Festivals & Events

Spring in Victoria is mild and can arrive as early as February. While most of Canada is still covered in a blanket of snow, cherry blossoms flood the streets of Victoria and the City of Gardens boasts two million blooms!

Victoria Chamber Orchestra Concert

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Andrew Montgomery, winner of the Louis Sherman 2015 Concerto Competition plays Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto in D plus the Victoria Chamber Orchestra performs Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 (La Reine) and Tchaikowsky’s Serenade for Strings under the direction of Yariv Aloni. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Located at the 1st United Church 923 Balmoral at Quadra.

Arts ‘n’ Facts of Wine at the Crystal Garden

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This event features the spring wine release from Naramata Bench Wineries as well as food samples from Victoria’s finest chefs, charcuteries, cheese shops, and bakeries. This unique food and wine pairing is being held at the beautiful Crystal Garden, just a short walk from The Magnolia Hotel and Spa. Tickets are $95 per person.

Moss Street Market

Every Saturday in April from 10am – 12pm

This year the Moss Street Market is celebrating their 24th season providing local organic farm-fresh produce and handmade goods from specialty soaps and pottery to relishes and fresh cheese! This market has quite a variety to offer with their 90+ vendors that attend on a weekly basis. Located at the Sir James Douglas School, this market operates every Saturday from 10am to 12pm.

McPherson Playhouse: Les Miserables

May 1 – 3, 2015 and May 7 – 10, 2015

Your chance to see the most popular musical in the world! Ticket prices ranging from $21.75 to $49.50, student and senior pricing is also available.

Uno Fest at the Intrepid Theatre

May 9 – 24th

A theatrical festival featuring independent one-person shows including; innovative solo stand-up, circus acts, and theatre from Canada and around the World. Early bird ticket sales $17 per person available until  April 17th.

Victoria Day Parade

Monday, May 18, 2015

Celebrate Victoria Day in BC’s capital city! The parade starts at Mayfair Shopping Center, proceeding down Douglas Street and ending at Humboldt Street. This is the largest parade event in Victoria, including marching bands, floats, clowns and more!

 Swiftsure International Yacht Race

May 23 – 25 2015

A premier long distance sailing race, Swiftsure International Yacht Race draws competitors from as far as California, Hawaii and New Zealand. Unpredictable winds and currents make this event, offering four different races, a true challenge. Located at the Steamship Grill and Bar, this is sure to be an exciting event to attend during your stay in Victoria!

 Victoria International Kite Festival

May 29 – 31, 2015

Victoria’s Kite festival attracts kite enthusiasts from Canada and the US. Located at Clover Point, this festival features many large kites as well as kite teams who fly their kites in unison to music. Families are welcome to bring their own personal kites to join in on the fun! There are also many local food trucks  and kite making classes offered. This event is free to attend and a wonderful site to see at our beautiful Clover Point.

Victoria Jazz Fest

June 19 – 28, 2015

The Victoria International Jazz fest is a ten-day music festival featuring jazz, blues and a variety of local Canadian and internationally acclaimed musicians. At this festival over 300 artists are featured on stages in downtown Victoria. This event is sure to make your visit to our beautiful city one to remember!

Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC at the Royal BC Museum

Starting May 13, 2015

Through interactive displays and rare artifacts, come and witness this fascinating exhibition showcasing the impacts of the gold rush in BC. The largest gold nugget from BC, the Turnagain Nugget will be on display at this “must see” exhibition. The record-holding million dollar coin from the Royal Canadian Mint will be on display from May 13th to June 14th only. Visit Gold Rush! El Dorado to come face-to-face with the real history of gold in BC and beyond.