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 three days, from October 21 to 23 all are invited to discover  White Rock’s Creative City by Sea at the first annual White Rock Arts Festival.

19 different locations around the city will play host to art exhibits, musical performances, live theatre, heritage programming, art exploration, a Literary Festival presented by the White Rock Business Improvement Association, and opportunities to get creative.

White Rock Arts Festival

Learn to draw a seal with Carla Maskall, artist/illustrator of “Whatthe Seal Saw”.  Pick up a paintbrush and paint what makes White Rock special to you as part of a community mural led by artist, Allan Turton. Participate in talks and workshops from award-winning authors and poets from across British Columbia at the Literary Festival, presented by the White Rock Business Improvement Association. Take in art exhibits at the Turnbull Gallery, the Nomad Gallery, the White Rock Library Gallery and the White Rock Art Gallery featuring the art of Marilyn Hurst, Sylvie Peltier, artists from the Semiahmoo Arts Society and talented artists from around the province. Visit the White Rock Museum‘s exhibit, “Lest We Forget: White Rock During the War Years”.  Stroll the Art Walk on the White Rock Promenade and visit with artists and view their work. Explore the City’s extensive public art program.

Live performances throughout the weekend include the HOROJO Trio at Blue Frog Studio, Storybook Theatre’s presentation of Country Mouse and the Missing Lunch Mystery, open mic nights at Pelican Rouge Cafe and Leon’s Cafe, live dance at the XBa Centre of Dance, and the Irish Fiddler Orchestra at the Kent Street Activity Centre. And be sure to take in the talented buskers performing throughout the city.

Additionally, stop by a number of White Rock’s businesses for behind-the-scenes chats and shopping opportunities, including the White Rock Player’s Club, Sea Gods Stand Up Paddleboards, Laura’s Coffee Corner and The Shop Next Door.

View a map of locations here and plan your weekend of art exploration!

The White Rock Arts Festival runs from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, 2022. Events and activities are a combination of free, drop-in and ticketed. Please visit the festival website for specific dates and times for activities and locations.