Live Music & Summer Markets!

Live Music and Summer Markets are the Heartbeat of Port Alberni

5 Acre Co.'s Summer Concert Series August 2023

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With an abundance of sunny lake days and cool forest hikes, the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island draws a lot of visitors during the hot summer months. Add another level of fun with a mix of live music events and farmers’ markets, where locals and visitors mingle for a vibrant cultural scene.

Perhaps one of the most central communities of Vancouver Island, the Alberni Valley is easy to visit from every direction. Perfect for an extended stay or a day trip to check out a few of our markets, a festival or some live music. The trip takes about 2.5 hours from Victoria, or about an hour from Nanaimo or Tofino, with beautiful scenery along the way. Getting to the Alberni Valley.


Festivals and Events

Okee Dokee Funtastic Music Festival

okee dokee funtastic music festivalThe Okee Dokee Funtastic Music Festival is a cornerstone event in Port Alberni’s music scene. Held at the Bob Dailey Stadium, this festival combines the thrills of a slo-pitch tournament with an electrifying lineup of musical performances. This year, country star Aaron Pritchett and the energetic Best of Both Worlds are set to headline. The event takes place on June 29th and 30th and is a must-attend for those looking to experience a unique blend of sports and music.

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5 Acre Shaker Summer Concert Series

Another highlight is the 5 Acre Shaker Summer Concert Series. Hosted at the Alberni Fall Fair Grounds on August 9th and 10th, this event promises two nights of unforgettable live music. With local food trucks, refreshing beverages, and the option to camp on-site, the 5 Acre Shaker is perfect for those wanting a full festival experience. This event carries the spirit of the original Five Acre Shaker, aiming to create lasting musical memories for attendees.

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Alberni District Fall Fair

The Alberni District Fall Fair is a family-friendly event that features live music as a key attraction. Scheduled for September 5th to 8th, the fair’s main stage will showcase a variety of talented performers. The fair is a community favourite, offering something for everyone, from exciting rides to artisanal crafts.

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Intimate Venues

Check out these longstanding Port Alberni stages with regular shows.

Rainbow Room

For those seeking a more intimate setting, the Rainbow Room is a top choice. This venue hosts special events and concerts throughout the year, providing a cozy atmosphere to enjoy live performances. Located at 3752 4th Ave, it’s a local gem that supports both established and emerging artists.

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Char’s Landing

Char’s Landing

Since its inception in 2010, Char’s Landing has become synonymous with live entertainment in Port Alberni. This venue attracts a wide range of performers and offers an eclectic mix of musical genres. Situated at 4815 Argyle St, Char’s Landing is a beloved spot for music lovers looking to experience diverse talents in a welcoming environment.

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Farmers’ Markets for Local Flavour

Farmers Markets come to life in the Spring in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

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Port Alberni Farmers’ Market

Held every Saturday year-round, the Port Alberni Farmers’ Market at 6211 Cherry Creek Rd is always a great selection of the freshest produce, artisanal crafts, and delicious homemade treats. The market is a great place to connect with local farmers, builders, and crafters, making it a true community gathering spot.

Spirit Square Farmers’ Market

Another fantastic option is the Spirit Square Farmers’ Market, located at 5440 Argyle Street. This market, also open year-round on Saturdays, offers a wide variety of local produce and handcrafted goods. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Harbour Quay, it provides a picturesque setting to explore the best that Port Alberni’s local vendors have to offer.

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Port Alberni Farmer’s Market in Cherry Creek

Uptown Market

July 17th and August 21st from 5 – 8 pm

This annual market features a delightful array of vendors, food stalls, and entertainment, plus a dedicated kids’ zone, making it a perfect family outing. With its vibrant atmosphere and diverse offerings, the Uptown Market is a summer highlight in Port Alberni.

Tseshaht Friday Night Market

Every Friday, June 7th to the end of September, 6 – 9 pm

Set in the heart of the Tseshaht First Nation territory, this market is a fantastic opportunity to meet local vendors, enjoy delicious food, and experience the vibrant community spirit. Vendors set up at 5:00 PM, bringing their own equipment, and the market promises a variety of goods and a welcoming atmosphere. At the Tseshaht Market (7581 Pacific Rim Highway).

The Tseshaht Market, Alberni Valley

Tseshaht Market

Tips for a Successful Market Visit

To make the most of your market visits in Port Alberni, here are a few tips:

  • Check the Weather: Bring an umbrella or sun hat depending on the forecast.
  • Bring Cash: Most vendors prefer cash transactions, so have some bills on hand.
  • Carry a Bag: A reusable shopping bag will make carrying your purchases easier and eco-friendly.
  • Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to chat with vendors about their products; they often have great tips and stories to share.
  • Arrive Early: The best selection of goods is available early in the day.

Port Alberni’s live music and markets show off the vibrant community, whether you’re grooving to the beats at a local concert or savouring fresh produce at a farmers’ market, you are always surrounded by a caring and rich community. So, mark your calendars and immerse yourself in the unique charm of Port Alberni!