After the last few years of closures and cancellations, Whistler’s signature events are finally back on, in a big way. From athletic races and guided art tours to world-class film, literary and gastronomic festivals, there’s something in town for absolutely everyone to enjoy. Check out some of these fun activities happening in Whistler this fall.
October 14, 21, and 28
Enjoy canapés and BC wines every Friday night in October during a self-guided walking tour of four public and private art galleries. Interactive art experiences include a curatorial talk, live music, and access to the new 'Out of Control: The Concrete Art of Skateboarding' exhibition at Audain Art Museum.
Venues include the following galleries:
Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, 4090 Whistler Way #109, Whistler, BC V8E 1J3
Whistler Contemporary Gallery, 4293 Mountain Square #110, Whistler, BC V8E 1B8
Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Audain Art Museum, 4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC, V8E 1N3
Admission: Tickets are $35.
Through the mediums of contemporary dance, theatre, puppets, and multimedia, Raven Spirit Dance will share stories and experiences from an Indigenous worldview. They’ll be joined by special guests Wagana Aboriginal Dancers, visiting from Australia, who will incorporate Australian Aboriginal song and dance from the Wiradjuri peoples with the sound of the yidaki, a wind instrument made from the hollowed trunk of eucalyptus trees.
Address: Maury Young Arts Centre, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Admission: Tickets are $26.89 each
Until October 29
Back for its fifth year, the tiniest art exhibit in the Sea to Sky proves good things do come in small packages. Take home a pocket-sized portrait at Whistler’s largest (and smallest!) art show. View over 200 original works - all 3″ x 3″ or smaller - by more than 80 local artists.
Address: Maury Young Arts Centre
November 4 – 6, 10 – 20, and 25 – 27
If you’re a food and drink lover you’ll definitely want to hit up Cornucopia, Whistler’s annual fall festival of food and drink. Expand your gastronomic horizons at food and drink tastings, culinary demonstrations, chef luncheons, over 40 drink seminars with world-class experts, multi-course dinners hosted by prolific winemakers, and much more.
Enjoy an intimate yet incredibly elaborate five-course lunch by celebrity Chef David Martin. Bravo’s Top Chef and a winner of both the Food Network’s Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen. The meal will be hosted in a stunning, private home, the address for which will be revealed only shortly before the event. The sumptuous fall-inspired menu includes expertly prepared dishes such as jumbo sea scallops, pan-seared halibut, and Asian braised duck.
Address: To be revealed later
Admission: Tickets are $160.45
One of Cornucopia’s signature events is CRUSH, a gala-style tasting event featuring more than 50 wineries from BC and beyond. Sip, savour, and sample your way through the night as you get your glamour on, mingle with winemakers, toast with friends and discover favourite new varietals you never knew of before. Sweet and savoury bites will also be on hand at sampling stations.
Address: Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way,
Admission: Regular tickets are $102.17; for early event access upgrade to a CRUSH Grand Tasting: Early Entry ticket - a limited number are available.
Make sure to bring your most fabulous, sequined A-game to this Sunday brunch extravaganza. Here you can feast on your favourite dishes and a mimosa or three while watching outrageous catwalk performances by Canada’s most beloved drag queens.
Address: Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way
Admission: Tickets are $80.56 each
Until December 2023
In this special exhibit at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, learn about the complex health journey of Indigenous people and view artwork on health and wellness themes from six First Nations artists. While you’re there, check out other permanent and temporary exhibits from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations; watch live demonstrations of weaving, carving, and cedar prepping, and take part in hands-on activities where you can make your own medicine bag, dream catcher, and other traditional crafts. You can also pick something up from Whistler’s largest First Nations gift shop.
Address: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural centre, 4584 Blackcomb Way
Admission: Adult (26-64) $20; Children (6-18) $7; 5 and under free. Family Pass: (2 adults and 2 children under 18 years) $45
November 30 to December 4
Enjoy up to 40 feature films and six short film programmes at the Whistler Film Festival, including select exclusive premieres, Oscar contenders, breakthrough Canadian films, and award-winning stories from across the globe. Hobnob with filmmakers, actors, and directors after events, chat with industry leaders and enjoy networking opportunities galore. Select films will premiere exclusively in-theatre
Address: Various venues
Admission: In-person film tickets will be available for sale in November. Festival passes are $175 (until Oct. 10); $220 (until Oct. 31); $250 (until Nov. 29), or buy on-site: $275. Passes include access to all film Screenings including opening night and closing night films; opening night reception and a basic society membership.
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