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Summer is finally here, and it’s wonderful. Get out and celebrate the warmer temperatures and check out all the great local events! Here’s our event wrap up for the month of July in partnership with Move Up Prince George.
BMO KidzArt Dayz
BMO KidzArt Dayz is a celebration of creativity through art, music, and movement for the whole family! Through this two day festival, toddlers to pre-teens and all those kids-at-heart can partake in dozens of interactive hands-on art stations and activities. From music, collaborative community art projects, inflatable sculptures and more - there are creative opportunities everywhere.
Date: July 5 & 6, 2019
Location: Two Rivers Art Gallery
Learn To Fish At West Lake
Presented through Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, this introductory program is perfect for kids 5-15 and their families. This half-day course will teach participants fish identification, habitat and conservation, knot tying, proper fish handling, ethics and best practices for using rods, reels, lines, and tackle.
Date: July 8, 2019
Location: West Lake Provincial Park
CrossRoads Street Festival: Motorsports, Motocross, and Jetboating
Enjoy a free community event focusing on everything motorsport, motocross and more! With fun interactive activities to encourage kids and adults to discover different outdoor recreation opportunities, this family-friendly street party takes place from 10am-3pm with a ticketed 19+ evening event kicking off at 6pm till midnight. The evening portion turns everything up a notch with live music, local craft beer, street food, and interactive outdoor party games.
Date: July 13, 2019
Location: Intersection of 5th and George Street
Take to the streets at Downtown Summerfest and bring your appetite to the Canadian Western Bank Taste Pavilion. Enjoy live entertainment on the TD Mainstage and be sure not to miss the thrilling Hockey Circus Show with PAZ or the magical antics with Clinton W. Gray. There’s always great food, live music, unique shopping and family fun at Downtown Summerfest!
Date: July 14, 2019
Location: Canada Games Plaza
Beauty & The Beast
“Be Our Guest” this month, and witness the live production of Beauty & The Beast, presented by Judy Russell Presents. From the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is magically transformed into a terrible beast as punishment for his selfish ways. To return to his human form he must learn to love and be loved in return or he and his household will remain transformed forever.
Date: July 11 - 27, 2019
Location: The Prince George Playhouse
For more events happening in July, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. Watch for monthly event guides to be posted on the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month during 2019! Have an event you want us to share? Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada Day is almost here! To take in the festivities and celebrate our wonderful home, we’ve laid out some of our top favourite Canada Day weekend activities to put on your to-do list.
1. Celebrate Canada’s Birthday In Style
Join the biggest birthday party of the year at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. With over seven hours of live performances and entertainment, cultural booths and a wide array of ethnic cuisines, this family-friendly event is the perfect excuse to spend the whole day outside.
2. Hit The Trails
Escape the crowds and visit some of the local hiking trails around PG, but with so many around you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. Consider visiting the multiple lakes at Eskers Provincial Park, or scramble up to the top of Teapot Mountain for a spectacular view. What some more inspiration? Check out our hiking recommendations here: https://tourismpg.com/activities/parks-and-trails
3. Go Old-School With Dominion Day At Huble Homestead
Take a step back into the past, and enjoy heritage demonstrations and festivities as pioneers would have marked the occasion over a hundred years ago - with old-fashioned games, races, eating contests and a special Canadian treasure hunt! Dominion Day birthday cake will be served at several different times throughout the day, and you can take part in heritage demonstrations like making butter and ice cream.
4. Say Happy Birthday With A Toast
Come take a free tour of Northern Lights Estate Winery, BC’s northernmost winery. Tours include a behind the scenes look at the cellar and informative guided walk through the orchard. All tours conclude in the tasting room, where you can cheers to Canada’s big day before continuing into the bistro for dinner or a snack.
5. Gallop Into The Sunset
Enjoy a horseback riding tour at El Shaddai Ranch, located just south of the city, and take in the local scenery and wildlife from the unique perspective of the saddle. The sunset ride from 7pm to 9pm is sure to please the senses and relax the soul! Bookings required.
