2024 Parksville Beach Festival has something for everyone

June 25, 2024

In just a few short weeks, the Parksville Beach Festival launches within the beautiful Parksville community park. Kicking off the summer festival, the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition begins July 12 transforming a giant sand pit into an inspiring and breathtaking outdoor exhibition until August 18. Organized by Parksville Beach Festival Society, the hardworking staff and volunteer directors are promising a summer full of fun for all.

“Our festival continues to grow and attract local residents and visitors from across Canada and beyond”, says Board president Cheryl Dill. “Creating meaningful and sustainable events while giving back to the community is why we do what we do”, says Dill.

Since 1999, the Society has donated well over $1 Million to non-profit organizations and community projects, which include construction of the park gazebo, community signs and the new Parksville Outdoor Theatre. The Society reserves funds annually to help sustain its future events.  The Society is greatly appreciative of the significant support received annually from local businesses through cash and in-kind sponsorships.

Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition July 12-August 18

The public can witness the architecture and creativity emerge from the sand! The official opening begins at 2pm, Friday, July 12 with the ribbon-cutting just outside the sculpting exhibition gates. Sculptors will bring their own ideas to life, which presents an ever-changing landscape to enjoy over the competition weekend. More than 20 sculptures will remain in place until August 18 and the public can vote for their favourite sculpture over the 5-week exhibition.  Gates are open 9:30am to 8:30pm daily. Admission is by suggested donation of $5.00 per person. A large portion of the gate proceeds are shared with non-profits groups and  community projects.

Parksville Canadian Tire Sculpting Lessons & Demonstrations 10am–5pm July 13 & 14

Everyone is welcome to learn sand sculpting techniques used by the professionals. Parksville Canadian Tire has sponsored two professional sculptors to teach anyone who wishes to learn how to create a ‘proper’ sand sculpture from scratch.  All ages welcome.

Footprints Security “Opening Weekend” Concert featuring Trooper July 13

New this year!  To kick off the beginning of Parksville Beach Festival join us at the Parksville Outdoor Theatre for an unforgettable concert featuring the legendary Trooper.  .

Party City Buskers 11am-1pm and 2-4pm daily July 15-August 18

Enjoy a diverse cross section of Vancouver Island musicians daily at the Boardwalk Gazebo adjacent to the sand sculpting exhibition.

Tim Hortons Free Summer Concert Series Fri/Sat nights 6:30-8:30pm July 19, 20, 26 & 27 and August 2, 3,16 & 17

Locals and visitors alike look forward to the ever-popular free Tim Hortons Summer Concert Series Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at the Parksville Outdoor Theatre, adjacent to the Ball Field.

Art in the Park July 20 (10am-6pm) & 21 (10am to 4pm)

A two-day arts and craft fair taking place in the gardens around the tennis courts in the park. Expect paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, photography, art cards, children’s clothing, art glass and more.

Mid Island Co-op ‘Rock the Park’ Music Festival August 9-11

This three-day music festival hosted by Mid Island Co-op features world-class tribute bands and performances by perennial favourites!  .

Coastal Community Credit Union Sculpture Light Up! August 16 & 17

For two nights only the Sand Sculpture Exhibition will be illuminated and open after dark. This event lets you experience our sculptures in a unique and wonderfully different way. Gate stays open until 11pm each evening.

“Symphony by the Sea” featuring the Vancouver Island Symphony sponsored Carol Riera, PREC, RE/MAX Anchor Realty August 18

On Parksville Beach Festival’s final day don’t miss the opportunity to experience live orchestral music at the Parksville Outdoor Theatre with the Vancouver Island Symphony at a late afternoon concert.

For more information:

Web: https://www.parksvillebeachfest.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParksvilleBeachFestival/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com

To purchase tickets for music concerts:  visit https://shop.mcmillanartscentre.com/collections/box-office






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Master sculptors from all around the world apply to participate in Parksville’s annual competition each year.

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