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Arts Festival at Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Arts Festival

The Harrison Festival of the Arts is a 10-day festival at Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser Valley that features an artisan market, workshops and concerts.

The 2020 festival was going to take place from July 10th to 19th, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 festival took place from July 10th to 18th.

In 2022 the festival takes place from July 8th to 17th. Other music-related festivals happening around the same time elsewhere in the Lower Mainland include Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver, Uptown Live in New Westminster and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach. All of these festivals are so much fun and highly recommended!

 

Harrison Festival of the Arts

For over 40 years Harrison Hot Springs has been celebrating this fabulous family-friendly event each summer with both national and international artists.

The festival includes live music of all kinds, visual arts displays, an artisan market, art workshops and an evening of live theatre. There is also a special day for children.

Many of the activities at the Harrison Festival of the Arts are free or by donation, while others are ticketed. Concerts take place outdoors by the waterfront and each evening there is a live performance of some kind at the Harrison Memorial Hall located at 290 Esplanade Avenue.

 

 

2022 Festival Details

The 2021 Harrison Festival of the Arts was named Farm Edition. The event was hosted at Holberg Farm in Agassiz instead of Harrison waterfront and mostly featured artists from Vancouver and BC.

In 2022 the festival runs from July 8th to 17th back at its usual location at Harrison Hot Springs. Activities this year are similar to pre-pandemic years. There’s live music on the beach, an outdoor artisan market, evening shows in a hall, and more.

 

Festival Ticket Information

The waterfront artisan market at the Harrison Festival of the Arts is free and concerts on the outdoor stage are free. However, organizers of the beach concerts ask you to buy a Festival Button for a “donation” of at least $2 if you can. Other events and activities cost more.

In 2022 individual tickets are about $28.50 for adults and $25.50 for youth and seniors for most of the indoor concerts. The one evening of live theatre and the Literary Café both cost between about $15 to $18.

TIP: If you plan to attend all or at least most of the shows at the Memorial Hall, with one taking place each evening, then buy a Hall Pass which gives you access to all performances. Hall Passes cost about $200 for adults and $185 for students and seniors.

 

Arts Festival at Harrison Hot Springs

 

Arts Festival Venues

The Harrison Festival of the Arts takes place in Harrison Hot Springs which is a beautiful lakeside resort town a couple of hours east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley. Harrison Hot Springs is a small place with natural hot springs, restaurants, hotels and magnificent views of the mountains and stunning Harrison Lake.

In normal years, the outdoor concerts take place in the park between the main boulevard and the lake at the festival, as does the artisan market a little further down the way. Workshops are at the Memorial Hall at 290 Esplanade Avenue during the day, and ticketed shows are at the same location each evening.

The festival’s art exhibition takes place at the Ranger Station Art Gallery at 98 Rockwell Drive.

 

Harrison Festival Activities

Events and activities at the Harrison Festival of the Arts include outdoor concerts, an artisan market, workshops, visual art exhibits, evening shows and a Children’s Day.

 

Music on the Beach

In 2022, between one and four concerts take place outdoors by the waterfront each day during the festival. Artists and times may change, but the plan is for an evening concert each weekday evening at 7:00 pm and three or four concerts in the afternoons on the Friday and both Saturdays and Sundays.

A Festival Button is recommended as admission to the Music on the Beach venue and the cost is a minimum $2 donation.

Different bands perform all different kinds of music genres. The schedule for 2022 as of late June is listed below.

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

  • 12:00 pm – Festival Opening ceremony
  • 1:00 pm Uzume Taiko
  • 2:20 pm Kym Gouchie
  • 3:40 pm – Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira
  • 5:00 pm Zimbamoto

 

Sunday, July 10, 2022

  • 1:00 pm Rocket Revellers
  • 2:20 pm Orchid Ensemble
  • 3:40 pm – Forró do Cana
  • 5:00 pm Afro-Cuban Dimension

 

Monday, July 11, 2022

  • 7:00 pm Kongero

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

  • 7:00 pm Saltwater Hank

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

  • 7:00 pm Sinnoi

 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • 7:00 pm Tamar Ilana & Ventanas

 

Friday, July 15, 2022

  • 2:00 pm Christine Tassan et Les Imposteurs
  • 3:00 pm – Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
  • 7:00 pm Daiquiri Queens

 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

  • 1:00 pm Daiquiri Queens
  • 2:20 pm North Atlantic Drift
  • 3:40 pm – The Blue and Gold
  • 5:00 pm Kizaba

 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

  • 1:00 pm North Atlantic Drift
  • 2:20 pm Cookin’ With Brass
  • 3:40 pm – Kizaba
  • 5:00 pm Puuluup

 

Waterfront Artisan Market

There is an artisan market along the waterfront where local and other BC artists and artisans have all sorts of artwork and products for sale on both weekends of the festival. Note: the market only takes place on the weekends – not weekdays.

