Festivals & Events

Esquimalt Ribfest

September 9th – 11th

The Esquimalt Ribfest is all about a weekend of the best ribs in the country, amazing local entertainment, delicious beer and cider from local craft brewers, free kid’s games, local arts and vendors, for guaranteed Family Fun. Entry is by donation only.

Great Canadian Beer Festival

September 9th – 10th

This is the biggest beer event of the year! This festival features Canadian breweries from across the country as well as local food trucks and musicians.

Rifflandia

September 15th – 18th

Rifflandia is an annual four-day multi-venue music festival. Click here to purchase tickets.

 The Last Wife

September 20th – October 16th

This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women’s rights. It’s a dangerous game of chess, with Henry’s offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns.

Ghostly Walks

October 1st – 31st

Ghostly walking tour through the alleys and haunted places of Victoria, routes and stories have been complied by historian and storyteller John Adams. Tours depart every night at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturdays at 9:30pm. (Additional times available October 14-31 at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm.)

Vancouver Island Corn Maze

October 1st – 31st

Victoria’s largest family friendly corn maze! Located in beautiful North Saanich with over 10 Kms of trails with 14 acres of corn.

Zombie Walk

October 15th

Get your ghoul on at the Victoria Zombie Walk on Saturday, October 15. The walking dead set off from Centennial square and move down both Government and Douglas Streets, ending at the historic Legislative Buildings.

Arkenham Abbey

October 19th – 31st

Halloween Spectacular Arkenham Abbey, a Batmanesque thriller that combines the best elements from the most gothic Batman comics, and spins them into a live horror-comedy. Set in Post Edwardian England in an Abbey-turned-sanatorium for the unethically psychotic, the inmates of Arkenham Abbey, meant to perform a play for the public, have instead taken over the asylum and threaten to kill all of the visitors and staff.

WARNING: Due to the close proximity of actors to audience, parents with children under 16 years old should be advised that the show does contain blackouts, screaming, and moments of extreme violence.  Not recommended for children.

On going events:

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age

June 3rd, 2016 – December 31st, 2016

At the Royal BC Museum some experience the giants that roamed the Earth well before our time. Sometimes standing more than 14 feet tall, mammoths and mastodons towered over the lands of Europe, Asia and North America. Visitors can wander through the ancient landscapes where these giants once lived and learn about how scientists excavate to learn more about these amazing creatures.

Bites, Brews and Bands on the Barge

Every Friday from July 8th, 2016 – September 9th, 2016

Enjoy live music on the Breakwater Barge Friday’s from 3-9pm and indulge in local beer and/or cider from Phillips, Hoyne, Driftwood, Seacider, and Mark Anthony Artisan Wine. Pair your drink with a dish from one of Victoria’s local food trucks which enjoying the tunes on the barge!

Ship Point Market

July 8 & 9, August 5 & 6, August 26 & 27, September 9 & 10 September 16 & 17 6pm-10:30pm

Original, local artists, food vendors, musicians, and much more. Perfect to complement your scenic Inner Harbour stroll!

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays May 19 to September 25 11am to 4:30pm

This colourful open-air market brings vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally-produced arts, crafts, and entertainment.  Watch artisans as they create, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.