GO Fest - Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

May is the month when summer and winter meet, where sliding on snow, golfing, bike riding and water sports can all be enjoyed on a single day. GO Fest falls on the Victoria Day Long Weekend, with four days of events to welcome warmer months and get everyone out and enjoying Whistler’s great outdoors.

GO Fest 2016

Thanks to everyone who came out in May 2016 for Go Fest - it was a blast! For those wondering what the festival is all about, check out the event listing below to see the wide range of events that encourage everyone to experience and explore Whistler’s great outdoors.

GO Fest 2016


May 19 - 23, 2016

Various Times Mountain Bike Heritage Week
In celebration of the unique Whistler mountain biking scene which has influenced mountain biking communities around the world, the Whistler Museum will be hosting a series of presentations, art shows and more.
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Presented by the Whistler Museum

May 20 - 22, 2016

11 AM - 6 PM McCoo’s Oakley Prizm Lens Demo
An on-site Oakley rep will be going through the Prizm lens technology that fine-tunes vision for specific sports and environments.
McCoo’s Mountain Square

May 20 - 23, 2016

Various Times GO Fest Tennis Tournament
A Tennis BC sanctioned event.
Whistler Racquet Club
10 AM - 5 PM Revolution: Whistler MTB in Photography and Art
Art exhibit featuring leading mountain bike photographers and athletes, showcasing the passion and talent in the scene.
Maury Young Arts Centre

May 20, 2016

10 AM - 12 PM GO Fest Pancake Breakfast
Kick off the action packed weekend with a tasty pancake breakfast.
4329 Main Street Whistler
5 PM -
7 PM
Wine About Art
Sample fine wine as you paint your way through painting techniques.
Crystal Lodge Art Gallery

May 20 & 21, 2016

Various Times GO FISH
Free demos and instructional session led by fly casting instructor, Aaron Goodis. Goodis is certified through the Federation of Fly Fishers and is an ambassador for Echo Fly Fishing.
Patagonia

May 21 & 22, 2016

Various Times WFF Adventure Film Series
Educating, inspiring and motivating audiences through film with screenings of the best in outdoor, adventure and mountain films – from extreme sport to activism through adventure.
Showing May 21: Speed Sisters, The Rider & The Wolf, Reach for the Sky, The Great Alone and Meru.
Showing May 22: Racing Extinction, View from a Blue Moon, Chasing Niagara and We are Blood.
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Maury Young Arts Centre
Various Times Street Entertainment
Enjoy the best of Whistler's small bands, stories at the Whistler Public Library, Green Thumb Crafts, the LEGO Building Station and street entertainers Duh Rugged Mountain Bros, Radical Raptors and Ira Pettle.
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Village Stroll
8 AM -
9 AM
Yoga
Start off your day with outdoor yoga hosted by lululemon and Forlise.
GO Fest Basecamp, Mountain Square
9 AM Treetop Adventure Race
Climb, jump and swing through TAG's Treetops Course, fastest time wins a Superfly Tour!
Cougar Mountain
9 - 10 AM &
10 - 11 AM
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Learn to stand up paddleboard with a few tips from the staff at Backroads Whistler.
3375 Lakeside Road
10 AM - 1 PM Digital Camera Photography Workshop
Examine your settings, learn to work them harmoniously and explore popular photo techniques.
5678 Alta Lake Station House
10 AM - 2 PM GO Sailing Clinic
Certified instructors will give a sailing introduction clinic, open to all levels, must be 16+.
5678 Alta Lake Road
11 AM - 2 PM Make a GO Fest Pandora Charm Bracelet
Get creative and show your GO Fest style by building your own original charm bracelet.
Pandora Whistler
11 AM - 5 PM Riglet Snowboard Park
Kids can get at taste of what it is like to ride in a snowboard park at the Showcase Burton Kids Riglet Snowboard Park.
Village Square
11 AM - 5 PM Vans Mini Skate Ramp
Fun for all at the Showcase & Vans mini skate ramp, all you need is a helmet.
Mountain Square
12 PM - 5 PM Tiger PingPong Tournament
Tiger PingPong and the TigerSquad are taking PingPong outdoors with free play tables, demos, family friendly tournaments and great prizes. The GO Fest Around-The-World championship will kick off Sunday afternoon and is open to players of all ages and skill level.
GO Fest Basecamp, Mountain Square
Various Times Picasso Portrait Party
Experiment in the style of Picasso and discover your own while creating a self-portraiture masterpiece.
Crystal Lodge Art Gallery

