Feature image: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest) returns this year from May 18-21, featuring a plethora of outdoor activities and entertainment.

Seriously, the lineup is stacked. There is SO much to do.

We recommend checking out the complete GO Fest schedule and planning you itinerary ahead of time so you don’t miss out on any of the action.

Beautiful day in the Village – Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Most of the events are free, with some events asking for a donation or a small entry fee of $15, as well as a handful of slightly pricier events.


On Friday, kickstart your appetite for action with a pancake breakfast at the Whistler Public Library. Enjoy street entertainment in the village all afternoon, partake in some free yoga in the Olympic Plaza, and wrap up the evening with a free performance by Juno-winning band The Philosopher Kings. Alternatively, catch Adventure Film Series screenings at 4 and 7pm at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

Free performances every evening in the Village Square – Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

The Whistler Museum’s 3rd annual Mountain Bike Heritage exhibit will be running during all days of the festival, exhibiting Whistler’s influential mountain biking history.


On Saturday, choose from a variety of outdoor activities including yoga, running, paddle boarding, cycling, sailing, canoeing, skateboarding, a snowboard park for kids, ping pong, and a nature scavenger hunt.

Lost Lake trail run – Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Express your creative side by learning to build a bird house, painting by the lake, or sipping on wine as you paint your masterpiece at “Wine About Art”. Carmanah and Current Swell are performing for free in the Village Square, and the Arts Centre continues to feature talks and screenings from the Adventure Film Series.


Sunday features many of the same activities as Saturday with some exciting additions including a digital photography workshop at the Alta Lake Station House, a car show in Creekside, the Upper Village farmers’ market, bocce and brunch on Alta Lake, dog training in Florence Peterson Park, and “Beers & Bears” in the Olympic Plaza.

Alta Lake paddle boarding – Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Sunday’s music lineup includes Coco Jafro and The Funk Hunters, and the Adventure Film Series continues at the Arts Centre.


Start Monday with more free yoga in the Olympic Plaza and enjoy street entertainment from noon till 6:30PM, when the festival officially wraps up.

Street performers in the village – Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane