19 Lovely Ways To Celebrate on Salt Spring Island in February 2020 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events Celebrate the month of love on Salt Spring Island! Enjoy blooming flowers and early Spring weather while watching the antics of the newborn farm animals or partaking in fun events across the Island. Experience the quiet beauty of an island filled with artisans and entrepreneurs in one of the most special places in Canada! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> February 2020 Events & Ideas on Salt Spring Island Theatre Alive presents: Escaped Alone | Wednesday 5th | 7:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $5-$20 | Staged reading of the acclaimed Caryl Churchill play, directed by Bren Walker. Salt Spring Forum: Ken Wu | Friday 7th | 7:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15-$20 | Ken Wu is the charismatic founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance and now the Endangered Eco-systems Alliance and will talk and answer questions about old growth logging and his aim to protect 50% of Canada’s wild land by 2030. He is well known for his activism and campaigning on protection of the environment. Seedy Saturday | Saturday 8th | 10:00am to 3:00pm | Farmers Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Get your seeds (buy or trade!) for spring at Salt Spring Island’s 25th annual Seedy Saturday! Snowtini Contest | Saturday 8th | 8:00pm | The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 92: 120 Blain Road | Cost: TBA | Come be entertained as local mixologists from Saltspring Island face off. Snowtini’s will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the Copper Kettle and the Food Bank. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: Jon Brooks & The LYNNeS | Monday 10th | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | Enjoy a double bill featuring Jon Brooks and the LYNNeS. Jon Brooks is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter best known as a solo performer but more recently as leader of Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval. Brooks’ music may be characterized as literary, allusive, emotionally intense and difficult to categorize, borne as it is from a broad range of influence and musical incarnations. The LYNNeS are Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two heartbreak poets are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics and humour. Romance the Weekend Away at a Local Bed & Breakfast or Hotel! Take your loved one on a romantic escape to one of Salt Spring Island’s many spectacular cottages or suites (or hotels!) and enjoy the romantic atmosphere with locally sourced fine foods in front of a roaring fire. Feast on a Romantic Meal! Check out our ‘Where to Eat‘ directory and explore all the fine foods Salt Spring has to offer! Check out some of our favourites: House Piccolo, Auntie Pesto’s and Rock Salt Restaurant among a few! Or, why not enjoy a Romantic Picnic! Pick up some picnic staples at Salt Spring Island Cheese, Salt Spring Wild Cider, Ciderworks, Salt Spring Island Ales, Salt Spring Vineyards, Garry Oaks Winery, Kutatás Wines as well as Barb’s Buns, Natureworks, Harlan’s Chocolates & Gelato and many more! Get a Hot Drink with a Loved One! Visit Salt Spring Island's many cafes for a hot drink and a treat! Head to Switchboard Cafe (those Sunday donuts!), Bean Drinking, TJ Beans, and many more! Take a Hike on the Romantic Side! Take a quiet walk in the woods or explore some of the island’s unique ecosystems and enjoy the beauty of Salt Spring. Some suggestions – check out Ruckle Provincial Park, Channel Ridge, Mount Erskine (what love is hidden behind those elf doors!), Reginald Hill and Mount Maxwell Provincial Park! Take a Romantic Seaside Stroll along one of Salt Spring Beaches! Comb for shells, sand dollars and tiny crabs along Fernwood Point or Price Road Beach, walk along rocky shores on Zach Beach and Yeo Point Beach or explore some unique rock formations at Baker Beach or Southey Point Beach. Smooch by the Sunset! Enjoy a sunning Salt Spring sunset at various locales including Vesuvius Beach and Arbutus Beach (and maybe after dark you might even catch a glimpse of a shooting star!) Galentine’s Day with Ange Hehr | Friday 14th | 9:00pm to 1:00am | Moby's Pub: 124A Upper Ganges Road | Spend the evening dancing with your special someone! Against the Current: Orca + Salmon Exhibit | February 14th to 24th | 10:00am to 5:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | This multi-media event, initiated by the SSAC, and inspired by Orca Soundings, will engage the Salt Spring community and school youth in learning and deepening their understanding of Art and the Environment, specifically Orca and Salmon. Come and learn about our Southern Resident Killer Whale population and how artists have responded to their predicament. Have fun on Family Day! February 15th to 17th is a three day weekend – take the opportunity to explore Salt Spring Island! Take the kids to enjoy the Family Day Celebration at Mahon Hall (114 Rainbow Road) on February 17th starting at 1:00pm for crafts, snacks, face painting, and entertainment. Explore the Against the Current: Orca + Salmon exhibit and watch interactive Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly. Also, be sure to go on a mini farm tour to spot brand new lambs, goats and other animals, enjoy the family friendly atmosphere of the Island or pick up a puzzle or game at West of the Moon toy store to play in front of a crackling fire with a hot drink! Tentacle Tribe | Tuesday 18th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | Drawing from their wide scope of dance experience, co-founders Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund create conceptual hip–hop with a contemporary twist, while intermingling organic influences from earthly creatures. In this new work, the free-spirited pair known as Tentacle Tribe combines elements of contemporary dance, street dance, and martial arts in a physical score that echoes the subtle pulse of respiration. Élage Diouf | Friday 21st | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | Filled with irresistible rhythms that make fans bask in waves of contagious euphoria, Élage Diouf is a sensational Senegalese soul rocker. The musicality of the wolof language explains his singing mainly in his mother tongue. Willow Sculpture Family Workshop | Saturday 22nd | 10:00am to 1:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Free (RSVP) | Bring homage to our beloved Chinook salmon, the iconic fish of the Salish waters. Learn to make a 3D structure from willow, then weave in beach combed plastics to be displayed in the gallery. 21st Annual Salt Spring Film Festival | Friday, February 28th to Sunday, March 1st | Times: Various | Gulf Islands Secondary School: 112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island | $10 - $45 | Don't miss the chance to see documentary films from Canada and around the world at the Salt Spring Film Festival! Chose one movie or attend a weekend of screenings to experience new global talent! AN OFF ISLAND SWEET TREAT: visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan for the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival | Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Enjoy the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival which showcases British Columbia's native Big Leaf Maple sap collecting and syrup making demonstrations, tastings, a maple market, maple goodies, competitions, entertainment and more!