Festivals & Events

It’s officially summer in Victoria we know exactly what that means, many of our flowers are already blooming and the streets are filled with people from all around the world! 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!

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!

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!

BC Day Market at the Inner Harbour

July 29-August 1, 2016

Local and original artists, food trucks, musicians, and more at the beautiful inner harbour.

Victoria Flamenco Festival

August 1-7, 2016

The Victoria Flamenco Festival is a production with national and international artists, students and aficionados perform and share their passion with the Greater Victoria Community through events and workshops.

22nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival

August 12-14, 2016

This spectacular event takes place in the inner harbour.

Weekend Market at the Inner Harbour

August 19-21, 2016

Local and original artists, food trucks, and many local musicians, right at the beautiful inner harbour. Friday 4pm-10:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-10:30pm & Sunday 10:30am-5pm

Victoria Street Food Festival

Friday August 19 & 26

Enjoy some of the Island’s best street food, beer, cider, and live music in Centennial Square 11am-9pm.

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.