Top 5 Summer Events

1. Berry Beat Festival

Let the fun and festivities of summer begin with the 35th Annual Berrybeat Festival. Bring the family down to enjoy and explore beautiful Historic Downtown Abbotsford during this two day festival celebrating local music, agriculture, and community.

When: July 9 (9am – 6pm) & July 10 (9am – 4pm)
Where: Montrose and Essendene Avenue, Abbotsford
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2. BeerBQ

BeerBQ in Abbotsford is a spectacular culinary experience that pairs the best BBQ pitmasters with BC craft brewmasters. Staged with the Fraser Valley backdrop of hop fields in full bloom, guests meander from tent to tent tasting great food and sipping equally great beer. Don't miss your chance to taste a bit of Abbotsford.

When: July 16
Where: Kinloch Farms 1893 Cole Road, Abbotsford
Website Tickets

 

3. Abbotsford BC Summer Games 

As many as 3600 participants will be coming to Abbotsford to compete in 18 different sports all around the community. Abbotsford is the perfect outdoor destination offering hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golf and water sports. With more than 2,400 acres of parkland and a 33 km paved outdoor trail system, this will be an amazing 4 day event for you, your family & friends to be involved with or enjoy watching.

When: July 21 - 24
Where: Abbotsford Exhibition Park & Various Community Locations
Volunteer Opportunities 

 

4. AgriFair

There’s something for everyone at the Annual Abbotsford Agrifai, the best little country fair sice 1911! Traditionally when people think of an agriculture fair, they think animals, tractors, and farmers. Agrifair is still proud to present many of your favourite and memorable agricultural attractions, but they have so much more planned for 2016.

When: July 29 – 31
Where: Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
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5. The Abbotsford INTERNATIONAL Airshow

The keystone annual event-- The Abbotsford International Airshow is an aviation festival that has grown well beyond its borders over the past 5 decades while beginning in 1962. Abbotsford Airshow will feature diverse aerial and aviation-related displays, and offer exciting entertainment to all ages. As well, don’t miss the twilight show featuring beautiful fireworks on Friday evening.

When: August 12 - 14
Where: Abbotsford International Airport, 1595 Townline Rd, Abbotsford 
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Abbotsford Rice Paddies Thriving


Table Rice Field, Abbotsford 

For five years Masa and Yukiko Shiroki have farmed rice paddies in Abbotsford.

In the summer if you venture behind EcoDairy off Sumas Way, you’ll find the husband and wife team knee-deep in the flooded fields, weeding.

“It’s day-in day-out weeding until September,” said Masa.

Although possible to weed the four acres using specialized machines imported from Japan, the Shiroki’s must also spend time hand planting rice in areas where the ducks and geese have feasted, leaving notable gaps.

“It’s part of the game” he said, explaining birds love eating the rice seed in the spring but once they migrate they’re not such a disturbance.


Rice Seeds

Started from seed in greenhouses, the seedlings are transplanted to the paddies by machine in late spring. Before planting, the field must be prepared.

“You flood the field until it’s mud soup. Then you till and plant,” he said. The machinery used for field preparation must be modified so it doesn’t get stuck in the mud.

These fields stay flooded for the entire growing season, which is why ducks and geese find the crops so attractive.

The only rice paddies in Canada, this is also the most northerly rice production region in the world.


Sake Rice Field, Abbotsford

Masa said he grows rice in the Fraser Valley because it’s sustainable, he can control what goes into it, and he can educate local farmers about the industry.

Climate and rainfall in the Fraser Valley have helped rice production. After beginning with homegrown sake rice for their OSAKE premium sake winery on Granville Island, the Shiroki’s now also produce signature marinades and dressings from the sake by-product as well as organic rice for table rice. This year they’re also testing a crop of ancient rice, a type of ornamental rice.


Artisan Sake Winery, Granville Island

When harvest season comes in September, the rice is threshed with a specialized combine and processed similar to other grains.

