Feature image: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Whistler might evoke images of snowy, majestic mountainscapes and epic winter sports, but did you know that more than half of Whistler’s annual visitors come for the summertime?

Summer in Whistler is glorious and abundant – nearly endless possibilities of things to see and do, a lush expanse of breathtaking beauty just waiting to be explored.

There’s also a stacked lineup of signature events, which attract talent and spectators from all over the world. Learn more about the events of Whistler summer 2018 below:


GO Fest – Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival

May 18 – 21, 2018

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

“May is the month when summer and winter meet, where sliding on snow, golfing, bike riding and water sports can all be enjoyed on a single day. GO Fest falls on the Victoria Day Long Weekend, with four days of events to welcome warmer months and get everyone out and enjoying Whistler’s great outdoors.”

Tough Mudder, Tough Mudder Half and Canada’s Toughest Mudder Whistler

June 16 & 17, 2018

Tough Mudder

“The military-style Tough Mudder meets the Coast Mountains in this epic event weekend featuring two days of Tough Mudder and the Tough Mudder Half. Think you’ve conquered the Whistler mud run already? Think again. Choose your challenge, tee up your team, set up camp in Whistler and get ready for the ultimate obstacle course in rugged Whistler Olympic Park.”

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

June 30 – July 1, 2018

Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

“The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will once again play in Whistler this summer bringing classical music to Whistler Olympic Plaza, our beautiful outdoor concert space. Bring a chair or blanket and prepare to be amazed at the sound of a full orchestra playing for free – the perfect addition to July long weekend in the mountains.”

Whistler Children’s Festival

July 6 – 8, 2018

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

“This long-running July event brings hands-on art workshops, crafts, theatre, multi-media, dance, music and magical performances to Whistler Olympic Plaza. It’s the perfect excuse to visit family-friendly Whistler for a weekend or more.”

Subaru IRONMAN Canada® & Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Canada®

July 29, 2018


“Registration for the 2018 Subaru IRONMAN® Canada triathlon in Whistler is now open! Take up the challenge to swim, bike and run through the beautiful lakes, roads and trails of British Columbia. Register now, lock in your training plan and book your accommodation for race week and training trips early.”

Wanderlust Whistler

August 2 – 5, 2018

Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

“Wanderlust Whistler is an all-out celebration of mindful living. Come together in the stunning Coast Mountains and surround yourself with a dynamic family of one-of-a-kind instructors, musicians, speakers, chefs and fellow celebrants for a festival of blissful exploring. Step up into a space bright with new ideas, new friends, new foods and new moves this summer.”

Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival

August 10 – 19, 2018

Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

“This world-famous festival celebrates the heart and soul of gravity-fuelled mountain biking. The best riders and biggest bike fans in the world come out for a week of gravity-fuelled racing, slopestyle competitions, Kidsworx, bike demos and the chance to shred Whistler’s trails with other like-minded bike fans.”

RBC GranFondo Whistler

September 8, 2018

Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

“Join fellow road cycling enthusiasts in the RBC GranFondo Whistler as they cycle the route from Vancouver to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, over 122 kilometres of winding mountain road. Stay for the fun at the finish line celebrations and family events with great deals on accommodation and new passenger and bike transportation back to Vancouver.”

Whistler Village Beer Festival

September – Dates TBA

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

“The Whistler Village Beer Festival is held in September, a five day festival of craft beer featuring two days of tasting events in Whistler Olympic Plaza plus cask nights, beer battles, foodie nights and more. Here’s everything you need to know about the event so you can plan your festival today.”