Do It In The City Events

Art Walk ( Summers )

The Castlegar Art Walk turns 16 this year, its longevity a testament to its success. Vibrant paintings, drawings and photographs await you in a variety of locations

Art Walk takes place throughout the summer months and brochures are available at the Visitor InfoCenter and the Chamber of Commerce.

Bluegrass Jamboree ( 2nd week of July )

When bluegrass lovers from as far away as Sandpoint, Idaho, and Seattle, Washington, converge at Castlegar’s long-running Bluegrass Jamboree, many say they feel like they are coming home.

“After getting to know everyone, it’s like a big family,” said committee member Eva Mohn. “It’s a meeting place. People come from all over; we have quite a few people that come from the Okanagan. We’re part of a bluegrass circuit that people follow.”

Now in its 12th year, the Castlegar Bluegrass Jamboree, which is held in the second week of July, offers bluegrass lovers and players three days packed with nothing but sweet bluegrass music.

“We strictly cater to amateurs,” Mohn said. “For amateurs, there’s no real place in the area except for the Jamboree to show off what they can do.”

The Jamboree is formatted so that musicians play three songs and then the next group takes the stage. This is repeated throughout the day and helps keep the musical landscape fresh.

According to Mohn, much of the audience are retired folks, though not all.

“A lot of folks bring motor homes or tents and camp out,” she said.

The Castlegar Bluegrass Jamboree is held on the idyllic Pass Creek Fairgrounds and runs from July 13 to 15. Proceeds from the event go toward the Pass Creek Fall Fair. Visit Bluegrass Jamboree

Farmer’s Market ( mid-July to mid-September )

Farmer's Market Fresh

Local carrots so fresh and sweet that they seem otherworldly. Home baked goods like your Grandma used to make. Plants that breathe oxygen into your home. That’s not all. There’s belly dancers, there’s music...

It’s all part of the Castlegar Farmer’s Market, now entering its 5th year. It’s a place where you can bring the kids and browse at a leisurely pace at all of the goods that locals provide. The obvious advantage, besides spending money locally, is the access to freshly grown and made items. Instead of buying carrots from the grocery store, you can talk to a local grower at the farmer’s market and discover for yourself how they were grown.

The farmer’s market provides great opportunities to get to know people in your community. That person you always see around town but have never met that happens to be selling brownies at the farmer’s market? That’s your chance to connect with that person.

Farmer’s markets help strengthen communities through the connections people make and the knowledge they share. Be sure to come by a check out this wonderful community event.

The market is held at the Castlegar Station Museum at 400 13th Ave. It runs every Saturday from mid-July to mid-September from 9 am until 1 pm though dates and times can vary. For more information please call the Castlegar & District Heritage Society at 250-365-6440.

Kootenay Festival ( mid-July )

Kootenay Festival is a multi-faceted event encouraging the recognition and appreciation of our community diversity through entertainment, cuisine and interactive educational activities, displays and performance. The festival will provide our residents and summer visitors an outstanding opportunity to experience and celebrate the heritage, culture, ethnicity and artistic expression that enriches the Kootenay region and makes us proud to call it our home.
quoted from kootenayfestival.com

For more information visit kootenayfestival.com

Pass Creek Fall Fair ( End of September )

Whether you are 9 or 99, there’s something for you at the Pass Creek Fall Fair. A clown, bouncy house and pony rides are sure to delight the kids, while blacksmith demonstrations, an antique car show and a horse show will provide ample entertainment to older crowds.

The Fair is entering its 17th year and will also feature a dog agility show, baking, arts, crafts, woodwork, a wide variety of poultry, and of course, fruits and vegetables from local gardens.

The Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society hopes that the experiences offered at the fair will serve to educate the public and raise awareness about agriculture and rural lifestyles.

The fun and slower pace of fall fairs is embedded in our memories, so be sure to bring the family out so you can provide your children with wonderful memories of their own.

The Fair runs September 22 and 23 at the Pass Creek Fall Fairgrounds.

For more information visit passcreekfair.com

Sculpture Walk ( year-round )

Sculpture Walk photo by David Gluns sulpture by Martin Eichinger Photo David Gluns
Sculpture Martin Eichinger

You walk down the main street of a small town and stumble upon thirty well-crafted sculptures at random sites. “What’s going on?” you ask yourself. Well, there’s a good chance you’re in Castlegar and you’ve come upon the Castlegar Sculpture Walk.

This year there are thirty Sculpture Walk installations, up from twenty-five a year ago. According to Executive Director Joy Barrett, Sculpture Walk has already made a big difference in the amount of foot traffic entering businesses in the downtown. The walk helps get people out of their cars and walking in the downtown core.

Volunteers with Castlegar’s Communities in Bloom discovered the Sculpture Walk program in Sioux Falls Idaho and loved it so much that they wanted to bring a similar event to Castlegar.

The sculptures are on loan to the city and can be bought or leased. To learn more about this unique exhibit, visit sculpturewalkcastlegar.com and Sculpture Walk Video.

Sunfest ( Early July )

Sunfest - Members of Castlegar city council throw candy to onlookers during the Sunfest parade last year. Photo Kim Magi

Castlegar Sunfest is alive with events and happy folks soaking up the glorious Castlegar sunshine for three days in early June. From the Miss Castlegar Pageant to pancake breakfasts; from parades to fireworks, there is something for all at this mid-summer extravaganza.

There is a show ‘n shine for the car buffs and a skateboard jam for skateboarding fans. If you get hungry you’ll find a vast array of food vendors, and if you want to buy clothes and candles, you’ll find them and pretty much everything in between at the merchandise vendors. It’s the perfect family event.

Winterfest ( 1st Weekend of December )

The first weekend of December hits, and you feel like doing nothing but hibernating. That is, of course, until you realize that the 17th Annual Winter Fest is going on. You put on your hat, mitts, jacket and boots, grab the kids, and head to downtown Castlegar in the gently falling snow.

The parade is a delight for kids both on the floats and on the sidelines, and the festivities are capped off with the arrival of Santa Claus himself. The tree in Spirit Square is lit up and kids have the chance to sit on Santa’s knee and tell him what they want for Christmas.