So much is happening in Oceanside this summer that you can do something different literally every day, and these aren’t just minor events! I’m going to feature three of the ‘big one’s’ but I encourage you to explore local calendars to find a lot more choices.
While I’ve featured it before in my blog, the CANADIAN OPEN SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION deserves a mention—it’s another year after all (number 32 for this event), so there’s a new theme, new contestants, and a new event calendar of lots of activities to fill the day. This year’s theme is music and you can watch the artists at work from July 11 until 3 pm on July 13. Winners are announced Sunday July 13 at 5 pm and then the exhibition of all entries carries on from 9 am to 9 pm daily until August 17. We’re hoping to break the 100,000 mark for attendance in 2014—it was pretty close last year, proving this really is a world-class event!
One of the great things about the Sand Sculpting Competition is that it’s not all about sand—the event actually serves as a center-piece for a whole ‘festival’ of activities that occur around it. I’m definitely going to catch PARKSVILLE IDOL! The audience will vote for their favourite acts all during July and semi-finalists will perform live on the beach on August 9—winners in each of three categories will be selected by industry judges. You never know, we could witness a star being born and either way, I love to encourage local talent.
Also aside from sand, and happening here in August, are Art in The Park on Sunday, July 27—an opportunity to buy local art in all its many forms. There’ll be 75 local artisans, musical entertainment and great food. The Show and Shine Car Show is on August 3, Festival of Lights Fireworks is on August 9, and there are Summer Concerts every Friday and Saturday and the fabulous Summer Street Market on Tuesdays.
Never underestimate the fun you can have with a kite! July 19 and 20 is the LIONS INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL and there’s lots of hands-on activity and some great talent to enjoy too! Kids can make their own custom kites, and (a favourite of mine) the Teddy Bear Drop that drops 20 parachuting teddies from overhead kites into the arms of 20 lucky draw winners. The major kite talents at the event will do kite ‘dancing’ synchronized to music and new this year will be a Rokkaku Battle—a traditional Japanese game that involves tactics to tip and destabilize your opponents kite until you’re the only one left flying!
Although it seems unlikely right now, there may be days when you’ll want to be inside – even if it’s because you’ve had too much sun—and for that eventuality check out the Bard To Broadway’s 15th Summer Season. A great line-up of plays this year include Always a Bridesmaid, Young Frankenstein, The Long Weekend, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. Presenting outside became tricky over the years, so this event’s now been relocated to the quaint and comfortable Village Theatre in Qualicum.