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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Just over 2 weeks until ARTSWELLS! 15 days left! Heeeeere’s Foxglove, James Camp & the Posers, and Dave Soroka!
Ethereal harmonies floating amidst cinematic soundscapes, Fox Glove (@foxglove_music) exists somewhere in the realm of inky alt-folk with hints of dream ...
We are hiring a Security Coordinator for the Wells Community Hall! Check out the Jobs page on the ArtsWells website for more information and to apply.
16 days left!! Here’s the next batch of fantastic artists: Corwin Fox, Elage Diouf, Daniel Mckell and Yael Wand.
Corwin keeps busy recording and producing in his studio Hidden Well. He plays concerts and festivals performing his songs on banjo, ...
🚌 🚎 🚐 🚌 🚎 🚐  What, oh wow! We sold a huge stack of RV passes over the weekend. Make sure you get yours before arriving to Wells to avoid disappointment! #rv #camping #artswells #vanlife #festivalvan #caravan #cariboo #caiboocountry #musicbc
17 until ARTSWELLS! Happy to present Blocktreat, Sarah Wheeler, Tracy McNeil and Valour & Tea.
Hazy, lo-fi, beat-heavy pop songs. Blocktreat (@blocktreatmusic) is the shapeshifting musical project of beatmaker Brandon Hoffman, with percussionist Dan Ruiz, bassist Jess Rampling, and guitarist ...
Countdown says: 18 days to go! We are happy to welcome to the stage This Way North, Sarah Burton, Selina Martin and UNPACKED.
Hailing from regional Victoria, This Way North (@thiswaynorth) first met in northern Canada at the renowned British ...
We're a family festival. Don't forget children 12 and under are free!
19 DAYS LEFT!! We are proud to present Rebecca Margolick, Road Waves, and Saltwater Hank.
Musician Hannah Epperson (@hannahbbepperson) and choreographer Rebecca Margolick (@margolick) collaborate to create a genre-blending dance and music performance. Rebecca has toured her multi disciplinary and ...
We’re almost out of the roaring 20s - 20 days left until ARTSWELLS! We are happy to introduce the next batch of artists: Peter Paul Van Camp, Nora Curiston, and Orit Shimoni.
If Peter Paul Van Camp, the congenial Rhymester, ...
We still need volleys to join our crew! Get your free weekend pass PLUS your exclusive ticket to our Appreciation Party on Monday night! Apply on our website or call our office on 250-994-3466
20 days to go!! Today we are thrilled to present the 333 Collective: Kimmortal, Missy D and JB the First Lady.
Kimmortal is an artist of lines and rhymes, a poet & singer-songwriter as well as a visual artist based ...
We’re in a mountain town, so it gets cold at night, but it can also be very warm during the day! Make sure to bring warm & cool clothes, rain gear and your favourite scarf.
Today Kristen Jensen, from Northern Health in Quesnel, provided training for our staff on naloxone administration. We also opened the invitation to our wider Wells community. We want to thank every who took the time to join us to learn ...
Only 21 days to go! We’re pleased to present Linda McRae, Mourning Coup & Naomi Shore.
BC‘s Entertainment Hall of Fame Pioneer Artist Linda McRae (@lmcrae42) is a genuine storyteller with an international touring career spanning over three decades. McRae’s ...
Need a ride to Wells? Or maybe you have room for a new friend! Simply join our Rideshare page on Facebook, there you'll find rides from Edmonton, Vancouver and more!
We've only got 15 VIP Passes left! They include;
1 x Full Weekend Pass
1 x Ticket to the Monday Night Appreciation Party
1 x personalized hand-made ArtsWells lanyard
3 x Meals at the Festival Kitchen (Yum!) 1 x Tent ...
Roll call for ArtsWells Festival 2019!
This BC Day Long Weekend you’ll witness over 300 live performances, over 4 days in 10 unique venues in Wells and Barkerville. This year you'll be constantly consumed by the creative environment of originality ...
22 Days Left!! We are pleased to announce our next 3 artists: MGNWA, Kaleidos and Leaf Rapids!
Rooted in the rhythms of South American cumbia music, MNGWA (@mgnwa_vancumbia) blends elements of psych rock, funk, and hip hop into their polyrhythmic pot. ...
Accessibility at ArtsWells Festival 2019
For all your accessibility questions about the festival simply email Oryanna at accessibility@imarts.com#accessibility #artswells #wellsbc #cariboocountry #caribooliving #creativebc #musicbc
Only 23 days left! We’re excited to welcome to the stage Jody Peck, Burlesque Anonymous & Hujune.
Canadian songwriter Jody Peck (aka Miss Quincy- @missquincymusic) introduces her brand new outfit cooking up some serious vintage country soul. Inspired by her ...

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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