So much to see and do in Victoria – Festivals & Events

Jan 31 Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Canada’s oldest China Town and don’t miss the traditional dragon dance as the colorful procession makes it’s way through China Town starting at 12pm.

Feb 7-16 20th Annual Victoria Film Festival

With over 150 new films each year, the festival buzzes with world premiers, exclusive screenings and discussions surrounding the boldest, most vivid feature and short films from around the world.

Mar 6-9 Pacific Baroque Festival

This year the Pacific Baroque Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary exploring the music of one of the greatest composers of all time, with a look at music for small ensemble, a recital by one of the world’s great Bach interpreters on Bach’s own instrument, the organ, and music sacred, light-hearted and virtuosic for singers and instruments.

Mar 20 Culinaire Victoria

Victoria’s Premier Food Tasting Experience, celebrating their fifth annual culinary affair, features over 60 unique restaurants and purveyors of fine food and beverages. Guests can enjoy samples from some of the islands best chefs and restaurants as well as award winning local breweries, wineries and cider makers from Victoria and the Cowichan Valley.

April 27 Times Colonist 10k Run

The 25th annual TC 10k run or walk starts at 8am by the legislature buildings and the course takes you on a scenic loop through downtown Victoria, Fairfield, and James Bay.

May 1-4 Victoria Harbour Boat Show

Experience life on the water at Vancouver Island’s premiere in-water boat show. Fabulous exhibitors and a variety of boats are showcased in the picturesque inner harbour.

May 17-18 151st Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival

The Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival celebrates Scottish music, culture and arts.

May 24-26 Swiftsure International Yacht Race

The Pacific Northwests premier yacht race. Swiftsure is a family event with boats to visit on the docks in the Inner Harbour, various vendors presenting their products, and the race starting at Clover Point on Saturday morning.

June 20-29 TD Victoria International JazzFest

A ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians.

July 18-27 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 24-27 Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine

Victoria’s 6th annual festival of food and wine … a local taste of Vancouver Island and the wine regions of British Columbia.

Aug 3 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 15-17 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 21-31 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 24 Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour De Victoria

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.

Aug 30-Sept 1 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 13-14 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.

On-going festivals

Jan 2-9 Admission by Donation at The Royal BC Museum

As a gift to thank the community, the Royal BC Museum is continuing its New Year’s tradition of offering Admission by Donation Week. Visitors are asked to pay what they can from January 2 – 9, 2014.

Jan 8-Mar 12 Winter Wednesdays at The Robert Bateman Centre

From January 8th to March 12th the Robert Bateman Centre will be offering free admission on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 8pm.