Check out events highlighting the Island's agricultural heritage, music scene, natural environment and of course, celebrate Mom and Victoria Day in the heart of the Gulf Islands. Experience the magic for yourself on Salt Spring Island in May!

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May 2019 Events on Salt Spring Island!

  1. Buck Dodgers Stringband | Friday 3rd | 7:00pm to 10:00pm | The Legion: 120 Blain Road | $7 | The Buck Dodgers Stringband was formed on Salt Spring Island in 2016. This four-piece band delivers an authentic and up-tempo old time sound with fiddle, banjo, guitar and upright bass.
  2. Salt Spring Community Concert Band: Lost and Found | Friday 3rd | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$20 | Lost and Found depicts the warmth of spring and bids farewell to the cold long nights. We welcome brighter days with classics of the wind band repertoire, Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger and Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E Flat, selections that tour us through the rolling hills of Southern England. American composer Aaron Copland will warm us with familiar melodies and themes from the United States. Contemplative and exciting works by Frank Ticheli, Robert Sheldon and Camille Saint-Saens round out the program.
  3. Roller Derby Doubleheader | Saturday 4th | 3:30pm to 8:30pm | Gulf Islands Secondary School: 232 Rainbow Road | $10 | The Tempest junior roller-derby team plays Vancouver followed by the Brass Knuckle Derby Dames from Cowichan playing the Brick House Betties from Comox.
  4. Ruckle Heritage Farm Day | Sunday 5th | 10:00am to 3:00pm | Ruckle Farm: 1801 Beaver Point Road | Enjoy a touch of history at the farm event of the season - Ruckle Heritage Farm Day! Check out butter churning, blacksmithing,  spinners & weavers, quilters, log sawing, sheep herding, animal displays, entertainment and more!
  5. Sundays on the Nature Reserve | Sundays | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | For kids 6-12 and their adults!
    - Sunday 5th | Get the Buzz on Invertabrates | Make bug snacks, observe pond snacks and learn about 95% of animals!
    - Sunday 12th | The Bees Knees | How are the pollinators? Make mason bee homes and take part in a bee scavenger hunt!
    - Sunday 19th | Where are the Animals? Animal Signs & Tracks | Fortune teller game and animal stories as well as orienteering!
    - Sunday 26th | The Cedar Tree: The Tree of Life | Clay activity and journalling!
  6. ArtSpring Presents: Elektra Women’s Choir with Suzie LeBlanc | Sunday 5th | 2:30pm to 4:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | Two forces of Canadian classical music come together for a very special concert. Elektra is delighted to collaborate for the first time with soprano Suzie LeBlanc in a program of music about music entitled I am in Need of Music, ranging from Henry Purcell to the world premiere of a work by Vancouver composer and Elektra pianist Stephen Smith.
  7. Dinner & Show with Jeff Warner, Folk Musician and Historian | Wednesday 8th | 6:00pm | Beaver Point Hall: 1361 Beaver Point Road | $20-$25 | Dinner begins at 6:00pm, provided by Sweetgrass Food Co.with  Sue Newman singin’ while you dine, and showtime with Jeff Warner starts at 7:00pm. Jeff Warner is among North America’s foremost performer/ interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives - and artistry - of 19th century Americans.
  8. ArtSpring Presents: Michael Kaeshammer | Wednesday 8th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$28 | A spellbinding artist, Kaeshammer’s performances and recordings are intimate and inviting affairs with jazz, boogie-woogie, and blues combined with passion and meticulous detail. Kaeshammer is internationally acclaimed for his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer who is unafraid of crossing genre boundaries, and for using his many influences to take the listener along on a memorable journey.
  9. 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! Looking for more? Head up the road to Foxglove Farm & Garden for seeds, starts and more or, take a drive down to the 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!
  10. 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!
  11. Blossom Picnic | Saturday 11th | 11:00am to 3:00pm | Heiwa Garden, Peace Park | Celebrate the arrival of the blossoms at the 9th Annual Blossom Picnic with music, martial arts & tai-chi demonstrations, cultural presentations and food.
