White Rock Arts Festival

White Rock Arts Festival, illustration of White Rock

Friday to Sunday | October 21 - 23, 2022

Culture, Connectivity and Community on the Peninsula

The White Rock Arts Festival invites residents and visitors to celebrate our Creative City by the Sea by participating in arts, cultural and heritage programming across the City on October 21 to 23, 2022. 

Over three days, enjoy art exhibits, musical performances, and enrich yourself in White Rock’s culture. Check out free drop-in and ticketed events.

Illustrated map of White Rock with route markers

Discover White Rock's Creative City by the Sea and explore the City's culture in-person.

  • 17 locations to visit!
  • Meet local artists
  • Listen to local musicians
  • Engage with art and culture

Download the schedule of events and location map or print at home.

event information

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Landmark Pop-Uptown Gallery 

15140 North Bluff Road
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 22 & 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free drop-in activities

Come out this White Rock Arts Festival weekend and be a part of the art scene. 

  • Create a mural that celebrates White Rock!
  • Participate in a raffle to win prizes
  • Listen to live musicians as you create


Saturday, Oct. 22

Bring out the family and meet Carla Maskall, artist/illustrator of “What the Seal Saw,” and learn how to draw a seal.

Create a mural with artist, Allan Turton that celebrates White Rock! Pick up a paint brush and draw what makes White Rock special to you. 

Participate in the raffle to win prizes, like season tickets to the Oceana Parc Playhouse, unique art from local Pop-Up artists and an art basket to infuse your creativity. 

Listen to local musicians as you create!

  • Silverwood
  • Annie Qi
  • Ryan Barnes

Sunday, Oct. 23

Create a mural with artist, Allan Turton that celebrates White Rock! Pick up a paint brush and draw what makes White Rock special to you. 

Participate in the raffle to win prizes, like season tickets to the Oceana Parc Playhouse, unique art from local Pop-Up artists and an art basket to infuse your creativity. 

Listen to local musicians as you create!

  • Trina Nestibo
  • Ella and Hayley
  • Andrew Armstrong
  • Annie Qi

Pop-Up Party

At the Landmark Pop-Uptown Gallery
151540 North Bluff Rd.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 to 6 p.m.
Free drop-in

Join us as we celebrate a weekend of cultural, creativity and connectivity.

Listen to Silverwood perform while enjoying refreshments and view the community artwork created during the festival.


Wall to wall bookcases filled with books

Literary Festival  

Presented by the White Rock BIA
White Rock Community Centre*, 15154 Russell Ave. 
Sunday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Free drop-in

Featuring talks, panels, and workshops from award-winning authors and poets across British Columbia, the Literary Festival will have something for every book lover in your family!

As part of the White Rock Arts Festival, the White Rock BIA is thrilled to partner with the City of White Rock to present a Literary Festival.

*Free underground parking 4hrs max.


Main Hall
10 a.m.Poetry Panel with Carlie Blume, Heidi Greco, and Jeremy Stewart
11 a.m.Reading with Nicola Campbell
12 p.m.Reading with Sam Wiebe
1 p.m.Reading with Leona Gom

10 a.m.Fiction Workshop with Sam Wiebe: Learn how to craft captivating works of fiction from this award-winning writer
12 p.m.Poetry Workshop with Carlie Blume: Learn how to craft incisive poems from the poet with the most talked-about new collection of poems

  1. Writer Bios +

The Literary Festival is very fortunate to feature award winning & nominated writers from many genres and mediums, including poetry, children’s literature, crime writing, and literary fiction, including:   

Carlie Blume 

Bio to come. 

Nicola Campbell

Nicola Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syílx and Métis from the Nicola Valley, British Columbia. She is the author of five children’s books including, Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe (recipient of the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s literature award) and most recently, Stand Like a Cedar (2021). 

Her stories weave cultural and land-based teachings while also remembering sacred responsibilities and interconnectedness to the land. Published by Highwater Press, Spíləx̣m: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience and Resurgence is a deeply-moving story basket of memories that is rooted within the British Columbia landscape. With an almost tactile representation of being on the land and water, Spíləx̣m explores resilience, reconnection, and narrative memory through stories.  

Leona Gom

 Bio to come. 

Heidi Greco

Writer and editor Heidi Greco’s body of work consists mostly of poetry. Her most recent book, Glorious Birds: A Celebratory Homage to Harold and Maude (published by Anvil Press in 2021), served as a prose departure in that it celebrates one of her favourite films. While still writing (reviews, blogs, and poems), she continues to dedicate time to matters of environmental protection. She lives on territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation. Find more at heidigreco.ca 

Jeremy Stewart 

Jeremy Stewart's narrative long poem In Singing, He Composed a Song (University of Calgary Press) was shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Poetry Award. Stewart won the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for Hidden City (Invisible Publishing). He is also the author of (flood basement (Caitlin Press 2009). Stewart is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in English Literature at Lancaster University. He once dropped a piano off a building.   