6. Escape The Ordinary
Or stick to the streets and challenge your mind at Exit PG. See if you and your companions can solve all the clues to free yourselves from the selection of intriguing puzzle rooms. Bookings required.
7. Finish The Day With A Bang
At 11pm sharp on July 1st, fireworks will ignite from Connaught Hill to wrap up the weekend and Canada Day celebrations. There are tons of unique viewing sites across the city, so if you’re not sure where to go, Canada Games Plaza has always been one of our favourite locations to see them.
Summer is on the way to Prince George and you should celebrate by checking out some great events! Here’s our event wrap up for the month of May in partnership with Move Up Prince George.
Have some laughs with Derek Edwards
Get your tickets to be entertained by Just for Laughs veteran Derek Edwards for 90 minutes. Edwards is considered among the comic elite as a four time nominee and winner of Best Standup Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards and holds multiple Gemini nominations for Best Performance in a Comedy.
Date: June 9, 2019
Location: Prince George Playhouse
Judas Priest with Uriah Heep
Date: June 14, 2019
Location: CN Centre
Get your steampunk on
Visit the Railway & Forestry Museum during Steampunk Days 2019 and be teleported into an era where Victorian glamour meets the Industrial Age. Dress in your favourite Steampunk garb, or other costumes and join in the fun! There will be pioneer blacksmith demonstrations, wood turners activities, crafts, rides on the Cottonwood Minitrain and more!
Date: June 14 – 16, 2019
Location: Railway and Forestry Museum
Father’s Day events:
As is the case every year, there are plenty of things to do with your Dad on Father’s Day. Check out the list below for ideas on how you can celebrate the day with your Dad!
Date: June 14 – 16, 2019
Run to beat the bugs at Otway
If you want to get active in June, sign up for the 5 or 10 kilometre portion of the Beat the Bugs Trail Race at the Otway Nordic Centre. Enjoy running cross-country and single track trails as you take in the surrounding scenery. This event also offers a free 1 kilometre race for kids.
Date: June 15, 2019
Location: Caledonia Nordic Ski Club
Murder mystery at Huble Homestead
Are you a murder mystery enthusiast? Then you’ll want to attend Homicide on the Homestead: A Murder Mystery. The Cutbanks Car Club is trying to get to the bottom of the death of their past president, Myrna Lloyd. Register for this event to help solve the case.
Date: June 15, 2019
Location: Huble Homestead Historic Site
National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations
2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The Exploration Place is hosting free National Indigenous Peoples Day activities in its atrium that blend Indigenous languages with computational thinking skills and coding. You can also make a binary beaded bracelet or keychain that codes a word from a local Indigenous language. Free rides on the Little Prince Steam Engine will also be offered.
Date: June 21, 2019
Location: The Exploration Place
All the ribs you can eat and beer…what could be better?
Do you love ribs? Then checking out Prince George Ribfest 2019 is a must. This three day event hosted by the Nechako Rotary Club and Pacific Western Brewing features world-class, award winning ribbers from across Canada, plenty of food vendors, live local music, and plenty of beer from Pacific Western Brewing. And the best part, aside from the ribs? This event is free to attend!
Date: June 21 – 23, 2019
Location: Pacific Western Brewing (641 North Nechako Road)
Check out Heatwave- Celebrate Culture
This free three-day outdoor cultural festival is a “heatwave” of music and culture which will include live music, interactive cultural performances and displays, vendors, games and activities for all ages. Indulge in delicious flavours from around the world as you enjoy free outdoor performances and concerts showcasing the best of Canadian music in a variety of genres. Head to celebratepg.com for more info.
Date: June 21 – 23, 2019
Location: Canada Games Plaza (808 Canada Games Way)
Get out to Goodsir Nature Park
Goodsir Nature Park is celebrating their 30th anniversary! You are invited to join the festivities from June 21-23. There will be free refreshments on Friday June 21st at 7:30pm, and as always admission is by donation.
