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Cumberland Events Calendar

This page was last reviewed on September 25, 2019.

Lantern Festival – Lantern Making Workshop
February 2 and 9, 2019, 1 to 4 pm

Make your own lantern to carry in the Lantern Parade on February 16.
$25.00 per person; Max 20 people (16 years and older)
Moncrief Hall, Cultural Centre, Dunsmuir Ave at First St., Cumberland
Register at or by calling 250-400-5327
Sponsored by the Cumberland Events Society with support from the Village of Cumberland

Heritage Faire, Heritage Day and Lantern Festival
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Heritage Faire from 11 am to 4 pm at the Cumberland Recreation Centre. Cumberland’s Heritage Faire was originally launched by a group of community volunteers in 2003 and was modeled on the folk festival that ran from 1949 to 1958 celebrating the diverse heritage of Cumberlanders. Each year families, clubs and other organizations set up displays of antique tools, unique collections, photos and demonstrations of crafts and folklore from the early days of Cumberland and the Comox Valley.

Lantern Parade and Sky Lantern Release – CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

For more information contact

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday April 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., No. 6 Mine Heritage Park

Bring your Easter basket to No. 6 Mine Heritage Park at 11 a.m. for the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children aged 10 and younger. The egg hunt will begin in the Cumberland Recreation parking lot. For more information call Cumberland Recreation at 250-336-2231.

UROC Cross Country Race
Sunday April 14, 2019 at 10 a.m., Village Park

The 2018 Vancouver Island Cup Mountain Bike Race Series, is BC’s premiere grassroots race series spanning the length of Vancouver Island. Cross Country, Downhill, Enduro and Marathon disciplines are brought together from numerous local mountain bike clubs.

If you’re a first timer, seasoned pro or just out to have some fun we would love to see you experience mountain bike racing on Vancouver Island.

Find out more.

Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race
Sunday April 28, 2019

The road cycling leg of this annual race starts at Cumberland Lake Park at Comox Lake and travels along Comox Lake Road, Sutton Road, and Dunsmuir Avenue through to Royston. Please watch for racers along this route.

Comox Lake Road will be closed from 9am to 2 pm, except to local traffic. Access will be provided to Coal Creek Historic Park, including the disc golf course. Check in with traffic marshals on Sutton Road. You may use the Village Park access to the Community Forest to avoid congestion in the area of the CRI parking lot.

Parking will be restricted along the eastbound lane of Dunsmuir Avenue from First Street to Fourth Street from 10am to 2pm to protect sight lines for rider safety.

Hosted by the Snow to Surf Society.

Workers’ Day Bean Supper and Parade
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Hosted by the Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council, each year on May the 1st friends come together to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of working people everywhere. While celebrated ‘unofficially’ in Canada, May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries!

From 5:30 to 6:00pm, the eastbound lane of Dunsmuir Avenue will be closed from Fourth Street to First Street for the parade. The intersection of Dunsmuir and First Street will be briefly closed while the parade enters the parking lot behind the Museum.

UROC Downhill Race
Sunday, May 5 2019 at 9 a.m.

Find out more.

The Cumby Trail Race
Saturday May 11, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Offering a 13 and 25 km trail race that takes full advantage of the spectacular system of Cumberland trails. The race travels from No. 6 Mine Heritage Park through the Community Forest. All Cumby proceeds will be donated to the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS). Hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners. Learn more.

Victoria Day Celebrations
May 18 to May 20, 2019

Celebrated in Cumberland since 1888, Victoria Days were originally held to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday.

Road Closures: Dunsmuir Avenue will be closed on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 7 am to 6 pm for Village Market Day; and on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 8am to 11am for the Victoria Day Parade and Thunderballs event.

Market Day: Vendor registration must be submitted to Elevate the Arts

Victoria Day: Parade entry registration must be submitted to the Cumberland Event Society

Find out more at the Victoria Day Facebook page. This schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 at 7 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm – Fashion Show and Tea at the Cumberland Recreation Centre

Saturday May 18, 2019 from 10 am to 6 pm

Reserved Parking for people with disabilities on Fourth Street at Dunsmuir beside to the post office.

