June is the perfect time to visit Salt Spring - the Saturday Market is in full swing, the farm stands are full of delicious foodstuffs and the lush greenery beckons visitors to enjoy the outdoor wonders the island has to offer. There is also lots to see and do! Stroll through Ganges and see all the lovely shops or stop by a coffee shop to watch the world go by - or, check out events at Artspring, the Pitchfork Social, or, why not head over and explore the surrounding Gulf Islands during the 3rd Annual Tour des Iles!

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June 2017 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. Tuesday Farmers Market | Tuesdays: June 7th - October 25th | 2:00pm - 6:00pm | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Lower Ganges Road | Peruse the stalls and enjoy delicious locally grown varieties of produce (and preserves) from farms across Salt Spring Island at the Tuesday Farmer's Market!
  2. Find the perfect gift or something for yourself at ArtCraft - one of Salt Spring's best places to peruse the Island's unique arts scene, open June 9th to September 17th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Mahon Hall (114 Rainbow Road). Enjoy the very best arts and crafts created by artisans of the Southern Gulf Islands! This year, enjoy a special outdoor exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Salt Spring basketry guild.
  3. See whose new on the Salt Spring Studio Tour with fresh talent such as Alchemy Farm Studio & Gardens (offering artwork & prints and fresh bouquets), Queen Bee Designs (hand-forged adornments), Brenda Walker Art (beeswax - encaustic - painting) and Lavender & Black Aromatic Fields (organic farm, distillery & shop).
  4. Farm Dinner at Redwing Farm | Saturday 10th | 5:00pm to 8:00pm | Redwing Farm: 147 Robinson Road | $60 | Enjoy a chance to explore the diverse landscapes, tastes and people of Salt Spring. Meet the farmers, wander the land, sit at tables set with mismatched plates, listen to local music and enjoy the flavours only small farms can offer in support of the abattoir and produce centre.
  5. Pitchfork Social: Eric Taylor | Friday 16th7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $25 | Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.
  6. Paddle away! Rent a kayak (or, if you're up for a challenge, try a paddle board!) and set off from the shores of Salt Spring Island to explore the coastline or nearby Islands and Islets! Check out beautiful spots including Russel Island, Chocolate Beach (on Third Sister Island), Wallace Island, Prevost Island and many more! Choose your adventure amongst the beautiful southern Gulf Islands!
  7. Sea Capers | Friday 16th -  Sunday 18th | Don't miss this seaworthy event (a great place to take Dad on Father's Day!) with boat building, kayaking, sand castle building, treasure hunts, a clam chowder cookoff and more! | Facebook Page
  8. Moby's Fishing Derby | Friday 16th -  Sunday 18th | Moby's Pub: 124A Upper Ganges Road | $65 - $100 | Eat, fish and win at Moby's Fishing Derby! A perfect fathers day activity to enjoy with Dad!
  9. Celebrate Father's Day on Salt Spring with a tour of the Island! Visit Salt Spring Island Ales to sample their finest beers on tap (try the new Nettle Beer!) and grab a growler, pop over to Salt Spring Wild - purveyors of locally sourced and brewed hard apple cider, head over to Garry Oaks Winery, Salt Spring Vineyards or Mistaken Identity Vineyards to enjoy some wine tasting, grab a bottle and a walk through the vineyards and for your final stop, check out Salt Spring Island Cheese for some of Salt Spring's finest goat cheese!
  10. National Aboriginal Day | Sunday 18th | 10:00am to 3:00pm | Burgoyne Bay (Xwaaqw’um) | Enjoy a family friendly cultural gathering on beautiful Xwaaqw’um Beach to connect in celebrating and learning about Coast Salish culture and traditions and nurture “Sound Relations” between settlers and First Nations peoples in honour of National Aboriginal Day. See the Tzinquaw Dancers from Cowichan and the Unity Drummers and Singers from Victoria (bring a drum if you have one) The Sisters of Mercy, will perform songs. There will also be a salmon Pi’kwun BBQ Demonstration. Lots of activities for the whole family - be sure to bring a dish for the potluck lunch (bring your own dishes).
  11. Summer Solstice Celebration at Salt Spring Vineyards | Sunday 18th | 12:00pm to 5:00pm | Salt Spring Vineyards: 151 Lee Road | A kick off party to welcome the summer season with an afternoon of music by Jose Sanchez Cuban Party Band, wine, food and fun. This event kicks off weekly Friday Wine Down and Sunday Afternoon Music throughout the summer at Salt Spring Vineyards!
  12. Gulf Islands Tour des Iles | Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th | $5/leg | A unique opportunity for visitors and residents to explore the Southern Gulf Islands and their unique individual cultures including special events, local music, natural beauty and art with inexpensive all day inter island boat service between Salt Spring, Galiano (hike to Pebble Beach), Mayne (visit Georgina Point Lighthouse or the Japanese Gardens), Saturna (stop by iconic East Point) and the Pender Islands (see picturesque Hope Bay). Shuttle bus services will take passengers to local venues including picturesque villages, farmers markets, museums, art galleries and nature trails. An event not to be missed!
  13. Farm Dinner at Duck Creek Farm | Wednesday 28th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm | Duck Creek Farm: 134 Tripp Road | $60 | Enjoy a chance to explore the diverse landscapes, tastes and people of Salt Spring. Meet the farmers, wander the land, sit at tables set with mismatched plates, listen to local music and enjoy the flavours only small farms can offer in support of the abattoir and produce centre.
  14. 'Tis the season to enjoy sweet succulent Salt Spring strawberries at farm stands (or the Tuesday and Saturday Markets) - a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of Summer!
  15. Pitchfork Social: Harry Manx with the Emily Carr String Quartet | Friday 30th7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $40-70 | Harry Manx has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, because of his expertise in melding both East and West music together. For this very special show, the Emily Carr String Quartet will be joining Harry onstage.
  16. Soak in a sunset! Longer days and shorter nights makes it easy to catch the last few rays of the day (and enjoying the beautiful colours!) - Salt Spring Island has dozens of beach access points to choose from on it's western shores - head over to some of our top choices: Vesuvius Bay Beach, Zach Beach and Arbutus Beach!
  17. Join us Islanders as we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday on Salt Spring Island with events, activities, concerts and family friendly programs with 150 Days of Fun on Salt Spring Island culminating in a fireworks show over Ganges Harbour on July 1st!

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