Date: June 21-23, 2019
Location: Goodsir Nature Park (22825 Old Summit Lake Rd)
For more events happening in June, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. Watch for monthly event guides to be posted on the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month during 2019! Have an event you want us to share? Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
June might just be the perfect month in Prince George. It’s a great time to be outdoors because the weather is excellent and everyone is smiling as the city says goodbye to winter and hello to spring and summer. Plus, schools aren’t out yet so there are no crowds to contend with. With all that going for it, here are five reasons to love Prince George in June:
1. Patios: June is the month to grab your sunglasses, find a sunny table, and start enjoying dining al fresco! It’s warm enough that you won’t need that extra layer, but not so hot that you need to worry about burning. And with no crowds, you won’t have to wait for a table. Several of Prince George’s locally-owned restaurants have outdoor seating, including Alpine Pub & Grill, Betulla Burning, B X Neighbourhood Pub, Cimo Mediterranean Grill, CrossRoads Brewing, and Northern Lights Estate Winery. What could be better than lunch, a drink, or appies outside?
2. Off-leash dog parks: You don’t have to own a dog to enjoy a stroll through two of Prince George’s finest parks, and the June weather makes them even better. Nestled between Foothills Blvd., Otway Rd., and 1st Ave., Moore’s Meadow Nature Park is a real gem that bears the namesake of an early pioneer settler of Prince George. There are several kilometers of trails through the forest surrounding the main meadow area, where mowed paths cut through over half a kilometer of tall grass and wildflowers. In Ginter’s Meadow, named after the guy who popularized pull-tab beer cans, a (wide and flat) paved walking path connects three main parking areas/entrances at the western ends of Ferry Ave., Massey Dr., and 18 Ave. Feeling more adventurous? Trails leading up and out of Ginter’s Meadow connect it to the UNBC trail system and, from there, to Forests for the World, which is a fantastic (but not off-leash) park in its own right. In both Moore’s and Ginter’s there are large designated areas where your pooch is allowed to run wild (but under control, please!). Just remember to do the right thing and clean up after your pet. There are free poop bags and trash cans throughout both parks.
3. Local craft beer, cider, and fruit wine: Looking to wet your whistle? Prince George has excellent locally-owned offerings to suit all tastes. Trench Brewing features a variety of fine craft beers and cider in its spacious tasting room, and offers several snack options if you’re looking for some nosh. Want a bigger meal? Try CrossRoads Brewing, where you can pair their craft beers with pizzas from an Italian wood-fired oven, as well as sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more. Or visit Northern Lights Estate Winery, which offers a refined selection of fruit wines made from estate-grown fruit, and a variety of sophisticated tapas, salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Their chic tasting room, bistro, and patio are situated on banks of the Nechako River and offer stunning views of their orchard, with the river below. If you want to take the party to go, both Trench and CrossRoads offer growler fills, and the tasting room at Northern Lights sells their wines by the bottle.
4. Rivers: Prince George has two rivers, and taking a sunny stroll through the many parks and greenbelts situated along them are part of what makes June so special here. Did you know that you can walk from the Cameron St. Bridge all the way to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park? The 5 km walk along the southern bank of the Nechako River and western bank of the Fraser River takes you through Kiwanis Park and Cottonwood Island Nature Park along the way, and the views of the river are a relaxing way to spend any morning, afternoon, or evening – or your lunch hour! Further upriver on the Nechako are Wilkins Regional Park and the new Nechako Riverside Park on Foothills Blvd., both of which have picnic areas in view of the river, and then there’s Wilson Park to the southeast. And don’t forget the fantastic overlooks from LC Gunn Park on the eastern bank of the Fraser. With so many options, get out and enjoy a river walk before the crowds show up!
5. Trees: Trees are everywhere in Prince George, and June is the perfect time to appreciate them. There are new buds, leaves, and beautiful flowers on the deciduous trees, and the recent rain has caused big splashes of colour all over town. From the furtive faces carved by Elmer Gunderson into the big trees in Cottonwood Island Nature Park, to the endless wooded hills seen when driving south on Foothills Blvd., and all the neighbourhood parks and green spaces in between, being surrounded by trees is one of the best parts of being in Prince George, so get outside and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of spring! Be sure to keep an eye out (and your ears open) for all the migratory birds that have returned to Prince George for the spring and summer.
