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Cumberland Events Calendar

This page was last reviewed on October 11, 2018.

Heritage Fair, Heritage Day and Lantern Festival
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Heritage Faire from 10 am to 4 pm at the Cultural Centre and OAP Hall at Dunsmuir and First Avenue.

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 over 50 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. There will be an Indoor Labyrinth at the Cultural Centre. Heritage Day at the Museum by donation from 10 am to 5 pm

Lantern Festival and Parade from Village Square at Third Street to Village Park at Sixth Street. Weather permitting, there will be entertainment and sky lanterns at Village Park after the parade.

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday April 1, 2018 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 15, 2018 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 29, 2018

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
Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Hosted by the Cumberland Museum, each year on May the 1st, friends of the Museum 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 6, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Find out more.

The Cumby Trail Race
Saturday May 12, 2018 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 19 to May 21, 2018

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 19 from 7 am to 6 pm for Village Market Day; and on Monday May 21 from 8am to 11am for the Victoria Day Parade and Thunderballs event.

To become a vendor at Market Day, complete a vendor application.

To enter the Victoria Day parade, complete the parade registration form.

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

Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 7 pm

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

Saturday May 19, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm
10 am – 4 pm: Village Market Day – Dunsmuir Avenue Hosted by Elevate the Arts
10 am – 5 pm: Cumberland Museum, 2680 Dunsmuir Avenue open by donation
11 am: Soap Box Derby on Third Street
9 am – 3 pm: Cumberland Community Church Garage Sale, Penrith at Third
11:30 am – 6 pm: Beer Garden in Village Park
11:30 am: Washoe Tournament (adults only) in Village Park
11:30 am: Concession by Cumberland Elementary Parent Advisory Committee in Village Park
1 pm – 5 pm: Meet and Greet/Reunion, Cultural Centre, 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue

Sunday May 20, 2018 at Village Park from noon to 8 pm
Noon – 8 pm: Beer Garden in Village Park
Noon – 8 pm: Concession by Cumberland Elementary Parent Advisory Committee
Noon: Red Dragon Taekwondo
Noon – 3pm: Cumberland Fly Shop fly fishing and tying
Noon – 3pm: Cumberland Table Tennis Club
12:30: UROC under 5 bike race
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Gravity MTB: Ladies only mountain bike clinic (pre-register)
1 pm: Legends of the Maypole
1 pm – 3 pm: Family Washoe
1 pm – 4 pm: Robert Jannings and the 1891 Soccer Cup
1 pm – 5 pm: Comox Valley Horseshoe Club
1:30 pm – 3 pm: Mayor’s Hole in one Golf Tournament
2 pm – 4 pm: Soccer Games: Old Timers, Kids
2 pm- 6 pm: Comox Valley Disc Golf
4:15 pm-5:30 pm: Kickers Rugby
4:45 pm: Coal Hills BMX Race at the BMX Track
6 pm – 8 pm: Live Music in Village Park

Monday May 21, 2018: Parade and Village Park activities

7 am – 10 am: Pancake Breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion
8 am – 10 am: Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Hall
9 am: Thunderballs event on Dunsmuir Avenue between First and Second Streets. A fundraiser for Cumberland Community School Society. Find out more.
10 am: 130th annual Victoria Day Parade on Dunsmuir Ave. Submit an entry in the parade.
10 am – 3 pm: 4H Petting Zoo, Bounce a Rama, Fun Swing, Trains & Games, Antique Tractor Display, Kettle corn, Texas BBQ, Mini Donut Factory at Village Park
10:30 am May Queen Crowning in Village Park
10:30am – 4pm: CCS PAC Concession
11:00am – 11:30: Maypole Dance in Village Park
Noon – 3:00pm: Family Entertainment Stage with MC Kevin Flesher, Captain Thunderpants in Village Park
Noon – 2:00pm: Children’s Races in Village Park
11:00am – 3:00pm: Beer Garden in Village Park
2:00pm: Bicycle Draw in Village Park (Must be present to claim your prize)

UROC Coal Town Classic (Marathon Race)
Sunday June 10, 2018 at 10 a.m., 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 16

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 22-24, 2018

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 23, 2018 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 2018

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, 2018

Day 2 of the BC Bike Race is in Cumberland. On July 8, 2018 the race starts on Dunsmuir Avenue at 8:30am and travelling down Dunsmuir Avenue and Sutton Road into the Community Forest. Expect road closures on Dunsmuir Avenue and Sutton Road in the morning, closure of Sixth Street by Village Park and parking restrictions around the park. Base camp for participants is held in the park overnight. Find out more.

Picnic in the Park
July 21, 2018 from 4-8 pm

At Village Park.

Movie Under the Stars
August 15, 2018, 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 Visitation
August 18, 2018 at 10am

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 19, 2018

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 18-19, 2018, Village Park

Find out more.

Picnic in the Park
August 25, 2018 from 4-8 pm

At Village Park.

UROC Cyclocross Criterium and Coal Cross

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UROC Enduro Race
September 23, 2018 at 9am, Village Park

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Tour de Rock
Thursday September 27, 2018

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 29, 2018

Watch for runners and bikers on Cumberland roads and trails between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Find out more.
Second Street between Dunsmuir and the alley towards Derwent Avenue will be closed on Friday, September 28th from 9am to 11pm for a private registration event.

Red Dress Awareness Campaign – Opening Ceremony
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at noon

Cumberland is hosting the Red Dress installation at Peace Park this year in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Everyone is welcome to the opening ceremony on Saturday, September 29 at noon at Peace Park at the intersection of Fourth Street, Third Street and Ulverston Avenue. Join the Kumugwe Society, IHOS Gallery, and Comox Valley Transition Society for this special event. For traffic safety please do not park on Fourth Street.

Perseverance Trail Run
October 28, 2018

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
Sunday November 11, 2018 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
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 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.

10th Annual Santa’s Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 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.

Christmas Truck Parade and Christmas in the Village
December 2018

Visit Village Square and downtown Cumberland for the Truck Parade and Christmas in the Village from 6-8pm. 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.

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