23 Ways to Kick Back and Relax on Salt Spring Island in August 2019 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events, Salt Spring Things to Do Experience the salt life this summer on Salt Spring Island! 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. Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> August 2019 Events on Salt Spring Island 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! 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 trails, and enjoy unforgettable meals at the island's many superb restaurants. Movie in the Park: The Neverending Story | Tuesday 6th | Dusk (8:30pm) | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Lower Ganges Road | Bring a blanket and a chair and enjoy a movie under the stars! Sundays on the Nature Reserve: The Beaver - Coolest Thing in Fur Pants | Sunday 4th | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | Drop in and learn! We’ll be plaster casting, journaling, and strolling on the nature reserve looking for signs of beavers. Farm to Table Dinner on Duck Creek Farm | Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th | 6:30pm to 10:00pm | Duck Creek Farm: 134 Tripp Road | $75 | Our farm to table dinner series features gourmet catering that highlight our homegrown organic produce and other locally produced meat and goods by Chef Danya Smith of Lulu's Apron. Sundays on the Nature Reserve: The Great Transformation | Sunday 11th | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | Drop in and learn! We’ll be making our own animal life cycle display, going on a scavenger hunt, and making some surprising snacks Pitchfork Social: Heather Maloney with the Yaletown String Quartet | Thursday 15th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $35 | Heather Maloney’s songs are all powered by the same source. There’s a spiritual thread throughout her music, and the glow of humanity gathered in the people and places she experiences through her “songwriters lens”. And then there’s her voice – riveting and adventurous. Joining Heather will be The Yaletown String Quartet, Canada’s most innovative and original string ensemble. Salt Spring Island Youth Film Festival | Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th | Beaver Point Hall: 1361 Beaver Point Road | The Salt Spring Island Youth 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. Jose Sanchez and his Cuban Party Band | Sunday 18th | 5:00pm to 9:00pm | Salt Spring Vineyards: 151 Lee Road | Dance the night away! Grab a glass of wine and a charcuterie and enjoy the summer among the vines as the music winds through the vineyard! Pitchfork Social: Colter Wall | Sunday 18th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $50-$70 | A prairie-born songwriter from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Wall has evoked visceral reactions from industry veterans, his musical heroes and peers, as well as a loyal and quickly-growing grassroots fan base. Colter will be joined by his full band, The Scary Prairie Boys. Pitchfork Social: Gretchen Peters | Monday 19th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | Beauty tempered by dread and sorrow buoyed by hope, these are the ever-present tugs of war that make life worth living and songs worth writing. And they are the over-riding themes that make Gretchen Peters one of her generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters. 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! 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 11th to 13th! 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. 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! Sundays on the Nature Reserve: Birds of Prey | Sunday 18th | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | Drop in and learn! We’ll be dissecting an owl pellet, making a raptor journal, & taking an observation walk. Mason Jar Posy Workshop | Friday 23rd | 9:30am to 12:30pm | Alchemy Farm: 181 Furness Road | $100 | The morning begins with a garden tour that includes growing and harvesting tips. In the Studio Ingrid will demonstrate how to create a Mason Jar Posy arrangement as well as discuss the various ways of prolonging blooms. After light snacks and refreshments, you'll get to wander through our gardens, harvesting your own flowers to work with in the Studio. Salt Spring Island Toy Run | Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th | 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. Disney's Beauty and the Beast | August 23-25 & 28-31 | 23rd/24th/28th-31st: 7:30pm to 9:45pm / 25th: 2:00pm to 3:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10-$28 | This “tale as old as time” is filled with grand music and dance numbers, spectacular costumes and sets, memorable characters you will love and love to hate, telling the story about the transformative power of love. Movie in the Park: Mars Attacks! | Tuesday 27th | Dusk (8:30pm) | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Lower Ganges Road | Bring a blanket and a chair and enjoy a movie under the stars! Farm Dinner at Salt Spring Apple Company | Thursday 29th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm | Salt Spring Apple Company: 529 Fulford-Ganges Road | $75 | Amazing local pork meal and farm cider at one of the most beautiful locations on the island. Pitchfork Social: Mike Farris | Thursday 29th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $40 | Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He has toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. All Aboard! 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 - connecting visitors to the nearby islands of Galiano and 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! Also check out the Long Harbour ferry schedule - connecting Salt Spring to the Southern Gulf Islands! From the water or from the shore, keep a lookout for the Orcas! 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.