Sam Wiebe 

Sam Wiebe is the award-winning author of the Wakeland novels, one of the most authentic and acclaimed detective series in Canada, including Invisible Dead, Cut You Down, and Hell and Gone. His latest, Sunset and Jericho, comes out April 2022. Wiebe’s other books include Never Going Back, Last of the Independents, and the Vancouver Noir anthology, which he edited. 

His work has won the Crime Writers of Canada award and the Kobo Emerging Writers prize, and been shortlisted for the Edgar, Hammett, Shamus, and City of Vancouver book prizes. His original film/tv projects have been optioned, and his short stories have appeared in ThugLit, Spinetingler, and subTerrain, as well as anthologies by Houghton-Mifflin and Image Comics. Wiebe is a former VPL Writer in Residence.



Gratitude Exhibit 

Turnbull Gallery
South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, 14601 20 Ave.
Friday, Oct. 21, 7 to 9 p.m.

Free drop-in

Gratitude is the expression of appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value independent of monetary worth. Spontaneously generated from within, it can be an affirmation of goodness and warmth. What are you grateful for?

Semiahmoo Arts Society asked just this when it called for artists to be part of a juried exhibition on Gratitude. The opening reception will kick off the Arts Festival weekend at 7 pm on October 21. Come out to celebrate the artistic expression of gratitude brought forward by local artists on display throughout Turnbull Gallery, Corridor Galleria, and the Front Window space of the South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre.
water colours of white flowers

"Colors of Life" by Marilyn Hurst 

Nomad Gallery
1377 Johnston Rd 
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunday, Oct 23, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free drop-in

Nomad Gallery features White Rock’s own Marilyn Hurst as their Color of Life Artist. Make sure to head to your art hub north of Marine Drive to experience how her paintings reflect a ménage of life experience and creative energy. The landscapes, florals and expressionist abstracts are as always, inspired by “living the life as an artist” in White Rock, B.C.

White Rock Art Gallery

1247 Johnston Rd.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Free drop-in

You’ll find an array of original paintings, stone and bronze. White Rock Gallery proudly showcases 42 painters, 6 sculptors, and 5 ceramic artists. Several of our artists are local, to the lower mainland, reflecting their passion for our beautiful surroundings. Many of our artists are nationally and internationally recognized, exhibiting across Canada and the USA.

Pictured are works by painters Min Ma, William Liao and Danny McBride, Sculptor and painter Michael Hermesh, sculptor Herb Latrielle and ceramic artists Bill Boyd and Bev Ellis. 
water colour lily pads

Life Aquatika 

White Rock Library Gallery
15342 Buena Vista Ave. 
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 22& 23,

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m. 
Free drop-in

White Rock painter Sylvie Peltier series of paintings that explore the interplay of water lilies, reeds, water, and the mysterious universe it. Because water can be both a mirror and a window, we can see the water lily stems seeking the surface, the sky and the trees joining them, the shade of the leaves and the way the subtle movements of the water distort our perception transporting us to another universe.

Lest We Forget: White Rock During the War Years

White Rock Museum
14970 Marine Dr. 
Friday to Sunday, Oct. 21, 22& 23, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

By donation

Honour the present by taking a moment to walk through the past at The White Rock Museum & Archives annual exhibit – Lest We Forget: White Rock During the War Years. The exhibit remembers the people who participated in the 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 war efforts both overseas and at home and looks at how the wars impacted all aspects of life in White Rock. Thousands of people served their country on the front lines. Many more stayed home and served in the workforce, in convalescence, and in voluntary service organizations – wherever they were needed.

We invite you to explore the history of White Rock at war through the museum’s collection and archival material 

Art Exploration


Art Walk

Waterfront Promenade, Marine Drive
Daily from dusk to dawn


White Rock is home to an amazing array of talent.  Stroll the Art Walk on the promenade and meet artists and view their work. Fine art displays are set up west of the Museum along the grass on the promenade. All work displayed is the work of the permitted artist which includes a wide variety of media – watercolour, photography, oil, carvings, and more.

White Rock’s Public Art Program

Throughout the City
Daily, anytime


There is no better time than the White Rock Arts Festival to take a self-guided tour around the city to take in and explore the stories behind the captivating public art displays throughout the city. Take in the twenty art attractions varying from murals to sculptures of various shapes and sizes as you move throughout the city.

Make sure to bring along the Public Art Story Map on the City’s website to read the story behind each piece while you admire it up close.



Horojo Trio

Blue Frog Studio
1371 Johnston Rd.
Friday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Purchase Tickets

Kicking off the Art’s Festival weekend HOROJO Trio returns to the Blue Frog stage to blow the house away again. This award-winning, soul-rocking rhythm and blues group includes very accomplished musicians, Drummer Jamie Holmes, singer/keyboardist Jeff Rogers, and guitarist JW Jones will ensure this will be a concert you will never forget.

