A family-friendly festival with a focus on sand sculptures is returning to Saanich next month following a pandemic pause and admission is free.
Music, food and free activities will highlight the Cadboro Bay Festival happening Sunday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cadboro-Gyro Park, according to the District of Saanich.
“How great to see the return of this much-loved beachside festival,” said Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes, noting the district is hosting the festival for the first time since 2019.
The district says the festival, well-known for its sand sculpting events, will see world-class sculptors compete while creating giant works out of just sand and water.
“Local artists who have travelled the world to compete in sand sculpting events will create the sand sculptures,” states a news release, explaining that residents will then vote for their favourite to help determine the Pepper’s Peoples Choice Award winner.
Along with bouncy castles, information displays, arts and crafts stations, Hand Drum Rhythms and food vendors flooding the beachside park, three local bands, including Rock of Ages, Cookeilidh and Tune Raiders, are also set to perform.
“Spend your Sunday at the park enjoying the activities, music and food in this beautiful location,” added Haynes.
Though no festival was held last year, sculptors still managed to craft displays at Cadboro-Gyro Park and photos can be found here.