3 nights and 2 days of Music, Theatre, Arts, Workshops, Vendors, Food, Drink, Community & Family on the beautiful grounds of the Gabriola Commons

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Cultivate Festival

Join us in this celebration of music and theatre, nature and dancing, abundance and connection.

Let’s share a little island magic, a lot of laughter, and a celebration of imagination.


Artisan Vendors


Yurt Temple

Grafitti Wall

Pop-up Art Happenings

Gabriola artists and guests create their vision of Cultivte as a living work of art and creativity.


The Commons

A Place where Land and People Meet.

The Commons features 26 acres of peaceful rural landscapes and rich ecosystems, and enshrines the vision and spirit of a community commons.

The Theatre Stage is at the Commons this year!

Green Festival

We’re passionate about making the greenest festival we can.

From Commons Solar Arrays to Gertie biofuel to our collective human power, it’s all supplying energy for Cultivate!

Can you believe last years festival only produced two bags of garbage?

Remember to bring your own plates, cups, cutlery and napkins.

Camping, Parking & Shuttles

Beachside camping at Descanso Bay.

Regular free shttles from Descanso Bay and ferry terminal.

Limited on-site parking.  Ride you bike, carpool, or GERTIE.



The Gabriola Arts Coucil respectfully acknowledges that Cultivate takes place on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw Fist Nation, who have been stewards of the land for millenia. 


Cultivate News and Updates

To our beloved community,

To our beloved community,

With grateful hearts, we thank you for helping to make Cultivate 2019 a success on so many important levels. We had a blast, and hope that you did too. 

In the spirit of long-term sustainability and deeper planning, we’ve decided to open up our organizing circle and to share some of the load of planning, organizing, and holding this big event with interested and invested community groups and individuals. Recognizing that this kind of grassroots community organizing can take time, especially if we want to do it right, we have decided to hold the next Cultivate Festival in 2021. 

Feeling disappointed? We are too. And we also know that taking time to welcome more community members into the process will go a long way to ensuring the long-term success of this beautiful little festival.

Please join us in nurturing Cultivate 2021! We will announce a planning meeting and community gathering early in the new year.

Until then, we ask you to hold the vision, and keep dreaming alive the festival that fills our hearts and brings together our community through the arts.

With appreciation and gratitude, 

Your friends at the Gabriola Arts Council 

(Photo of Crystal Carlson by Finding Charlotte photography.)

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