May 21, 2016

9 AM -
1 PM
Road Cycling Clinic & Group Ride
Join the Whistler Cycling Club for an informative bike clinic followed by a fun group ride.
GO Fest Basecamp, Mountain Square
11 AM - 1 PM Bear Sculpting
Learn the fundamentals of sculpting and create your very own bear sculpture to take home.
Crystal Lodge Art Gallery
11 AM - 1 PM Introduction to Tennis
A fun two hour clinic covering the fundamental skills and basics needed to play a recreational game of tennis.
Whistler Racquet Club
11 AM - 3 PM Nicklaus North Golf Clinics
Family chipping and putting clinics will be offered every 45 minutes, all ages welcome.
Nicklaus North Golf Course
12 PM - 5 PM Drop-in Tennis
Drop-in tennis for kids and families, coaches will be on hand for helpful tips and advice.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
12 PM - 5 PM Environmental Expo
Fun interactive exhibits hosted by non-profit organizations with a local tie to Whistler’s environmental health. The Environmental Expo provides a chance to learn more about local and global environmental issues while showcasing Whistler’s many environmental initiatives.
Whistler Town Plaza along the Village Stroll
2 PM -
6 PM
Fresh Wax or Storage Wax from Black Tie Ski Rentals
Get a fresh wax or storage wax with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Whistler Community Services Food Bank.
GO Fest Basecamp, Mountain Square
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM #GOFest2016 Digital Meet-up
Join Tourism Whistler and Whistler Cooks for a hike or bike adventure with pro Instagrammers, @miraecampbell and @shrediger followed by a picnic. Hike or bike open to everyone, pre-register for picnic.
Warming Hut, Lost Lake
TBC Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk
Expert adventure leaders will infuse information with fun as participants seek and find natural treasures and learn about the importance of biodiversity, forests, waterways and wildlife.
Whistler Town Plaza along the Village Stroll

May 22, 2016

8 AM Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride
This 70/70/70 experience has 70 participants cycling through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys along a 70 km route topped off with an exquisite post-ride dinner created with ingredients within 70 km!
Upper Village Stroll
9 AM Whistler Valley Trail Run
Run the scenic Lost Lake Trail system in the 5 km, 10 km or Teddy Bear Trot races. Enjoy post-run refreshments and be entered to win awesome draw prizes.
Rebagliati Park
9 AM - 10:30 AM Women's Fly Fishing Clinic
Learn the basics of fly-fishing with Cortney Brown, owner and angler at Trout Country Fishing Guides.
Whistler Olympic Plaza Pavilion
9 AM - 11 AM Mountain Bike Maintenance Clinic
"Everything you ever wanted to know about your bike but were too scared to ask" with the Whistler Adventure School.
GO Fest Basecamp, Mountain Square
11 AM - 1 PM Tennis Doubles Strategy Clinic
This two hour clinic will have an emphasis on teamwork and communication and cover the fundamentals of playing with a partner, such as court positions and important patterns and targets.
Whistler Racquet Club
11 AM - 3:30 PM All British Car Show
The Vancouver All British Field Meet will arrive in Whistler Olympic Plaza where up to 100 British cars will be displayed for all to see.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
11 AM - 4 PM Whistler Farmers' Market
Check out artisan foods, live cooking demos by Whistler chefs, local artists, musicians and face painting. Lots of fun and activities for families and children!
Upper Village Stroll
11 AM - 4 PM Beach Volleyball Tournament
Players compete individually in doubles sets to become King of the Beach.
Rainbow Park
11 AM - 5 PM Activities at The Point Artist-Run Centre
Have brunch, play bocce, get sketched by an accomplished artist and sing-along around the campfire.
5678 Alta Lake Road
12:30 PM -
5 PM
GO Sailing Regatta on Alta Lake
Teams will sail around Alta Lake, course to be announced on day of. Boats are supplied.
5678 Alta Lake Road
12 PM - 3:30 PM Alpine Dogs Training Tips
Fun and social drop-in training classes. Learn something new or advance your dog training skills.
Florence Peterson Park
1 PM -
3 PM
IBubble Soccer Demo
Bump or be bumped in this unique version of soccer with a twist- each player racks up points from insider their giant inflatable bubble by bouncing, rolling, bumping, flipping over and crashing into each other.
Rebagliati Park
3 PM - 3:45 PM The North Face Mountain Athletics Program
The North Face Whistler and The CORE are teaming up to bring you a specifically designed training program to conquer that mountain.
The North Face Store
6 PM - 11:30 PM Dinner Show at The Point Artist-Run Centre
Listen to western swing band Poor Dirty Sylvia and the Barbed Choir as you enjoy a delicious meal.
5678 Alta Lake Road
7 PM GoPro Go Show
6 athletes with 1 mission - capture the essence of May in Whistler by showcasing experiences on snow, dirt and water.
Garibaldi Lift Co.

*Schedule subject to change. Events may require registration, tickets or a donation for entry.

Friday May 20, 2016

Location: GO Fest Mainstage, Village Square
Time: 7:30 PM
Description: Dan Mangan, two-time JUNO and Polaris Music Prize winner, will open GO Fest with his thought-provoking and compelling songs.


Saturday May 21, 2016

Location: GO Fest Mainstage, Village Square
Time: 7:30 PM
Description: Alex Cuba will take the stage on Saturday night with his groovy, upbeat soul music.


Sunday May 22, 2016

Location: GO Fest Mainstage, Village Square
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: The Matinee will close GO Fest with an energetic performance indicative of their alternative folk rock sound.

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