Festival of All Things Arts

August 2 - 5, 2019


BC Day Long Weekend 2020, July 31 – August 3rd | Wells & Barkerville, BC | Lhtako Dene Territory

The Cariboo’s largest celebration of music and art, the ArtsWells Festival, is back for its 17th season in the colourful community of Wells and the historic goldrush town of Barkerville, BC from July 31 – August 3, 2020. 

Known as the “festival of all things art,” ArtsWells showcases hundreds of artists working in an array of art forms and musical genres in unique venues throughout the two towns. Intimate rooms like the Sunset Theatre in Wells or St. Saviour’s Church in Barkerville Historic Town provide space for artistic reverie while the Wells Community Hall and the Outdoor Stage give you room to get down on the dance floor. With both towns creating the festival site, arts and culture abound on every street corner including visual art installations, roving performers, parades, literary readings, theatre shows and inspiring music from morning until night. Delve further into the experience of art with the many workshops and special collaborations that take place throughout the weekend, or head down to the creek to soak up the sounds of a spontaneous musical jam.

At the heart of it all, ArtsWells offers four fun-filled days of creative community and artistic connection with exceptional musical experiences for every taste under the rainbow, young and old. It welcomes everyone to be a participant and dive into the diversity and beauty of art that exists in our own backyard and across the globe.

Weekend passes start at $160 and are available from www.artswells.com and children aged 12 and under are free. This year all pass holders get free entrance to Barkerville Historic Town! And every adult weekend pass includes a $15 voucher to spend at the festival merch booth. Camping and other accommodations available from ArtsWells and other providers throughout Wells and Barkerville. 

ArtsWells Festival and Island Mountain Arts is grateful to operate on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lhtako Dene part of the Dakelh Nation.

Thank you to all of our ArtsWells Partners and Sponsors!

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Here’s a snap from last year’s @artsbc Conference! Our team is headed to Kelowna next weekend to do it all again! Each year this conference travels across the province, this year it's in Kelowna. What can you expect at this ...
⭐️ Farewell @ksenyadorwart
From friendship to mentorship to leadership, Kenyas has given Island Mountain Arts a warm kinship in every possible form. In 2010 Ksenya arrived in Wells as a summer student to complete her degree in Visual Communication in ...
Mark July 31st to August 3rd 2020 in your calendars (BC Day Long Weekend) and stay tuned for Artistic Applications, as they will be opening soon! #artswells #islandmountainarts #wellsbc
Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU! We could not put on ArtsWells without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Thank you for showing up and making it all happen. We are so very grateful for you! Hope to see you ...
Was your photo snapped at ArtsWells Festival 2019? Head on over to our ArtsWells Facebook page to see all the photos captured by @freedomroadportraits at this year’s festival! #artswells #wellsbc #cariboolife #barkerville #sunsettheatre #ccclives
Thank you to everyone who attended ArtsWells Festival 2019!
We were grateful to operate on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lhtako Dene, part of the Dakelh Nation. This year’s wonderful weekend in Wells wouldn't have been possible without ...
@molloyemily preaching the word at #artswells2019
Waking up in Wells this morning, is a blissful dream! Join us today and you'll get free entry to the festival tomorrow too! See over 80 acts in Wells & Bakerville 🌻Kids 12 and under FREE!
📸: @wladyslawlabuda #wellsbc #artsbc ...
Can’t make it to Wells for the whole weekend? Why not drive out and join in the fun for just the day! There will be live music until 2am on both Saturday and Sunday nights, and your ticket includes free ...
Integris Credit Union was established in 2005 after the Nechako Valley Credit Union, the Prince George Savings Credit Union and the Quesnel and District Credit Union amalgamation. Since then, we have become the financial heart of Northern British Columbia passionately ...
We want YOU to share with us your pics & Instagram stories on your way to Wells! And don’t forgot your wet weather gear. Thanks for sharing this pic @maiyalyn #wellsbc #artswellsfestival #cariboolife @cariboo_country
We managed to snap this shot of our 2019 Summer staff team just before gates opened today! We can’t wait to show and share with you everything we’ve worked so hard on for the last 12months, Box Office opens at ...
Integris is keeping us fed this ArtsWells by supplying a truck and BBQ! Whether your needs are individual or business oriented, Integris has what you need. They are the financial heart of your communities offering banking, insurance, financial planning and group ...
ONE DAY. ONE DAY MORE. On the penultimate day in the lead-up to ArtsWells, we are excited to present this year’s Sunset Theatre Exploration series, legendary monologist TJ Dawe, the electric Party on High Street, and My Band!
The Sunset ...
TWO. MORE. DAYS. AHHHHH. Please welcome Shadow Sail Theatre, Nimkish, Mamarudegyal & Hope, Poly Hatchet and Tavis Weir!
Heather Dawn Sparks (@hdawnsparks) captures the shimmering nuances of shadow art by combining plasma cut metal with intricate paper cuts, analog light ...
Troll Ski Resort has an impressive vertical at 527m (1729ft), hosting a variety of terrain from perfect beginner slopes and long fall-line groomers to steep gladed tree runs. There is also a large progressive terrain park with a recent terrain ...
3 days to go! We are so close we can taste it. We are happy to welcome Happenstance! The Circumstantial!, Jeff Andrew and Kyla Churchman.
Daniel Sloan of Happenstance! likes to create spaces where the impossible creaks, shudders, and shifts, ...
This year, for the first time ever, anyone with an ArtsWells wristband will get FREE ADMISSION to @Barkervillebc! Come check out this wonderfully preserved gold rush town steeped in history, charm and love. You can also catch unplugged ArtsWells performers ...

Countdown to ArtsWells


2019 Line-Up

Pre-Fest Workshops

Come early to Wells and take part in a singing or songwriting workshop! More information on the Pre-Fest Workshops page here.

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