Events Calendar

Annual Events

New Denver May Days 

Winlaw Water Day Festival

Slocan Valley Art & Garden Tour 

Slocan Valley Annual Soccer Tournament

Canada Day Celebration in Silverton

Josh Evin Kootenay Skate Jam at Slocan Skate Park

Valley of the Ghosts Music Festival in Sandon

Christmas Craft Fair at the Slocan Legion Hall

Upcoming Local Events

Random Acts of Creativity on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail @ Slocan Valley Rail Trail
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


On Sunday, June 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Slocan Valley Rail Trail will be the place to experience “Random Acts of Creativity”. For that day, the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council and the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society have formed a unique partnership to celebrate Canada150. The day will involve recognizing our valley’s place in history, reaching from deep into our past up to the living history we create every day.
Two special live musical performances, displays of artists work, interactive creative art exploration, art installations and wilderness walks are just some of the wide range of activities which will be taking place around five ‘hubs’ along the 50 km long Rail Trail that connects us all. Walk, dance, or ride your way along the route to take in the adventure of Slocan Valley living at its artistic finest. Of course, there’ll be plenty of Canada150 birthday cake along the way!
The northernmost hub of the event will be at the Owl Park, just outside of the Village of Slocan. From 10:30 to noon, the Slocan Valley Early Childhood Society and CBAL will be hosting a Storywalk and activities for children. Of course, there will be cake, and don’t be surprised if you see some local art work on display.
Further south, the next hub will be at the Perrys Siding Trailhead and the Threads Guild Building where you’ll find the Vallican Whole Choir at 11 a.m., performing a selection of classic Canadiana songs such as Land of the Silver Birch and sing-along favourites. An art installation will be erected and there will be displays of pottery, paintings and books by area artists to enjoy.
Continuing south, the Winlaw Station Trailhead will be a busy place. Located across from Winlaw School, the Slocan Valley Community Band will be playing their final performance of the season at 1 p.m. The Slocan Historical Society will be there, dressed in period costume, with an information table sharing some valley history. A Sand Sculpture will be on display along with the work of several artists.
Just north of Winlaw, opposite Winlaw Nature Park, students from Winlaw School will have created a large Wildflower mural. Make sure to check it out! And just south of Winlaw, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be an information display of the Stream Restoration Project being developed by the Slocan Valley Streamkeepers at the Crooked Horn Farm.
The Slocan Park area hub, located across from the Co-op, will feature pottery displays, Plein Air Painting and the work of local artists.
The southernmost gathering spot for Random Acts of Creativity is at the Crescent Valley Trailhead, by the Crescent Valley Bridge. Kids will be making Forest Walk Bracelets and a Community Interactive Nature Art Project will be on-going.
It’ll be a busy day, with much to experience! A limited number of event maps will be at several locations throughout the Valley to help you on your way, or you can visit or the Rail Trail Facebook page to find a copy of the map to help plan your adventure.
The event has been made possible with support from the Columbia Basin Trust, Heritage Credit Union and the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council as well as the tireless work of a large group of volunteers.

