22, 2018: 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, 2018: Salty Dolls Live at the Driftwood Café
Jazz and Jess met two years ago over an impromptu jam in a local café and they have been jamming together ever since. Both have come from a musical background. Jazz plays the guitar, Jess plays the banjo and they tie it all together with harmonies. You can expect to hear some classic sing alongs with a bluegrass twist. One thing is for sure these ladies love to play!Join then 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.
August 4, 2018: Food Day Canada
Founded by Canadian food pioneer Anita Stewart, Food Day Canada is a day-long, coast-to-coast celebration of Canada’s rich culinary heritage. This year, Canadian Relais & Châteaux Chefs Warren Barr of the Wickaninnish Inn (BC), Chefs Francis Wolf of Manoir Hovey (QUE), Chef Jason Bangerter of Langdon Hall (ON) and Chef Lukas Gurtner of Sonora Resort (BC) present a collaborative Canadian-inspired tasting menu in their respective restaurants - a true cross-Canada partnership! For reservations in The Pointe Restaurant, please call 250.725.3106.
At the Driftwood Café, enjoy the ultimate Canadian experience - a beachside salmon BBQ featuring grilled salmon, salads and desserts. The Driftwood event runs from 5:00pm until 9pm, menu is available for $45/pp (beverages additional). No reservations required.
August 9, 2018: Chloé Gravel Live at the Driftwood Café
Chloé Gravel is a singer songwriter from Quebec, who has been singing as long as she can remember. She decided to pursue her love of music through school and studied jazz singing in Montreal. Music is for her a sacred place in which everyone understands each other no matter what they've been through or where they come from. You'll be charmed by her jazzy voice and folk songs.
Join Chloé 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.
August 12, 2018: 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 16, 2018: 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 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.
August 23, 2018: 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 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.
August 30, 2018: Esther Celebrini Live at the Driftwood Café
Esther has been producing music events for over 20 years, working with professional musicians and as well, bringing her own skills as a trained classical pianist, songwriter and composer as well as music DJ (DJ Lady E) to provide a versatile range of emotions and experiences. Join Esther 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 2018: Creative Tofino Embroidery Classes at the Shoreline Terrace
Join Creative Tofino for one of their three hour classes teaching you six versatile hand embroidery stitches. By the end of the class, you will have a good start on a keepsake west coast themed sampler of your own making. The skills of filling, outlining and transferring patterns gained in this class can be used to add interest and personality to new projects and everyday items.
Workshops will be held at the Inn's Shoreline Terrace on: September 9th 12pm - 3pm and September 21st 9am -12pm & 6pm-9pm. No experience necessary. Pricing is $60 without provided materials, $75 with all materials provided. Spots are limited. Book online at creativetofino.com
September 2, 2018: Surfrider Beach Cleanup at MacKenzie Beach
Every month Surfrider Pacific Rim organizes beach clean-ups as well as supporting local events on the beautiful beaches of Pacific Rim. September's cleanup will be at nearby MacKenzie Beach from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the ocean, meet people in your community and have a great time on the beach! Details for all events will be confirmed on the Surfrider Pacific Rim website.
September 6, 2018: Fanfare Strings Live at the Driftwood Café
Cameron Boyce bings you Fanfare Strings, using violin and voice as his tools of expression. Cameron has been playing music, focusing on the violin, since he can remember. Over the years, he studied various styles from classical to jazz to folk to klezmer to romanian fiddle. He also had the opportunity to work alongside many talented singer-songwriters in the pursuit of developing his craft, playing on stages for close to 10 years, touring across Canada, USA and Europe. Join Cameron 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 6-September 9, 2018: 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 8-9, 2018: Surf's Up for Autism
Surf’s Up For Autism was established in 2012, and today the unique and special event continues to grow every year. One weekend a year in September, families take time out of their hectic lives dealing with Autism, and can just be a family. It’s a surf weekend in Tofino where people can leave behind their daily grind, and try to forget about the costs and stresses of Autism that burden their families. This event empowers the parents and includes the siblings that often feel left behind.For more information, visit the event website.