Both sake and table rice are dried and dehusked in the same way. The table rice is then milled, packaged, and distributed to local retailers and the sake rice travels to the Artisan SakeMaker winery for fermentation.


Table Rice sold at Nature's Pickin's 

In Abbotsford, Nature’s Pickin’s Market carries the OSAKE marinade and dressing as well as BC Rice Northern Lite table rice. At the market, the response has been positive to the hyper-local product.

Masa has a passion for sustainable rice growing because rice production is pertinent to the pressing global need for food security and food sovereignty. He is proud he can call his OSAKE and table rice 100 per cent Canadian-made and hopes other farmers will be inspired to pursue rice growing in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada.

Visit Artisan SakeMaker for more information.

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.

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A Day with Dad

Father's Day Activites & Ideas

Go mountain biking on Sumas Mountain,
Grab a flight at one of the local breweries,
Explore a few stops on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour,
Play a round of mini golf and race the go karts at Castle Fun Park,
Head for a walk on Discovery Trail,
Seeking more thrill & adventure? Book a trip Skydiving in Abbotsford.

Father's Day Events

Go Fish BC Day at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery | June 18
Close to fifty community fishing events will take place over the weekend, including free learn-to-fish sessions for beginners and loner rods and tackle. Father’s Day weekend is also the 16th annual BC Family Fishing Weekend, when BC residents can fish licence-free in many of the Province’s fresh and tidal waters. 

Maan Farms Safety day | June 19
The 1st annual Free Family Safety Day! Emergency Services representatives from all over the lower mainland will be coming to show families what they do, have hands on activities and live demos. Tentative Safety stations include: Fire, Police, Ambulance, Bike, Self Defense, Emergency Preparedness, Wildlife Safety, Search & Rescue, and  Water Safety. As the Safety day also falls on Father's day there will also be kitchen specials & pie eating contests.

Golf with dad fore Father's Day at Highstreet | June 19
Tee-off in Central Plaza and take in our 9 hole putting course located throughout the Podium Level. After the game enter for your chance to win a $100 Highstreet Gift Card! Totally free.
Location:  High Street Shopping Centre - 3122 Mt. Lehman Road from 12 to 4pm

Celebrating Dads | June 19
This is a free event open to the public for Dads and their families to celebrate Father's Day. There will be games, bouncy castles, face painting, fishing pond, crafts, free family photo, mini-golf, gold panning, child development fair and toddler play area.
Location: Mill Lake Park from 9:30pm - 2:30pm

Looking for more summer activites? Check out our 107 Days of Summer guide which provides daily activites and ideas for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

Jam In Jubilee 2016 Performers Announced

This highly anticipated music series will be every Thursday from August 4th to August 25th at Jubilee Park in Abbotsford. Featuring handpicked musical artists, performance stage acts, artisan vendors and free admission, Jam in Jubilee is a celebration of local culture and a chance to meet your community. The event opens at 6pm with live music starting at 7pm. If you can’t make it down, tune in to Jam in Jubilee Radio at CIVL 101.7 every Thursday at 5pm.

Schedule

August 4: Fraser Valley Music Awards Winner (TBA); Western JaguarAlex Rake and the Leaves; (and for the After Dark Series) DJ Johnny K, followed by Herokah & DJ RAV3N

August 11: The Lonesome Town Painters; Adrian Teacher and the SubsJulie Doiron; (and for the After Dark Series) DJ Sonja, followed by Kristin Witko

August 18: Kin, Jenny Banai; Poison Corn; (and for the After Dark Series) Dove, followed by DJ Joel Sojonky

August 25: Chicken-Like Birds; The Sylvia Platters; Atodaso (and for the After Dark Series) DJ Simon Bridgefoot, followed by Teen Daze

Looking for more summer activites? Check out our 107 Days of Summer guide which provides daily activites and ideas for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

5 June Events Around Abbotsford

This summer, take time to explore the many events, festivals and concerts here in Abbotsford. We've rounded up a few exciting events happening in June and we will continue to share more with you throughout the summer.
For a full calendar of events, see here.  

Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception | June 16

Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception of Meticulous Pilgrim: The Craftsmanship of Tony Mayo and Art on Demand 2:1 with artists Jenny Hawkinson and Sarah Neilsen. Meet the artists, view their works of art and enjoy refreshments.

Location: The Reach Galley & Museum 
Date & Time: June 16th 7pm – 9pm
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Kids Carnival | June 18

The annual Kids' Carnival is in support of Matthew's House, and will be located at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre by Shopper's Drug Mart. This is a day of fun for the whole family. The event will have a bouncy castle, slides, Velcro climbing wall, Reptile Guy, carnival games, face painters, BBQ and so much more. 

Location: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Date & Time: June 18th 11am - 3pm
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Maan Farms Family Safety Day | June 19 

The 1st annual Free Family Safety Day! Emergency Services representatives from all over the lower mainland will be coming to show families what they do, have hands on activities and live demos. Tentative Safety stations include: Fire, Police, Ambulance, Bike, Self Defense, Emergency Preparedness, Wildlife Safety, Search & Rescue, and  Water Safety. As the Safety day also falls on Father's day there will also be kitchen specials & pie eating contests.

Location: Maan Farms
Date & Time: June 19th 11am to 3pm 
More Information

 

National Aboriginal Day | June 21 

Celebrate Aboriginal Day in Abbotsford! Pow wow drumming, storytelling, Salish weaving and other crafts, face painting, free food and more. Join us in Thunderbird Memorial Square (the plaza in front of Clearbrook Library) for National Aboriginal Day festivities.

Location: Thunderbird Memorial Square - 32388 Veterans Way
Date & Time: June 21 4pm - 7pm 
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Field Days Music Fest | June 24

A 2-day music festival featuring some of the best local Artists from around BC. Festival will be held on sprawling 3500 sq. ft. 'Beer Lawn' in East Abbotsford.

Location: Field House Brewing Co.
Date & Time: June 24 & 25
Click here for Tickets
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Looking for more summer activites? Check out our 107 Days of Summer guide which provides daily activites and ideas for you, your family and friends to enjoy. 

5 Places to take your kids in Abbotsford



Maan Farms

Family friendly farm offering berry u-pick, country kitchen and a fun petting zoo. The farm also has a pedal go-kart race track, zip-line, playgrounds and more!
Location: 790 McKenzie
Phone: (604) 864-5723
Website 

 



Castle Fun Park

A family amusement park offering year round excitement for everyone. From mini golf, go carts, batting cages and arcade games, it’s a great place to bring the kids.
Location: 36165 North Parallel Road
Phone: (604) 850-0411
Website 

 



Eco Dairy

Offering a unique, highly interactive learning environment, the EcoDairy experience has been developed in partnership with Science World British Columbia, the province's leading science and technology education facility.
Location: 1356 Sumas Way
Phone: (604) 557-5481
Website 

 



Birchwood Dairy

Come visit the Country Farm Market, restaurant & ice cream parlour offering over 50 flavours of gourmet ice cream & farm fresh dairy products.
Location:  1154 Fadden Rd
Phone: (604) 857-1315
Website 
 

Play Abby

Play Abby is a 10,000 square foot indoor playground and laser tag entertainment centre in Abbotsford, BC.
Location: #5-2043 Abbotsford Way
Phone: (604) 853-7529
Website 

If you're looking for more family-friendly activies and adventures, check out our 107 Days of Summer guide. 

107 Days of Summer



It’s time to explore Abbotsford! The 107 Days of Summer Guide provides daily ideas and activities for you, your family and friends to enjoy all summer long. No matter what your interests are, there’s bound to be an exciting adventure waiting beneath the pages. 

This guide is packed full of indoor and outdoor destinations everyone can enjoy. From a variety of Circle Farm locations, special events and kid zone fun to local wineries, breweries and eateries to try. When you’re wondering what to do with the kids this summer or planning a date night, just grab your guide!



107 Days of Summer is available at the Abbotsford Visitor Centre at 34561 Delair Rd. where our friendly staff can help answer any questions you may have. It’s also at many of our local partners around the community or download it directly to your computer or mobile device here.

Looking for more information on Abbotsford and things to do? There is an outdoor trails guide which provides information and maps of the various trails throughout the community. It’s a great way to stay activate in summer with the family and all the trails are dog friendly. This can be picked up from our Visitor's Centre. Photo below provided by Mona Lucas. 



Also, if you haven’t already, grab your copy of the Abbotsford Beer & Wine tour. This self-guided tour takes you through our local wineries and craft breweries letting you discover the many unique flavours of the valley. Download your copy here.

Remember to share your discoveries and adventures with us by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on your photos. Connect with Tourism Abbotsford on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at www.tourismabbotsford.ca.

Enjoy the Summer! 

A special Sunday spent in Abbotsford

We love showing Mom how much we care, but after a while the flowers, brunches, and cards start feeling repetitive. This year are you looking for something a little off the beaten path? There are many creative, unique, and local ways to inject laughter and love into Mother’s Day.

Here are our top ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Abbotsford.

1. Stroll Abbotsford’s Discovery Trail

Taking an afternoon wander is a great way to spend Mother’s Day together. Connecting east and west Abbotsford, the Discovery Trail’s paved corridors wind through forests and parks and around ponds. Enjoy walking, running, rollerblading, or cycling. Stop for a picnic lunch or to Instagram a few photos on your urban adventure. Download trail map here.

 

2. Wine Tasting at Singletree Winery

What better way to celebrate Mom than with a wine tasting at Abbotsford’s Singletree Winery? The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic, pick up a bottle of wine, and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Baker. Photo credit: Christine McAvoy

 

3. Shopping at the Market by Spruce Collective

Enjoy the Market by Spruce Collective in their new location at 2619 Montrose Ave. Featuring the Spruce Collective plus nine hand-picked vendors displaying eclectic vintage and antiques, this is not your average antique mall. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.

 

4. Free Photo with Mom at High Street

On May 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. round up your family for free Mother’s Day photos at Highstreet. Enjoy the make-up touches by Sephora, complimentary 5x7” print from London Drugs, and professional posing from photographer Tanya Goehring. Photo credit: Highstreet

 

5. Explore the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour

From busy buzzing bees to blooming flowers, the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour offers a farm fresh, honey sweet experience! Country markets feature quality poultry, local produce, flavoured honey, gourmet ice cream, & hand crafted soaps. Two nurseries have beautiful display gardens, plants of all sorts, home & garden décor, & unique gifts. Enjoy home cooking or upscale cuisine at Abbotsford’s favourite restaurants, or visit one of the wineries! Brochure available here. 

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.

Abbotsford’s Run for Water Adds 10K Trail Run

Maegen Mckay remembers the instant she knew what she wanted to do with her life. It was in ninth grade when she volunteered for the Envision Financial Run for Water.

“I got my T-shirt and it was cool, I still have it,” she said. “It was the moment I realized what I was passionate about.”Stationed in a remote area on the Half Marathon route, she and a few friends had the task of cheering on racers and passing out water.

“It was really exciting. We felt like we belonged and were making a difference in the community.” Mckay said until this experience she didn’t realize young people could make a difference.

The Run for Water Assembly program impacts 10,000 Fraser Valley students every year. Executive director Peg Peters said the program’s goal is to teach global citizenship, what it means to give back, and how to respond to the water crisis in Africa.

Culminating in Abbotsford’s premiere running event, Run for Water, this year’s event projects 4,500 runners participating in the 5K Fun Run, 10K Run, Half Marathon, Ultra Marathon, and, new for 2016, 10K Trail Race.

Showcasing incredible vistas of the Fraser Valley and Mission, this single-track trail on Sumas Mountain features more than 600 metres of elevation gain. Peters said he expects 150 to 200 trail runners for this aggressive race.

The $125 race fee each trail runner must raise will cover one family’s water needs in Sasiga, Ethiopia for life. The Run for Water Society plans to drill 10 new wells in Sasiga with the money raised from this year’s run.

“What excites me is to stand at the starting line of this brand-new race and to know every single runner is representing a family in Sasiga that will be getting clean water,” he said.

Now in its ninth year, Run for Water has raised $1,650,000 from 22,645 participating runners. When registering, runners agree to raise different amounts based on which run they’re participating in. Every dollar raised goes towards the water projects as local sponsors and the Run for Water board cover all event costs.

“It’s a great example of these companies in our community who love the event, want to get involved, and want to give back,” Peters said.

This year, Mckay plans to run the 10K here and has started training for a special Run for Water in November. Now in her first year studying global development at University of the Fraser Valley, Mckay has been invited to travel to Ethiopia with Run for Water donors and see first-hand the work being done. She will also take part in a special run, travelling five to eight kilometres per day for 10 days.

“The thought of getting to run in Ethiopia is going to be life changing,” she said. Mckay said she’s excited to bridge the gap between Abbotsford and Ethiopia as well as get the chance to do hands-on work.

“The mentorship and the skills I’ve learned from people such as Peg have inspired me. They’re the people who have helped me realize what I’m passionate about.”

On Saturday May 28 the 10K Trail Race and Ultra Marathon take place. Sunday, May 29 features the Half Marathon, 10K Run, and 5K Fun Run events. If you are looking to stay in Abbotsford for the weekend, check out the stay packages here.

Visit runforwater.ca for more information and to register to run or volunteer.

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.

5 May Events in Abbotsford

ABBOTSFORD FARM & COUNTRY MARKET | SATURDAY’S

You’ll discover new varieties of fresh local produce; international award-winning jams; and a wide range of food products that are not available in stores.  Plus fresh cut flowers, handmade jewellery, handcrafted soaps, and more.

Location:  Montrose Avenue at George Ferguson Way
Hours: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Website

HANDPICKED VINTAGE MARKET | MAY 6-7, 2016

The Handpicked Vintage Market has over 70 vintage, pop-up and artisan vendors. There will be awesome live music to enjoy. Food trucks will be on the premises. Bring your Moms, daughters, girlfriends and the men in your life.

Location:  Abbotsford Exhibition Park - 32470 Haida Drive
Hours: Friday 4pm to 10pm Saturday 10am to 4pm
Admission $5.00 |Children Free |Free Parking
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ENVISION COFFEE HOUSE SERIES | MAY 14 , 21 & 28

The Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series, presented by the Abbotsford Arts Council (AAC) in partnership with Envision Financial, is an annual initiative providing opportunities for local artists to perform in relaxed and casual atmospheres while the community enjoys various musical genres ranging from jazz, blues and folk to country, rock and pop.

Location: TBA
Website

COASTAL SWAP MEET | MAY 27 & 28

Welcome to the Annual “Coastal Swap Meet”. What started out as a small gathering of car enthusiasts cleaning out old car parts, has grown into one of the biggest automotive themed swap meets in Western Canada.

Location: Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre - 1190 Cornell Street
Hours: friday 2pm to 9pm & Saturday 8am to 4pm
Website

 

ENVISION RUN FOR WATER | MAY 29 

Run for Water Society is a non-profit organization that raises money for clean water projects in Ethiopia. For the 9th year, Envision Financial Run for Water is hosting a multi-distance race event, including an Ultra Marathon, half Marathon, 10k Run, and 5k Fun Run. When you register to run, you have the option of running solo, or creating a team to run together. The new Trail Run portion on Sumas Mountain will take place May 28th, 2016. 

Location: Mill Lake Park - 33015 Bevan Avenue
Hours: 6:30am - 12:00pm
Website & Registration