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Whistler Village comes alive in the summer with a series of summer festivals and outdoor musical performances that has something for everyone. Whistler Olympic Plaza, where the medals were awarded during the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, comes alive every summer with the Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series. Take your picnic basket, a blanket and relax, rock out or dance away the evening. The 2017 series kicks off with a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, with back-to-back performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on July 1 (Canada Day) and July 2. The full schedule for the Whistler Presents series is set for release in June. Visit whistler.ca.
The Whistler Children’s Festival, July 7 to 9, is a longrunning local event that features face painting, balloon hats and origami-making workshops, as well as kid-centered performances on the Whistler Olympic Plaza stage.
As part of the four-day Wanderlust Whistler festival, on Aug. 3, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Elijah Ray takes the stage for a double bill that also includes Quixotic. Other Wanderlust concerts at the stage include Con Brio and Charlotte Cardin (Aug. 4), and Ron Artis + The Truth, followed by Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (Aug. 5). Visit wanderlust.com/festivals/whistler.
The GranFondo Whistler, a 122-kilometre (75-mile) road bike ride/race from Vancouver, finishes at the plaza on Sept. 9. Finish-line festivities include a rocking musical lineup. Visit granfondowhistler.com.
PHOTO JOERN ROHDE