What better way to enjoy the fantastic spring weather than by checking out some great events! Here’s our event wrap up for the month of May in partnership with Move Up Prince George.
Northern FanCon (May 3-5): Northern FanCon returns for its fifth Anniversary! Go see the awesome selection of guests, vendors, artists, and cosplayers you have come to expect PLUS some special extras at the CN Centre. This year’s lineup includes the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, and Alan Tudyk from Star Wars and Firefly. To purchase tickets head to Ticketsnorth.ca.
Jack and the Bean (May 6-11): Presentation House Theatre is thrilled to present Linda A. Carson’s enthralling new spin on the much-loved children’s classic, Jack and the Beanstalk. This imaginative adaptation finds Jack surrounded by land that just won’t grow anything. Compelled to sell his beloved toys to feed his hungry family, Jack instead trades them for magic beans, from which a towering beanstalk grows. Jack climbs the beanstalk and is taken on an amazing journey filled with excitement and peril. Children, young and old, will delight in this simple, but highly engaging, environmental tale. For tickets click here: Theatre NorthWest.
West Coast Amusement – Prince George May Carnival (May 9-12): Based in British Columbia, West Coast Amusements is the largest Canadian midway operation in western Canada, and one of the few that remains family operated. This fun-filled carnival takes place at the Prince George Exhibition grounds, buy a wristband to access all the rides!
Rock of Ages (May 10): The mind-blowing, face melting, nothin’ but a good time, audience favorite Rock of Ages comes to the CN Centre in Prince George. This great show features the music of Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others! This Tenth Anniversary production revisits the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon! Tickets range from $29.50 to $89.50 depending on seats and are available at TicketsNorth.ca.
Prince George Bike Rave (May 11): That’s not a typo, it’s a Bike RAVE! Kaiten Mixed Martial Arts Academy and Atmosphere Entertainment, Visual Universe; are hosting this FREE community event. It’s designed as an opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends. Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park is going to be lit up like you have never seen it before. Imagination and Creativity is the goal, so dress up with white or bright colours, find flashy things or lights for you and your bike. Show your style!
Mother’s Day (May 12): As always there are tons of great events happening in Prince George for Mother’s Day. Check out the events below for a few ideas on how you can celebrate with your mom!
88th Annual Prince George ELKS May Day Parade (May 18): The 88th Annual ELKS May Day Parade is BACK! Proudly organized by the Prince George ELKS Lodge 122 & the Prince George ELKS Community Hall. This family oriented, fun-filled parade gets underway at noon at the corner of 7th and Dominion Street.
Spring on the Homestead (May 19-20): Wave goodbye to winter and celebrate spring at Huble Homestead's two-day season opener! Watch or participate in heritage activities such as the May-pole dance, planting the garden, and making butter and ice cream. Reacquaint yourself with the historic site by taking a guided tour, and explore the buildings by taking part in a treasure hunt. Help them kick off celebrating 30 years of Huble Homestead, by checking out the launch of the new, year-long exhibit that talks about the opening of the park.
CrossRoads Street Festival (May 25): Come enjoy the free, family-friendly community events featuring displays, demos, clinics, and show and shines. There will be fun interactive activities to encourage kids and adults to discover and try different outdoor recreation opportunities. This portion of the day takes place from 10am until 3pm. The ticketed, evening event kicks off at 6pm and goes until midnight. Here you can experience fun, safe adult-oriented activities with fantastic live music, local craft beer, street food and interactive outdoor party games. For more information or to purchase tickets click here: CrossRoads
For more events happening in May, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. And make sure to watch for monthly event guides throughout 2019 that will be posted to the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month! Have an event you want us to share? Email email@example.com
Happy April! The snow is melting, the sun is out and there are plenty of events happening in Prince George to keep you busy this month. Read the list we’ve put together in partnership with Tourism Prince George to discover events ranging from theatre, to music, to yoga to hypnosis.
Theatre NorthWest: Meet my sister!
