Annual Events

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Within the serenity of our beaches, old growth forests, waters and skies, there's always something happening in and around Tofino!  Be sure to check out current and upcoming events on our events calendar in the Tofino Today! section of the website. Tofino is home to a number of entertaining and eclectic annual festivals, around which it's easy to plan your trip:


New Years Day Polar Bear Swim
What better way to welcome in the New Year than a dip in the Pacific Ocean at Chesterman Beach! 


Tofino Family Day 5K
Get moving with your friends and family on BC's annual Family Day! Join in for a 5km run, walk, or jog on beautiful Chesterman Beach. There is also a 1km kids race to kick things off.

Tofino Film Festival
Tofino is unlike any other destination, and this film festival reflects the individuality of our West Coast with a wonderful array of films.


Pacific Rim Whale Festival
It's an all-out celebration of coastal living! It's about grey whales and marine life education, inspirational talks and interpretive walks, children's fun for the small and culinary events for the tall, First Nations cultural workshops and more - come and experience a coastal tradition.

ArtSplash! is the annual spring art show presented by the Pacific Rim Arts Society featuring art from all ages in different media from clay, watercolour, carving, jewellery, photography and even recyclable art.


Earth Week
Tofino's Earth Week inspires awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Events include a pancake breakfast, special public market, community clean-ups along with many other outdoor and indoor activities.


Feast Tofino
Join us for this annual boat-to-table culinary extravaganza, where we feast on locally-caught and beautifully prepared seafood in a rich variety of settings.  Past events have featured stand-up paddleboarding followed by a beach salmon BBQ, a Belgian-inspired mussel and frites evening, and a speakeasy soirée in the Tofino Botanical Gardens with 1920s-inspired cocktails.  

Tofino Shorebird Festival
Did you know that Tofino is one of the best places in western Canada for bird watching?  Every year, the Tofino Shorebird Festival celebrates the annual migration of the thousands of shorebirds that stop here to feed and rest as they make their impressive journey from South and Central America northward to their Arctic breeding grounds.

Rip Curl Pro Tofino
This is Canada’s national surfing championship, right on Cox Bay!  Take in the weekend of competition from the beach.


Tofino Food & Wine Festival
Celebrate the marriage of food and wine during this well-loved event. This four-day festival includes cocktail style evenings and winemaker dinners.  Grazing in the Gardens, the Festival's anchor event, showcases local culinary talent and British Columbia wines in the incomparably whimsical Tofino Botanical Gardens.

Edge to Edge Marathon
Imagine achieving marathon success surrounded by crisp ocean air, lush forests and the warm and friendly people of the west coast!

Pacific Rim Summer Festival
A festival of music, dance, theatre, film, and art in Tofino and Ucluelet.


Ukee Days
Ukee Days is a hallmark week-end just down the road from Tofino, in Ucluelet.   The normally sleepy(ish) seaside town of Ucluelet (or Ukee, as it is referred to in this neck of the woods) explodes in a summery haze of logger sports, live music, entertainment, contests and small-town fun.

Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby
Each year, former National Hockey League (NHL) player Brendan Morrison hosts the annual Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby, a fundraising event that supports numerous local community initiatives. 


Tofino Lantern Festival
The forested pathways of the Tofino Botanical Gardens are dotted with imaginative hand-made lanterns during this late August evening event.  This is the signature community event and fundraiser for the Raincoast Education Society, drawing the young and young at heart under Tofino's starry skies. In the week leading up to the Festival, lantern-making workshops are held at the Raincoast Interpretive Centre for lantern crafters of all ages.

Tofino and Ucluelet’s jaw-dropping natural playground hosts a budding music festival: Otalith, showcasing 30 acts at indoor venues, outdoor stages and on a sprawling green lawn at the rocking outdoor Main Stage.


Carving On the Edge Festival
The Carving on the Edge Festival celebrates the Pacific Rim's rich wood carving scene and history. Visit traditional and contemporary art shows, demonstrations and exhibits, while meeting wood carvers face to face. This culturally diverse event is not to be missed.

Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic
A day at the beach, dedicated to all the mini hardcore Canadian surfers that brave the cold water because they love to surf!

Cultural Heritage Festival
The spotlight shines on West Coast culture and heritage at the Cultural Heritage Festival, a production of the Pacific Rim Arts Society. Watch for exciting exhibits, workshops, demos, feasts and family events in Tofino and Ucluelet.


Queen of the Peak
Western Canada's all-female surf contest started in 2009 as a "what if" idea from local surf enthusiasts. It has grown into a week of events shining the spotlight on the west coast's amazing female surf talent. The two-day surf competition includes both longboard and shortboard category and features a surf contest for gromettes under 16 years of age.

Tofino Paddle and Surf Championships
A fun, competitive event for talented and committed standup paddle surfers in Canada and beyond!


Clayoquot Oyster Festival
So many toasts will be made with oysters in hand during oyster farm tours, oyster and wine tastings, educational seminars where we learn more about  our favorite bivalves, the Mermaid's Masquerade and of course the ever popular Oyster Gala.  Be sure to plan ahead as these tickets sell out quickly!

Jingle Into Christmas
This pre-holiday preparation (read: shopping) weekend is when Tofino shops, boutiques and art galleries open their doors late into the night!  Soak in the festive mood, deals and holiday cheer as Tofino Jingles Into Christmas.


Winter Artisan Festival
'Tis the season to enjoy the gift of creativity.  Here, you'll find locally-based artisans producing goodies, gifts & beautiful things, all crafted in and around Tofino.

Tofino Winterlights
Storm season twinkles at this nightly light display in the Tofino Botanical Gardens, running from late November through early January.  Take in the bohemian charm and West Coast beauty of the Gardens and stop by Darwin's Café for a hot drink and for various events throughout the season.


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