Prince Edward Island is rich in culture. There are many festivals and events that highlight that culture and way of life.
The City of Charlottetown publishes a calendar of events. While there is always something going on, you will see an increase in activity come the end of June. Perhaps Summerfest is the most popular. It starts a few days before Canada day to culminate with a major sound and light event on July 1.
The City of Summerside boasts 5 major locations where special events take place: The College of Piping and Performing Arts of Canada,, Spinnakers Landing, Harbourfront Theatre, Downtown Summerside, The Shipyard, and Credit Union Place.
Have you heard that Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province? In keeping with that theme, we also have a festival of small halls. There are 30 or so halls that hold 30 to 200 people. This provides an intimate setting for a more personal theatre experience. My favourite is Harmony House. Located in Hunter River (centre of the Island), it is a renovated church that has won the ECMA award for venue of the year in 2010. Well known local and regional talent are featured regularly in this venue.
International Shellfish Festival
Dubbed the biggest kitchen party in Atlantic Canada, the Shellfish Festival will be held September 16-18, 2011. It features events, activities, competitions and championships involving many local restauranteurs and attracts international competitors.
July 17-24 marks the annual potato blossom festival. Don’t be fooled! We cannot yet predict exactly when the potatoes will bloom. But if you visit O’Leary during this week, you will be able to learn a lot about potatoes. You may even hear Stompin’ Tom Conners singing Bud the Spud!
I saved the best for last. Country Music fans will already know about year three of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. No, it is not on the beach. But for 4 days, you can see and hear some of the best Country talent, including Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, and Johnny Reid.
Check your calendars and make your plans for July 7-10. Remember I said the Island is small? If you want to ensure you get good accommodations at a fair price, check for vacancies and make your accommodations reservations early….oh yes don’t forget to buy tickets before they are all sold out.
Tomorrow will be brought to you by the letter “G”