The festival began in 1979 and has gone from strength to strength. This year, the entire month of July will be filled with activities in dynamic downtown Duncan, where entertainment takes place daily in Charles Hoey Park and other venues in the downtown area.
Message from the President
What is the festival about? Imagine:
- A Canada Day beach volleython
- All Things Bicycle and Green Day
- Children’s Day
- Elder’s Day
- Gospel Music Day
- Country Music Appreciation Day
- Show & Tell Tattoo Day
Wow. Performances are scheduled from Monday to Friday and from noon till 8pm. It doesn’t stop on the weekends either, with performances on Saturdays from 11pm to 2pm and special event Sundays, all in the park. Double wow.
And don’t forget the music on Friday nights on City Square Stage. You might want to bring some dancing shoes!
And then there is the DBIA sponsored Duncan Daze smack dab in the middle of the month with their annual pedestrian friendly street closures in the downtown core. Activities, entertainment, games and street sales combine to create a festive, summer spirit.
The Grand Parade on July 16 sees a large portion of the town coming out and bearing witness to a fantastic community event. A tradition we aim to keep.
That is where you, the public come into the equation. Your attendance is needed at these events. Bring your family, young and old, even your summer visitors. So come downtown – show off this great little community to our visitors and have a great time.
Arts and culture combine with commerce to aid you in truly enjoying a full Cowichan Valley experience.
A rich history
Now entering its 32nd year, the Festival has developed a history and set of traditions of its own. It has become an integral part of the Duncan calendar and we aim to use this website to help record much of this.
Of course, the Festival is nothing without your help and we invite you to contribute if you can.