The blackberry grows wild in abundance in and around Powell River. This festival pays homage to this delicious berry with events around town for a week in August. The main attraction is the Friday Night Street Party featuring live music and tasting stations offering up blackberry delights. Fireworks cap off the event. The Blackberry Festival is usually the 3rd week of August.
This biennial international choral festival takes over the city with a week of choral music. Structured not unlike the Olympics, with a Grand Opening Ceremony, a Closing Ceremony and in-between: competitions, workshops and performances at various venues around town that will have you singing in the streets! Tickets for single concerts are very affordable. Kathaumixw (pronounced caw-tie-mew) is set in 2020 from June 30th to July 4th. Visit the Kathaumixw website for more details.
Sunshine Music Festival
This popular music festival has been cranking out the tunes on Labour Day Weekend for over 30 years. The three day event attracts folk, blues and country musicians from all over the continent. The music starts Friday at 2pm and Saturday and Sunday at noon. The setting by the ocean at Palm Beach is tough to beat. Enjoy the craft and food vendors in between sets. A weekend pass is about $50. and a day pass $30. Confirm this year’s ticket prices and see the full line-up of artists at the Sunshine Music Fest website.
If classical music is your joy, this week-long festival is for you. PRISMA (Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy) is an opportunity for up-and-coming classical musicians to gain live performance experience. Internationally acclaimed musicians attend, instruct and perform. Tickets are available for premiere concerts, or as a Season Pass. Many concerts are free. This year’s PRISMA is scheduled for June 15th to June 27th, 2020. Visit the PRISMA website for more details.
Although we may not have the glamour of New York City, the glitz of LA, or even the celebrity sightings of Toronto, Powell River does have a Film Festival. The Powell River Film Festival takes place in February with a varied selection of dramas and documentaries as well as a Film Camp for up-and-coming film makers.