August is the time to relax on Salt Spring Island! Spend a lazy summer's day on the beach (your choice - fresh water or salt!), stay cool under the forest canopy in hikes across the Island, or enjoy panoramic views atop one of several mountain peaks. Explore the markets, check out the island's unique music scene or just kick back and watch the night sky with meteor showers peaking mid-month. Experience the salt life this summer on Salt Spring Island!

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August 2018 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. Market season is in full swing! Experience Salt Spring's amazing markets showcasing the best Salt Spring Island has to offer! Kick off the weekend at the famous Saturday Market and then make your way through a foodies paradise at the Tuesday Farmer's Market which offers the latest goodies from the ground straight from the farm to your table! Miss the markets? Stop by Artcraft at Mahon Hall daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm and peruse crafts created by artisans from across the Southern Gulf Islands, or, take a day and explore the Salt Spring Studio Tour by car or bike!
  2. Enjoy a relaxing BC Day Long Weekend on Salt Spring Island! Stop by the Saturday Market, explore the shops in Ganges, take a dip in a lake or the ocean, paddle the harbour, explore the winding island roads to find delicious foodstuffs at the farmstands and amazing art at studios, explore the parks, and enjoy unforgettable meals at the island's many superb restaurants. We look forward to seeing you here!
  3. Salt Spring Painters Guild: Summer Show & Sale | July 28th to August 5th | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | The Salt Spring Painters Guild is happy to present its Annual Summer Art Show and Sale, its biggest event of the year. It will showcase many of the 100-plus talented artists in the guild. This eclectic mix of contemporary art is unique, local and affordable.
  4. Family Adventures in Nature: Day 2 | Saturday 5th | 3:00pm to 6:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | Price: Adult TBD | Scavenger Hunt on the Nature Reserve, Tree Spirits with Clay, Origami Seed Packets. If you and your family like to play games, participate in open activities, and self-directed discovery in a natural setting, Family Adventures in Nature is for you! The coordinators use dynamic teaching techniques to create an engaging and memorable program for children ages 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult.
  5. Head down to Salt Spring Vineyards ( 151 Lee Road) for their Friday Happy Hour & Sunday List Music with live acoustic music from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Bring a blanket, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the summer among the vines as the music winds through the vineyard!
  6. Can't get enough of the Salt Spring Island music scene? Stop by the Tree House Cafe's Music Under the Stars with over one hundred days of music 7 days a week performed by a wide variety of artists! Sit under the namesake of this cafe and enjoy tunes paired with a meal packed with locally sourced ingredients!
  7. Speaking of stars, experience a night sky unparalleled in British Columbia on Salt Spring Island and watch the galaxy rain during the annual Persied Meteor Shower which peaks August 12th! See around 60 to 100 meteors per hour (depending on the moon, best seen before dawn) which originates near the constellation Perseus which can be found in the north-eastern part of the sky.
  8. The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down! Visit Salt Spring Island's very own movie theatre, The Fritz Cinema (named after it's feline founder) to see the hottest summer blockbusters! From action packed thriller to family friendly stories there is something for every member of the family!
  9. Salt Spring Island Dinner Series | August 9/10/16/17/23/24/30/31 | 6:00pm | Salt Spring Island Cheese: 285 Reynolds Road | kvrkitchen is a Montreal-based pop-up restaurant project run by chef Kyle Roerick that travels the world creating intimate, memorable, and delicious dining experiences. After the amazing reception of last year’s summer dinner series, kvrkitchen will be returning to Salt Spring featuring dinners for up to 30 people twice weekly for the month of August.
  10. Family Adventures in Nature: Day 3 | Saturday 11th | 10:00am to 1:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | “Batty over Bats” – the bats of Blackburn Lake. If you and your family like to play games, participate in open activities, and self-directed discovery in a natural setting, Family Adventures in Nature is for you! Dynamic teaching techniques are used to create an engaging and memorable program for children ages 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult.
  11. Storywalk on Salt Spring Island | Friday 17th | 10:00am to 5:00pm | Moaut Park: Salt Spring Library to the Pool | StoryWalk is a self-led journey weaving through Moaut Park. Everyone is welcome to follow the story boards, combining reading, exercise, and fun in nature. August's story will be "Here We Are" by Oliver Jeffers.
  12. Salt Spring Youth Film Festival | Saturday 18th | 10:00am to 8:00pm | Fritz Theatre: 901 North End Road | The Salt Spring Island Youth Film Festival is proudly presented by Stage Fright Productions. This film festival challenges young people to share their own unique point of view & to connect them with films that their peers are creating all over the world.
  13. Family Adventures in Nature: Day 4 | Saturday 18th | 10:00am to 1:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | “The Painted Turtle”. If you and your family like to play games, participate in open activities, and self-directed discovery in a natural setting, Family Adventures in Nature is for you! The coordinators use dynamic teaching techniques to create an engaging and memorable program for children ages 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult.
  14. Vegetarian Farm to Table at Salt Spring Seeds | Saturday 18th | 6:00pm to 9:30pm | Salt Spring Seeds: 255 Toynbee Road | $65 (tickets) | Our farm to table series focuses on showcasing local produce prepared by gourmet chefs. This meal will be a collaboration between local chefs Danya Smith (Lulu’s Apron) and Kari Mathieson in support of The Root – a planned community facility envisioned to assist farms with the processing and wholesaling/distribution of locally grown produce. Both women are passionate about food and preparing nourishing and beautiful meals. There will be a lot of love put into this meal!
  15. Pitchfork Social: Greg Brown | Friday 24th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $40 | One of the leading contemporary folk artists of the American Midwest, Greg Brown’s music reflects a poetic spirit while also sounding thoroughly down to Earth. His deep, craggy voice expresses quirky humor and the mysteries of life and love with equal skill, and over the course of a career that's spanned more than five decades, he's earned a passionate following for his heartfelt and uncompromising music.
  16. Salt Spring Island Toy Run | Friday 24th to Sunday 26th | Farmer's Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Help raise funds for toys at this weekend long extravaganza featuring a cross-Salt Spring Island motorcycle ride, entertainment, games, food, a beer garden and camping.
  17. All Aboard to Explore! Saturdays in July and August offer an opportunity to explore four southern Gulf Islands (or the other way around!) aboard the Gulf Islands Water Taxi - with daily departures to the nearby islands of Galiano or Mayne. Depart from Ganges Harbour and see why the Gulf Islands and the surrounding Salish Seaare considered one of the most beautiful places in Canada!
  18. From the water or from the shore, keep a lookout for an Orca Superpod! Orcas are enjoying their summer vacations in the Salish Sea and can sometimes be spotted in large numbers when crossing paths with other pods! Look carefully from the water or along the coastlines of the Gulf Islands to catch a glimpse of these stunning whales which call these waters home in the summer months.

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