18 Ways to Move and Groove on Salt Spring Island in May 2016 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events, Salt Spring Things to Do Find out why Salt Spring Island is a favourite for people of all ages - check out farm events highlighting the Island's agricultural heritage, music scene, Mediterranean climate and of course, celebrate Mom and Victoria Day in the heart of the Gulf Islands! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> May 2016 Events on Salt Spring Island! Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship – An Evening with the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson | Thursday 5th | 7:30pm to 9:15pm | Gulf Islands Secondary School: 112 Rainbow Road | $15 - $20 | The Salt Spring Forum presents the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, the former Governor General of Canada (1999-2005), for a special discussion inspired by her CBC Massey Lectures, Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship. May is planting time! For lots of garden goodies - visit the Chorus Frog Farmstand (263 Rainbow Road) for all sorts of plant starts including lettuce, greens, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes and more! While your at it, take a drive down to the beautiful north end of the Island and visit Fraser's Thimble Farm with over three acres of plants, shrubs and trees to make your garden the envy of the neighbourhood! Butterfly Landscapes of Salt Spring Island | Friday 6th | 7:00pm | Lions Hall: 103 Bonnet Avenue | Salt Spring Island supports a great range of butterfly habitats, including meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. Enjoy a overview of Salt Spring Island butterflies and their habitats by Biologist James Miskelly. Butterfly Walk with James Miskelly | Saturday 7th | 10:00am | Andreas Vogt Nature Reserve: end of Sarah Way | Join Biologist James Miskelly for a walk to learn about Salt Spring’s butterflies in their natural setting. Enjoy the magic of Narnia | May 6th to 7th: 7:00pm / May 8th: 2:00pm | This year, StageCoach’s annual family-friendly production is an incredible musical version of Narnia with additional performances by the Theatre Seekers, Intermediate Theatre and Improv students. Celebrate Mom on Mothers Day (May 8th) with a brunch one of the many wonderful restaurants, pick out your favourite stops along the Salt Spring Studio Tour or comb the Island's many beaches while enjoying the company of family! Experience Salt Spring Island's unique art scene including beautiful works of pottery by artists Judy Weeden, Julie MacKinnon (find her at the Saturday Market!) and Claire Olivier - be inspired by the pieces created by members of the Salt Spring Potters Guild! Stowel Lake Farm Mother's Day Plant Sale & Open House | Sunday 8th | 9:30am to 4:00pm | Stowel Lake Farm: 190 Reynolds Road | Tuck in a fabulous Mother's Day Brunch or (and!) Lunch, enjoy the live music, peruse the plant sale to get your mom a flowery! gift, go on a farm and garden tour and more! Round Saltspring Race | Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd | Race Start: 10:00am | Boats take off from Ganges Harbor | Cheer on participants as up to 120 boats race around Salt Spring! Because the course offers unique challenges such as tidal currents and variable conditions, it’s a great test of tactics, seamanship, navigation and sailing ability. From year to year, it can be anyone’s race to win! It's beach season! Watch the Round Saltspring Race from several beachside vantage points including Price Road Beach and Arbutus Beach! Make the most of the May Long Weekend (May 21st to 23rd) Why not head over to Salt Spring for the Victoria Day weekend - check out our list of Salt Spring Island Accommodations for the perfect place to relax! Kick of the camping season at one of the most beautiful campsites in the Gulf Islands at Ruckle Provincial Park! Camp under the stars and overlooking Swanson Channel (don't forget to wave to the ferry passengers as they pass!). Although difficult to depart from the Park's spectacular 7 kilometers of shoreline (as well as several kilometers of trail) and delightful farm, it provides an ideal springboard to exploring everything else Salt Spring Island has to offer from farmstands to markets, quaint shops, beautiful beaches, magical faerie doors and 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. Sit under the seasonally changing 'ceiling' of branches and enjoy crooned tunes paired with an unforgettable meal packed with locally sourced ingredients! And for even more musical delights, Angela Chang plays at Artspring (100 Jackson Road) on May 24th at 7:00pm Wine tasting starts at 6:30pm. Experience a garden lover's paradise! Salt Spring Island bursts into kaleidoscope of colour in May with Wisteria (see an amazing display at Salt Spring Island Cheese) and Laburnum as well as wild Orchids (including the rare Phantom Orchard!), Camas Lilies, Foxgloves, Trilliums and Fawn Lilies to name a few! 1st Annual West Coast Django & Jazz Festival | Sunday 29th | 2:30pm to 4:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Road | $25 - $30 | Enjoy world class gypsy jazz and jazz music featuring the legendary Juno Award winning guitarist Oliver Gannon, the World Champion in Digital, Acoustic and Jazz Accordion Cory Pesaturo, and one of Canada’s most exceptional award winning young guitarists, Quinn Bachand, along with his sizzling hot gypsy jazz ensemble Brishen. Bird-watching: Rufous Hummingbirds are busy doing their impressive high speed J-dives to claim a mate. The Violet-Green Swallows have returned. Bright yellow American Goldfinches are here and the Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and other birds are busy foraging for their young broods. Bring your binoculars! Be sure to check out the Salt Spring Island's famous Saturday Market | Every Saturday for fresh produce, yummy treats and artisan gift!