The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting Fall Fest in the downtown area on Oct. 2-3.
Executive director Kim Burden said they aim to capitalize on the number of events that are set to happen in town on that weekend, includng the Out of the Woods carving event that is happening Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the Royal Canadian Legion 76 and the Cross on the Commons bike race event organized by Arrowsmith Cycling Oct. 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“There’s a fantastic opportunity here to take advantage of the traffic that we expect to be in the community on that weekend,” Burden said in his delegation at town council’s regular meeting on Sept. 8. “Of course the Saturday market is on at that time as well. It’s great opportunity to draw people into the businesses that are along Second and the adjacent streets Beach, Primrose to give people an opportunity to see what’s going on.”
The Fall Fest will feature a beer garden in the backyard of Big Grin Bikes and also a wine tasting walk along the private strip the TD Bank down to Borealis Hair Nail & Body Bar. There will also be some food trucks that will be parked on Second Avenue during the festival.
Burden said they will be decorating the area and create a fall atmosphere that will include pumpkins, corn stalks and many other things. There will also be some entertainment planned for the beer garden and also in front of some of the businesses.
“We’re trying to liven things up to create an atmosphere where people are going to want to walk around town and see what our business community has to offer,” said Burden.
COVID-19 health protocols will be observed and enforced throughout the event said Burden to make sure residents and visitors are safe.