New Hazelton has several large annual events in addition to various small community celebrations. Individual communities host each event, but usually residents from throughout the entire area attend.
Kispiox Valley Music Festival
The Kispiox Valley Music Festival takes place every year on the last weekend of July. It’s a 3-day weekend full of live music, entertainment, fabulous food, vendors, and workshops. Hundreds gather to camp on the grounds and enjoy performances from local and international stars.
Kispiox Valley Rodeo
The Kispiox Valley Rodeo, ‘the biggest little rodeo in the west’, happens in the first week of June. It’s one of the last old-fashioned rodeos around. Both contestants and fans arrive early on Friday to kick off the rodeo with a dance. The next day a number of contests including bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, and team roping take place. The rodeo has had a history of famous competitors, some who have gone on to win the worlds.
Gitanmaax Cultural Days
Gitanmaax Cultural Days, which takes place at ‘Ksan Historical Village, bring together local and regional First Nations and non-First Nations. The event includes many dance performances and various light-hearted competitions such as soapberry ice cream making. This event takes place the third weekend in August.
Gospel Mountain Music Fest
The open, outdoor Gospel Mountain Music Fest also brings people from all over together. Annually in July, performers gather for a weekend to sing and praise at the Community Gospel Chapel in New Hazelton.
Winterfest in New Hazelton held in the beginning of December at Allen Park. Winterfest celebrates the cold and community. Around Christmas, Old Hazelton also has carolers, a bonfire and dog sled races one evening of the month.
Several smaller local celebrations include New Hazelton’s Canada Day in Allen Park, and Hazelton Village’s Spring Fling in April and Pioneer Days in August.
Stop by the New Hazelton Visitor Centre for more information about festivals in the area.
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