Autumn brings crisp fall weather to the Gulf Islands along with mouthwatering fresh produce, preserves and charming local experiences. Enjoy the best of Salt Spring at the tail end of the summer months! Visit the farms, savor the freshly unearthed vegetables and newly picked fruit of local farms while experiencing a variety of events and activities such as the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair!

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September 2017 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. Now is the time to Feast on Salt Spring Island with an incredible harvest of delicious edibles. Try dozens of different tomato varieties, look for roadside squash, peppers, greens and fruit, dig into mouthwatering baked goods, sweet or savory pies as well as preserves sealed with a gardener's love! Find all these local goods and more at roadside farm stands, the Tuesday Farmer's Market, the famous Saturday Market as well as Salt Spring's independent grocery stores, Natureworks and Green!
  2. PitchFork Social: Pieta Brown with Bo Ramsey and special guest Clarence BucaroFriday 1st | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $35 | Hailed as a "self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif" by the BBC, Pieta Brown first came to international attention with her 2002 self-titled debut. Pieta has since been recognized by NPR for her "moody, ethereal" songwriting. Bo Ramsey's new music is the perfect introduction to someone who always listens and plays with his own sonic vision in full motion.
  3. PitchFork Social: Birds of Chicago | Tuesday 5th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $35 | Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. For several years Russell and Nero's respective bands, Po' Girl and JT and the Clouds, have collaborated extensively, but on 2011's Mountains Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record.  Their sweet and sour vocal mix treads the dusty Americana roads of country, soul, folk, and rock.
  4. Salt Spring Pride Festival | Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th | Celebrate Pride with a rainbow of colours and join the LGBTQ community at the 12th annual Pride Festival with fun events all weekend long culminating in the colourful Pride Parade and street party in Downtown Ganges!
  5. Salt Spring Pride Parade | Saturday 9th | 1:00pm to 2:30pm | Starts: Salt Spring Island Public Library - Ends: Centennial Park Gazebo | Celebrate Pride with a fun and colourful parade through Downtown Ganges!
  6. PitchFork Social: Amy Helm | Saturday 16th | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Bullock Lake Farm: 360 Upper Ganges Road | $35 | There’s something about musical bloodlines that cannot be denied. Amy Helm is the daughter of The Band’s Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus, and a lifetime of growing up around some of the finest American music ever recorded is evident. Her talent takes up where her father’s leaves off – her voice is an exquisite instrument and she is an accomplished drummer and mandolin player.
  7. Fin de Fiesta Flamenco presents: Liandola | Saturday 16th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $22 - $25 | Fin de Fiesta Flamenco is a vibrant music and dance ensemble comprised of award-winning artists from Europe and North America. Based in Seville, Spain, Fin de Fiesta brings together flamenco dance, song, guitar, flute, and percussion in an electrifying celebration of this passionate Andalusian art form. Their newest production, LIÁNDOLA, brings the uncontainable energy of flamenco – at once playful and intense – to the stage.
  8. Salt Spring Island Fall Fair | Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th | 9:00am to 6:00pm | Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Free - $13 | Experience one of Salt Spring Island's most popular events! Hundreds of people wander through dozens of exhibits showcasing all sorts of farm animals and enjoy demonstrations ranging from sheep shearing to sheep dogs, entertainment, mouthwatering foods (including famous pie!), experience the excitement of the zucchini races, be awed by the giant pumpkins and admire homemade preserves, crafts and much more! An event not to be missed! The theme for 2017 is "Party With The Animals"!
  9. Westcoast Work Boat Association Fall Rendezvous | Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th | Kanaka Dock: 127 Fulford Ganges Road | Walk the wharves and see some of the many working boats of the West Coast. Meet the captains, learn about their history and see why they continue to be a popular part of our seafaring heritage.
  10. It's your last chance to peruse ArtCraft before it closes up for the season on September 17th! Browse work by artisans across the southern Gulf islands in a wide range of mediums. Open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily at Mahon Hall (114 Rainbow Road).
  11. SSNAP Gala Opening of Finalist Exhibition | Friday 22nd | 6:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $10 | View works by finalists of The Salt Spring National Art Prize which will be revealed by SSNAP at the Gala Opening.
  12. Terry Fox Run | Sunday 25th | 10:00am | Starts: Rainbow Road Public Pool, 262 Rainbow Road | By Donation | Honor one of British Columbia's most inspiring figures, Terry Fox, at the Salt Spring Island Terry Fox Run - take part in the 8km or 4km course.
  13. Vetta Presents Piano Quartet Favourites | Wednesday 27th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $20 | Vetta’s most venerable chamber musicians Arthur Rowe, Yariv Aloni, Eugene Osadchy and Artistic Director Joan Blackman come together to perform a classic program. Immerse yourself in musical bliss!
  14. Bike it! Pedal your way through the scenic bike routes of the Island, along heritage orchards, beaches, parks and farms! meander south to Ruckle Provincial Park or take the challenging figure eight which rounds the entire island in 50 kilometres. Tired? Hop on a Salt Spring Island BC Transit bus with their convenient bike racks (note: only room for two!) to help you along your way!
  15. Hike it! Leg power more your style? Salt Spring has trails for all ages, difficulty levels and lengths for even the most discerning hiker. Some of our favourites include Mount Erskine (perfect for a tough workout!), Ruckle Provincial Park (for the idyllic farm and Gulf Island views!), and Reginald Hill (with fantastic southern views and Garry Oak ecosystem).
  16. Salt Spring Island Apple Festival  | Sunday, October 1st | 9:00am to 5:00pm | Display: Fulford Community Hall, 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road, Various Locations across Salt Spring Island | An event not to be missed, come celebrate Salt Spring Island's apple growing history (dating back to 1860!) at the Salt Spring Island Apple Festival which includes apple displays (showcasing some of the 450 varieties of apples grown on the island), farm tours, apple tasting, food, bring apples from your own garden for identification and much more!

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