Festival of All Things Arts

August 2 - 5, 2019


BC Day Long Weekend 2019, August 2nd – 5th August | Wells & Barkerville, BC | Lhtako Dene Territory

The Cariboo’s largest celebration of music and art, the ArtsWells Festival, is back for its 16th season in the colourful community of Wells and the historic goldrush town of Barkerville, BC from August 2 – 5, 2019. 

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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Thank you for all your wonderful treats, eats, art and artisanal goods that coloured the streets of Wells during the Festival! ArtsWells wouldn't be ArtsWells without all of the unique vendors on Pooley Street and Sanders Ave. Thank you from ...
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 ...
Did you lose something at ArtsWells this year? There's a chance we found it! We have sweaters, jackets, water bottles, jewelry and more. Email allyson@imarts.com to see if we have your lost item. We keep Lost Items only until the end ...
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!
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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 ...
Only 24 hours to go! Grab your weekend & day passes at the Box Office this weekend, or save some cash and get them online before you get to the festival! Below are our gate prices, see our website for ...
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 ...

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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