Whistler is popular for both its skiing and events. Check out the community’s events calendar below and you’ll find there’s a festival most months of the year.
The resort also hosts lots of interesting events on most weekends, especially in the summer. Whether you’re looking for a festival related to food, drink, sports, music, film or culture, you’ll find something fun at Whistler.
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Festivals and Events in Whistler
Below is a list of some of Whistler’s main festivals and events each month of the year.
Whistler in January
The resort’s biggest event in January is the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival. It happens in late January (plus sometimes a day or two at the beginning of February). In 202w it took during the week of January 23rd to 30th. The LGBTQ-themed festival features snow sport activities, parties at night clubs, arts and cultural events, and lots of bright rainbow colours.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the January Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in February
February is when couples flock to Whistler to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the snow. It’s also when the BC Family Day long weekend takes place, which is when parents get an extra day off from work to spend with their families. Family Day is on the third Monday in February each year, which is February 20th in 2023. Expect the place to be busy mid-month and for all Hotel Rooms to be sold out well in advance!
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the February Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in March
March in Whistler is famous for its beautiful spring snow conditions and busy ski slopes. Canadian Spring Break usually runs over the last two weeks of the month. The mountains get quite busy then with all the students off school.
Interestingly, March is a historically very snowy month for Whistler so the snow conditions are usually very good. St. Patrick’s Day also takes place in March and is a popular time to visit one of Whistler’s Bars and Nightclubs. In 2023 St. Patrick’s Day is on Friday, March 17th.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the March Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in April
Whistler starts to see warmer temperatures and more sun during the month of April. The World Ski and Snowboard Festival is one of the largest events that takes place during the month (although not in 2022). Also known as the WSSF, the festival takes place over the span of about 11 or so days in mid-April. It features a variety of events including races, sporting displays, après-ski activities and various entertainment spectacles.
In 2020 the World Ski and Snowboard Festival was scheduled to take place from April 16th to 26th; however, it was ultimately cancelled due to COVID-19. It took place as a virtual event in 2021. The festival isn’t happening in 2022. Hopefully it can return as a live event in 2023!
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the April Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in May
May is a busy month in Whistler. One of the main events in Whistler in May is the Whistler GO Fest (Great Outdoors Festival). This popular festival features a celebration of all things outdoors from sports to arts and music to educational workshops and more. Whistler GO Fest usually falls on the Victoria Day Long Weekend, which in 2022 is from Saturday, May 21st, until Monday, May 23rd. (Note: The festival was cancelled for 2022. It’s status for 2023 is to be confirmed.)
Other holidays during the month of May include Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May and Victoria Day on the second-to-last Monday of the month. In 2022 these holidays fall on May 8th and May 23rd, respectively.
Another event that happens in May is the Whistler Children’s Festival. In 2022 it happens on the weekends of May 20th to 22nd and May 27th to 29th. In some years though it takes place later in the summer.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the May Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in June
June is the start of the summer season in Whistler. Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June every year, which is on Sunday June 19th in 2022. The Tough Mudder race also usually takes place in Whistler in June. In 2019 the race took place from June 15th to 16th. The event was unable to run in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic. It’s status for 2022 is to be determined.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the June Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in July
Several events take place during the month of July in Whistler. Canada Day is a statutory holiday that always takes place on July 1st. Whistler usually plays host to a variety of activities to celebrate the holiday including parades, live entertainment and other Canada-themed activities. Later in July, Whistler hosts its annual Children’s Festival as well as the Red Bull 400.
The Children’s Festival is a great place to take young kids as it usually features a variety of family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts, music, theatre and more. It sometimes happens in July. In 2022, however, its dates are May 20th to 22nd and 27th to 29th.
The Red Bull 400, on the other hand, is more geared towards adults and older youth. This event features what is referred to as “the steepest race in the world” with 400 metres of straight uphill racing.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the July Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in August
August in Whistler begins with the BC Day Long Weekend. This is usually one of the warmest months in Whistler and is a great time to enjoy some of Whistler’s beautiful Parks and Nature or explore one of the many hiking trails in the area. Crankworx Whistler, which is a large mountain biking race and festival, also takes place during the month of August. In 2022 the event runs from August 5th until the 14th.
