Bigger & Better Chilliwack Sunflower Festival return for 2019

Blooming bright for a second year, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns on August 1st.  This year, a massive field of dahlias complements the acres of sunflowers, for a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing even more colour to the Fraser Valley community,!

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Every day from August 1 to September 15, visitors can make their way through 35 varieties of peak-season sunflowers — from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying shades of yellow, orange, and red. Pick your own Sunrich Orange sunflowers to take home (while supplies last), as well as cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-inspired gifts, and onsite-grown spring bulbs of tulips and daffodils.

The addition of 54 varieties of dahlias, a giant pumpkin patch, and a field of pick-your-own Chilliwack corn (while supplies last) bring even more to the 2019 Festival

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

“The success of last summer’s inaugural Chilliwack Sunflower Festival exceeded all expectations,” says festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert. “It was so gratifying to welcome thousands of families, couples, and individuals to our fields, and to see them marvel at the bounty of seasonal beauty that Chilliwack produces at this time of year. The festival has grown so much since last year, too — so I encourage those who attended last year to make a return visit.”

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Pick Your Own Corn

Around every turn, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival provides countless opportunities to capture the perfect Instagram-worthy keepsake photos and videos. Roam the acreage to discover swing sets, an operational windmill, a vintage bicycle, face cut-outs, and more.  Take a break from the blooms with the many outdoor lawn games available to play: bolaball, “giant” Jenga, dominoes, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and more. 

Weekends include the added attraction of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train, which offers free rides through the fields.

A dedicated covered area provides a shaded retreat from the summer sun to enjoy cold drinks, ice cream, and snacks, plus local food trucks will be on site daily.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs every day from August 1 to September 15 (hours vary; check website for full details). Location is 41310 Yale Road. Ticket and season-pass prices vary for individuals, families and bus groups; children five and under are admitted free.
On-leash pets are welcome — a water station and complimentary pick-up bags will be available.

Visit for directions, complete ticket pricing, and more information.

New – Barn Burner BBQ Competition

BarnBurnerBBQMuch to the chagrin of Eastern Canadians, us West Coasters are firmly in the spring mindset. With the arrival of good weather, many cooks turn to the grill for dining inspiration.

Barbecue enthusiasts can mark their calendars for the newest addition to the grilling competition. March 22nd is the debut of the Barn Burner Barbecue Competition at the Farm Store in Chilliwack, presented by Johnston’s Pork & Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry.

“This event will unite BBQ enthusiasts from all across North America who join the quest for ultimate finger-licking barbeque,” says competition organizer Angie Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned and the host of the decade-old annual BBQ Off The Bypass competition. “There is no doubt in my mind,” she continues, “that the first Canadian Barn Burner championship will be a smoking hot event and one to remember.”

The Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event will see grillers competing in four main categories; Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken and Ribs. The team with the highest score in all 4 categories will get to take home the Barn Burner BBQ Grand Champion trophy and $5000 cash.

So if you’re one of the 22 grilling teams,  gather your supplies and test your recipes for the competition, if you’re a spectator prepare to witness some great barbecue at the Barn Burner Barbecue Competition March 22nd.  


Music BC presents first Beautiful Heart Award at Celebration 2012

Celebration 2012 - Steph MacPherson
Steph Macpherson

Celebration 2012 - Vancouver Technical Secondary Band
Vancouver Technical Secondary Concert Band










Friday, The Vogue Theatre was host to an evening long concert and fundraiser for Music BC Foundation, Celebration 2012. Various BC artists donated their time to benefit the Charitable Foundation which supports music education throughout British Columbia by providing instruments to underfunded music programs in public schools, Aboriginal schools, community centres, and regional youth orchestras; scholarships for young artists pursuing a career in music, and mentor-based music programs for at-risk youth.

Celebration 2012 - Jim Byrnes
Jim Byrnes

During the concert the Music BC Charitable Foundation announced the creation of the Beautiful Heart Award to recognize a person whose sensitivity, endurance, inspiration and musical artistry and has made an enduring contribution to British Columbia and Canada.  The inaugural recipient of the award is Bill Henderson, of the band Chilliwack. Henderson has contributed an immense amount to music and music education over the years, holding volunteer positions as the President of SOCAN, Director for CARAS, and was a founding member of the Artist Rights Coalition. He also advocates for youth programs, including being the musical representative for the Sir Richard McBride School Playground Campaign.



Celebration 2012 - Bill Henderson
Bill Henderson

Celebration 2012 - Chilliwack

The Beautiful Heart Award originated from a quote by renowned music educator Shinichi Suzuki. “Teaching music in itself is not the main purpose of music education. We want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” Music BC Charitable Foundation wants every child and youth in British Columbia to have the opportunity to develop their own beautiful heart through access to music and music education.