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Harrison Beer and Oktoberfest 2016

Hold onto your Lucky Charms... The Harrison Beer & Oktoberfest is going Irish!

The 5th Annual Harrison Beer Festival Friday October 28th & Saturday October 29th

First things first. You need to buy tickets before they sell out! Next, you will need a proper Irish Leprechaun Name...

What's your Leprechaun name?

Use the letter that your name starts with to find your first name:

A - Antiquee B - Bubbles C - Corney D - Droopy E - Ethically F - Fussy G - Grumpy H - Harmony I - Itchy J - Jaunty K - Knobby L - Lumpy M - Messy N - Nippy O - Ornery P - Perky Q - Queasy R - Rolypoly S - Snappy T - Testy U - Unruly V - Vaguely W - Wobbley X - Xspecially Y - Yummy Z - Zippy

Use the month that you were born to find your last name:

Jan - McComplicated Feb - O'Doodle Mar - McDiddleDoodle Apr - McCreepy May - O'Lucky Jun - O' Droopy Jul - McSippy Aug - McNugget Sept - O'Shlitzski Oct - McMuffin Nov - McWobbly Dec - O'Shootsky

Now that you have tickets and a proper Irish Name, here are some extremely useful Irish words and phrases:

What? = Cad?

Can you speak more slowly? = An miste leat labhairt níos moille?

You speak Irish, good for you. = Tá Gaeilge agat, bail ó Dhia ort.

I need more beer. = i gá níos mó beoir.

I can't find my beer. = Ní féidir liom teacht ar mo beoir.

Hello, you look like beer. = Dia duit , a fhéachann tú cosúil le beoir.

Can I have your beer? = Is féidir liom a bheith do beoir ?

Do I look fat? = dhéanann Táim saill?

Where's the bottle opener?  I can't get this twisty thing off the top of the bottle! = Nuair is é an opener buidéal?  Ní féidir liom a fháil an rud twisty as an barr an bhuidéil!

Now take your tickets, your proper Irish name, your useful phrases and go to the following events:

CASK NIGHT - Friday October 28th from 6:30pm until 10:30pm

Will bring in up to eight of BC's best craft breweries, for an evening of friendly competition comparing a variety of unique, one of a kind brews. With a warm and friendly Irish pub feel complete with food, music and games. More info:

HARRISON BEER FESTIVAL- Saturday October 29th from 1:00pm until 6:00pm

Armed with your complimentary tasting glass, compare a selection of awesome craft beers.  You will then vote to decide the winner of this year's Harrison Beer Festival.  Check out the website to see the list of Brewers or the list of beers they will be pouring.  More info:

OKTOBERFEST DANCE - Saturday October 29th from 8:00pm until 11:30pm

October and beer means Oktoberfest and tonight you will experience great music with the Beer Barrels, great beer & a great time. Come dressed to celebrate and the best male and female costumes will win a great prize. More info:

By the end of the Harrison Beer Festival you will believe...say it with me now... I BELIEVE!

Bands on the Beach


Bands on the Beach 2016

Free on the beach!

Saturday, September 3rd on the beach: 1pm - 6pm

Sunday, Sept. 4th on the beach: 1pm - 4:30pm

Tickets are now available for Sunday night "After-party" Memorial Hall: 7:30-midnight

Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to rock the end of summer with two days of great entertainment.  We are bringing you music like never before…everything from Bluegrass to Indie to New Country.

This year's free beach lineup:

Saturday 1:00pm - Nicole Sumerlyn - Country Rock

"...Nicole Sumerlyn is a country singer/songwriter from Abbotsford, BC.  She echoes the sounds of Gretchen Wilson, Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert.  Sumerlyn’s eclectic musical interests have created a unique blend of angelic  sweetness, with a root-sy, rock edge..."

Saturday 2:15pm - Jon Bos Band - Rock

"...Jon Bos Band is a world-class rock and roll outfit designed to make you groove.  With an amazing repertoire of songs, the band expertly reads the crowd and plays the perfect selection of songs, every time.   From familiar sing-along hits to danceable favorites, Jon Bos Band is tremendously entertaining..."

Saturday 3:30pm - Combine the Victorious - Pop Indie

"The albums, Disagreements and Crumbling Hearts saw the band refining their musical identity, distilling to a powerful, evocative essence, perfectly captured on the standout track from the Crumbling Hearts, Glasgow, where sumptuous guitars weave in and out of Mark's wily groove, a perfect backdrop for Isabelle's melancholy lyric and heart-breaking melody."