Also in August, on the weekend of August 11th and 12th in 2022, there is Art on the Lake at the sound end of Alta Lake. It’s an art gallery-style event with displays by over 30 Sea to Sky-based artists. There is also live music with a number of local bands as well as dance performances and other family-friendly things to see and do. Admission is free.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the August Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in September
September is generally one of the quieter months in Whistler as most of the young folk have gone back to school. Whistler hosts two large events during the month: the RBC Granfondo Whistler and the Whistler Village Beer Festival. The Granfondo Whistler is the largest Granfondo event in North America and runs along the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler. The highway is closed during the event, so drivers should plan accordingly. It takes place on September 10th and 11th in 2022.
The Whistler Village Beer Festival is another popular event in Whistler in September. It features just under a week of festivities. A large main event usually takes place on the weekend which is preceded by a week of smaller tasting events and master classes. This event returns from September 13th to 18th in 2022 after it was cancelled last year.
A new event in 2021 was TEDxWhistler. It featured 10 dynamic and inspirational speakers and happened as an online event on September 12th. As of March it’s unknown whether something similar will happen again in 2022.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the September Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in October
Whistler starts to see slightly colder fall temperatures during the month of October. Halloween takes place during the end of the month and, in normal years, the last day of the month features trick-or-treating around the village. Two other events also take place in Whistler in October. The Whistler Writers Festival is an annual event celebrating everything to do with writing. In 2022 the festival takes place from October 13th to 16th.
The Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra is the other main event in October. It’s a long team-style relay race that takes place around mid-October. Teams of 4 to 8 people compete to finish a 50-mile course, or 50 kilometres for single runners. The 2022 edition takes place on October 15th.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the October Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in November
The ski season usually begins in Whistler on the third weekend or so in November. In 2020 the ski season started on November 26th. One festival that takes place during the month of November in Whistler is the Cornucopia Festival. The Cornucopia Festival is an 11-day celebration of local food and drink with events taking place at restaurants and other venues across the town. In 2022 the festival runs from November 10th until the 20th.
Remembrance Day also takes place on November 11th and Whistler hosts a large ceremony each year (at least in years not affected by a global pandemic). Normally a large ceremony honouring those who have fallen would take place in the Whistler Olympic Plaza; however, due to COVID-19 in 2021 Remembrance Day took place on a smaller scale.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the November Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
Whistler in December
December is start of the winter peak season in Whistler. The month generally sees increasingly colder temperatures and usually quite a bit of snow. With Christmas and New Years at the end of the month, the town generally sees a lot of visitors during this time.
The Whistler Film Festival usually takes place during the first weekend of December. Due to COVID-19, however, the 2021 festival took place as a hybrid in-person/online event from December 1st until the 31st. The Viessmann Luge World Cup also generally takes place in Whistler in December. However, the Whistler leg of both the 2020/21 and the 2021/22 World Cups were cancelled. Hopefully the event can return this December.
To see what’s happening this month elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out the December Calendar on the Vancouver’s Best Places website.
In addition to the above annual events during specific months of the year, the following events happen multiple times during specific seasons.
- Family Après at the Plaza – this free annual winter event runs most Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 pm in the Whistler Olympic Plaza. In 2020 the Family Après ran from January 6th to March 25th. Family Après will likely not be taking place in 2021/22, but details are to be confirmed.
- Fire & Ice Show – a free winter event that takes place on Sundays. In the 2019/2020 season it ran from December 22nd, 2019, until March 29th, 2020. The show is not taking place in 2020/2021 due to COVID-19 but will hopefully return in 2022. Details are to be confirmed as of early January.
- First Nations Winter Feast – an annual event celebrating First Nations food and culture. It took place in a much smaller format than usual in 2022, on just February 4th, 11th and 18th. Usually it takes place once or twice a week for a few months! Tickets to the Winter Feast cost $79 for adults, $69 for youth and $40 for children.
- Made in Whistler Artisan Market – a winter market that usually takes place on Sundays and other select dates during the winter time at the Westin. In 2019 it ran from 12 to 5 pm on December 15th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28th. Details are to be confirmed for the 2022 season.
- Whistler Wine Walk – a cultural event featuring wine tastings at various art galleries around Whistler on Fridays in October.
- Whistler Farmers Market – a weekly market that runs on Sundays from early summer until the Thanksgiving Weekend in early October. It used to run along the main pedestrians’ roadway in the Upper Village. In 2021, however, it was held in the parking lot of the Whistler Racket Club at 4500 Northlands Boulevard. 2022 details are TBC as of March.
To learn more about festivals and events taking place in Whistler at different times of the year see the Tourism Whistler website.
To learn about what’s going on in different places in the Lower Mainland, check out Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.
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