Abbotsford is home to many vibrant and diverse people with strong connections to our local Sumas and Matsqui indigenous peoples, a heritage inspired by european culture, and the oldest Sikh temple in North America. At the heart of Abbotsford you’ll find The Reach Gallery featuring burgeoning contemporary artists, The Mennonite Heritage Museum, several historical sites and numerous public art installations. You’ll also find a thriving arts and music community with local shows happening throughout the city on a regular basis.
Abbotsford Arts Centre
A 700+ seat performing arts facility that houses full concert lighting, sound and fly systems. Their theatre and dance calendar is complimented by a variety of cultural and commercial events throughout the year. See website for a full list of upcoming performances and ticket information.
The Abbotsford Centre is the premiere entertainment and sports venue in the Fraser Valley. You’ll find all your favourite performers in a small sized arena that makes every seat feel like the best seat in the house! There’s something for everyone with family shows, sports events, concerts, comedy and more!
Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame
The Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame was created as part of the Legacy Sports Centre, which was built by the Western Canada Summer Games Society after the successful 1995 Western Canada Summer Games in Abbotsford. It is a permanent tribute honouring Abbotsford's outstanding athletes, teams and builders of sport. Located at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
Clayburn Village Museum
Clayburn is a unique, secluded little village situated in the shelter of the west side of Sumas Mountain. The Village and brick plant were founded in 1905 by Charles Maclure, son of John Maclure, a former Royal Engineer who settled on a government land grant two kilometres west of Clayburn.
Fraser Valley Stage
Fraser Valley Stage is an amateur theatrical society founded in 1973. Since that time the Society has presented on an annual basis full-scale Broadway shows, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, straight plays, comedies, dramas, and dinner theatre to local audiences.
Fraser Valley Symphony
Founded in 1984, the Fraser Valley Symphony is a premier community orchestra in the Fraser Valley Region. Performing alongside world-class instrumental and vocal soloists, the Fraser Valley Symphony provides a forum for auditioned musicians to present a variety of orchestral music for the enjoyment of audiences in the Fraser Valley.
Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts Society
Gallery 7 Theatre is a full-time theatre company that produces a dynamic and entertaining season of theatre each year featuring plays, guest performances, drama workshops and a summer theatre camp program for children and teens.
Glenda's Christmas Cottage
A longstanding Abbotsford favourite, this seasonal Christmas shop is open during November and December each year. Glenda and her elves have created a magical Christmas world surrounded in tradition - a reminder of days gone by. Experience the beautiful sights and scents as you enter the cottage. Check their website for opening dates and times as well as workshops.
The Kariton Art Gallery is home to constantly changing art exhibitions by Fraser Valley artists. The gallery also has an Arts Boutique on site where visitors purchase one of a kind hand-crafted works of art, from jewellery to woodwork by Fraser Valley artists.
Mennonite Heritage Museum
The Mennonite story is one of an enduring Christian faith throughout an often tumultuous history. Come visit the Mennonite Heritage Museum and discover the story of the Mennonites over 500 years. Check website for hours.
The Metzger Collection is a museum featuring replicas of artifacts and artwork that span the whole of human history - from prehistory through to the modern period. The Collection especially highlights the history concurrent with the biblical story. Open 11 am - 4 pm, Wednesday & Friday, or by appointment.
Sikh Heritage Museum
Built in 1911, the Gur Sikh Temple on South Fraser Way is the oldest Sikh temple in North America. Inside the main floor you can explore the Sikh Heritage Museum which celebrates the Sikh beliefs, traditions and heritage with a modern lens. The current exhibition, We Are Hockey, explores Canada’s national sport through the experiences of people of colour. Open Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm.
The Reach preserves and shares the stories of Abbotsford’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and showcases the best in arts from both inside and outside the community. The Reach promotes visual literacy and audience engagement in all of its programming, with consideration given to audiences at all levels of artistic understanding. They aim to proactively engage children and youth in the arts to build the audiences of tomorrow.
The Valley Concert Society
The mission of The Valley Concert Society is to advance musical appreciation in the Fraser Valley, to further the musical education of younger members of our community, and to arrange a variety of public concerts performed by musicians from around the world. Their 2019/20 season features six concerts presented at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.
Trethewey House Heritage Site
This custom arts and crafts style home was built in 1925 for baron J.O. Trethewey and has been restored for visitors. Located near Mill Lake Park, visitors are invited to explore the beautiful heritage gardens, schoolhouse building and the home itself. House tours by appointment only, Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm.
A wide variety of unique wares and glazes: frogs and salamanders perched on ceramic rocks, teapots, platters, vases, bowls, unique serving trays, large vases and fountains for the garden. Call for an appointment.