Join in the excitement at Beacon Park Pavilion and share the spirit with performers, arts and crafters.
June 21-30 TD Victoria International JazzFest
A ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians.
June 30-July 1 Victoria Celebrates Canada Day
Victoria Celebrates Canada Day 2013 is pleased to announce an impressive line-up of family-friendly events, performances, fireworks, and A Flavour of Canada, all set to take place over the July long-weekend from June 30th to July 1st, 2013!
July 9-13 Victoria Ska Festival
Victoria’s Annual Ska Festival is the largest and longest running festival of its kind in North America and has become one of Canada’s most anticipated music festivals.
July 12-14 Festival Mexicano
Celebrate Mexican/Latin American culture during this fun event. Featuring an open air main stage with local performers sharing traditional music & dance & kiosks showcasing Mexican/Latin American food & beverages, arts & crafts.
July 19-28 Victoria International Buskers Festival
Performers from Australia, the UK, South America, the US and from across Canada will converge in Victoria for ten days of incredible fun
July 25-28 Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine
Victoria’s 5th annual festival of food and wine … a local taste of Vancouver Island and the wine regions of British Columbia.
Aug 4 Symphony Splash
Be part of Canada’s largest annual outdoor symphony event at Sunday’s Victoria Symphony Splash, where an expected 40,000 people will transform the Inner Harbour into an outdoor concert hall for a day.
Aug 16-18 Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
Watch 90 Dragon Boat Teams from across North America race across a 500-metre water course in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.
Aug 22-Sept 1 Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival
55 Shows. 10 Days. 11 Venues. Intrepid Theatre is home of Uno Fest, Victoria Fringe Festival, Metro Studio Theatre + Intrepid Theatre Club Celebrating adventurous shows, courageous artists and thrill-seeking audiences in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Aug 31-Sept 1 35th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival
Celebrating maritime heritage. The boats start arriving on Thursday, August 30th, and the festival officially begins on Friday, August 31st with the arrival of the Honorary Commodore. A number of the vessels will be open to the public over the weekend.
Aug 31-Sept 2 Vancouver Island Blues Bash
The Vancouver Island Blues Bash fulfills the mandate of the Victoria Jazz Society by featuring local, regional and international blues and R&B artists/groups in both free to the public, and paid admission performances, on the beautiful outdoor stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbor, Ship Point Picnic Site
Sept 14-15 Victoria International Chalk Festival
Stretches across our beautiful downtown, from Government Street to Centennial Square. We present some of the world’s finest chalk artists presenting 2D and 3D chalk paintings along with a music stage, food village, artisans, a much expanded kid’s chalkers area and much more.
Takes riders through some of Greater Victoria’s most stunning scenery and cycling routes. The event offers three ride distances, each with a separate start line and all ending at the festival atmosphere finish line.
Oct 17-31 Ghosts of Victoria Festival
Victoria is British Columbia’s most haunted place. Ghosts and goblins abound in the capital city – and not just at Halloween. If you want a “spirited” visit to Victoria at any time of the year, there are many attractions to see. As Halloween approaches, the Ghosts of Victoria Festival provides even more ghostly activities.
Oct 26-28 Art of the Cocktail Festival
From 4pm – 5:30pm enjoy musical performances, roving entertainment, ice sculptures and free treats.
Nov 23 Island Farms Santa Parade
From 5:45pm – 7pm bring the family to this festive, annual parade to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy an array of dazzling floats and marching bands that travel along the magically lit Government Street from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Chatham Street. Meet up at the Capital Iron parking lot for delicious free treats courtesy of Island Farms.
Nov 28 Christmas Lights Across Canada Celebration
Starting at 5pm enjoy choral performances from local schools as Victoria’s Parliament buildings and the provincial Christmas tree are illuminated with thousands of Christmas lights. Canada’s federal Parliament, provincial and territorial legislatures will be lit up to create a multicolored ribbon of light from coast to coast. After the illumination everyone is invited inside the Parliament buildings to enjoy complimentary seasonal refreshments and a festive performance by the Reynolds Secondary School Carol Band.
Nov 29 – Dec 1 25th Annual Out of Hand Artisan Fair
“Christmas in the Valley” Victoria’s most prestigious artisan fair, the Out of Hand Fair has a well deserved reputation for presenting fine crafts, artisan food and one-of-a-kind fashions. The Crystal Garden, once a salt water pool under glass, provides a spectacular backdrop for this professional show.
Nov 29 Fashion in Action
The Crystal Garden’s will be hosting a party to celebrate 25 years in the arts. Enjoy a modern mix of cocktails & canapes in the bistro while a DJ puts a spin on Christmas classics. Sugar plum fairies will dance in your head as ballerinas from Ballet Victoria parade down the runway. The fashions, accessories and jewellery are unique, eco friendly, locally designed and produced, and worthy of anyone on your gift list – including yourself!
Nov 21-Jan 7 Festival of the Trees
Every year, Victoria Festival of Trees transforms The Victoria Conference Centre and The Fairmont Empress into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital. Sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals of this event come together and decorate trees – in a sometimes wacky, often irreverent and always beautiful fashion. These enchanting trees are then displayed throughout The Victoria Conference Centre and The Fairmont Empress over the holiday season.
Nov 23-Dec 22 Centennial Square Ferris Wheel
Enjoy the festive lights of Centennial Square this holiday season from atop the 65-foot tall ferris wheel located next to the McPherson Playhouse. Rides are $2 per person.
Fridays (5:00pm – 10:00pm), Saturdays (noon – 10:00pm) and Sundays (noon – 8:00pm).
Dec 1 – Jan 6 Butchart Gardens Christmas Light-up
Join in the celebration with the throwing of the switch for the Christmas lights on Dec 1st 5 pm – 6 pm. There’s so much happening at The Gardens from December 1st through January 6th including Christmas lights, holiday wreaths, carolers, ice skating, and festive dining.