September 20, 2018: 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 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.
September 28-September 30, 2018: 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.
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, 2018: Esther Celebrini Live at the Driftwood Café
Esther Celebrini has been producing music events for over 20 years, working with professional musicians and as well, bringing her own skills as a trained classical pianist, songwriter and composer as well as music DJ (DJ Lady E) to provide a versatile range of emotions and experiences. Join Esther 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 15, 2018: Lance Lapointe Live at the Driftwood Café
Lance Lapointe Band surfaced 9 years ago (2017) from Vancouver Island. Recently, Lance 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 on a new CD and songs. Lance's performance will bring you through a versatile set full of unique, emotional original and cover music that will surely make your senses reel for more. Join Lance 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 29, 2018: 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 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.
November 30, 2018: Jingle into Christmas Tofino
Join in this fun Tofino holiday tradition! Walk the beaches, then walk around town and meet Tofino’s local merchants and entrepreneurs. Participating shops and galleries stay open late into the night on Friday, November 30th for some West Coast cheer and a chance to find treasures for your loved ones while supporting locally-owned businesses throughout the weekend.
December 1-31, 2018: Winterlights at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Tofino Winterlights is a new seasonal light exhibit offered at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. The exhibition will be open nightly from 5:30pm – 9pm. Come with your family, friends, children and be enchanted by the magical art created by tens of thousands of lights in one of the world’s great gardens.
December 13, 2018: Lance Lapointe Live at the Driftwood Café
Lance Lapointe Band surfaced in 2008 from Vancouver Island. Winner of the "Spirit of Music" award from the Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce, he's also been working at the Van Howes Studio in LA on a new CD and songs. Lance's performance will bring you through a versatile set full of unique, emotional original and cover music that will surely make your senses reel for more. Join Lance 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 21 , 2018 - January 2, 2019: 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, 2018: Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Driftwood Café
The Driftwood Café celebrates the spirit of the season with traditional treats, carols, holiday classics on screen, and fireside stories...read by Santa! Movies begin at 4:30pm, stories to follow at 6:30pm, then warm up your pipes for 7:00pm caroling! At 7:30pm we'll round out the evening with more Christmas screen classics. 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 Saturday, December 24th between 4:00pm and 10:00pm No tickets or reservations required.
December 30, 2018 - January 2, 2019: 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! Featured artists include stone carver Craig Benson, woodworker Frank Armich and painter Deanna Lankin.
January 2 - February 1, 2019: 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 when we reopen.
February dates TBD 2019: 5th Annual Capturing the Coast Photography Contest
The Capturing the Coast photo contest celebrates the natural world, the people, and the unknowns of Vancouver Island’s west coast. Photographs entered into the contest should inspire people to explore, adventure, and respect the natural world, and highlight the importance of stewardship and conservation across the region. Prints from prominent photographers will be displayed at select locations around Tofino, and online. The highest bidder for each photo will take home a beautiful framed and signed print!
February 20-23, 2019: Tofino Film Festival
This grass-roots festival is in its eighteenth 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!
March 9, 2019: Surfrider Sessions Gala Dinner, Wickaninnish Inn's Salal Room & Shoreline Terrace
Join us for the second annual Surfrider Sessions and get the first peek at our Shoreline Terrace off the Pointe building's Salal Room.
This exclusive event, running from 6pm until 10pm, will feature a keynote speaker, local celebrity MC's, live music and silent/live auction featuring west coast experiential auction items including kayaking tours and seaplane tours!
At the Surfrider Sessions Fundraiser, guests will start the evening with a welcome ocean friendly straw-less cocktail, canape stations mixed with educational posts and an opportunity to peruse the silent auction items and begin the bidding. This will be followed by a three-course delicious sit-down meal and paired wines from The Pointe Restaurant Culinary Team. Following a keynote address, the silent and live auction will continue and live music will begin. Tickets will be $150 and 100% of proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Pacific Rim Chapter.
