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Whistler Go Fest Outdoor Festival

Whistler Go Fest

Whistler Go Fest is a festival in the resort town of Whistler that features music, sports, arts and cultural events over the Victoria Day weekend in May.

In 2018 the event took place in and around Whistler Village from May 18th to 21st. 2019 dates are likely May 17th to 20th.

Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

Whistler Go Fest is a popular 4-day event that includes live music, sport events and other cultural activities.

Free concerts take place in the Village Square once or twice on each of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also live entertainment in the streets throughout the day all weekend, and there are sports workshops and other events throughout the region.

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Go Fest Event Venues

Whistler Go Fest activities take place at a variety of venues in Whistler Village and the surrounding area. Below are the locations of some the main venues and further below is the list of main festival events and their scheduled times.

  • Alta Lake Station House – at 5560 Old Mill Lane on the west side of Alta Lake. It’s the location of the open painting session on the Saturday afternoon and the photography workshop on the Sunday.
  • The Arts Centre – the Maury Young Arts Centre is located at 4335 Blackcomb Way.
  • Creekside Village – a short drive from the main Whistler Village at 2055 Lake Placid Road and location of the All British Car Show on the Sunday.
  • Florence Petersen Park – beside the Whistler Public Library at 4329 Main Street and location of the scavenger hunt on the Saturday afternoon.
  • GO Fest Base Camp – a tent located in the Olympic Plaza.
  • GO Fest Haven – a venue in the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
  • Lakeside Park – at 3375 Lakeside Road on the southeast shore of Alta Lake.
  • Lost Lake Passivhaus – the start and finish location of the Whistler Parkrun on the Saturday morning at 400 Fitzsimmons Road South.
  • Mountain Square – in the Skiers’ Plaza near the base of the Whistler gondolas.
  • Olympic Plaza – the large open grass area with a covered stage at the north end of the downtown part of the village.
  • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre – an Indigenous cultural centre at 4584 Blackcomb Way.
  • Whistler Museum – at 4333 Main Street.
  • Whistler Public Library – at 4329 Main Street and location of Saturday’s Pancake Breakfast.
  • Whistler Village Main Stage – location of the free afternoon and evening concerts in the Skiers’ Plaza near the base of the Whistler gondolas.
  • 5678 Alta Lake Road – location of the Whistler Go Fest sailing clinics on the west side of Alta Lake.
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Whistler Village Farmers Market

2018 Whistler Go Fest Highlights

Some of the highlights of the festival each year include the free concerts, classic British car show and various art and sporting events.

2018 Go Fest Concerts

Big name local groups play on the Mainstage in the Olympic Village most years. Bands and performance schedules in 2018 were the following:

  • The Philosopher Kings – on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 pm
  • Carmanah – on Saturday, May 19, at 3:00 pm
  • Current Swell – on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 pm
  • Coco Jafro – on Sunday, May 20, at 3:00 pm
  • The Funk Hunters – on Sunday, May 20, at 7:30 pm
Coco Jafro on Stage in Concert
Coco Jafro at Whistler Go Fest

Classic British Car Show

Whistler Go Fest hosts a free car show which features over 100 classic British cars each year. It takes place on the Sunday, so on May 20th in 2018 and May 19th in 2019.

On the Saturday of the May Long Weekend the annual All British Field Meet (ABFM) car show takes place at VanDusen Garden in Vancouver. With well over 400 vehicles on display, the event is one of the largest of its kind in Western Canada. The next day, on the Sunday, over 100 of the ABFM cars head up the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler.

In previous years the Sunday version of the All British Car Show took place in Whistler Village. In 2018, for the first time, it took place at Creekside Village at 2055 Lake Placid Road (which is a short bike or bus ride away).

The car show at Whistler is free to see and runs from around 11 am to 3 pm. Click All British Car Show for more details.

TIP: The much larger car show at Vancouver’s VanDusen Garden isn’t free, but it is impressive. If you like classic British cars, check it out! See ABFM for details.

British Car Show at Whistler Creekside
The All British Car Show at Whistler Creekside

2018 Whistler Go Fest Schedule

In addition to the free concerts and car show, there are tons of other things to see and do at Whistler Go Fest including free street entertainment in the afternoons each day.

Below are some of the activity highlights for 2018.

(Note: Event times and details are subject to change.)

