The Pemberton Barn Dance is a community shindig with a reputation almost as big as its heart. What started in 1995 as a small single purpose event in the Pemberton Meadows, grew to become an annual fundraiser attracting upwards of 1,200 people and raising $40,000.
1. Chris Buck Band
The Chris Buck Band have played over 150 live shows in the last year alone, and were named the 2014 Country Club Act of the Year by the BC Country Music Association. They have also had the opportunity to open for such artists as Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to name a few.
2. Dakota Pearl
Dakota Pearl were the first local band selected to play at the 4 day Pemberton Music Festival. Formed out of the ashes of various projects, Dakota Pearl play music which reflects the place they call home. Farm fields, mountains and rugged countryside are the inspiration for there soul filled songs.
New location: Pemberton Downtown Community Barn
The outdoor community barn on Frontier Street, Pemberton is more than just a special events location; it’s a gathering area that fosters a strong and vibrant community. Did you know the Pemberton Community Downtown Barn has been nominated as one of Canada’s Great Public Places? Help it win by casting your vote. Voting closes September 24th: greatplacesincanada.ca/contestants/pemberton-downtown-community-barn/
How to get to the Pemberton Community Barn:
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A brief history of the Pemberton Barn Dance
The first ever Pemberton Barn Dance was created as a fundraising event to re-open the Pemberton Chamber of Commerce and bring it back to being a community service for small businesses. Tickets were sold for $8 each and locals danced the night away in the root house of a local farm. Year after year, the little barn dance that could ballooned in popularity. Drawing attention from the police, organizers had to keep moving location as the party became a victim of its own success.
At the first Pemberton Barn Dance people lined up to buy their beer out of a canoe in the back of a pickup truck. One canoe full of suds proved to be about right for the mostly local crowd of 115. – Pique Newsmagazine, 2005
13 years on, and after a short 3 year break, the Pemberton Barn Dance is back and hoping to reclaim its place as a destination weekend event for people from Whistler, Squamish, Lillooet, and even as far as Vancouver. This time raising funds for multiple community projects.
When: September 26th, 7.30pm – midnight
Where: The Pemberton Community Barn, Pemberton
Tickets: $25, purchased from AC Gas, Pemberton Valley Supermarket & The Royal Canadian Legion
What: BBQ, bar, and dancing. Attendees must be legal drinking age – 19+
Proceeds going to local projects by: Pemberton Lions Club & Rotary International
Pemberton Barn Dance online RSVP
This year the event is restricted to 400 tickets. RSVP online here: facebook.com/events/875760255849860/ and then head straight to AC Gas, Pemberton Valley Supermarket or the Royal Canadian Legion to buy your ticket before they sell out.