Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Valley
Local Events

The Columbia Valley and Kootenay Rockies are host to many of the best festivals and events in BC. From the Snowflake Festival in January in INvermere to Radium's Music and Market on Main in the summer months, your vacation can be as busy or as relaxed as you like.

Invermere Music Fest

Invermere + Windermere
Radium Hot Springs
Fairmont Hot Springs

August 22 and 23, 2015

On the weekend of August 22nd Invermere will host their waterfront music festival. This event features live music, International food village, art vendors and beer gardens on the green space at Kinsmen Beach. Festival headliners from 2014 included Vancouver-based The Boom Booms, Harpoonist & Axe Murderer, Kelly Lee Evans and many more. Bring your blankets and festival chairs. Gates open at 12:30 with music from 1 to 11 pm. For more infromation visit invermeremusicfest.com 

Downhill Mountain Biking BC Cup

Panorama Mountain Village
Fernie

August 29 and 30, 2015

Fernie Alpine Resort is proud to host the Fernie Legendary Summer Race & the Finals of the 2015 BC Cup! 

Wapiti Music Festival

Fernie

August 7 and 8, 2015

Fernie BC stands to rock the mountains, valleys and rivers this summer at the 5th Annual WAPITI music festival. Wapiti takes the best of the Canadian Indie scene and presents it not
only in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Canada but right along the world famous Elk River. Incredible sound. Amazing views and friendly people. http://wapitimusicfestival.com/ 

Lakeside Splash Down

Invermere + Windermere
Radium Hot Springs

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hang glider and paraglider pilots take off from Mt. Swansea and fly through the air and land in water targets on Lake Windermere. This is a great spectator sport from the comfort of a beach chair on James Chabot Beach. http://www.lakesideevent.com/ 

Bull Riding in the Rockies

Invermere + Windermere

TBD

World professional bull riding, kid's mutton busting, rodeo clowns and mexican poker followed by an evening family dance. This event takes place on at the Invermere Curling Rink starting at 7 pm. A cowboy dinner is served from 5 to 6:45 pm

Feel Good Fernie Yoga & Wellness Festival

Fernie

July 12, 2015

The Feel Good Fernie Yoga & Wellness Festival in mid July returns. Stretch and breathe in beautiful historic downtown at the annual celebration of Yoga & Wellness. Come and be part of history in historic downtown Fernie. 

Wings Over the Rockies

Invermere + Windermere
Panorama Mountain Village
Radium Hot Springs
Fairmont Hot Springs

May 4 to May 10, 2015

Wings takes place in Radium, Brisco, Edgewater, Windermere, Panorama, Fairmont and Canal Flats. Many different aspects of migration will be explored including the migration of waterfowl and songbirds and the seasonal movement of ungulates, carnivores, butterflies, bats, fish and even humans. The festival coincides with International Migratory Bird Day and will include hikes, river floats, workshops, presentations, children's activities, guest speakers, exhibits, food and more.

East Kootenay Wine Festival

Fairmont Hot Springs

November 6 - 7, 2015

The East Kootenay Wine Festival celebrates the very best wines from British Columbia. The 14th annual event will again feature over 50 of BC's most acclaimed wineries. Get your tickets now as this event sells out every year. For details visit www.fairmonthotsprings.com/wine-festival

Arts on the Edge

Kimberley

August 1-8, 2015

Arts on the Edge is Kimberley's annual festival of all the arts, from performing to visual to culinary. Arts on the Edge strives to support and promote the Kimberley arts community and to offer opportunities for artists and performers from across our region to interact with and learn from one another. This event is happening August 1-8 in downtown Kimberley. ww.kimberleyarts.com 

Columbia Valley Classic Show & Shine

Radium Hot Springs

September 19, 2015

This event kicks off with live entertainment on Friday night. Start the show day with a pancake breakfast before you tour through rows and rows of a variety of cars and trucks on display. The car and truck show ends with a grand finale parade to Invermere. An evening of 50's/60's costume clad party-goers dance the night away from 8 pm to 1 am. Visit www.radiumcarshow.com

Summer Sunday Social & Market

Fernie

Select Sundays in 2015

The Fernie Mountain Market takes place at Rotary Park on Hwy #3 from 10am-2pm on selected 2015 Sundays (July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 23 / dates are subject to change). Expect stalls packed with local produce, art, crafts and great atmosphere to stroll and enjoy. After, walk downtown from 1-4 for a variety of street activities and shopping.

Oktoberfest

Kimberley

October 3, 2015

What better place to take in Oktoberfest than in the bavarian city of festivals. It will be a whirl of activity Saturday with a host of Oktoberfest-related activities, beer gardens, as well we plenty of special events, music in the Platzl, arts exhibits, teas, hiking, a fall harvest round-up - all capped off Rocktoberfest.

Heart of the Rockies Triathlon

Invermere + Windermere

July 11 & 12, 2015

The Heart of the Rockies Triathlon started over 30 years ago in 1983. The event started with 56 competitors and now hosts over 200 athletes. The triathlon is very well designed and even has a children's competition on the Saturday with the main event occuring on Sunday. For more information on this fabulous weekend visit their website at: 

http://www.heartoftherockiestri.ca/   

First Saturdays

Kimberley

On the first Saturday of every month beginning in May

Beginning in May, Kimberley hosts the "First Saturdays" Arts & Culture series. On the first Saturday of every month, these day long celebrations of arts and culture showcase live music, high tea, art demonstrations, children's activities, nature walks, live theatre and specials at local restaurants in Kimberley.

Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts

Invermere + Windermere

Sunday, August 2, 2014

A tradition in the Columbia Valley since 2008, the Tour of the Arts brings together the artists, craftspeople and musicians of the community with local collectors and visitors to the Valley. New for 2015, the tour will be hosted in downtown Invermere at Pothole Park and the new Cenotaph Park. The tour hosts more than 25 participants displaying a wonderful variety of work. 

Loop the Lake Walk & Run

Invermere + Windermere

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Loop The Lake Walk/Run is a half marathon family event. Go for your personal best, or come out, enjoy the route and cheer on the runners. Participants finish at Kinsmen Beach where you can enjoy your complimentary pancake breakfast and a cool down in the lake. http://www.loopthelake.bc.ca/

Invermere Farmer’s Market

Invermere + Windermere

July to September Long Weekend

Invermere's Farmers Market is a popular activity for locals and visitors. With over 20 vendors showcasing everything from fresh bread and locally grown vegetables to works of local artists, you are sure to enjoy perusing the variety of booths and likely will take some new treasure or tasty treat. Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm from July to September Long Weekend

East Kootenay Beer Festival

Fairmont Hot Springs

June 20, 2015

Situated on the slopes of the BC Rockies at the Fairmont Hot Springs ski area, come for the stunning views as you sample over 70 varieties of beer from 20+ breweries. This is definitely a fun social event for locals and visitors alike. Must be 19+ to attend. 

Demolition Derby

Fernie

September 6, 2015

Every Labor Day Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm, the Lions Club of Fernie, British Columbia hosts the Lions Labor Day Demolition Derby in one big, wild smash-em-up celebration of summer. A great family event with admission prices of $10 per adult and children under 10 are free.

JulyFest

Kimberley

July 17 - 19, 2015

The biggest event of the year. Every year, on the third weekend in July, Kimberley hosts three amazing Hot Summer Days and two incredible Hot Summer Nights as we celebrate the ‘Best of the Fests’. This special weekend is filled with bocce tournament, live music and dancing, a variety of sporting events and beer gardens.