Friday, May 18, 2018

  • Pancake Breakfast – outside the Whistler Public Library at 4329 Main Street from 10 am until 12 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • KIND Yoga – at the GO Fest Base Camp in the Olympic Plaza from 4:30 until 5:30 pm. Participation is free.
  • Camping & Hiking-Packing 101 – a free workshop at the GO Fest Haven in the Whistler Olympic Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
  • Whistler Mt. Bike Heritage Speaker Series – the Story of Whistler’s Alpine Mountain Bike Trails takes place at the Whistler Museum at 4333 Main Street at 6:30 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Adventure Film-InThe Starlight & The Alchemists film shows at the Maury Young Arts Centre at 4335 Blackcomb Way at 7 pm. Admission is $15.
  • The Philosopher Kings – the popular band plays outdoors on the Village Square Mainstage starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
Bridge at Whistler Village
Whistler Village

Saturday, May 19, 2018

  • KIND Yoga – at the GO Fest Base Camp in the Olympic Plaza from 8 until 9 am. Free admission.
  • Whistler Parkrun – a 5-km run beginning at the Lost Lake Passivhaus at 400 Fitzsimmons Road South starting at 9 am. Free admission.
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding – padlle boarding opportunities at Lakeside Park at 5560 Old Mill Lane from 9 to 10 am. Cost is $15.
  • Navigation in the Wilderness – a free workshop at the GO Fest Haven in the Olympic Plaza from 9:30 until 10:30 am.
  • Road Cycling Group Ride – a group bike ride starting at Mountain Square in the Skiers Plaza at 10 am. Cost to participate is $2.
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding – at Lakeside Park at 5560 Old Mill Lane from 10 until 11 am. Cost is $15.
  • MAC Film & Social – at the Whistler Museum at 4333 Main Street from 10:00 until 11:30 am. Free admission.
  • GO Sailing Clinic – sailing instructions at 5678 Alta Lake Road from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm. Cost is $50.
  • Canoe the River of Golden Dreams – self-guided boat trips starting at Lakeside Park at 5560 Old Mill Lane at 10:30 am. Cost is between $40 and $70 depending on your age.
  • First Nations Drum Circle – at GO Fest Haven in the Olympic Plaza from 11 am until 12 pm. Free admission.
  • Canoe the River of Golden Dreams – a second round of self-guided boat trips at Lakeside Park beginning at 1:30 pm. Cost is between $40 and $70 depending on your age.
  • Carmanah – a free outdoor concert on the Village Square Mainstage at 3 pm.
  • Henna Activities – a free workshop at the GO Fest Haven in the Olympic Plaza from 3 to 4 pm followed by a Henna Fun event from 4 until 5 pm (for which the cost is $5).
  • Short Adventure Films – at the Arts Centre at 4335 Blackcomb Way at 5 pm. Cost is $15.
  • Wine About Art – an adults-only event at the GO Fest Base Camp in the Olympic Plaza from 6 until 8 pm. Cost is $50 and includes wine, painting materials, an apron and a 16×20 canvas.
  • Adventure Film – the film Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey shows at the Maury Young Arts Centre at 4335 Blackcomb Way at 7 pm. Cost is $15.
  • Current Swell – the popular band performs outdoors on the Village Square Mainstage starting at 7:30 pm. Free admission.
  • Whistler Mt. Bike Heritage – the screening of The Moment followed by a Question & Answer session with Brett Tippie takes place at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre at 4584 Blackcomb Way at 8 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Adventure Film – a second showing of the film Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey takes place at the Arts Centre at 9 pm. Cost is $15.

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Events taking place on the Saturday over the course of several hours (and that in most but not all cases you can drop by and check out at pretty much any time) include the following:

  • Forged Axe Throwing – at the Olympic Plaza from 11 am until 3 pm. No charge for participation.
  • Make Your Own Bird House – a workshop at the Olympic Plaza from 11 am until 5 pm. Cost for materials is $15.
  • Vans Mini Skate Ramp – at  the Olympic Plaza Pavilion from 11 am until 5 pm. It’s free for people ages 10+ and suitable for all skill levels. Bring your own helmet and expect to sign a waiver!
  • Riglet Snowboard Park – a fun activity for children ages 3 to 6 at the Olympic Plaza Pavilion from 11 am until 5 pm. No cost to participate in (assuming you’re a little kid).
  • Tiger Ping Pong: Free Play – free drop-in ping pong games at the GO Fest Base Camp in the Olympic Plaza from 12 until 4 pm.
  • Table Tutors – free Learn to DJ instruction in the Olympic Plaza from noon until 4 pm.
  • Paint with Isobel – free drop-in painting opportunities form 12 until 4 pm at the Alta Lake Station House at 5560 Old Mill Lane. Hosted by artist Isobel MacLaurin and sponsored by Art Whistler. No charge. Bring your own painting materials or purchase some there.
  • Whistler Street Entertainment – street performers can be found at various times and locations throughout Whistler Village between noon and 6:30 pm.
  • Go Green Nature Scavenger Hunt – a fun activity for children at Florence Petersen Park by the Whistler Public Library. It’s a free activity that runs from 1 until 4 pm.