Saturday 5:00pm - Todd Richard - Country Rock

“Todd Richard is one of the most distinct, refreshing artists on the  country music scene today.  Born in Hamilton but raised in BC,   Todd’s rich vocals and unique style have fans sitting up and taking notice, and they’re loving what they hear.  With multiple BC Country Music Award nominations in the past seven years, Todd has been busy building his growing fan-base of TR  Rebels and "Frands"and shared the  stage with many of country music’s top acts, including Dwight Yoakum, Dierks Bentley, Gord Bamford and rock legend Randy Bachman.”  Todd’s ours and we love him!!

Sunday 1:00pm - Tianna - Folk Country

"...The saying “She’s not just a pretty face” is one of those phrases you  hear all the time; but never has it held more true than with country music  artist Tianna Woods! Not only a singer/songwriter, but a dancer, a multi-instrumentalist,  actor, and choreographer, Tianna crushes all stereo- types and barriers  with her impressive list of skills..."

Sunday 2:15pm - O'Hara Lane - Rock

“..O'Hara Lane is a cover band like no other.  They came together in 2012 and quickly established a reputation as the band that will take an audience all over the musical map, doing it with passion and style. They are the real musical deal, no tracks, no loops, just pure music.....With BIG vocals and a screaming band they bring energy and charisma to the stage every time!  Playing everything from rock, new wave ‘80s, current pop hits with some country tunes in between.  O’Hara Lane will entertain..."

Sunday 3:30pm - The Gords - Folk, Pop, Indie

“...Gord Maxwell, Gord Matthews and Gordon Lee Worden, gifted singer- songwriters who offer a truly remarkable rich sound and natural vocal harmony blend, with lusciously textured songs that remind listeners that  there is still a world of wonderful musical alternatives to dance remixes and rehashed top 40.”

Get your tickets while they last for Sunday Evening at the Memorial Hall, an After-Party not to be missed.  Join Todd on Sunday night for a special after-party at the Harrison Memorial Hall!  A concession offering beer, wine and snacks will be open. Tickets for the after-party are $20 and can be purchased online at our secured site

The Harrison Lakefront Car Show

Harrison Hot Springs Lakefront Car Show





Saturday August 13th the 4th Annual Lakefront Car Show

Come out and enjoy a day strolling through cars from all eras, with the backdrop of the beautiful village and lake of Harrison Hot Springs.

No registration fee! Registration opens at 8:00am at the Lakefront. No entrance fees. The car exhibit is open to the public from 10:00am until 4pm. Numerous door prizes! Trophies for Mayors choice, class winners and fan favourite! Dance to the live music of Rockwell Band! If you are interested in registering your car or interested in finding out more information about donating prizes or sponsorship opportunities please email or connect with us by phone at 604-796-5581.

Harrison Beer and Oktoberfest

Harrison Beer and Oktoberfest




We have officially started counting down to one of the most loved events in Harrison the  4th Annual Harrison Beerfest and Oktoberfest.  The Harrison Beer Festival was created to showase BC Craft Breweries and celebrate craft beer month in BC.

The Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz region has a rich history in the beer industry. For 60  years hops, a basic ingredient in beer, where the main industry in the Agassiz Area of British Columbia. At the height of the business, 300 acres were planted with hops. The first hop yards, planted in 1892, belonged to the B.C. Hop Company. Hops were harvested from August to early October every year and during that time Agassiz prospered. With the arrival of a thousand pickers, the town's normal population swelled to 15 hundred and business flourished until the flood of 48.

The Harrison Beer Fest offers three great events over 2 days.  The Festival kicks off on Friday night with a  traditional cask night.  Set in a British Pub atmosphere 8 local brewers bring their best unique brew in a  cask that must be finished in one night.  A cask is unfiltered, unpasteurized beer served wtih out CO2.  It a unique beer and this friendly competition is a great opportunity to try out some of this special beverage. Its a great night with British style decor and British themed buffet.

The Saturday afternoon, Beer Festival brings 25 of the finest micro breweries in BC (and two from Ontario) to the shores of Harrison Lake for a unique opportunity of sampling or tasting a wide range of craft-brewed beers in a variety of different styles by various brewers. Each brewery brings with them 3-4 different selections of their beer. Drink tokens are required for each sample.
While the Harrison Beer Festival is smaller and newer our focus on quality brewers and friendly fun atmosphere has gained us a loyal following. For more info or to buy tickets go to More info:

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