The annual Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts on Canada Day is filled with fun, family-friendly activities, including face painting.

The annual Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts on Canada Day is filled with fun, family-friendly activities, including face painting.

By Matthew Brummitt

Columbia Valley Arts

The summer is upon us, which can mean only one thing: the long-awaited return of the Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts. The ninth annual festival, put on by the Columbia Valley Arts Council, is a Canada Day tradition and will be happening around the Pynelogs Art Gallery and Cultural Centre down at Kinsmen beach.

The Mountain Mosaic Festival, presented by Columbia Valley Arts (CV Arts), will take place after the Royal Canadian Legion-sponsored Canada Day Parade in downtown Invermere. The parade will commence at 11 a.m. on Main Street. The festivities will then continue with the festival from noon to 3 p.m., when the Build-a-Boat Contest will take place.

The festival is going to involve a variety of events and activities. And, as in years past, it will be complete with a selection of temptingly tasty food vendors, refreshments, live music on the Main Stage, art and entertainment, bouncy castles for the kids, face painting, and many more activities for the whole family.

The Invermere Fire & Rescue will be sponsoring and leading the boat race event, with all proceeds going towards muscular dystrophy research. The boat race, which consists of homemade and potentially lake-worthy vessels, will happen on the lake next to Kinsmen beach.

On Sunday, June 30th at one minute after midnight, the Kinsmen Club will celebrate the beginning of Canada Day with a fireworks display near Eddie Mountain Arena, which is sure to be a blast.

So come celebrate the summer, and convince the sun to stick around.

If you havent yet, come down to Pynelogs and renew your CV Arts membership and support the gallery and cultural centre.

For any questions about CV Arts, Pynelogs, or the Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts call us at 250 342 4432, or by email at info@columbiavalleyarts.com.