Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park hosts an entertaining festival each summer and after more than 30 years it is more popular than ever. The four-day event invites 130 artists from the island and Canada to entertain and sell unique crafts, jewellery, pottery, textiles and art. Kids in tow always head first to the Enchanted Forest for face painting, story-telling, crafts and games. And everyone enjoys the array of food trucks that pull in from all parts of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Two stages are set up to host 15 bands and solo artists throughout the festival. Patrons are invited to pull up a chair and listen to old favourites of the folk scene, jazz performances and so much more.
The nine-acre Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park was once a luxurious estate but is now a breathtaking waterfront park with landscaped gardens and shady trees in the heart of Comox. The funds raised from the annual event help maintain the pristine setting.
This year, the Filberg Festival is pleased to have Linda Skalenda as the featured artist. Linda is primarily a lanscape painter - except when she finds an interesting cow, seal or heron stealing her attention. Without the distraction of cows, Linda's landscapes capture the excitment of a weather-twisted arbutus tree, startling rays of light in dense coastal rain forests and striking images of flowers caught bent in a breeze. Her paintings are rich in colour and emotion.
Along with beautiful art, the Filberg Festival is one of the best weekends to check out local and not-so-local talent on Vancouver Island. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday - Sunday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday.
Check the Filberg Festival webpage for the list of artists but here are some daily highlights to tempt you to go.
Friday, August 4
Find the perfect place in front of the stage for the opening act at 10:30 a.m. on the Garden Stage and 11:00 a.m. at the Comox Rotary Stage. By 5 p.m., nine bands will have crossed the two stages.
Friday Night Concert - line up to be announced soon
Gate opens at 7pm – Concert is festival seating/seating provided
Saturday, August 5
Just like Friday, walk …don’t run… to get those places near the front at either of the two stages.
Sunday, August 6
The music starts up again on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Various artists will entertain throughout the day. Don’t forget to get up from the lawn chair to wander through the venders of arts and crafts and of course the food trucks.
Monday, August 7
It’s your last day to enjoy the music and the arts. The Garden Stage starts at 10:30 a.m. and the Comox Rotary Stage waits until 11:30am to open with more performers. Everything winds down by 4:30 p.m. for yet another fantastic festival by the seaside.
Day ticket – $15 each
4-day Festival Pass – $45 each
For more information on the Filberg Festival, check out the official website.