22 Awesome Reasons to Swing By Salt Spring Island in April 2018 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events, Salt Spring Things to Do Spring is in full swing, the perfect time to experience Salt Spring Island before the summer season! Hang out under the blossoms at the unique Tree House Cafe; head to the Saturday Market to peruse new wares by your favourite artisans; check out great shows, music & seminars; and celebrate Earth Day! Rain or shine there is always something to do on Salt Spring Island! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> April 2018 Events on Salt Spring Island! Salt Spring Saturday Market | Saturdays | 9:00am to 4:00pm | Welcome back Salt Spring Island's famous Saturday market with a leisurely stroll through the stalls to see what wonderful new creations local artisans have handcrafted over the winter months! Easter Egg Hunt | April 1st | 10:00am to 2:00pm | Salt Spring Cheese: 285 Reynolds Road | Fabulous for adults and children alike. While you're there, taste over a dozen soft and hard cheeses (and buy some for the road!), take the outdoor tour of the operations with informative sign boards, hunt for eggs, see the sheep, goats, chickens and meet the Easter Bunny! One Man Pride & Prejudice | Thursday 5th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in possession of a woman’s story must be in want of a wife–to help him adapt it. Charles Ross tackles the greatest romantic comedy: the intrigue, dancing, proposals, are given the one man once-over. Salt Spring Forum: Restoring our Oceans – John Nightingale | Saturday 7th | 7:30pm to 9:15pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15-$20 | Overfishing, oil spills, plastics, climate change – our oceans are in big trouble. How can we restore their health? John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium President & CEO has led the Aquarium for more than two decades. He joins the Salt Spring Forum in a deep-reaching conversation about the oceans – and how we can transform our relationship to them. Spot leaping lambs! You'll swoon when you see the adorable lambs frolicking in fields across the island! Hear the frogs! Starting mid-March and at peaking in April and May, if you're anywhere near a freshwater pond or lake, listen out for the nightly frog chorus of the Pacific Chorus Tree Frog. This little critter - their bodies measuring approximately an inch long - makes a surprisingly loud croak and when they get together it sounds like you're in a tropical destination! Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch | Thursday 12th | 2:00pm to 3:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Set in a friendly and quaint town in the 1940’s Mr. Hatch is a tall, thin, lonely man who works a simple but important job. One day his life turns around when he receives a package on Valentine’s Day with a pink bow that has a message that reads, "Somebody loves you". Mr. Hatch goes on a hunt to find out who sent him the mysterious package. April Showers? Don't let a little rain stop you from enjoying the Island! While away a couple of hours at Black Sheep Books. This unique bookstore has charm and helpful staff ready to assist you find the perfect read. Peruse vintage, collectible and secondhand books galore, then curl up on the sofa and get lost in to your purchase! Looking for something a little newer? Salt Spring Books right around the corner is another great place to get your read on! You can also stop by Salt Spring's lovely Public Library to see whats going on (and check out what's on the shelves!) Showers bring flowers! Head to the trails of Ruckle Provincial Park or explore the meadows of Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park and enjoy beautiful wild flowers from Indian Pipe to Daffodils to Fawn Lilies and many more! Blossom Festival | Saturday 14th | 11:00am to 2:30pm | Heiwa Garden, Peace Park | Celebrate the arrival of the blossoms at the 8th Annual Blossom Festival with music, martial arts & tai-chi demonstrations, a Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy and a Japanese sushi lunch with treats. Cemetery Walk with Kate Roland | Saturday 14th | 1:30pm to 2:30pm | St. Paul's Cemetery: 2719 Fulford-Ganges Road | Kate Roland leads this year’s Cemetery Walk to tell us stories about the Kanaka community and her family members who are buried in this cemetery. Kate Roland’s family are the only Kanakas, men from Hawaii, descendants still living on Salt Spring. Many people will know Kate as Auntie Kate with the Uncles of Funk. Pink Floyd Tribute | Saturday 14th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $36 | Formed in 2008, PIGS: Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute have spent ten years perfecting their craft in front of sold-out audiences throughout Canada. On their Left + Right Canadian Tour, PIGS are bringing an epic and rare treat for Pink Floyd fans! For the Love of Birds | Sunday 15th | 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | By Donation | Join Bob Weeden, retired Alaskan biologist, professor, and conservationist, for readings and a stroll. Bob will share some enjoyable readings from the huge literature on birds by some of the best and one of the worst writers in the English language. Afterward, get a breathe of fresh air on a bird walk with Bob and Brian Box on the lovely trails of the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. Victoria Jazz Orchestra | Sunday 15th | 2:30pm to 4:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Music of Ross Taggart with special guests Jill Townsend and Bill Coon. Known as the heart of Vancouver’s vibrant jazz scene, saxophonist and pianist Ross Taggart left a national legacy of impressive musical contributions, along with an unmatched sense of humour. A Tapestry of Japanese Sounds Vol.4 | Thursday 19th | 7:30pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $20 | A concert by two young performers trained in traditional Japanese music Keita Kanazashi – Taiko drummer, and Kohei Honda – Tsugaru Shamisen. Earth Day Celebrations in Centennial Park | Sunday 22nd | 12:00pm to 5:00pm | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Lower Ganges Road | Mark your calendars for some eco-friendly fun at the Earth Day Celebrations on Salt Spring Island! Enjoy with live bands, information booths, yoga and activities for kids including crafts, fort building and face painting! Celebrate planet earth in style and visit sea, land and air! Head to Price Road Beach to dip a toe into the Pacific Ocean and look for sand dollars and shells. Explore the beauty of the land in the fertile Burgoyne Valley and see what the earth provides from farm stands along the roadside. Then, ascend to top of the island, Mount Maxwell and enjoy the experience of being on the edge of a sheer cliff just like the birds! Salt Spring Folk Club presents: Gumboot Gala | Monday 23rd | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | Get your gumboots moving at the famous Gumboot Gala featuring Valdy and more! Pitchfork Social: Black Hen Roadshow | Thursday 26th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $30 | Coming to Salt Spring Island for the first time ever, this third incarnation of this travelling revue features one of their best line-ups of artists yet. This will be an evening of unique collaborations and authentic musical entertainment like no other, cementing the Black Hen Roadshow as one of the finest touring showcases of contemporary roots music in the country. Farming Seminar: JM Fortier | Friday 27th | 7:00pm to 9:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $15 | Learn with world-renowned market gardener Jean-Martin (JM) Fortier. JM will talk about his philosophy about small-scale farming, introduce the guidelines that have made his business model successful. This introductory seminar will give you a bird’s eye view of JM’s career up to this point and establish the background for the two-workshop he will be giving during the weekend. StageCoach Theatre School presents: Peter Pan | April 27th to 29th | 27th & 28th: 7:00pm; 29th: 2:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10-$15 | Enjoy theatrics by the Improv class and then travel to Neverland where we find out whether Peter Pan’s life will entice the Darling children who love stories of magical places. Be sure to spend some time browsing our eclectic blend of Salt Spring Island Shops and Stores for that perfect gift (even if its well deserved gift to yourself!) - check out some of our favourites including Twang & Pearl, Old Salty, Fever Tree, Saltspring Soapworks, SALT shop, and many more!