Festivals & Events

It’s time to Spring Forward and in Victoria we know exactly what that means, many of our flowers are already blooming and the streets are lined with cherry blossom trees! As the days get longer and the sun comes out more frequently, Victoria gets geared up for all the outdoor activities that are soon to come!

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

May 26th – May 30th, 2016

On Wednesday, May 25th competitors yachts begin arriving in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The Swiftsure Centre will open Thursday, and from then through Friday it will be filled with sailors checking in for their races. With the Swiftsure Centre now located in and by the Steamship Grill & Bar, there will be great food options right there!

Car Free Day

June 19th, 2016

Experience Victoria’s biggest Street Fair at this year’s Car Free Day! Enjoy local food trucks, beer garden, bike valet, free guided tours of downtown Victoria, Farmers Market, live entertainment and loads of local vendors! Whether you are with family or friends, this event is full of summer fun!

Victoria International Jazz Fest

June 24th – July 3rd, 2016

The TD Victoria International JazzFest (formerly known as JazzFest International), is a ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians.

TASTE – Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine

July 14th – 17th, 2016

Taste uncorks Thursday July 14, 2016 with an evening tasting of more than 100 British Columbia wines and local cuisine prepared by top Vancouver Island chefs. Not just a wine festival, this culinary tourism experience is an extra long weekend of tastings, seminars and events…a festival with a culinary conscience. Event tickets sell quickly!

Victoria International Buskers Festival

July 15th – July 24th, 2016

From July 15th to July 24th, 2016 Victoria welcomes the world to our beautiful downtown! Professional street performers from our region as well as from across Canada, Europe, Sweden, Australia, South America and the US will converge for our sixth annual Victoria International Buskers Festival. Our event is a family oriented, free-to-attend festival presented on mostly outdoor stages. Tips to Buskers hats welcomed and appreciated!

The Tragically Hip

July 22nd, 2016

The Tragically Hip are here in Victoria to kick off their Man Machine Poem Tour. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance!

Victoria’s Symphony Splash

July 31st, 2016

tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 27th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, Maestra Tania Miller, the orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!