(Note: Event times and details are subject to change.)




Sunday, May 20, 2018

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding – at Lakeside Park at 5560 Old Mill Lane from 9 until 10 am and then again from 10 until 11 am. Cost is $15.
  • Flow Yoga for Active People – at the Olympic Plaza from 9 until 10:30 am. No charge to participate.
  • Digital Photography Workshop – an educational workshop at the Alta Lake Station House at 5560 Old Mill Lane from 10 until 11 am. Cost is $59.
  • GO Sailing Clinic – a 3-hour sailing workshop at 5678 Alta Lake Road from 10 am until 1:30 pm. Cost is $50. No experience is necessary.
  • First Nations Smudge Ceremony – at the GO Fest Haven in the Whistler Olympic Plaza at 10:15 am. Free admission.
  • Canoe the River of Golden Dreams – self-guided boat trips starting at Lakeside Park at 5560 Old Mill Lane at 10:30 am. Cost is between $40 and $70 depending on your age.
  • Canoe the River of Golden Dreams – self-guided boat trips starting at Lakeside Park at 5560 Old Mill Lane at 1:30 pm. Cost is between $40 and $70 depending on your age.
  • Make Your Own Dreamcatcher – craft opportunities at the GO Fest Haven in the Olympic Plaza from 2 until 3 pm and then again from 3 until 4 pm. Cost for materials is $5.
  • Coco Jafro – the popular Vancouver band performs on the Village Square Mainstage at 3 pm. Free.
  • Short Adventure Films – at the Arts Centre at 4335 Blackcomb Way at 5 pm. Cost is $15.
  • Beers & Bears – a beer-drinking and bear craft-sculpting activity at the GO Fest Base Camp from 6 until 8 pm. Cost is $50 and includes beer, sculpting supplies, instructions and an apron.
  • Adventure Film – the film Proximity shows at the Arts Centre at 4335 Blackcomb Way at 7 pm. Cost is $15.
  • The Funk Hunters – a free concert at the Village Square Mainstage at 7:30 pm.
Coco Jafro Singing on Stage
Coco Jafro at Whislter in 2018

Events taking place on the Sunday over the course of several hours (and that in most but not all cases you can drop by and check out at pretty much any time) include the following:

  • All British Car Show – at Creekside Village at 2055 Lake Placid Road from 11 am to 3 pm. Free admission.
  • Dig, Sow, GROW – plant your own sunflower to take home at the Olympic Plaza between 11 am and 4 pm. Free!
  • Whistler Village Farmers’ Market – a large produce and artisan market in the Upper Village from 11 am until 4 pm.
  • Vans Mini Skate Ramp – at  the Olympic Plaza Pavilion from 11 am until 5 pm. It’s free for people ages 10+ and suitable for all skill levels. Bring your own helmet and expect to sign a waiver!
  • Riglet Snowboard Park – a free activity for children ages 3 to 6 at the Olympic Plaza Pavilion from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Bocce & Brunch – at the Point Artist-Run Centre at 5678 Alta Lake Road from 12 until 4 pm. No cover charge and activities include bocce ball and live music.
  • Table Tutors – free Learn to DJ instructions at the Olympic Plaza from 12 until 4 pm.
  • Whistler Street Entertainment – street performers can be found at various times and locations throughout Whistler Village between noon and 6:30 pm.
  • GO Sailing Race – at 5678 Alta Lake Road from 1 until 5 pm. Cost is $30. Boats are supplied and sailing experience is required.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

  • KIND Yoga – at the GO Fest Base Camp in the Olympic Plaza from 9 until 10 am. There is no charge to participate.
  • Discover Nature – animal bones, pelts, tree samples and other nature specimens are on display at the GO Fest Haven from 10 am until 1 pm. Free!
  • Whistler Street Entertainment – street performers can be found at various times and locations throughout Whistler Village between noon and 6:30 pm.




Other Information

For more information about the Whistler event over the May Long Weekend, check out the Whistler Go Fest website.

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