Join this highly anticipated event and contribute to Surfrider Pacific Rim’s efforts in protecting the ocean, beaches and waves throughout 2019! Contact specialevents AT wickinn.com to purchase your tickets now!
March 2019 (dates 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. Click www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com for more details.
March 2019 (dates TBD): ArtSplash!
The popular art exhibition - presented by the Pacific Rim Arts Society - features the works of over 50 talented coastal artists returns to the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet. For more details visit the events website here.
March 30, 2019: Earth Hour at the Wickaninnish Inn
In participation with the World Wildlife Federation's global initiative, on Saturday, March 24th between 8:30-9:30pm, Millions of people throughout North America will be turning off their lights for Earth Hour. Earth Hour was created by the WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has grown to a global movement in support of fighting climate change. We invite guests to turn their room/suite lights, and use the candles or oil lamp during this hour. Kindly note that lights will be dimmed 'just so' in The Pointe Restaurant - creating an Earth Hour candlelight dinner!
April 19-April 22, 2019: Easter at the Inn
We are tickled pink, blue, and all other pastel tones to offer you our annual Easter themed brunch Sunday, April 21st at The Pointe Restaurant, 8:00am to 2:00pm. Call 1.800.333.4604 for details.
April 26-May 12, 2019: 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.
April 22, 2019: Earth Day
The Inn's Green Committee celebrates Earth Day in partnership with the Pacific Rim Surfrider Foundation through a combined cleanup of the much loved multi-use path stretching from Cox Bay Info Centre to the town of Tofino. Sorting and snack stations will be found along the path for cleaners, and everyone is welcome from 10am - 1pm. Email our Green Steward for more info!
May - September 2019
Celebrate summer's bounty with a beachside burger night at the Driftwood Café off Chesterman Beach! Each Tuesday, Chef Manager Katherine Thomas and The Pointe's culinary team will be serving housemade beef burgers, seasonal fresh toppings, and small salads, all representing the best produce from their favourite farmers. May we suggest the perfect pairing of Tofino Brewing Co? Join us for an evening of regional freshness between 4:00pm and 9:00pm. No tickets required. Menu including dessert is available for $35/pp (beverages additional).
May - September 2019
Make your way to the Village Green (Campbell & 3rd Street) every Saturday and explore our Tofino Public Market. You will find beautiful photographs, unique crafts, and a variety of creations, all while meeting some of our colourful local residents.
May 1-31, 2019: Cultural Heritage Festival
The Pacific Rim Arts Society's Cultural Heritage Festival goal is to explore and exhibit the various art forms that depict the West Coast Culture. By creating opportunities for interaction and cross-cultural understanding among the residents and visitors, we can share knowledge of the region's culture and history. The local rich JAPANESE CULTURE will be their next theme coming in May 2019. Specific Dates for this event will be announced on their website!
May 2019 (dates TBD): Tofino Shorebird Festival
Every year from late April through May, flocks of sandpipers, plovers, Whimbrels, and many other shorebirds pass through the Tofino area. Thousands stop here to feed and rest as they make their impressive journey from South and Central America northward to their Arctic breeding grounds. The Tofino Shorebird Festival celebrates this impressive annual migration with a series of educational birding activities and events.
May 10-12, 2019: 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! Check out videos from previous competitions here.
May 12, 2019: 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. And, of course, gift certificates are always available!
May 31-June 2, 2019: 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.
June 2019 (dates TBD): BC Seafood on Your Plate
Chef Barr and his team celebrate the BC Shellfish Festival with the BC Seafood on Your Plate initiative. We have to admit, it's not difficult considering the bounty of fresh seafood coming through the doors daily this time of year. Come enjoy tastes of the Pacific Ocean at the Driftwood Café and The Pointe Restaurant! View our dinner menu here or call 250.725.3106 for more information.
June 2019 (date TBD): Edge to Edge Marathon
Run the course - or cheer along the sidelines - at this annual runner's challenge in Ucluelet www.edgetoedgemarathon.com