Parksville Beach Festival returns July 14 to Aug. 21 after two years off. Here is a list of planned events:
Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Opening Weekend
July 15 to July 17
The festival kicks off with the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition. Opening weekend is July 15, 16 and 17, with the sculpture exhibition open until Aug. 21. The event features a 30-hour competition between 27 international master sculptors. They will begin on July 14 by pounding sand to create the sculpting base that is so essential to a successful sculpture. Public entry opens July 15 at 2 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting just outside the sculpting zone gates.
Sculpting is complete by 2:45 p.m. on July 17, at which time the judges will begin their work. An awards ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. at the sculpting zone.
The exhibition will remain open 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily until Aug. 21. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. The sculpting theme for 2022 is ‘The Roaring 20s’, so each sculptor will consider this while designing and sculpting.
Canadian Tire Sculpt like the Pros
July 16 and July 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The larger sandpit adjacent to the sculpting zone will be a fun, interactive learning zone for all. With the help of two professional sculptors, everyone can learn how to sculpt like the pros.
Tim Hortons Summer Concert Series & Party City Buskers by the Sea
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free musical entertainment in the new Parksville Outdoor Theatre. (Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 18 to Aug. 20)
Talented buskers will play for young and old on at the seaside gazebo by the sand sculpting zone. Daily 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Art in the Park brought to you by Arbutus RV & Marine
July 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artisans from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands will showcase their creative talents and products in the shaded grassy areas of Parksville Community Park, next to the tennis courts. Live music and food trucks will be close by.
Quality Foods Lunch with the Castles
Seniors groups (minimum of 10 people per group) can visit the sculpting site for weekday guided tours of the sand sculptures and a lunch alongside the creations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit parksvillebeachfest.ca/event/lunch-with-the-castles/
Coastal Community Credit Union Light-up!
Gates will stay open until 11 p.m. Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. The sculptures will take on a whole new glow at night and provide viewing and photo opportunities.
The Quality Foods Festival of Lights Fireworks, at Parksville Beach is set for Aug. 20, immediately after the final concert.
Mid Island Co-op Rock the Park Music Festival
Aug. 5 to Aug. 7
The new Parksville Outdoor Theatre will host the first-annual Rock the Park Music Festival. This three-day event will feature world-class tribute bands plus performances by perennial favourites.
More information and tickets: www.parksvillebeachfest.ca/event/mid-island-coop-rock-the-park-music-fest/
Proceeds will benefit theatre operations and reduce expenses for future users.
— NEWS Staff, submitted