Summer is set to full sail in the Harrison River Valley! Sweet sounds fill the air in this halcyon season, from the happy laughter of children playing on beaches to the joyful melodies of live music events. We don’t want you to miss out on a moment of the sights, sounds, and tastes of summer, so we’ve put together a don’t-miss bucket list of all the top things to do in HRV! Make this your summer of fun by not missing a single one!
HARRISON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
There’s still time to get in on the action of this delightful annual event which runs until July 16. The 44th festival features an incredible lineup of musical performers in a wide range of genres, from African to Blues, Celtic to Soul, Folk to R&B, and everything in between. You’ll find so much to see and do for all ages, including daytime concerts at the beach, evening hall shows, workshops, art exhibits, and a bustling artisan market. Learn more here.
PIONEER PARK PERFORMANCES
Presented by the District of Kent, Todd Richard kicked off the first live Pioneer Park Performances on July 12, but there are still two more local musicians to enjoy! Head to Pioneer Park in Agassiz for these Wednesday evening performances that take place from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Wednesday, July 26: Paige Madison and Wednesday, August 16: Ryan McAllister. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy! Learn more here.
SUMMER HARVEST SERIES
A tribute to agriculture in the Harrison River Valley, the Summer Harvest Series promotes fantastic farm-to-table experiences. We invite you to experience the taste of the Harrison River Valley all summer long! Take part in a soul-soothing yoga class amongst fragrant fields of lavender at Harrison Lavender on July 15, 22, and 29th. Enjoy Long Table Dinners at Farm House Natural Cheeses on August 23rd, at Earthwise Society on August 20th (more details to come on this event,) and at Creekside Cheese + Creamery on August 30th. Learn more here.
Experience the high energy, heart-pounding roar as race cars circle the track in a bid for victory! With great entertainment for the whole family throughout the summer, the Agassiz Speedway seats 1000 and is wheelchair accessible. Offering a wide range of classes from mini, street, hornet, midget, late models and more, races take place July 22, 29, August 11, 12, and 26 and continue into September, with the last race on October 1. See the full schedule of races and learn more here.
DRAGON BOAT REGATTA
Taking place Saturday, July 26th, watch as racers compete for the fastest time in 200 and 500-metre races in three divisions: mixed, women’s only, and junior teams. Each year up to 70 teams compete, with competitors from all over BC and Washington State. Watch from the lakefront and cheer on the racers from 9 AM – 4 PM! Learn more here.
KILBY’S BATS IN THE BELFRY
Taking place July 14th & 28th from 8:30 PM – 10 PM Spend an exciting evening with Kilby’s resident bats! Bring a chair and prepare to be amazed as mothers and their pups emerge at dusk to feed on mosquitoes. Families are welcome, no pets, please. The cost is $5/person. We’ll be counting the bats with the BC Community Bat Program – last year over 2100 bats were counted! Learn more here.
Get fresh-from-the-farm local produce, hand-crafted gifts, baked goods, art, bath and body products, and so much more from a large variety of vendors at two local markets. The Deroche Farmers Market takes place from 10 AM – 2 PM every Saturday at the corner of Lougheed Highway and North Deroche Road. The Agassiz Farm Fresh Market is every Thursday from 4 PM – 7 PM in Pioneer Park, located in Downtown Agassiz, BC.
KILBY BIG BAND SUNDAY
Taking place Sunday, August 13, from 12:30 PM – 3 PM, music that filled local dance halls during the Big Band era will be here again! Kick up your heels as you listen to the lively tunes of the amazing Bruce James Orchestra – a great way to spend an afternoon! Regular admission rates apply. Learn more here.
KILBY ANNE OF GREEN GABLES CONCERT
Kilby’s “Behind the Gate Theatre Company” presents Anne of Green Gables, a Summer concert: a musical story about a freckled and imaginative orphan named Anne, who charms and wins the hearts of all. Tickets are $20 for adults, and seniors and students/youth are $18 (includes full-day site admission.) Limited seating. August 17, 18, 19, 20. Thursday 1 PM and 7 PM, Friday 1 PM and 7 PM, Saturday 1 PM, Sunday 1 PM. Learn more here.
BANDS ON THE BEACH
This Labour Day Weekend, September 2 and 3, Bands on the Beach brings the best local musicians in the Fraser Valley to the shores of Harrison Lake. Join us as we say goodbye to summer with two days of gorgeous lakefront views and toe-tapping tunes. Learn more here.
Make this a summer one to remember by attending these events, and find more experiences here. To inspire your next visit to the Harrison River Valley, check us out on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest or Facebook, or stop by our Visitor Centre & Sasquatch Museum at #102-160 Lillooet Road. Press the button below to explore more!