Meet My Sister! is the final Theatre NorthWest production of the 2018/19 season and this World Premiere promises to be hysterical. In this new comedy sisters Stella and Blanche, one from northern BC and the other from northern Ontario, try to get their mom to come out of her locked home, which has been sold, so she can move to a senior’s residence she is supposed to be moving into that day. The sisters battle the house and each other before the surprise twist ending that will keep you laughing for days.
Date: March 28 – April 17, 2019
Location: Theatre NorthWest
Always wanted to try yoga? Here’s your chance
Learn how to practice yoga or get back into it by signing up for Try-It!: Yoga, a four-week, beginner mini program being held on Wednesdays during April. At a cost of only $20 for four classes, this program is a bargain! You must be 18 years or older to participate and should bring a yoga mat if possible. Some accessible spots will be available through a partnership with the Northern Adapted Sports Association.
Date: April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2019
Location: Beaverly Elementary School
Grandma Used to Heckle Me Comedy Tour with Headliner Jeff Leeson
Nationally touring stand-up comedian Jeff Leeson is bringing his nationwide tour to the Prince George Playhouse for a night of live stand-up comedy that promises to be memorable. The Grandma Used to Heckle Me Comedy Tour is named after Jeff's most recent special that is currently being pitched to TV networks and streaming sites around the world. With an extremely impressive blend of long form improv and traditional stand-up comedy this is one show you do not want to miss!
Date: April 5, 2019
Location: Prince George Playhouse
Billie Zizi with Amy Blanding and Friends
Get your dancing shoes on and head to the Prince George Legion for a night of uplifting music. Billie Zizi is visiting Prince George from Edmonton to share her combination of the groove of classic soul with a flair for contemporary RnB melody. Prince George favourite Amy Blanding will also entertain the crowd with her powerful voice and profound stage presence. Her folk songs collect moments in the Northern wild and turn them into folk songs with a raw edge. Tickets are available at the door.
Date: April 6, 2019
Location: Prince George Legion
Family Easter fun at Pine Centre
Looking for a fun family event over the Easter long weekend? Pine Centre Mall is inviting families to enjoy Easter activities including photos, basket crafts, and Easter egg hunts. There will also be 3 foot solid chocolate bunny giveaways and treats provided by Purdy’s Chocolatier.
Date: April 6 and April 20, 2019
Location: Pine Centre Mall
Celebrate music from the 90’s
Are you a child of the 90s? If you answered yes or if you’re a big fan of 90’s music, you’ll want to grab tickets for CFUR’s Big Shiny Tunes Tribute. Hosted by CFUR Radio and Mad Loon Entertainment, this event will feature local musicians performing songs from the Big Shiny Tunes compilation CDs. This event is all-ages until 10:00 pm.
Date: April 13, 2019
Location: Cowboy Ranch
Enjoy a night of hypnosis where the audience becomes the show
Hypnotist REVEEN has been seen by over 6 million Canadians and he’s returning to Prince George for one night at Vanier Hall. The REVEEN legend continues as Tyrone Reveen (son of the original Reveen) takes his audience to the inner and outer reaches of their imagination with The Superconscious Experience. People from the audience become the stars in one of the wildest and funniest shows that has left millions of people crying with laughter all over the world.
Date: April 13, 2019
Location: Vanier Hall
Prince George Symphony Orchestra: Countryside Dreams
Get ready to enjoy an evening of classical music with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Countryside Dreams. The concert will feature Sibelius’ Finlandia and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 followed by the performance of the Mozart Flute Concerto by Vancouver-based flautist Roderick Seed.
Date: April 13, 2019
Location: Prince George Playhouse
Challenge the cutbanks to fight cancer
Support a good cause and get a sweat on at the 4th Annual Climb for Cancer hosted by the Northern Lights Estate Winery. This event is suitable for all fitness levels as you can walk straight up the cutbanks or take the easier path that is beside the main path. All proceeds from this event will support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Kordyban Lodge, which is a home away from home for people undergoing cancer treatment in Prince George.
