Events in the Alberni Valley
Port Alberni is home to a diverse selection of annual events that are a must-do each year. Discover our community spirit and favourite past times when you check out any of our many annual events. From Live Music Festivals and Slow Pitch Tournaments to Boat Races and a Fishing Derby with $10,000 in prizes, the Alberni Valley knows how to have fun! Scroll down for the current calendar and upcoming events in the Alberni Valley.
Okee Dokee Slo-Pitch Tournament
JULY 1-3, 2023
Enjoy games, food, and fun at the annual Okee Dokee Slo-Pitch Tournament. Approximately 80 slo-pitch teams show up in Port Alberni for this tournament every year. The event runs over three days, during the Canada Day Weekend, and includes music in the evenings. Any funds raised during the event go to various local charities.
Lightning on the Lake 2023
(Sproat Lake Regatta)
JULY 8-9, 2023
Dating back to the summer of 1928, the first Sproat Lake Regatta event included boats as fast as 20 horsepower, and races of up to five miles in length. Formed in 1930, the Sproat Lake Motor Boat Club decided to expand this into a fun event held in July. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy swimming and water sport competitions and performances, as well as the thrilling races! Admission is by donation.
5 Acre Shaker 2023
AUGUST 11-12, 2023
Two evenings of live music this summer on Vancouver Island! Taking place on August 11th & 12th at the Fall Fair Grounds in Port Alberni, BC. The Five Acre Concert series will feature live music, local food trucks, refreshing beverages, on-site tent or RV/Vehicle camping, with performances by Five Alarm Funk, Caleb Hart & more. After-party with DJ All Good. This year marks the 10th anniversary since the inception of The Shaker in 2014!
Get more information at 5 Acre Shaker 2023. This Event Is 19+
SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2023 (dates to be confirmed)
Fitting for the Salmon capital of the world, this annual Port Alberni event features a fabulous fishing derby, including cash prizes for biggest fish. The Salmon Festival is the thing to do in Port Alberni during the Labour Day Weekend.
Checkout last years winners!
Port Alberni Fall Fair
SEPTEMBER 7-10, 2023
One of our absolute favourite events of the year. In early September, find entertainment for the whole family at Port Alberni’s midway, agriculture shows, and logging demonstrations. Explore the maze of exhibits, animal displays, and food booths at the Port Alberni Fall Fair. Be sure to take in the community-wide parade.
The 39th Port Alberni Toy Run
SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2023
What started with 8 guys delivering a few toys to the Salvation Army on their bikes just before Christmas in 1984, now attracts upwards of 1,500 motorcycles to Port Alberni on the third weekend of September each year. This 2 day event is fun-filled with activities ranging from pancake breakfasts, games for children, bike games, poker rally, beer gardens and more
Cheer on the many motorcyclists as they travel in solid formation through the Alberni Valley on the Toy Run, delivering a massive haul of toys to the Salvation Army and distributed at Christmas time. All monies raised stay within the regional district, and are donated back to various children’s groups, activities, and health therapy.
Take in a BCHL Hockey Game
with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs
SEASON RUNS SEPTEMBER – MARCH
The Port Alberni hockey team “Alberni Valley Bulldogs” are a top attraction of the community. Exciting, action-packed games are fun for the whole family. Home games are played at the Alberni Valley Mulitplex – Weyerhaeuser Arena, affectionately nicknamed the “Dawg Pound.” Regular season runs from late September to the end of March, with Playoffs (fingers crossed!) running April – May. Learn more on their website, including schedule and ticket information.
Upcoming Events in the Alberni Valley
Save the date for these family-friendly activities, high-octane adventures, and special celebrations taking place in and around the Alberni Valley. Scroll to bottom to find details on regular weekly favourites like the Farmer’s Markets and Live Music at Chars.