There is always something happening in Quesnel! Be sure to check out current and upcoming events on our event calendar. There are also a number of festivals and concerts throughout the year, which are perfect events to plan a trip around.
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Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run (January)
The historic mail run takes you back in time to when mail was carried by dogsleds in the winter. The run is your opportunity to have your specialty designed envelope carried by a dogsled on part of its joinery over Cariboo trails to you and your friends. For more information or to order envelopes, check out their website.
Festival of the Preforming Arts (April-May)
Performances before a skilled experienced adjudicator; vocal and choral, piano, dance, speech and dramatic arts.
Billy Barker Days (July)
Billy Barker Days is a family festival celebrating the gold rush heritage. The festival features four days of entertainment for those seeking action, relaxation, fun and excitement. The community comes alive with business decorating, 1860’s costume rentals, Seniors’ Day and Kids’ Day, free stage entertainment in the park, plus the midway, dances, parade, rodeo, the Gold Dust Mall, fireworks, and many other activities sponsored by other community organizations.
SkyFest (August Long Weekend every two years — 2019, 2021, etc.)
SkyFest is a three day airshow presenting top international aerobatic performers. SkyFest provides entertainment for the whole family, with opportunities to view different types of aircraft and vintage cars. Children’s games, activities and entertainment will also be available.
Agriculture Fair and Exhibition (September)
The fair and exhibition support both Quesnel’s agricultural and urban communities. Featuring vendors, local musicians, dog events, fur and feather events, visual arts, and more.
Annual Pow Wow (October)
Pow Wow is a social gathering held by First Nations communities. A modern Pow Wow is a gathering to meet, dance, sing, socialize, and honor First Nations culture.