Festival season gets underway

Summer festival season kicks into high gear this month as Port Hardy and Alert Bay celebrate with their respective annual community bashes.

Summer festival season kicks into high gear this month as Port Hardy and Alert Bay celebrate with their respective annual community bashes.

In Port Hardy, Filomi Days weekend will take place July 18-20, with this year’s theme as Fish ON!

The parade will make its way along the traditional route Saturday, ending at Carrot Park where a host of vendors, booths and entertainment will await.

The weekend will also see the soap-box derby, the annual duck race and lots more before wrapping up with a firework spectacular on Sunday night.

Volunteers are always welcome. To get involved with this year’s events, come out to the next Filomi Days Committee meeting, Tuesday, July 8, at the Port Hardy Visitors’ Centre.

For more information search Filomi Days on Facebook.

In Alert Bay, preparations are underway for the SeaFest/MusicFest weekend July 25-27.

This year’s Treasure Island-themed parade will kick off festivities on Friday, followed by games, contests and the kids’ fishing derby.

Saturday will see the return of the popular Kids Got Talent contest, more fun and games in the square and the spaghetti eating competition at Passing Thyme.

Sunday will see BC/DC headline a stellar lineup on stage at MusicFest. Other acts include Dehli 2 Dublin, Headwater and The Roper Show.

Stubbs Island Whale Watching will provide a water taxi service to Port McNeill and Sointula after the festivities; to reserve a spot contact 250-956-3185.

Sunday will also see the return of the Salmon Run, the 5/10 km walk and fun run. For more information, including registration and route, go to www.salmonrun.ca.

Concurrent to all those happenings, ArtFest will once again showcase the work of talented locals at the NETLOFT on the Government dock.

Back for its seventh year, ArtFest this year will feature works from more than 30 Alert Bay Artists.

For more information on any of the weekend’s events go to www.alertbayseafest.com or contact Brenda Gordon, 250-974-2404 (evenings only), gorval@cablerocket.com.