April Events in the Qualicum and Parksville Areas (2020)
April ushers in the start of springtime festivities on Vancouver Island. The Qualicum and Parksville areas, where you can stay in one of Breakaway Vacations’ wonderful rental homes, have plenty going on. There is also much to do in the surrounding areas. Thanks to the smallness of the Island, it’s easy to take a day trip to Nanaimo or Victoria to see a show.
Here are a few things you can do in April!
QUALICUM AND PARKSVILLE AREAS
Side-by-side, these neighbourhoods are ripe with local activity. There are plenty of communities that touch borders with these areas, making it easy to attend festivities in many different towns during your stay.
Elegant Threads and More Show & Sale at Qualicum Commons
April 3-4, 2020, starts at 10:00 AM
The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners present Elegant Threads and More as a part of the weekend-long Brant Wildlife Festival. Shows, studio work, items for purchase, and more.
30th Pacific Brant Carving, Woodworking & Art Show at Parksville Community Centre
April 3-4, 2020, start times varies
The 30th Annual Carving and Woodworking show has demonstrations, exhibitions, art for sale, professional photography, seminars, auctions, and a youth painting workshop.
North Island Wildlife Recovery (NIWRA) Centre Eagle Release
April 4, 2020, starts at 11:00 AM
NIWRA helps protect and rehabilitate owls,
eagles, falcons, bears, and more – and you can be a part of it. During this event, a rescued eagle will be released back into the wild (~2:00 PM).
CHRCO Flea Market & Pancake Breakfast at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds, Qualicum
April 5, 2020, starts at 9:00 AM
Browse the local flea market to pick up some souvenirs or just check out what’s available. They also offer pancake breakfast for a small price, $6 for small and $8 for large.
Nell & Jim Band at Joyce Beaton House Concert, Qualicum Beach
April 20, 2020, at 7:30 PM
Nell & Jim Band is making a few different stops around the Island and Qualicum Beach is one of them! They claim influence from folk, bluegrass, Americana, roots, swing, jazz, and blues music.
BONUS: What’s Nearby?
Qualicum Beach is a short 45-minute drive from Nanaimo (Parksville is slightly shorter), which is where you can expect to find many larger events. Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is just over a 2-and-a-quarter-hour drive from the Qualicum Beach area. The drive is easy and beautiful and you can totally plan a day trip around it.
If you don’t mind going for a bit further, there are a few cool events hosted in these nearby hotspots:
Vancouver Island Symphony at The Port Theatre, Nanaimo
April 25, 2020, at 7:30 PM
Enjoy their show Symphony Rhapsody, which will feature audience-favourite works by Gershwin and Dvorak as well as two tuneful, jazz-infused brand new pieces.
Russell Brand @ University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, Victoria
April 5, 2020, at multiple showtimes
Looking for some edgy comedy to spice up your stay? Actor, comedian, and podcast host Russell Brand’s Recovery Live show might be just what you need.
Music, arts, community, and culture. You’ll find everything during your stay on Vancouver Island this spring. What event are you looking forward to?