Your guide to what’s happening in Chilliwack this year:
Ryder Lake Ramble
June 9-10. Explore the farms, gardens, woodland trails and scenic wonders of Ryder Lake. Contact: 604-858-5141
Rotary Local Garden Tour
June 23. Tickets $20 at Cannor Nursery, Tourism Chilliwack (Visitor Centre), Minter Country Gardens, or from Rotary Club Members. Location: Various gardens in Chilliwack.
Village Classic Car
June 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Clock Tower Plaza & Central Community Park. Contact: Downtown Chilliwack BIA 604-702-9507.
Fraser Valley Little Britches Rodeo
June 30 July 1. Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park. Contact: David or Leslie Wright at 604-539-8304.
Lavender Daze at Greenhill Acres
During the whole month of July, visit this family run farm to see the lavender in full bloom. Location: 47090 Greenhill Road
Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2007. A wide range of Canada Day festivities for the whole family. Daytime activities run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stage show begins at 8 p.m. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park Contact: Ana Macedo at 604-824-9927
World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions
July 5. Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park
29th Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts
July 7-15. A celebration of world music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Featuring blues/roots outfit Watermelon Slim & the Workers, Cape Breton’s own Beolach with PEI fiddle sensation Richard Wood, the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Dance Company, and much more from around the world. Location: Harrison Hot Springs. Contact: Harrison Festival Society at 604-796-3664, www.harrisonfestival.com
Concours Classic Car Show
July 15. Featuring rare & unique automobiles from days gone by, with great brunch and afternoon entertainment in our beautiful Garden setting. Location: Minter Gardens
A Little Night Music opening night
July 21. Presented by the Chilliwack Academy of Music at 7:30 p.m. Also June 22 (2:30 p.m.), 26, 27 and 28. Tickets: $17, $15 for seniors, students free. Location: GW Graham Theatre. Contact: 604-792-0790
Back to the Blues Gospel Blues
July 27, 2007 to July 29 , 2007
This three-day family event showcases 15 international gospel blues bands. There will be concessions and daily children’s activities, as well as a motorcycle Show ‘n’ Shine and bike games Saturday afternoon. Come out and enjoy the music and free corn roast. Fun for the whole family!
Location: Atchelitz Thresherman Village
Contact: Gospel Blues Productions at 604.794.3569 or 604.795.4797
August 9-12. Atchelitz Thresherman’s Association Antique Machinery Parade and Threshing Bee. Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park.
135th Chilliwack Exhibition & Fair
Aug. 9-12. The Chilliwack Exhibition consists of daily kids activities, parade, logging and animal shows. A midway and grandstand shows. rodeo, harness racing, tractor pull, lawnmower racing. Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park Contact: Chilliwack Exhibition Office at 604-824-8191
20th Annual Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival
Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Open Mic, Beginner Jams, Sunday Church Service, Corn Shukin Contests, Free Workshops, Children’s Activities and a Free Corn Roast every night. Please no alcohol or pets. Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park. Contact: Chilliwack Arts Council Office at 604-792-2069
Castles & Crafts Craft Market
September 15, 2007 to September 16 , 2007 A high quality market with the finest artisans in BC. Held during the World Sandsculpture event. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Location: Harrison Memorial Hall Contact: Harrison Festival Society at 604-796-3994 Website: www.harrisonfestival.com
The 27th Annual Terry Fox Run
Sept 16, Cheam Centre. Please join us for this year’s Terry Fox Run and help to keep Terry’s dream of finding a cure for Cancer alive. Everyone is welcome to participate in this non-competitive single day fundraiser for Cancer research. Walk, run, wheelchair or bike in support of Terry Fox’s legendary ‘Marathon of Hope’. This Chilliwack run will start at 9 am with registration starting at 7:30am. The run includes 1km, 5.5km, and 10km route options. No registration fee, however donations are graciously accepted. For more run locations around the province visit www.terryfoxrun.org.
Chilliwack High School Rodeo
Sep 21-23, 2007 Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park Rodeo Arena Contact: Len Blackstock at 604-819-7011
The Vancouver TheatreSports League
Sept. 22, 8 p.m. One of our most consistently popular events. The professional improv artists from Vancouver are back in town once again to tickle your funnybone. Location: UCFV Theatre on campus. Contact: 604-795-2814
Reaper’s Haunted Attraction
Open Early October
Open through to Halloween Night, offering scares and thrills for the brave.
Location: 9423 Gibson Road, off Yale Road.
Mt. Cheam Lions Train Show
October 13, 2007 to October 14 , 2007
Public Show: Sat 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors/Students $3, Family $12 (limit 6 per family). Children under six free.
Location: Chilliwack Heritage Park.