Eat-The-Garden Tour July 9, 2017
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Eat-The-Garden Tour  ~West Kootenay Events
A SLOCAN MAKER, BAKER, GROWER TOUR | July 9, 10am-4pm, Slocan Valley
This year the West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op are putting their very own KOOTENAY-FOOD-LOVERS spin on the Slocan Valley Art & Garden tour! We dipped our toes in and organized a hugely successful tour last year, and this year we are making it a little more delicious!
It will be the same great day of art and garden awe you’ve come to expect over the years, but with more farms and amazing food offerings at each site this year! We are rounding up the region’s most talented food crafters and teaming them up with local farms and gardens to offer you a delicious day of hand crafted everything!
If you are a crafter, maker, baker or grower, then mark your calendar for Sunday, July 9th! The garden tour attracts hundreds of art and garden enthusiast each year, and we curate garden locations that truly allow your art, craft & food offerings to shine and entice waves of visitors all day long! Sign up to participate today.
Slocan Valley Farmers — We’d love to add you to the map! You’ll be match you with a food vendor who can serve up some of your seasonal offerings in style! Show off your green thumb and market your products, what a day for a farm stand sale!
Gardeners – Let’s accent your stunning yard with art and food and festivities. Everyone loves a new addition to the map, so shake off your shyness and open up your yard to the wonder of respectful explorers.
Artists & Crafters— This is the perfect day to show off your works to a huge and diverse community. You must be the crafter / maker in order to vend (no re-sellers please) and we’ll ensure your matched with only a small selection of complimentary artisans at an ideal site for your showing of work. Diverse mediums are always welcome, and we’re open to musical additions also.
Food Vendors – We’d love to team you up with a farm you can source some ingredients from to offer visitor a true taste of the garden they are exploring. You’ll need to be self-powered units in most cases, but we do have a few site that can accommodate access to power. Don’t wait to long as we are only booking 1 food vendor per site to ensure your day is a success! (Last year we welcomed over 400 visitors to the tour)
Those interested in participating, please contact; | Dayna 250-355-0055 | But don’t wait long, space is limited!

Unity Music Festival- 2017 @ Slocan Beach
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 16 @ 11:45 pm

July 14-16, 2017

Unity Music Festival is a sweet music fest in a small mountain village on the shores of beautiful Slocan Lake, B.C.

International and Canadian artists perform on the beach, joined by talented, local musicians, dancers and colourful characters.

With two stages, a kids’ zone, workshops, live art, good food, and dancing right on the swimming beach of Slocan City, this Family Music Festival is not to be missed! Kids 12 and under are free.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Valhalla Park while you dance to a wide range of music, including reggae, world beats, folk, and electronica.

Many people set up camping spots in Slocan City. Others prefer to rent a summer cottage or B&B during their stay. You can bring your own snacks or visit the many delicious food vendors available.

Be sure to bring your bathing suit and have a dip in Slocan Lake. It’s some of the best swimming in North America.

MS Bike – West Kootenay Glacier Challenge @ Greer Park, New Denver
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – Aug 20 @ 5:00 pm

Will you accept the challenge? Experience this epic loop around the glacier, along with the best the Kootenays have to offer. Epic views, fabulous food, incredible volunteers – they all come together to create an amazing experience.

“It’s ALWAYS a great ride! It is so well organized and staffed with such an incredible crew of volunteers. It is the highlight of our summer to come ride this MS Bike Tour.” ~ Joe, AB

The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is an extraordinary two day MS Bike road tour that loops around the Kokanee Glacier in the Selkirk Mountains, from New Denver to Slocan, to Kaslo, and back to New Denver with an overnight in Nelson.

Show your support for people living with multiple sclerosis by taking on this amazing challenge and cycling 222 kilometers over two days. We’ll provide the rest stops, food, and entertainment, and you can enjoy the epic scenery along the way. Don’t think you can ride the full distance? Check out our Relay Option – all the fun, half the distance!

All the money raised by this event goes to the MS Society of Canada to fund programs and services for people affected by MS; as well as to support vital research for improved treatments and to find a cure.

Accept the challenge today. Register, and together we will end MS!

Sep 3 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

2nd ANNUAL FAMILY FAIR DAY: Sunday, Sept. 3. Pancake Breakfast at the Legion Hall, 8:30am. Parade including celebrities, vintage cars and trucks, bikes, floats and horses. At Expo Park!

Enjoy a free kids carnival, markets, food, show & shine, and live music till 4pm. Brought to you by the Spirit of Slocan Committee. For parade registration:, info:

25th Annual Hills Garlic Festival, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
Sep 3 @ 5:27 pm – 6:27 pm

IT’S GARLIC TIME AGAIN! 10am-5pm in New Denver at Centennial Park. Garlic, Produce, Crafts, Food. Live entertainment by Brisas del Palmar, Mountain Station, Motes and Oats, Freya & Flydini the Magician. CONTESTS: Heaviest Garlic Head, Biggest Clove, Best Garlic Braid, Best Garlic Poem. Admission $5, children 12 and under free. Absolutely NO DOGS please.