Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

Enjoy beautiful works of art while strolling the highways, biways and streets of the Sunshine Coast.

Festival Dates
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Festival Type
Arts & Culture
Community
Gibsons
Region
Vancouver & Sea to Sky / Sunshine Coast
Province
British Columbia

The name says “crawl” but you better put on some comfy walking shoes for the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. This event presented by the Coast Cultural Alliance, links artists, studios and art stores for 80 kilometres from Langdale to Earl's Cove. This will be the eighth year and will include three days of events. Without the summer crowds, it’s a perfect time to slow down and meet the artists in their studios. Last year, nearly 300 artists and 144 venues participated and this fall’s line up promises to be just as great. 

Read our preview of the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl here.

Where and When

The annual event happens Oct. 19 – 21, 2018 along the Sunshine Coast. Gibsons, at the south end has many venues but many more studios and workshops dot the Sunshine Coast Highway all the way to Earl's Cove. Be sure to stop by the the studios on the path less travelled, like in Earls Cove or Sechelt Inlet.

Featured events

The art crawl is a chance to meet the artists and hear the stories behind their art.

Prizes

Passports for the event can be found at any of the venues, Visitor Centre or Sunshine Coast Credit Union. Along the way, as you visit the artists, demos and shows, get your passport stamped for a chance to win some valuable prizes. Last year there were gift certificates to vacation resorts and BC Ferries passes.

Friday Night

Friday night kicks off with venues opening in Langdale, Gibsons, Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay, where you'll find many special events and demos happening. 

Saturday and Sunday

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

Depending on where you start, wander up or down the highway and stop into studios to watch the glass blowers create functional and sculptural works of art. Some of studios specialize in using recycled glass. Check out the sculptor who chisels beautiful images from chunks of stone or another one who makes wildlife wood carvings. 

Many First Nations artists can be found along the route, who create both traditional and contemporary carvings and paintings. The art crawl is a great opportunity to talk to the artists and learn about the legends or lore that inspired their art

Meet painters as they create realistic or abstract paintings of the surrounding landscapes.

If your feet tire of all that walking, check out the sheepskin artist in Halfmoon Bay, where you might just find a soothing pair of sheepskin slippers.

Additional Information

Heading up the coast this fall?  Don’t forget there is an array of festival experiences to get in on including:

The Sechelt Arts Festival

The Sunshine Coast's leading edge arts festival will be presented this year from October 11 to 21, 2018 with a special event being planned October 5&6. The multi-disciplinary Festival features visual art, music, heritage, drama, dance and a variety of workshops hosted at various indoor venues around the District of Sechelt, including Raven’s Cry Theatre, the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre and the Seaside Centre. Learn more here.

Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival

Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival

Enjoy the 7th annual Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival, an event featuring all the weird and wonderful fungi that can be found in rainforests on the Sunshine Coast. Listen to guest speaker is Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters and an avid forager of wild foods, enjoy delicious treats and learn all about what makes a mushroom unique. Learn more about the event on October 12 - 14th.

Halfmoon Bay Apple Festival

apple fest

The apple festival is a special annual event in Halfmoon Bay, BC. Enjoy incredible apple butter made in a giant cauldron over a fire, crafts, apple pies, music, and community events. Learn more about the Halfmoon Bay Apple Festival held on October 27th and 28th here.

If you go

For additional information and to learn more about the mobile app and map check out the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl official website 

Read our preview of the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl here.

Interested in checking out the Sunshine Coast? Visit SunshineCoastCanada.com for trip-planning ideas.

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