21 Reasons to Stay & Play on Salt Spring Island in July 2019 Salt Spring Island Events, Salt Spring Things to Do Visit Salt Spring Island in July to celebrate Canada's 152nd birthday! Wear your red and white proudly at events Island wide culminating infireworks over Ganges Harbour. Experience Island hospitality at it's finest with festivals, entertainment, special events and more from theater in the park to mouthwatering foods fests to eco-home tours throughout the month of July on Salt Spring Island! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> July 2019 Events on Salt Spring Island Canada Day Show & Shine | Monday 1st | 10:00am to 3:00pm | Hydro Field: Rainbow Road at Jackson Avenue | Celebrate Canada's 152nd birthday at the 19th Annual Salt Spring Canada Day Show & Shine island style with dozens of beautiful restored cars and motorcycles, entertainment, food, birthday cake, black powder cannon, and more! Canada Day at the Legion | Monday 1st | 1:00pm to 7:00pm | The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 92: 120 Blain Road | Celebrations include music, family activities, food and tea! From 4:00pm onward, enjoy live music and fun hosted by Coal Davie and the Rockabillionaries! West of the Moon Kidz Zone | Monday 1st | 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Rotary Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Rainbow Road | Canada Day games, activities and treats! Canada Day Fireworks | Monday 1st | 10:15pm | Enjoy fireworks over Ganges Harbour celebrating Canada's birthday! Canada Day Party with Simone and The Soul Intentions | Monday 1st | 9:00pm to 1:00am | Moby's Pub: 124 Upper Ganges Road | Funky and Playful Motown and R&B sound covering artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, Donna Summer, Radiohead, Doobie Brothers, Elle King and much more. Love music? Don't miss a night of the Tree House Cafe's Music Under the Stars - over one hundred days of music by a wide variety of artists! Or, stop by Centennial Park after the Farmer's Market for the Summer Outdoor Concert Series every second Tuesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Early July is the perfect time of year to experience the Lavender fields at Sacred Mountain Lavender (401 Musgrave Road) and Lavender & Black (256 Pringle Farm Road) with acres of beautiful purple and white lavender to enjoy - stop by and enjoy self guided tours and demonstrations! The Comedy of Errors | July 4th - 7th | 7:00pm (7th: 2:00pm) | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Lower Ganges Road | The Shakespeare classic with a pirate twist, presented by exitStageLeft Productions. Heritage Day at the Farmers' Institute | Sunday 7th | 11:00am to 3:00pm | Farmers' Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Heritage activities, food, entertainment and amusements at the Bittancourt Museum. Keep cool this summer (and beyond!) by enjoying delicious Salt Spring frozen treats including Saltspring Fruitsicles (sold at the Saturday Market and various retailers in Ganges), Salt Spring Gelato (sold at Harlans and various retailers throughout the Gulf Islands), the new vegan and dairy free Salt Spring Soft Serve (across from Mahon Hall), Salt Spring Ice Cream (sold at the markets or at local retailers) or visiting Glad's in Ganges which offer a selection of mouthwatering ice cream flavours and freshly made waffle cones! Salt Spring Crab Fest | Saturday 13th | 4:00pm to 8:00pm | Rotary Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Rainbow Road | $40 | Enjoy the sights and sounds of the seafaring village of Ganges at the 4th Annual Salt Spring Crab Fest! Enjoy fresh crab with a baked potato, salads and a roll as well as live music by Doug & the Thugs! Pitchfork Social: Harry Manx with Kevin Breit | Saturday 13th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $45 | A master of the slide guitar and the Indian Mohan Veena, Harry Manx is no stranger to Salt Spring Island. A long-time resident, he can often be seen driving his pick-up truck into town with his dog sitting in the back. What is not obvious though is that he tours internationally and has earned six Juno Nominations, seven Maple Blues Awards, Folk Artist of the Year , Blues Artist of the Year (seven times) and Album of the Year here in Canada. Kevin Breit is the former guitarist for several well known artists. He has earned 2 Juno Awards and played on 13 Grammy winning recordings. Manx and Breit have made three recordings together (2 of which were Juno nominated) and have performed shows together which are typically unrehearsed and totally spontaneous. Saltfest | Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th | 13th: 1:30pm to 4:00pm / 14th: 11:15am to 3:30pm | Outside Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Donation | Saltfest is a two-day mini-festival of the performing arts with 10 shows ranging from standup and storytelling to drama, poetry and dance. African Descent Live Concert Tour | Monday 15th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 | The African Descent Live Concert Tour aims to build a society enriched and interconnected through African Descent Canadian arts, history and culture as part of the International Decade for people of African Descent. Come dance, party, groove vibe and celebrate! ArtSpring Presents: Daniel Lapp, Stephanie Cadman & Friends | Friday 19th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Two powerhouses of Canadian roots music: Daniel Lapp and Stephanie Cadman will pack the house at ArtSpring. Fiddler, jazz trumpeter, and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp performs an unforgettable show featuring the finest fiddlin’ out there, joined by Stephanie Cadman (fiddle, tap, voice) and friends Corwin Fox (banjo, guitar, ukelele) and Cicela Månsson (voice). Pitchfork Social: Willie Watson | Sunday 21st | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveller, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. He acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him. Pitchfork Social: Sam Lewis with Dimpker Brothers | Thursday 25th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $35 | Like many before him, Sam Lewis moved to Nashville to make music. But unlike the majority, Lewis managed to hop on one of the most successful tours that country music has seen as of late. He’s collaborated with everyone from Leon Russell to The Wood Brothers. Opening the show and performing with Sam Lewis will be Sweden's Dimpker Brothers. Martin and Adam Dimpker have played music together for most of their lives and the result is something many refer to as "blood harmonies". ArtSpring Presents: Chamber Music Festival | Friday 26th & Saturday 27th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Director David Visentin and his distinguished faculty welcome bright young musicians from across Canada for a week of intensive coaching and performance for the 17th Chamber Music Festival. Paddle, swim and snorkle the summer away! Ocean or freshwater, there are no shortage of water activities to enjoy Summer on Salt Spring. Try your hand at kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding; swim in Salt Spring's freshwater lakes (St. Mary, Cusheon, Weston and Stowel Lakes) and explore the ocean by snorkeling or diving - look out for anemones, octopus, fish, crabs and more! EcoLiving and Homes Tour | Sunday 28th | 10:00am to 5:00pm | Various Homes across Salt Spring Island | $25 | A self-guided tour that allows visitors to explore various locations on Salt Spring Island, which has some of British Columbia’s most innovative examples of off-grid living, tiny homes, container homes, eco-building and architecture, renewable technologies, sustainable garden design and other planet-friendly ways of living. Pitchfork Social: Steve Poltz | Tuesday 30th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | Steve Poltz was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. Steve Poltz is known for his live shows and owns a crowd when he’s on stage. His shows are the stuff of legend. He can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song.