Summer Events in Port Alberni

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There’s always something fun happening in Port Alberni, a city that some might just breeze through on their way across Vancouver Island woefully unaware of the fun that’s around so many corners. Check out these three summer events in Port Alberni that will not only give you reason to stop, but make this your destination:

Summer Events in Port Alberni
Photo credit: Chris Istace (top), Alberni District Fall Fair, Lightning on the Lake (submitted)

Summer Events in Port Alberni

Lightning on the Lake
When: Friday July 8 to Sunday, July 10, 2022
Where: Sproat Lake Provincial Park
Details: The two-day boat racing event will feature various races including events for formula one boats, which were last at the event in 2015 according to one of the event organizers.

Five Acre Shaker Summer Concert Series
When: Friday, August 5 to Saturday, August 6, 2022
Where: Kinsmen Community Center, Port Alberni Fall Fair Grounds
Details: Five Acre Co. presents the first ever rendition of the Five Acre Co. Concert Series, a two-night concert series that will have distinct musical genres on each night and to top it off there will be fresh food and beverages from local food trucks and on-site camping for tents and RVs or vehicles.

Alberni District Fall Fair
When: Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11, 2022
Where: 4090 Hollywood St, Port Alberni
Details: This annual fall fair is one of the most exciting events of the season and has been running since 1947! It features midway carnival rides, a community parade, logging demonstrations, food booths, and so many more great events.

More Fun in Port Alberni

These are just some of the major events, and there’s also pop-up performances at venues all around town. The McLean Mill National Historic Site has free Live Music at the Mill (next performance July 10th) and the Rollins Arts Centre has Tea on the Terrace every second Thursday.

Grab a slice or a pint at Twin City Brewing, pop into Flandangles for some essentials, and stay a while! Port Alberni has an easy island vibe you’ll love, with hikes, paddles and a cool local scene. Read this ZenSeekers.com story with itineraries to turn your festival outing into a full-on holiday with wrap-around experiences to amp your Island time. For more inspiration and trip planning support, check out Alberni Valley Tourism.

Between flying in a glider and doing sunrise hikes, to art classes and galleries, even holiday shopping, check out more fun experiences I’ve had in Port Alberni here.

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