Date: April 27, 2019
Location: Northern Lights Estate Winery and the cutbanks
CHBA Northern BC Home and Garden Show
The Canadian Home Builders’ Northern BC Home & Garden Show is back for its 42nd appearance in Prince George. This event will feature hundreds of vendors and visitors from all over northern BC who can help you make your living space safe, healthy, well-maintained, and enjoyable. The Home & Garden Show is free to attend but be careful as you might walk away with some unexpected purchases!
Date: April 26-28, 2019
Location: Exhibition Park
Get Loose with Brews and Juice
Join Col Juicery, Trench Brewing & Distilling and Chinook Yoga for an all-level yoga class followed by your choice of a cold-pressed juice flight, beer flight, or a mix of both! This fun event will take place at Trench brewing. With only 34 tickets for Get Loose with Brews and Juice available, you’ll want to get yours soon.
Date: April 28, 2019
Location: Trench Brewing & Distilling
For more events happening in April, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. And make sure to watch for monthly event guides throughout 2019 that will be posted to the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month! Have an event you want us to share? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As spring starts to show its first signs of life in Prince George, we’re excited to release the March event blog! This piece is a joint partnership between Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George.
The Miracle Theatre – Halfway There: This is a professional theatre production with actors hired from across Canada and is being brought to Prince George to rehearse and perform. This comedy is about friends for life and the surprises that arise when a new doctor comes to town. This year's beneficiary is the PG Community Foundation and all net proceeds will start the new "Children of Prince George Fund". Buy a ticket and have a great night out at this laugh filled comedy and help make Prince George a better place! Tickets are available at Books & Company or 250-563-6637.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Based on the 1988 slap-stick comedy starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels follows the story of two men who con their way through a series of beautiful women on the French Riviera. This show features catchy songs, farcical humor, and a plot twist that will leave you saying "Sacré Bleu!" You're welcome to join on March 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th or 17th at Theatre Northwest to enjoy this musical comedy.
Booze & Build: A Maker Night for Adults: On March 8th, you can make, build, drink, and create at this entertaining evening just for adults. Sip on some wine or craft beer while you try your hand at 3D doodling. Explore the exhibitions, laser tattoo some bananas, and other one-of-a kind activities. It’s a night like no other!
CrossRoads Brewing Birthday Party: Happy Birthday to Prince George’s downtown craft brewery! They are celebrating their 2nd birthday on March 15th. What better way to enjoy yourself than heading down to George Street for a pint! There will be live music from local band Redwhyn at 7:30pm and a special birthday cask will be available. No tickets required.
2019 Brew Ski: The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club is teaming up with CrossRoads Brewing and Trench Brewing & Distillery to host the Brew-Ski on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Bring a friend or fly solo, dress in green if you want, and just have fun! One ticket includes 5 beer samples and BBQ, all following beer will be available in the lodge at $5 each, cash only. Must be 19+ to participate.
Kinky Boots: Kinky Boots tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola, and together they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair. This entertaining show is at the CN Centre on March 22nd.
Colin James & Band: This Cariboo Rocks the North Warm Up event is taking place at the CN Centre on March 23rd. Colin James will be joined on stage with Barney Bentall and Marty O’Reilly. Tickets start at just $49. Plus, all ticket buyers will be entered in a draw to win a pair of weekend passes to Cariboo Rocks the North 2019, scheduled for August 9th to 11th at Exhibition Park.
To find more events happening March make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. And make sure to watch for monthly event guides throughout 2019 that will be posted to the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month.
It’s been a chilly start to February in Prince George but luckily there are plenty of events happening this month to keep you warm, whether you want to huddle indoors and enjoy live entertainment or get outside and be active.
Fun for everyone at Downtown Winterfest
Downtown Winterfest is back! For the third year in a row, Downtown PG has organized a day of outdoor fun for everyone. Bring your hockey stick to join in the road hockey game, watch snow sport demonstrations, try out the ice slide, jump on the Cottonwood Express train and go for a ride, and check out spectacular snow and ice carvings. Make sure to bring your appetite as there’ll be an outdoor food court and a ‘There is S’More Downtown’ contest. Make sure to try all of the s’mores and vote for your favourites! If you’re getting a bit chilly, duck inside the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre to shop at fabulous exhibitors and local merchants taking part in the Winter Market.
