Despite White Rock’s relatively small size, the diversity of arts and culture packed onto the peninsula is impressive. Home to musicians, writers, actors, artists and more, art is literally around every corner, and over two days – October 14 and 15 –  all are invited to discover White Rock’s Creative City by Sea at the White Rock Arts Festival – Culture Crawl.

Join the opening celebration at the White Rock Community Centre (15154 Russell Avenue) on Friday, October 14 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, for music, poetry and refreshments, and children, of all ages, are invited to make art in the Kids Creative Corner.

Arts Festival Highlights

Events and activities are a combination of free, drop-in and ticketed. Please visit the festival website (or scan the QR code below) for specific dates and times for activities and locations.

  • Visit the White Rock Community Centre for a local artisans market, live music from musicians from across the Peninsula and a Kid’s Creative Corner.
  • View the work of local visual artists at the White Rock Player’s Club at Oceana Park Playhouse while listening to live music.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oceana Parc Playhouse, home to the White Rock Player’s Club.
  • Pick up a pen and join author Julianne Harvey at the White Rock Library for a fun writing class, and stay for a book launch.
  • Enjoy live theatrical presentations from Peninsula Productions and the Surrey Youth Theatre Company.
  • Take in art exhibits in White Rock at the Landmark Pop Uptown Gallery, the Nomad Gallery, the Golden Cactus Gallery & Studio, and the White Rock Art Gallery, and in South Surrey at the Turnbull Gallery, GS & Company – The Gallery and the Crescent Beach Pop-Up Gallery.
  • Visit the White Rock Museum‘s current exhibit, “Lest We Forget: White Rock During the War Years”.
  • Visit Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey to meet the current artist in residence at Totest Aleng: Indigenous Learning House and enjoy hands-on heritage activities at Historic Stewart Farm.
  • One Love Refill & Fashion is hosting an African Market, with food, fashion, music and live music, as well as a First Nations Drum Making workshop (registration is required for the workshop).
  • Live performances throughout the weekend include the 15-minute scenes from “Alone Together Again” from the Naked Stage Readers Theatre, the music of Silverwood, featuring flautist Kate Yoshitomi and guitarist Michael Gillet, and open mic nights at Pelican Rouge Cafe.

Throughout the weekend you’re encouraged to explore the city on a self-guided tour of White Rock’s public art, stroll the Art Walk along the beach where local artists display and sell their work, and cast your vote for your favourite sculpture in the White Rock P’Quals Promenade Sculpture competition.

Download the Culture Crawl map, or pick up a copy of the map at one of White Rock’s Community Centres.