  12. Salt Spring Singers - The Three Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Bernstein | Saturday 11th (7:30pm to 9:00pm) & Sunday 12th (2:00pm to 3:30pm) | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$20 | Spring will be buzzing with honey sweet selections from the Three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Bernstein! The Salt Spring Singers are excited to be collaborating with guest choir, Edmonton’s renowned A Joyful Noise. Directors Don Conley and Eva Bostrand have been putting the choirs to task rehearsing a wonderful programme of song, some by the individual choirs, and some en mass.
  13. Celebrate Mom on Mothers Day (May 12th) with a meal at one of the many wonderful restaurants on Salt Spring Island. Surprise her with a fresh farm bouquet of spring flowers and pick out your favourite stops along the Studio Tour to find the perfect gift!
  14. 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 starting May 13th! Sit under the seasonally changing 'ceiling' of branches and enjoy crooned tunes paired with an unforgettable meal packed with locally sourced ingredients!
  15. Vetta Presents: Take 5 | Monday 13th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$20 | MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 SCHUBERT Cello Quintet in C major, D 956 - for the finale of the season, we will present two of the most beautiful chamber works ever written
  16. Farm to Table Dinner & Rising Appalachia Concert | Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th | 14th 6:00pm to 11:00pm / 16th: 7:00pm to 11:00pm | Stowel Lake Farm: 190 Reynolds Road | 14th: $35-$100 / 16th: $40 | Rising Appalachia is celebrating the release of their newest album, with their beloved Salt Spring community with two shows and a farm to table dinner. As world travelers for a decade, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines.
  17. Contrasto Armonico | Tuesday 14th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Contrasto Armonico is Marco Vitale (Italy), Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez (Spain) and Romeo Ciuffa (Italy). This renowned ensemble based in the Netherlands focuses on the performance of baroque music using copies of original instruments, and historical performance practices.
  18. Wildlife of the Salish Sea | Thursday 16th | 7:00pm to 8:15pm | Salt Spring Island Library: 129 McPhillips Avenue | Join traveling Naturalist Dave Manning as he shares in pictures some of the bountiful wildlife found in the Canadian Salish Sea Islands. For years Dave has lived on and visited many of these islands.
  19. Bring your binoculars and enjoy some superb 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 feathered friends are busy foraging for their young broods.
  20. Round Saltspring Race | Friday 17th to Sunday 19th | Race Start (Saturday): 10:00am | Boats take off from Ganges Harbor | Cheer on participants of the best regatta on the coast as over 120 boats race around Salt Spring Island! Because the course offers unique challenges such as tidal currents and variable conditions, it’s a great test of skill, tactics, seamanship, navigation and sailing ability.
  21. It's beach season! Watch the Round Saltspring Race from several beachside vantage points including Price Road Beach and Arbutus Beach!
  22. Make the most of the May Long Weekend (May 18th to 20th) and head over to Salt Spring for the Victoria Day long weekend - check out our list of Salt Spring Island Accommodations for the perfect place to relax!
  23. Elfin magic abounds along the network of trails crisscrossing Mount Erskine - whether hunting for the perfect view or searching for the heart of Salt Spring's tall tales, there is nothing better than a brisk hike up one of the Island's most iconic mountains. Looking for a challenge? Try hiking from the water's edge at Burgoyne Bay to the top of the tallest mountain on the Gulf Islands - Mount Maxwell!
  24. ArtSpring Presents: Don Conley & Dylan Phillips | Thursday 23rd | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | For over 40 years Salt Springer Don Conley has been a celebrated pianist, organist, harpsichordist, performer, and teacher. Don will be joined by Montreal-based Half Moon Run member Dylan Phillips for an exceptionally special evening of musical mastery. Two Steinway B pianos and four amazing hands.
  25. Be sure to check out the Salt Spring Island's famous Saturday Market - On every Saturday for fresh produce, yummy treats and artisan gifts! Enjoy the fun atmosphere with buskers, food and more in the heart of Ganges.

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