Date: February 10, 2019 Location: Canada Games Plaza
Do something different for Valentine’s Day
If you’re looking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of options for couples AND singles. Grab your dancing shoes and head to the Prince George Legion for a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance, get your family or friends together or take your partner to The Lost Love Letters – A Valentine Adventure, explore your artistic side with a Valentine Paint Night at Bellissima inside Aiden’s Coffee, or head to CrossRoads for a Valentine’s Day Mix and Mingle involving mix and mingle bingo, all you can eat pizza, a complimentary drink, and plenty of fun and games.
Date: February 14 and 15, 2019 Location: Various around town
Over the Line Snowball
Never heard of Over the Line, better known in Prince George as OTL? Then you’re in for a treat. This weekend-long tournament is basically softball played on the snow covered fields at Dillman’s Farm just west of Prince George. The weekend kicks off with a hospitality night before games are played all day Saturday and Sunday. Players have been known to dress up in colourful costumes and enjoy a few “beverages.” Registration for the event is over but you can still stop by to cheer on your favourite team. For more information about this event, check out the All Weather Fools Athletic Club Facebook page.
Date: February 15 – 17, 2019 Location: Dillman’s Farm
Experience Franco-Canadian culture at the Festival d’Hiver
Photo credit: Maja Swannie Jacob
The Festival d’Hiver is already underway but there’s still time to catch some of the action. Hosted every year by Le Cercle des Canadians Francais, this winter festival offers the best of Franco-Canadian culture. Events you can still enjoy include a meal for local seniors on February 7th at the Prince George Chateau at noon and Sugar Shack Day featuring brunch, old time fiddlers, live French folk band Les Rats d’Swampe, and maple syrup on February 9th at St. Mary’s Hall from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. More information about these events is available on Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais Facebook page.
Date: February 1 – 11, 2019 Location: Various around town
Watch the first play staged by Theatre NorthWest
Theatre NorthWest is revisiting its early years by bringing The Occupation of Heather Rose back to the stage. This was the first play staged by the theatre company 25 years ago. The play is described by Theatre NorthWest as beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring. It charts the growth in understanding of a naïve nurse working on the Snake Lake Reserve in Northern Ontario. You can buy your tickets online or at Books and Company.
Date: February 7 - 24, 2019 Location: Theatre NorthWest
Dress up for a night out with the Prince George Symphony
If you’re craving a night in and classical music, get your tickets for the German Masters presented by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. This concert will begin with Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and end with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Canadian violinist Jasper Wood will play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto between the opening and closing performances. Wood has performed with many of North America’s finest orchestras in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo and across Europe. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Date: February 9, 2019 Location: PG Playhouse
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships
Prince George will host its first international sporting event at Otway from February 15 – 24, 2019. The World Para Nordic Skiing Championships are held every two years after the Paralympic Winter Games and represent the pinnacle of achievement for para Nordic athletes. Prince George will host approximately 140 athletes from 20 different Nations and over 200 coaches and officials, and expects thousands of visitors to attend over the duration of the World Championships. This event will bring with it a significant economic impact and a lasting legacy to the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and to Prince George.
Date: February 15 – 24, 2019 Location: Otway (Caledonia Nordic Ski Club)
Happy New Year from Tourism Prince George and Move Up Prince George! Keep reading to find out more about events taking place in January in Prince George.
String Beans – Kinder Concert:Join the Prince George Symphony Orchestra at the PG Playhouse on January 12, 2019 to experience the narrated story of the life cycle of string beans. This show features the Prince George Symphony Orchestra strings and woodwind musicians, as well as a fair ballerina. This educational concert is aimed at children aged three to eight, but is a fun activity for the whole family.
Nordic Winter Festival: A day full of fun family activities! Trail passes are free, as well as a discount on ski and snowshoe lessons. Two ski waxing demos will be offered in the stadium. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available at the gravel pit by donation. This great event will be occurring from 9 am until 2:30 pm on January 13, 2019.
