Mark Your Calendar: Festival du Bois 2024 brings joie de vivre to Coquitlam

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      Regardez-vous, all Francophiles! Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Festival du Bois gives a taste of Francophone culture here on the West Coast from March 8 to 10.

      The three-day festival promises music, dance, art, and—of course—generous helpings of French-Canadian eats. 

      Taking place at Coquitlam’s Mackin Park, the weekend-long fete is packed with concerts, workshops, and other attractions for all ages.

      “This year, Festival du Bois celebrates the history and culture of the community of Maillardville, and 35 years of showcasing great francophone music and culture that spans geography, traditions, cultures and genres,” artistic director Joanne Dumas shares in a release.

      The festival also spotlights Acadian music and musicians from across the country (and even Washington State), with acts such as La Famille LeBlanc and Podorythmie taking the Grand Chapiteau’s Main Stage over the weekend.

      And, for the kids, Will’s Jams, femcee Missy D, and Monsieur Andre’ perform at the petit chapiteau (children’s tent).

      For those interested in exploring the historical and cross-cultural roots, Festival du Bois has partnered with the North Fraser Métis Association for the Métis Village Experience.

      Amid shopping, exhibit booths, and artist setups, perhaps most appetizing will be the Cabane à Sucre André Beauregard Sugar Shack, serving up traditional poutine, sugar pie, and other cuisine traditionnelle.

      Festival du Bois 2024

      When: March 8 to 10

      Where: Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam)

      Admission: Free on Friday night, then $10+ online