On both Saturdays of the festival in 2022 the market is open from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. The market also runs from noon until 7:00 pm on Friday, July 15th.

For more information about the market and this year’s vendors, see the Artisan Market page.

 

Artisans at Harrison Arts Festival
The Waterfront Art Market at Harrison Hot Springs

 

Harrison Festival Workshops

There are usually a number of interesting workshops to choose from at the Harrison Festival of the Arts. In previous years, workshops included Aboriginal drum making, dance lessons and yoga on the beach. Costs varied by workshop but ranged from a minimum $2 donation up to around $130 to make a large drum.

As of late June, there are workshops scheduled for each day 2022 festival. See below for details.

 

Friday, July 8, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach
  • 1:00 pm – Sound Medicine

 

Sunday, July 10, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach
  • 11:00 am – Lecture/Demo: Chinese Instruments
  • 1:00 pm – Afro-Cuban Percussion

 

Monday, July 11, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach
  • 11:00 am – Swedish Folk’appella

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach

 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach

 

Friday, July 15, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach

 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach
  • 11:00 am – Cajun Dance
  • 1:00 pm – Indigenous Drum Making

 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

  • 8:30 am – Yoga on the Beach
  • 11:00 am – Traditional Irish Session

 

Harrison Arts Festival Concerts

 

Visual Art Exhibits

The visual art exhibits take place at the Ranger Station Art Gallery at 98 Rockwell Drive which is located at the far eastern end of the village a short walk from the water. Admission is by donation and the gallery’s hours during the festival are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

The exhibit runs from July 5th to August 1st in 2022. During non-festival days, the gallery is open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and on weekends from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

 

Evening Shows in the Hall

In 2022 there is a different ticketed performance at Harrison Memorial Hall each evening. Shows take place at 8:30 pm each day except Sundays when they are at 7:30 pm.

As of late June, the schedule of evening shows in 2022 is as follows:

 

Friday, July 8, 2022

  • 7:30 pm A Concert for Phyllis

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

  • 8:30 pm Five Alarm Funk

 

Sunday, July 10, 2022

  • 7:30 pm DJ Shub Presents War Club Live

 

Monday, July 11, 2022

  • 8:30 pm – Literary Café

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

  • 8:30 pm – Evening of Theatre

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

  • 8:30 pm John Boutté

 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • 8:30 pm Lennie Gallant

 

Friday, July 15, 2022

  • 8:30 pm Lorraine Klaasen

 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

  • 8:30 pm Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

  • 7:30 pm Balaklava Blues

 

Children’s Day

In 2022 a special kids-focused Children’s Day takes place on the Wednesday of the festival from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm outdoors at Harrison Memorial Hall. Admission is about $6 each.

At the Children’s Day venue there are usually live performances by family-friendly entertainers and a wide range of activity stations featuring everything from drama opportunities to arts and crafts to puppetry and wall climbing.

The 2022 edition includes a scavenger hunt with some prizes available for those who complete it, and performances from the theatrical Ideas Bobert as well as musicians Podorythmie and Penny Pom Pom. 

For the latest information see the Children’s Day page.

 

Harrison Hot Springs and Mountain Views
Harrison Hot Springs

 

Other Information

Harrison Hot Springs is a beautiful town to visit in a stunning location any time of the year. When there’s a festival in town, however, it becomes even more interesting. The Harrison Festival of the Arts is one that’s definitely worth checking out.

TIP #1: Assuming good weather, weekends are when the festival is by far the most interesting (and crowded) because that’s when there are more outdoor concerts and the waterfront artisan market takes place.

TIP #2: Harrison Lake is stunning. Take your swimsuit, suntan lotion and boat if you have one, even if it’s just inflatable.

Boats of all kinds are also usually available for rent at Harrison Hot Springs, but you might want to reserve in advance if wanting one during the festival, especially if going on a weekend.

Harrison also has a giant waterpark with inflatable slides and things to jump off out on the lake. Be warned – if your kids see it they’ll want to try it out. Also, unless you don’t mind really long lines, a sunny weekend when there’s a festival in town might not be the best time to try the bouncy water toys out.

For details see Harrison Waterpark.

 

Other Information

For more information on the festival, visit the Harrison Festival of the Arts website.

Click Harrison Hot Springs for more information on the resort town and festivals there at other times of the year.

For a list of other events taking place in July visit Vancouver’s Monthly Calendar and for details on other major events at different times of the year see Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar. Events you will find there include other free festivals like Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver and the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver.