Festivals & EVENTS

The Cariboo is home to many exciting events, from stampedes to art festivals.

Held in the Sugar Cane Gymnasium on T’exelc land, the annual Spring Ball Hockey Classic hosts teams from around the area to participate in tournament play.  

Held in the pow-wow arbor near Williams Lake, which seats up to 1,000 people, the event is a celebration of the strong T’exelc community and culture.

This World Famous Stampede hosts competitors from around Canada and the United States who compete in multiple premier rodeo events.  Catch live entertainment nightly and be part of this historic annual Williams Lake tradition. (Photo: Kylie Forseille)

In Horsefly, BC, which sits between the Cariboo Mountains and Quesnel Lake, bluegrass, roots, rock, jazz musicians and more come together for a weekend’s worth of concerts.

Billy Barker Days
Third Weekend in July

A celebration of Quesnel’s Gold Rush Heritage, with stage performances, dances, a carnival, a parade, a rodeo and many other events. The town is transformed into a festival ground.

Held since 1990 in the Interlakes Region, this event plays host to a variety of rodeo competitions for people of all ages, with vendors and concessions to keep spectators happy. (Photo: Thomas Camus)

Hot July Nights is hosted in Centennial Park in 100 Mile, where dozens of hot rod cars are lined up along Bridge Creek as owners proudly show off their prized rides to festival-goers. (Photo: Robert Fry)

A free, outdoor concert series takes place every Thursday throughout the summer in Williams Lake’s Gwen Ringwood Theatre at Boitanio Park. (Photo: Rick Magnell)

Merchants, artists and buskers bring a vibrant arts experience to downtown Williams Lake. (Photo: Willie Dye)


The Festival of all things Art brings over 100 musical performances to 12 stages, and hosts 20 workshops, as well as children’s activities, film screenings, an art-walk and literary performances throughout Wells. (Photo: Thomas Drasdauskis)

The weekend includes a show-car cruise around town, steak dinner and dance, and the main event, a car-show-and-shine in Quesnel’s Lebourdais Park. (Photo: Bob Michek)

This garlic themed festival in Lac La Hache brings garlic-lovers together to see, taste, and smell garlic and a variety of garlic-filled recipes. The festival hosts live musicians and several vendors. (Photo: Jeanette McCrea)