Explore downtown Courtenay

This weekend is your opportunity to explore the unusual, exciting and enticing side of downtown Courtenay.

EXPLORE DOWNTOWN COURTENAY this weekend and check out the wild side of life. Photo by Lindsey Cain

This weekend is your opportunity to explore the unusual, exciting and enticing side of downtown Courtenay.

Unlock your romantic side, follow a fantasy or fulfill a long-held dream. From tattoos, piercing and hair to highly unexpected art and crafts — our quaint little downtown is anything but boring.

Pick up some new music and a special treat for the one you love in Simms Alley, discover unique crafts at the Elevate Craft Bazaar, order a tantalizing beverage, create you own unusual art at the Comox Valley Art Gallery or order a very special boudoir photo shoot.

The wild side of life includes the wild outdoors!

Pursue long-held dreams about conquering peaks, surfing, diving or snowboarding. Brave the elements with special gear that will you keep you warm and dry and ready for the next extreme adventure.

Downtown Courtenay offers top-notch outdoor adventure equipment and accessories.

Meet George Littlechild at the Laughing Oyster Bookshop on Saturday at 2 p.m. and see his new book George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within. The book contains a stunning retrospective of a career that has spanned nearly four decades.

This sumptuous collection showcases the bold swaths of colour and subtle textures of Littlechild’s work — and demonstrates the evolution of an artist from his earliest works to the present day, including hints of future directions and themes.

The sixth annual Shoe Memorial on the plaza in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is a powerful temporary installation art projects that draws attention to issues of domestic violence in our community.

Local singer-songwriter Sue Pyper will sing from noon to 2 to raise funds for the Comox Valley Women’s Transition Society.

Talk a walk on the wild side this weekend. You never know what you’ll discover about downtown Courtenay — or yourself!

Friday, Dec. 7

Fiddle Jam plays in the streets! 3-5 p.m.

Red Art Exhibit and Red Scarf Fundraiser for YANA at the Muir Galley: Friday afternoon. Happy Hour 4 – 5 p.m.

Swing Set at Zocalo. Special Christmas show, 5:30.

Trent Freeman and Sinistrio CD release party – Bridge Lounge.

An evening with the Rat Pack with the Sin City Orchestra at the Sid Williams Theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market 9-noon.

Elevate Winter Craft Bazaar – Courtenay Legion 10-5.

Wild Side Eco Craft Activities — 11-3 at the WinterFest Hub (England and Fitzgerald).

Discover Art Saturday (family fun) at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Music in the Streets 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Pamela Tessmann busks for YANA 11:30-12:30.

Bruce and Judy Wing busk for Today N’ Tomorrow Learning Society at 1 p.m. at Rattan Plus.

Sue Pyper busks for the Comox Valley Women’s Transition Society from noon-2 at CVAG.

Helen Austin and friends at Union Street Grotto 3-5.

Sax and Violins at Zocalo, 7:30.

Joey Clarkson and friends at Billy D’s, 8:30.

For more information about the Downtown Courtenay WinterFest check out www.downtowncourtenay.com or visit them on Facebook.

— Downtown Courtenay WinterFest

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