10 am to 4 pm: Village Market Day on Dunsmuir Avenue hosted by Elevate the Arts
9:30 to 11:30 am: Soap Box Derby on First Street between Maryport and Windermere Avenues
10 am to 5 pm: Cumberland Museum, 2680 Dunsmuir Avenue open by donation
9 am to 3 pm: Fire Hall open house & BBQ
11:30 am to 6 pm: Beer Garden in Village Park
Noon to 6 pm: Washoe Tournament (adults only) in Village Park with beer garden
Noon: Concession by Cumberland Parent Advisory Committee in Village Park
1 pm: Dog fashion show

Sunday May 19, 2019 at Village Park from 11 am to 8 pm

8 am to 4 pm: Horseshoe mania
11 am: Youth soccer game
Noon: Adult soccer game
Noon to 7 pm: Beer Garden
Noon to 7 pm: Concession by Cumberland Parent Advisory Committee
Noon to 7 pm: Cumberland Table Tennis Club
1 pm: Legends of the Maypole & challenge
1 pm to 3 pm: Family Washoe
1:30 pm – 3 pm: Mayor’s Hole in one Golf Tournament
1:30 pm: Capoeira workshop for all ages
2 pm to 3 pm: Old Timers Soccer Game
2 pm to 6 pm: Comox Valley Disc Golf
5 pm to 8 pm: Live Music

Monday May 20, 2019: Parade and Village Park activities

Reserved parking for people with disabilities can be found on Dunsmuir Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Street, which is accessible via Seventh Street and Royston Road.

Ride for free to Cumberland on the #2 Cumberland transit bus on Victoria Day. View the Comox Valley Transit schedule.

8 am: Pancake Breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion on Dunsmuir at Fourth Street
8 am: Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Hall on Dunsmuir at First Street
9 am: Thunderballs event on Dunsmuir Avenue between First and Second Streets. A fundraiser for Cumberland Community School Society. Find out more.
10 am: 131st annual Victoria Day Parade along Dunsmuir Avenue
10 am to 3 pm at Village Park: 4H Petting Zoo, Bounce a Rama, Fun Swing, train ride and food vendors
11 am: May Queen Crowning
11:30 am: Maypole Dance
Noon to 2 pm: Family Entertainment Stage
Noon: Coal Hills BMX races
1 pm to 2 pm: Children’s Races
11 am to 4 pm: Beer Garden
2 pm: Bicycle draw and raffle draws

Cumberland Cemetery Volunteer Marker & Monument Preservation Days
June 4 and 5, 2019, 9 am to noon

Bring your hat, sunscreen and some drinking water and join forces with community volunteers and old Cumberland families to clean off the moss, lichen, and sod that has grown over family markers and monuments at the Cumberland Cemetery (turn west off the Comox Valley Parkway at Cumberland Sand and Gravel/Slegg exit). The Village will provide buckets, brushes, soft bamboo scrapers, non-ionic granite and marble cleanser, wheelbarrows, and will take away any refuse and cuttings.

No. 1 Japanese Townsite Commemoration
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Everyone is welcome to attend a ceremony commemorating new interpretive signage and trails at the historic No. 1 Japanese townsite in Coal Creek Historic Park on Comox Lake Road. The ceremony begins at 1:30 pm and will be followed with a celebration of the opening of the Royston Lumber Mill exhibit at the Cumberland Museum and Archives. View the invitation. Find out more.

UROC Coal Town Classic (Marathon Race)
Sunday June 9, 2019 at Village Park

Offered as a 50 km or 30 km course (The Coal Town Classic Lite) includes a great deal of our amazing trail network.

Find out more.

Cumberland Home and Garden Tour
Saturday June 15, 2019

This tour provides an exclusive glimpse into the homes, gardens, studios, urban farms and build spaces of the historic Village of Cumberland. 100% of the funds raised will support upcoming purchases on October 2018 of threatened forest lands on the south side of the Village of Cumberland.

Hosted by the Cumberland Community Forest Society.

Miners Memorial Weekend
June 21-23, 2019

The Cumberland Museum & Archives host the annual commemoration of fallen workers, highlighting labour history and contemporary labour issues. The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.

2018 marks the hundred-year anniversary of the death of Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin, one of the most well-known labour activists in the history of our country. The Cumberland Museum and Archives plans to pay tribute through participatory art and music projects, an exhibit ‘Goodwin’s Reach’, an arts symposium, workshops and talks, the re-enactment of Goodwin’s funeral procession and other engaging programming.

Visit for the full schedule.

UROC Twelve Hours of Cumberland
Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7 a.m., No. 6 Mine Park

This beginner friendly team event is based out of the beautiful No.6 mine park. Teams will compete for the most number of laps completed in 12 hours. Go solo or in teams of 2 or 4 – male, female or co-ed.

Find out more.

Comox Valley Cycle Club Race
June 2019

The annual race starts and finishes on Dunsmuir Avenue at Village Park. Cyclists head out on Dunsmuir Avenue to Royston Road, Union Road, Cumberland Road and into Royston. No road closures for this event, but please use caution and watch for cyclists on the roads. Hosted by the Comox Valley Cycle Club.

BC Bike Race
July 7-8, 2019

Expect road closures on Dunsmuir Avenue and Sutton Road, closure of Sixth Street by Village Park and parking restrictions around the park. The base camp for participants is held in the park overnight. Find out more.