Open Mic Night

Pelican Rouge Cafe
15142 North Bluff Rd.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22, 

Fri. 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Open Mic: 5 - 9 p.m.
Free drop-in

Come out to enjoy a fun evening of open mic entertainment on Saturday evening. Or if you are interested in performing during the Arts Festival weekend, please contact Dennis at Pelican Rouge Café ahead of time. In order to celebrate the community coming to enjoy local events, Pelican Rouge will be extending their hours to help fuel you with a delicious meal or treat and a warm beverage.

Don’t forget to check out their gallery that will be featuring pieces by Linda Morris throughout October.
singers playing guitar at open mic

Open Mic Night

Leon's Cafe
104 - 1688 152 St.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 - 9 p.m.

Free drop-in

Come out to support local talent or take the stage to perform your talent in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

As always delicious Belgian waffles or other delectable menu items are available, including plant-based and gluten-free options. 
illustration of two mice and three cats

Storybook Theatre

Semiahmoo Arts Society
14601 20 Ave.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 1:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets

Country Mouse and the Missing Lunch Mystery Sandra Fenichel Asher. 

It's Country Mouse's turn to serve lunch to her city cousin, but the food keeps disappearing! Enter the Mouse Patrol to search for clues and track down three hungry kittens.

Running time is 30 minutes. Recommended for ages 2 to 6 years old. Audience participation! Bring a pillow to sit on and your favourite stuffed animal!

Tickets include a small goody bag for the children and coffee/tea for parents. Tickets may be purchased online and at the door.

White Rock Players' Club Tour and Q&A

Oceana Parc Playhouse
1532 Johnston Rd.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m.

Pre-registration for free tickets at  www.whiterockplayers.ca

The White Rock Players' Club is opening their doors to give you a behind-the-scenes tour backstage. Take in the history of the club and its building, while you explore what lives behind the stage. From the green room, props collection and workshop, to the dressing room and impressive costumes closet, this tour will give you the opportunity to take a first-hand look at where the performers and stage crew bring the magic to life.

Some of the WRPC board & members will be on hand to answer all kinds of questions — including those ‘haunted’ rumours.

Live Dance at XBa

XBa Centre of Dance
6- 1990 152 St.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 - 3 p.m.

Free drop-in

XBa Centre of Dance welcomes the community to a DANCE SPECTACULAR EVENT in celebration of the White Rock Arts Festival! Join XBa faculty members and guest teachers in experiencing the love, freedom, and empowerment of dance movement. Everyone is welcome to participate and try a fusion of POPULAR and CULTURAL dance styles. From Breakdance to Ballet and everything in between, come celebrate the Art of Dance with us!.

True West

Peninsula Productions
14600 North Bluff Rd.
Oct. 20-23 - SOLD OUT

Oct. 27-29 - New shows added

TRUE WEST is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother's home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house.

Due to Oct 21-23 shows during Art's Festival being sold out additional shows have been added on October 27-29. Now is the perfect time to get your tickets!

Busking Program

Throughout the City
Daily from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.


As you move throughout White Rock to enjoy the variety of events over the weekend, make sure to check out the City’s talented buskers performing throughout the city.

community businesses


The Gallery

15299 Pacific Ave.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Be your own artist! Get inspired and shop for supplies locally that will unleash your creative self.

Pick up a copy of the "White Rock & South Surrey Colouring Book" by local artist, Carla Maskall while you are there and peruse the shop.

Sea Gods Stand Up Paddleboards

15245 Russell Ave.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Make sure to stop by Sea Gods to check out how this local store is bringing art; you can ride to the waterfront.

Staff are on hand to provide you with information on the artists and how each commissioned piece was created. 
books on shelves

White Rock Museum Annual Book Sale 

White Rock Museum
14970 Marine Dr. 
Friday to Sunday, Oct. 21, 22& 23

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Make sure to take advantage of this year’s 25th annual book sale. Find bargains on your fall and winter reading material and check out the selection of previously loved jigsaw puzzles and China teacups available for purchase in the museum shop.

All purchases go towards supporting future museum exhibits, archival & artifact collections, and community programs & events. Bring your reusable bags to take your treasures home in.
soup, sandwich, Laura's Coffee Corner

Laura's Coffee Corner

15259 Pacific Ave.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enjoy the atmosphere of historic Five Corners and shop for local art available on the gallery wall by the piano.

While you're visiting, enjoy a beverage and a treat.

The Shop Next Door

1175 Johnston Rd.
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stop in to check out White Rock’s only artists' co-op, featuring handmade, re-done, and refurbished pieces. Select beautiful pieces ranging from stained glass, furniture, jewelry, original paintings and more, including a clothing section with vintage pieces in our back room.

A $20 donation towards their fundraiser benefiting the White Rock / South Surrey food bank will get you a handmade heart-shaped piece of stained glass!

Thank you to our partners

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