Must-See Summer Art Events in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Explore the arts, learn new skills, and support local artists at these can't-miss summer events!

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of Parksville Qualicum Beach this summer! Discover a world of creativity through captivating art exhibits at local galleries and museums, enriching classes that ignite inspiration, mesmerizing performances, and lively festivals.

Two major hubs of the art scene in Parksville Qualicum Beach are The Old School House (TOSH) and the McMillan Arts Center (The MAC). TOSH is hosting a multitude of summer art events including art exhibitions by Jim Baker, Kate Bridger, and Munbeibei, the Grand Prix d’Art, and a plein air painting class. The highly-anticipated Transitions Mosaic Art Exhibition can be viewed at The MAC throughout July and August. Explore the talents of local artists and make your summer a celebration of art.

The Actor's Nightmare and Power Line

June 2 - June 4, 2023 at the Village Theatre

ECHO Youth presents an entertaining double bill of comedic one-act plays. Experience the hilarity of "Power Line" by Don Zolidis and "The Actor's Nightmare" by Christopher Durang in a captivating performance that showcases the talent and comedic timing of ECHO Youth.

Jim Baker - WATER

June 27 - August 26, 2023 in the Brown Gallery at TOSH

Explore WATER, an exhibition of paintings from Jim Baker in the Brown Gallery at TOSH. Delve into each piece and contemplate the powerful message they convey: that water is too valuable to be taken for granted.

Kate Bridger - Stitching the Edges

June 27 - August 26, 2023 in the Volunteer Gallery at TOSH

Kate Bridger's collection of work, Stitching the Edges, comes to the Volunteer Gallery at TOSH this summer. Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary fiber art, where Bridger's masterful creations beautifully depict the everyday landscapes and scenes of Vancouver Island.

Munbeibei Bakery

June 27 - August 26, 2023 at TOSH

The adventurous potter Munbeibei unveils their mesmerizing and whimsical pottery at the galleries of TOSH. Step into a world of magic and fantasy as you explore their delightful ceramic creations.

Grand Prix d’Art

July 7 - August 25, 2023 at TOSH

Watch as four painters take to the streets of Qualicum Beach for a three-hour, outdoor painting race, every Friday in July and August. Artist’s work will be exhibited in the gallery from September through October.

Transitions Mosaic Art Exhibition

July 1 - August 30, 2023 hosted by Mosaic Artists of Canada (MAC) at the McMillan Arts Centre

The McMillan Arts Centre is thrilled to host the Canadian National Mosaics Conference, “Transitions", a juried exhibition of mosaic art. Visitors are invited to attend a series of Artist Talks, workshops and classes for adults and children, as well as create a community mural project.

Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden Artisan Market

July 7 - July 9, 2023 at BumbleBees Farm & Garden

Stroll through the garden at BumbleBees Farm during the Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden Artisan Market and admire beautiful artworks and crafts from more than 120 Vancouver Island artists.

The Play that Goes Wrong

July 12 - July 30, 2023 at ECHO Players

Get ready for an evening of laughter and mystery with the comedic whodunit play, "The Play that Goes Wrong," presented by ECHO Players. Sponsored by the Qualicum Beach Cafe, every guest will be treated to a gift card to the cafe, adding an extra touch of enjoyment to this hilarious theatrical experience.

Plein Air Summer Painting Class

July 13 - August 17, 2023 at TOSH

Learn how to capture the natural beauty Qualicum Beach in this plein air class with Teresa Knight. Over six classes students will be shown special techniques to improve their outdoor painting skills including how to capture light before it changes.

Parksville Beach Festival Sand Sculpting

Competition: July 13 - July 16, 2023 | Exhibition: July 17 - August 20, 2023 at Parksville Community Park & Beach

Prepare to be amazed by the incredible sand sculptures showcased at the Parksville Beach Festival. Watch as talented artists transform sand into breathtaking masterpieces, then appreciate them throughout the summer.

Studio Tour San Pareil / Parksville

July 15 - July 16, 2023 at Artist Studios throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach

Immerse yourself in the rich artistic community of Parksville Qualicum Beach during the Studio Tour San Pareil. Explore local studios and chat with talented artists from various disciplines about their creative processes.

Parksville Canadian Tire Sculpting Zone: Lessons & Demonstrations

July 15 - July 16, 2023 at the Parksville Community Park

Visit the Parksville Canadian Tire Sculpting Zone during the Parksville Beach Festival to learn sand sculpting techniques used by professionals. Two professional sculptors will teach students of all ages how to create a sand sculpture from scratch.

Art in the Park Artisan Market

July 22 - July 23, 2023 at the Parksville Community Park

Discover a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, photography, art cards, children’s clothing, art glass and much more at the Art in the Park Artisan Market, a vibrant two-day market.

Quality Foods Lunch with the Castles

July 25 - August 17, 2023 at the Parksville Community Park

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Parksville Sand Sculpting event, bring your group to Parksville Community Park to enjoy a guided tour of stunning sand sculptures and a light lunch.

Coastal Community Credit Union Light Up

August 18 - August 19, 2023 at the Sand Sculpture Exhibition at Parksville Community Park

Experience the enchantment of sand sculptures under the night sky during this captivating two-night event. Witness the sculptures come to life as they are illuminated by an array of colorful lights.

For more information and other summer activities, check out the events calendar.