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Fall for the Arts on BC’s Sunshine Coast
by Patsy Duggan
October 10, 2010

There is a crisp energy in the air. Leaves are starting to exhibit beautiful shades of yellow and orange, the grass and forests are green from recent moisture, migrating birds are arriving, and salmon are running in the creeks. Fall is a perfect time to explore BC’s Sunshine Coast. The premier event this fall is the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl taking place October 23-24. This two day event is free to attend and offers amazing experiences for crawlers. 75 galleries and studios will open their doors to showcase the vibrant arts and cultural community on the Sunshine Coast. Painters, potters, glass blowers, jewellery designers, woodworkers and more will display their amazing talents accompanied by live music and delicious food. Join friends and take a scenic drive along the entire Sunshine Coast from Langdale to Lund, stopping at community entertainment hubs and studio events throughout the weekend. Stamp your arts passport with the chance to win a fabulous getaway package.

Fall fairs and harvest festivals are an important October tradition. Celebrate the bounty of our farms and gardens as we prepare for Thanksgiving. Pender Harbour, Roberts Creek and Gibsons all feature festivals with craft fairs, baking contests, games for the kids, and vegetable displays. Powell River’s Open Air Market moves inside but still offers a wonderful variety of fresh vegetables, preserves, honey and artisan booths.

Yes, it starts to rain more in October, but with the much needed moisture comes amazing varieties of mushrooms. What better way to celebrate than the 2nd Annual Sunshine Coast Mushroom Fest October 16-17? Join mycologist Daniel Winkler for a foray into the forest and instruction on harvesting mushrooms. Local chefs will lead cooking demonstrations and artists will use mushrooms to dye fabrics and fibres.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see thousands of salmon returning home in many of our creeks and rivers. The Lang Creek Salmon Hatchery in Powell River and the Chapman Creek Hatchery in Sechelt release millions of fish each year. October is a prime time to view spawning activities, visit the hatchery educational displays and take in the unique fluvarium and its underwater salmon-viewing gallery at the Sliammon Salmon Hatchery.

Music fills the air with any number of performances this fall. The Coast Recital Society and Pender Harbour Music Society 2010/2011 seasons are underway bringing world-class performers to the Sunshine Coast. The Metropolitan Opera and Britain’s National Theatre come to the Max Cameron Theatre in Powell River and Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt in HD via Satellite. Live music is a regular feature at many area restaurants and community venues. What are you waiting for? Take this opportunity to “Fall for the Arts” on BC’s Sunshine Coast.

About Sunshine Coast Tourism Sunshine Coast Tourism is a non-profit member-based destination marketing organization (DMO) formed in 2007. The organization’s mandate is to build a strong tourism economy by raising the profile of the Sunshine Coast as a four-season destination through a strategic, research-based marketing strategy. Sunshine Coast Tourism represents over 350 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses in the region including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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