Coldsnap Winter Music Festival: Every year, musicians from around the world descend on Prince George for a full week of entertainment. From the next big thing in indie rock, jazz veterans, Celtic, traditional folk, hip-hop, and beyond, Coldsnap is a unique blend of talent and performers. Coldsnap is more than just a music festival, it’s also a series of free workshops aimed at making music accessible to every member of the community. Coldsnap is powered by volunteers and has earned a reputation as a fan and performer favourite, and is regularly cited as one of best reasons to visit northern BC. Coldsnap runs from January 25 to February 2, 2019 at various venues around the City.
Kiwanis AleFest:Kiwanis AleFest is the great Northern BC craft beer festival, held annually on the last weekend of January. The festival features two Brewmaster’s Dinners, three tasting sessions and an all weekend Cask Beer Experience. Started in 2015, the event has had tremendous support from the community and has grown steadily each year. Hosted in the heart of the city, all events occur in downtown Prince George. The Brewmaster's Dinners will be held at the Ramada Plaza and the Coast Inn of the North, the cask beer experience at select downtown establishments, and the tasting sessions are at the Two Rivers Gallery.
FMX World Tour:The NITRO FMX World Tour is an extreme action sport competition that tours the USA, Canada, Mexico and select European countries. They will be at the CN Centre in Prince George on January 26, 2019. FMX features professional riders competing in an intense competition, throwing out some of the most death defying tricks ever seen. Superman Seat Grabs, Cliff Hangers, Kiss of Death, Back Flips, and Super Back Flip combinations are just some of the tricks that will be used to fight for the NITRO FMX World Tour Championship Title!
STOMP – the International Sensation:STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Northern BC premiere at the CN Centre on Monday, January 28, 2019. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into a world renowned show over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.
December is just around the corner and it is time to get into the holiday spirit! Take a look at our list (and check it twice) to find out the best activities to do around Prince George leading up to Christmas.
The Festival of Trees: This annual holiday event is a fundraiser for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation where Christmas trees are auctioned off. There is a gift shop, craft corner for kids, live music and dancing, and other special events. This fantastic event ends on December 2.
Craft Fairs and Markets: A great way to do some Christmas shopping and support local is to head to a craft fair or market this holiday season. Click the link to see our blog post including a list of local craft fairs: Prince George Craft Fairs. If you’re looking for something a little different visit the local Omineca Holiday Market, on December 7.
Holiday performances: One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is by checking out a holiday themed show. Wonderland presented by Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience, taking place on December 15 at the CN Centre. Audiences will journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer.
Check out a Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol presented by Judy Russell will take place from December 13 to 22 at the PG Playhouse.
The Prince George Symphony Orchestra will be performing Handel’s Messiah on December 15th at Vanier Hall.
Candy Cane Lane: Every year, the residents of McKenzie Avenue and Aitken Crescent turn their streets into Candy Cane Lane. Once the sun sets these locals turn on their lights to turn their neighborhood into a magical Christmas scene and invite the public to walk around and take in the holiday.
Railway and Forestry Museum Celebration of Lights: The Celebration of Lights is returning to the Railway and Forestry Museum this holiday season! Take a walk through time as you enjoy over 100,000 lights and displays throughout the eight-acre park. Several rail cars and coaches will be lit both inside and outside for you to enjoy. This event will run from December 18-24 and again from December 27-30. Admission is free of December 18 with donation of a non-perishable food item.
Special Hockey Games: On December 2, the Prince George Cougars will be holding their annual Un-Teddy Bear Toss with a new twist. Instead of stuffed animals, the Cougars are asking fans to throw warm winter clothes (in a bag) on the ice when the Cougars score their first goal. On December 14, the Prince George Spruce Kings are holding their annual Drop the Gloves Night. This annual event is similar to the Cougar’s game as the Kings are also asking fans to bring bagged warm clothes and toss them onto the ice when the Spruce Kings score their first goal.
Caledonia Nordic’s Santa Ski: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves will be out at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club on December 16. This great family event will give you an opportunity to check out Otway and see Santa! Non-members will need to pick up a free pass at the Rotary Lodge and everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, unwrapped gifts, or cash donations for the Prince George Salvation Army Food Bank.
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