Whistler Multicultural Festival

Every June, since 2013, the Welcome Centre, in partnership with the Whistler Multicultural Network, Whistler Public Library and Whistler Museum, has run the annual Whistler Multicultural Festival. This is a local event – by locals, for locals – celebrating the huge diversity we now have in Whistler.

All participants are volunteers and we have four hours of amazing cultural sharing, fun and food. 

In 2020, it’ll be a little different – we’re going online! From September 28 to October 2 we’ll be inviting the community to share the diverse cultures in Whistler. Whether you’re young, old, Canadian-born, or an immigrant or worker from elsewhere, there’ll be something for you.

Watch our calendar, our Facebook page and instagram @WhistlerWelcomeCentre for details as they are announced.

Fun and interesting crafts and activities for all the family…. showcasing the crafts, arts, games and culture of our local immigrant groups. In 2019, we…

  • ran three Japanese calligraphy workshops
  • made Hanko (our own personal Japanese stamps)
  • started a senzaburu (origami peace crane tree)
  • decorated pinatas
  • learned to make Brazilian fuxico
  • made Australian aboriginal dot paintings
  • plus had a range of children’s crafts

A team of immigrants comes together every year to choose festival food from around the world, plan it, prepare it and cook it for visitors to the Festival to try.

In 2019, we welcomed our Moroccan chef community who cooked zaalouk, a warm salad in pita bread. We also served pad Thai, French crepes and Argentinian empanada. Yum!

In 2019, we enjoyed performances from the Philippines, China, Venezuela, New Zealand, Canada and the Lil’wat Nation.

Can you help out for a couple of hours? Our volunteers help with food, with crafts and activities, and just general organization…. Shifts are usually 2 to 3 hours long – helping with set up (from 10am to 4pm on the day), during the Festival (4 to 8pm), or take down (till 9.30pm).

If you’d like to get involved with Festival planning and preparation during the year, check out all the things you can help with at Get Involved

To keep updated with what’s on, our plans for the 2020 Festival, and other activities, check our

We thank our partners,  and supporters who help us make this event happen every year:

  • Whistler Public Library, who let us take over the library for the day
  • Whistler Museum and Archives, who also open their doors for the Festival, and offer free activities
  • Capilano University, Community Development & Outreach, who program manage the Welcome Sea to Sky project, Whistler Settlement Services, and the Whistler Welcome Centre, of which the Whistler Multicultural Network and the Multicultural Festival are part
  • Sea to Sky Community Services, whose staff work in the Welcome Sea to Sky project and help run the Whistler Welcome Centre
  • Whistler Multicultural Society who source funding each year to support the Festival, and lend us their connections into local immigrant communities to find performers, cultural representatives, volunteers, cooks, crafters etc.

In 2019, our thanks go to

Funders: the Province of BC, Canadian Heritage, and the Real Estate Association of Whistler

Sponsors: Nesters Market, Pique Newsmagazine, Gone Eatery and Mountain FM.

Volunteer sponsors: Harajuku, 200degrees bakery, Whislife, Mexican Corner, TAG Whistler, Ingrid’s, Wild Wood Bistro, Nagomi Sushi, Nicklaus North, Roland’s & Red Door Bistro, Creekside Market, Creekbread Whistler, Forged Axe, Hy’s, Eco tours, Scandinave Spa

Want to see more? Check out the Whistler Multicultural Festival over the years…

Have a Question?

Contact our Settlement Worker
or drop in to the Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library

Monday 3 – 6 p.m and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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