Comox Valley Pride
July 22 to July 28, 2019

Celebrate Pride in the Comox Valley with the flag raising at the Village office on Monday, July 22 at 9 am.

Movie Under the Stars
August 2019, Cumberland Community School

Mark your calendars for a Movie Under the Stars in Cumberland!! Join us for a free outdoor showing of the movie Space Jam, a fun and upbeat film featuring basketball star Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes!

The movie begins at dusk, but the field fills up quickly! Arrive early to claim a spot, enjoy some treats from the concession, and play games!

For more information visit

Obon Cemetery Service
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10 am

At the Cumberland Japanese Cemetery on Union Road. The annual Vancouver Island Obon Cemetery Tour is sponsored by the BC Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation. The purpose of the visitation is to pay respect to the many individuals of Japanese heritage who forged their lives on the Island and who have long since passed on. Public participation in the visitation is welcome.

August 18, 2019

The YANA ride will travel through Cumberland from approximately 11 am to 2 pm and travel into Cumberland on Cumberland Road to Third Street, Dunsmuir Avenue to Royston Road. There will be no road closures for this event. Please drive safely and watch for cyclists on the roads. Find out more.

Cumberland Wild
August 17-18, 2019 at Village Park

Find out more.

UROC Cyclocross Criterium and Coal Cross

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UROC Enduro Race
September 2019 at 9am, Village Park

Find out more.

Get to Know Your Community
September 13, 2019 from 5-7:30 pm at Cumberland Recreation

Tour de Rock
September 26, 2019

Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Ride raises money for pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer. The Tour de Rock team cycles from one end of the Vancouver Island to the other, over 14 days, covering 1,000 kilometres.

MOMAR Adventure Race
Saturday September 28, 2019

Watch for runners and bikers on Cumberland roads and trails between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Find out more.

Cascadia Poetry Festival (Cumberland)
Oct 4 & 5, 2019

The Cascadia Poetics LAB presents the 2nd biennial Cascadia Poetry Festival-Cumberland (Poetry in a Time of Climate Crisis) in partnership with the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS). Most events take place at the Cumberland Masonic Hall, 2687 Dunsmuir Ave at the corner of Dunsmuir and First. October 4th, co-hosted with the Cumberland Community Forest Society, features a Science Pub on Forest Fire Ecology and the Poetics of Climate Crisis with climate scientist Dominick DellaSala and poet Sonnet L’Abbé. Saturday, Oct 5 features a morning panel, workshops, living room style open mic, and readings by poets Jan Zwicky, Matt Rader, Jordan Scott, and Jordan Abel. More information and tickets available at

Perseverance Trail Run
October 27, 2019

The runs travel through the Cumberland Community Forest, Coal Creek Historic Park and other area trails. Watch for runners along Derwent Avenue and Second Street near the No. 6 Mine Heritage Park.

Find out more

Halloween Trick or Treat Costume Parade
October 31 at 4 p.m.

Parade your costume down Dunsmuir Avenue on Halloween! Leaving from the Village Office at 4 pm, the parade travels down the main street and back up again to the Cumberland Recreation Centre for a community bar-boo-que. Drop in for hot dogs and drinks, and craft tables! Sponsored by downtown businesses and the Village of Cumberland.

Parking is available at the Recreation parking lot accessed from Sutton Road and the Cultural Centre parking lot accessed from First Street.

Remembrance Day Service
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Please join the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #28, at 10:30 a.m. on November 11 for the Remembrance Day parade and service. The parade commences at Dunsmuir Avenue at Third Street at 10:35 a.m. and travels to the Legion just past Fourth Street. That section of Dunsmuir Avenue will be closed to traffic during the parade and service.

In inclement weather, the service will be held at Cumberland Recreation. Parking is available at the parking lot accessed from Sutton Road and the Cultural Centre parking lot accessed from First Street.

Cumberland WinterFaire
November 23 and 24, 2019, Cumberland Recreation Centre, Museum and Masonic Hall

Cumberland’s annual craft extravaganza is on from 10 am to 4 pm. Handmade, homemade and fair trade gifts and goods. Hosted by the Cumberland Museum.

Christmas in the Village

Visit Cumberland all through December for daytime and evening shopping.

Christmas Truck Parade
, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm

Visit Village Square and downtown Cumberland for the Truck Parade and Christmas in the Village from 6-8 p.m. Activities include visits with Santa, kids’ crafts, hot apple cider, cookies, and local holiday shopping.

To enter the truck parade, complete the truck parade entry form.

11th Annual Santa’s Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, December 1, 2019, Cumberland Recreation Centre

From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. join us for a Pancake Breakfast, visit with Santa, wreath making, crafts and a silent auction. A fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Schools Society. Admission is by donation.

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