After a long, cool spring, we’re beyond excited for the sun-drenched days and warm nights of summer. And along with the heat of summer comes a bounty of fun and festive summer events here in the Harrison River Valley! Read on and prepare to pack your calendar full of a diverse range of summer activities – everything from outdoor music festivals and markets to calming yoga amongst floral blooms, to heart-pounding stock car races, and a whole lot more!
THE “MAIN” EVENTS
July 1: Canada Day in Harrison Hot Springs. Our theme is Celebrating Canada’s Diversity. Activities include a pancake breakfast, pet parade, live entertainment, children’s activities, drum making, main parade, and a spectacular fireworks show. Click here for full details and a schedule of events.
July 1: Canada Day in Agassiz/The District of Kent. From a pancake breakfast, bike parade and concert, colouring contests to craft bags, there’s something for everyone. You’ll also find historical and community displays, face painting, a petting zoo, food trucks, and more.
July 8 – 17: Harrison Summer Festival of the Arts. This beloved, 43rd annual event features an incredible variety of live music in venues at Memorial Hall and the Beach Stage, as well as a waterfront Artisan Market, morning Yoga on the beach, and an art exhibit at the Ranger Station Art Gallery. Download the entire festival schedule here!
July 9, 23 & August 12-13, 20 & 27: Agassiz Speedway is fully fuelled and ready to race! July 9: Hilton’s Hornets Presented by Burden Propane, featuring Hornets, Streets, Mini, Midget, & Club Cars. July 23: Family Day – Marlene Roming Classic Street Stock Invitational, featuring Street, Hornet, Mini & Club Cars. August 12-13: Spirit of 76 – 125 Late Model Invitational Presented by Bulldog & Sons Transport Ltd. – Late Model, Street & Midget August 20: Fan Appreciation Night – Mini, Street, Hornet & Midget August 27: Mini Stock Invitational Presented by Finishline Traffic Marking – Mini, Street & Hornet.
July 23: Rowena’s Step Back in Time Dinner. Join us for a chef-prepared, seasonally focused gourmet meal, under the sky on the upper lawn. Seating from 5-8:30pm, $95/per person. Dining is a 1.5 hour experience. See the full menu here.
FARMERS MARKETS – ALL SUMMER LONG
Agassiz Farm Fresh Market. Every Thursday, 4pm–7pm at Pioneer Park, Agassiz. 7011 Pioneer Ave.
Deroche Farmers Market. Every Saturday, 10am–3pm at 10220 N. Deroche Rd. along BC Route 7.
THE SUMMER HARVEST SERIES
The Summer Harvest Series is a tribute to its predecessor to the Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour. While the event format has changed, the spirit of promoting farm-to-table experiences lives on! We invite you to experience the taste of the Harrison River Valley all summer long at our Circle Farm Tour locations; and take part in these Summer Harvest Series events:
July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30: Yoga at the Harrison Lavender Farm Join local certified instructor Elizabeth Mueller for an hour-long yoga class right next to the blooming lavender field! After the class, enjoy a snack, tea, or lavender lemonade. Each session runs from 6-7:30pm. 3777 Wildwood Drive, Agassiz. Register here.
July 24: Kids Picnic at Farm House Natural Cheeses Come on by from 10am-2pm for a BBQ picnic and family-friendly fun on the farm. Enjoy live music, face painting, kids activities, and of course, their award winning cheese! Located at 5634 McCallum Rd. Agassiz. Register here.
August 6: Field to Fork at the Earthwise Farm Experience the freshest flavours at the field to fork long table dinner. Earthwise Society invites you to tour the farm and see where and how the food is grown and prepared. Chef Derek Bothwell will create a unique meal featuring freshly harvested produce. Guests are invited to take a self-guided tour of the property before dinner. 5-9pm. Earthwise Society is located at 6031 Golf Rd. in Agassiz.
Late August (Date TBA): Farmhouse-to-Table Long Table Dinner at Farm House Natural Cheeses Enjoy music and a beautiful backdrop as you dine on a locally catered long table dinner at Farm House Natural Cheeses.
KILBY HISTORIC SITE
Kilby is chock-full of amazing events this summer! Check out this amazing variety of activities the whole family will enjoy:
July 9, 16, 30, 11am-3pm Here Comes the Bride: Celebrate the story of a 1919 wedding between Acton and Jessie Kilby. This re-enactment includes an original gown, blushing bride, and cake for all!
July 9 & 16, 8:30-9:30pm Bats in Our Belfry: Spend an exciting evening watching the Kilby bats! No pets for this evening event, please.
July 17, 12:30pm-3pm Big Band Sunday: A professional Brass Ensemble will be performing their toe-tapping, joyful music; suitable for the whole family.
July 23 & 24, 11am-3pm Blackberry Festival: A weekend festival for all things blackberry. Pop-up vendors will be selling pies, jams, blackberry BBQ sauce and more.
August 18, 19, 20: Anne of Green Gables Concert: This concert is a musical story about an imaginative orphan named Anne, who captures the hearts of her new-found family and the audience. Regular admission rates apply. August 18 concert is 7-8pm and August 19 & 20 concerts are 1-2pm and 7-8pm.
August 20 & 21: En Plein Air Painting Festival: Watch talented painters create masterpieces in the “Open Air”. Artists will be set up throughout the site to capture images of the heritage buildings, farm life, or landscape. Stay for the day and enjoy food and family activities. 11am-3pm each day.
From their long-running exhibits to their “One Day Wonders” children’s programs, and historic walking tours, you’ll find plenty to see and do this summer:
Exhibit: Canada: Standing Together – Runs until August 15, with family craft activities July 1, 2, and 3.
Exhibit: Indigenous Roots – Runs until August 31.
Exhibit: BC: A Diverse Community – Runs July 30 – August 1.
July 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6, 13, 20, 27: Guided Walking Tour. Join a local historian for this one hour guided walking tour to learn more about pioneer life, Indigenous, and ethnic history, local landmarks, and much more, 10:30-11:30am. Pre-register by calling 604-796-3545.
One Day Wonders – July 26: Young Archaeologists. August 16: A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Child. For children and youth 5-12 years. Cost $5, snack included. Pre-register by calling 604-796-3545.
Phew! Now that’s a whole lot of Harrison River Valley happenings! How many will you experience this summer? For detailed information on these upcoming events, click here or visit us at the Visitor Centre at 102, 160 Lillooet Avenue. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest and greatest information and updates on our summer events and activities. Share your summer adventures in the Harrison River Valley with us by tagging your photos with #BreatheInTheWild or #HarrisonRiverValley.