September is the month to visit with some of the island's most popular events including the Fall Fair and the Apple Festival! Celebrate the start of the fall season on Salt Spring Island with crisp autumn weather, mouthwatering fresh produce and preserves and experience the change of the seasons in the island vineyards and fields!

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September 2019 Events on Salt Spring Island

  1. Labour Day Celebration at The Legion | Monday 2nd | 1:00pm to 7:00pm | The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 92: 120 Blain Road | Outdoor Labour Day celebration at the Legion with bocce, BBQ, horseshoes, beer garden and music by Coal Davie and The Rockabillies starts at 1 p.m.
  2. Sign up for a Salt Spring Arts Council Workshop in September from felting to basketry to pottery. Learn from local artisans and make your own pieces!
  3. Salt Spring Pride Festival | September 5th to 8th | Celebrate Pride with a rainbow of colours and join the LGBTQ community at the 15th annual Pride Festival with fun events all weekend long culminating in the colourful Pride Parade and street party in Downtown Ganges!
  4. Salt Spring Island Pride Parade + Party | Saturday 7th | Parade: 1:00pm; Party: 1:30pm | Starts: Salt Spring Island Public Library - Ends: Centennial Park Gazebo | Celebrate Pride with a fun and colourful parade through Downtown Ganges culminating in a party in the park!
  5. Farm Dinner at Quarry Farm | Saturday 7th | 5:30pm | Quarry Farm: 190 Jasper Road | The Quarry Farm-To-Table Dinner featuring Chef Naomi Singh who will create a 4 course Indian feast (vegetarian or chicken) featuring Quarry Farm ingredients.
  6. Pitchfork Social: Honey Dewdrops | Saturday 7th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | With gorgeous vocal harmonies and a versatile musical set-up that includes clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitars, mandolin and occasional harmonica, The Honey Dewdrops treat listeners to a raft of memorable, beautifully performed songs blending folk and acoustic Americana with a hint of bluegrass.
  7. Farmer's Miso Fermentation Workshop | Wednesday 11th | 1:00om to 4:30pm | Francis Bread: 125 Churchill Road | $120 | Come make some miso with two homesteaders from the mountain side of Japan! This workshop will cover: introduction on how to grow koji culture yourself; what is miso and the different types; how to make and ferment miso paste the Japanese way; soybean and using alternative bean; and different ways to use miso.
  8. Time Piece – A Thematic Rock Concert | September 13th-14th / 18th-21st | 7:00pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenye | $15-25 | Time Piece is a thematic rock concert featuring a wide variety of music from artists such as Pink Floyd, Sting, Barenaked Ladies, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Cyndi Lauper, Neil Young and more.
  9. It's your last chance to peruse ArtCraft before it closes for the season on September 15th! 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).
  10. 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. Looking to master those infamous Salt Spring hills? Try renting an electric bike at the Salt Spring Adventure Co. or hopping aboard a Salt Spring Island BC Transit bus with their convenient bike racks (note: only room for two!) to help you along your way.
  11. 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 views from the region's rare Garry Oak ecosystem).
  12. Salt Spring Island Fall Fair | Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th | 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 2018 theme is "Home Grown, Handmade & Farm Fresh!"!
  13. Westcoast Work Boat Association Fall Rendezvous | Friday 20th to Monday 23rd | 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.
  14. Terry Fox Run | Sunday 22nd | 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 10km or 5km course.
  15. Salt Spring Island Apple Festival  | Sunday 29th | 9:00am to 5:00pm | Display: Fulford Community Hall, 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road, Various Locations across Salt Spring Island | This is 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!
  16. Can't get enough of Salt Spring Island apples? You'll love them more in liquid form at Salt Spring Wild Cider! Explore the Cider House (151 Sharp Road) where you can enjoy a bottle or a tasting and dine on tapas at the cider house gardens which boast spectacular views of the valley and surrounding orchards. Also stop by Ciderworks at the Salt Spring Island Apple Company where 365 different apple varieties are included in their 100% certified organic and estate grown craft cider.
  17. Vetta Presents: Vetta String Quartet | Monday 30th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$20 | The Vetta String Quartet returns, performing the first quartet Beethoven ever wrote, as well as Shostakovich’s first and Tchaikovsky’s last quartet.
  18. Pitchfork Social: Jeffrey Foucault | Monday 30th | 7:30pm | Fulford Hall: 2591, Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in Americana music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk.
  19. Now is the time to Feast on Salt Spring Island with an incredible harvest of delicious foodstuffs. Try dozens of different tomato varieties, 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 local grocery stores!

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