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Planning your 2019 social life

It’s crazy how fast time flies by. Last week I watched my youngest son Ian turn one, and in under a month my eldest son, Ryan turns six. It seems like just yesterday that I was anxiously waiting to learn the ins and outs of becoming a father. 

Before we know it 2019 will be here and with a blink of an eye, each month will pass. I never understand when I hear people say there is nothing to do in our community.  Each weekend there is more being offered than anyone could possibly fit into their schedule. 

As I look ahead to 2019, here are 10 events you have to put into your calendar. You will not regret it. 

Kiwanis AleFest

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Kiwanis AleFest is January 25th and 26th. Tickets will be going on sale on Saturday, November 3rd and you’d better act quickly because they will sell out and sell out before you know it. This craft beer festival highlights beer from around the province paired with delicious food from local restaurants. The best part is that by attending, you’re helping support local and provincial youth.

Taste of India

The Taste of India is held in February at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre. Hosted by the Yellowhead Rotary Club, this event is one of the premiere fundraising events of the year. A delicious buffet of Indian Cuisine, a huge live and silent auction and first-class entertainment are just some of the highlights. Proceeds from this event support programs in Prince George and overseas.

The Big Gala

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The Big Gala is hosted in April by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George. This event is held at the Hart Community Centre and is not your normal Gala. The 2019 event is going to be “Gin and Jazz” and is certainly going to be the hallmark of BBBSPG’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.

WinterFest and SummerFest

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Downtown Prince George hosts two street festivals every year. Whether it’s February or July, these events bring people downtown to have a good time. Both events are family friendly and offer food and entertainment.

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The Prince George Public Library hosts this annual event that brings literature to life. The party goes late into the night and it’s the one night of the year that you don’t have to be quiet in the library. This event is normally held in September but may be moved in 2019.

Halloween Spooktacular

Huble Homestead turns their historic house into a haunted house and their annual creation is bound to give everyone a bit of a scare. This is a family-friendly event and done early enough that you can drop the kids off with the sitter and go out for your Halloween party.  


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Hosted by Two Rivers Art Gallery and is one of our community’s best Halloween parties. If you love Halloween this is the event you need to be at.

International Wine Festival

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The International Wine Festival is held the first Saturday in November at Exploration Place and is hosted by and in support of Theatre Northwest. This event allows guests to enjoy locally made appetizers while sampling various wines from around the world. If wine is not your drink of choice, then I would suggest Theatre Northwest’s Scotch and Social event.

Celebration of Lights

This event occurs every December at the Railway and Forestry Museum. With over 20,000 lights, this family-friendly event will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit. It’s worth paying a couple of dollars to ride the mini rail and see a tour of the entire exhibit. 

These are just a few of my favourite events, but as I said at the beginning of this blog, this is just a few of many awesome events happening in our community during 2019. Share your favourites and make sure you tag your adventures with #MoveUpPG. As always you can connect with me on Twitter and Instagram at @tiben12.

Until next time,


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