Festival du Bois 2012: Maillardville’s Music Festival

Festival du Bois 2012 Maillardville Music Festival Coquitlam

Are you ready for some family fun, francophone style? Then prepare for some serious joie de vivre at Festival du Bois, March 3 and 4, 2012, at Mackin Park in Coquitlam [map]. Maillardville’s annual music festival features Quebecois, Acadian, Celtic and World Music, plus story-telling, great food, and a whole lot more.


Organizers are billing Festival du Bois as a music festival, and with good reason. There’s a jam-packed schedule, filling three stages over two days. The Main Tent is the centrepiece of the festival. The young and young-at-heart will enjoy the performances in the Children’s Tent. And artists will get up close and personal in the Workshop Tent.

In past years, the festival site was closed for dinner on Saturday, and re-opened for an evening concert with a separate ticket. Things have changed for 2012. Experience Festival du Bois from 11:00am – 8:00pm on Saturday, March 3 and 10:00am – 4:30pm on Sunday, March 4. Come any time during the day, stay for dinner and thrill to the music of Tanga and La Ligue du Bonheur in the early evening with your day-long admission.


The festival isn’t all about music – there’s some really great food, too. There aren’t many sugar shacks here in BC, but you’ll find one at Festival du Bois. Stop by for some maple taffy on snow. There are lots of other authentic French-Canadian treats on offer too, like tourtière, poutine and maple sugar pie. If you’re looking for breakfast, Sunday kicks off with pancakes and maple syrup for only $3 (children) or $6 (adults), all served in the Main Tent.

There’s lots of fun at the festival. Pick up the official “signature” headgear at the souvenir table. Laugh with clowns who will be roving Mackin Park to entertain the whole family. Visit the École des Pionniers de Maillardville tent for kids activities including face painting and interactive games. Meet artists who create amazing paper mâché art, and attend their workshops. Visit the Francophone Scouts of Maillardville tent for interactive activities all weekend long, or stop by historic Musée Mackin House Museum between 12:00 and 4:00pm for a slice of life in the early 1900s when Maillardville was first established. And pop by Place des Arts to see sculptor and painter Benoi Deschênes in action.

Admission and Transportation

Daily admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children aged 5-12. Or, you buy a family pack for two adults and two children for just $30. Tickets are available online or at the door.

There’s no parking onsite, so organizers are encouraging you to use public transit. Alternatively, there’s free parking at the IKEA, and free shuttle bus service runs between the parking lot and the site from 10:30am to 8:00pm on Saturday and from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

See you there!

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