Festivals & Events

It doesn’t get better than summertime in Victoria, BC. From our world famous flower gardens, to the breathtaking scenery of ocean and mountains, our city has something for everyone. The summer season in Victoria is filled with many festivals and events to showcase our fascinating history, as well as our local musical, artistic, and culinary talents. Make one of our Victoria’s annual festivals the highlight of your trip!

Music & Fireworks at the Butchart Gardens

Music Every Night in July & August and Fireworks Every Saturday

It’s that time of year again when the Butchart Gardens light up with their grand fireworks display on Saturday nights. This impressive display features both aerial and ground displays, click here to see what time they will begin. After the fireworks, you can enjoy the night illuminations and the live recital from the garden’s very own rare Aeolian Pipe Organ. Make your visit the best it can be by staying for one of the many live musical performances featured each night.

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

May 13, 2015 – October 31, 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. Visit Gold Rush! El Dorado and come face-to-face with the real history of gold in BC and beyond.

Fashion Splash at Ship Point

August 21-23, 2015

This annual event promotes local clothing designers in Victoria at a spectacular outdoor fashion show produced by Joseph Gonyeau. The show in located in Victoria’s inner harbour at sundown. The fashion show on Saturday is supported by the weekend ship point market that will set up on Friday evening and stay open until the Sunday afternoon. The market will be full of hand made Jewelry, clothing and accessories.

5th Annual Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria

August 23, 2015

This cycling tour is welcoming people of all ages to participate in this non-competitive ride. This ride has been set up to feature the incredible cycling roads that Victoria has become famous for. There are three different distances for entry level rider as well as experienced cyclists so everyone can participate.

Victoria Fringe Festival

August 21 – 31, 2015

During this 11 day festival Victoria is taken over by over 300 performances for the annual Victoria Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival features a mixture of comedy, drama, magic, music andtheatre. Click here to see 2015’s Victoria Fringe lineup.

The Integrate Arts Festival

August 28-30, 2015

Now in it’s 8th year, this celebration of galleries, artist-run centres and alternative arts provides a unique opportunity to circulate and experience as many art sites in one event as possible and includes an en mass art crawl.

Vancouver Island Blues Bash

September 5-7, 2015

Celebrate the end of summer with live blues, R&B and more at the Annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash this labour day long weekend! This year features local, regional and international blues artists in both free to the public and paid admission performances on the beautiful outdoor stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Ship Point.

The 148th Annual Saanich Fair

September 5 & 6, 2015

Western Canada’s oldest continuous agricultural fair, with mid-way rides and entertainment.

Tartan Up!

September 9-12, 2015

This celebration of Scottish culture in Canada includes Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting, Celtic Musical Concert and a Gala Dinner & Dance.

The Victoria International Chalk Art Festival

September 12th & 13th, 2015

Welcome to Canada’s largest street painting festival! Our family friendly, free-to-attend arts celebration presents some of the world’s top street painters as well as those from across British Columbia and our local region.

Harvest Dinner at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

September 24, 2015

Spend an evening watching the sunset over the orchards of Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse while you feast on a harvest dinner featuring local grown food prepared by Food for Thought Catering paired with award winning cider.

21st Annual English Car Affair in the Park

September 26, 2015

Over a hundred classic and vintage British automobiles will festoon Fort Rodd Hill’s open meadow. Sponsored by the Old English Car Club of B.C., this event will delight connoisseurs and intrigue newcomers.

Speed the Plow at the Belfry Theatre

September 15 – October 11, 2015

David Mamet’s depiction of Hollywood and the male psyche is an entertaining comic that is pure Hollywood satire. Be part of the Belfry Theatre’s mission and allow their spectacular performances help you to “see the world a little differently.”

Food Truck Festival

Summer Long Event!

Victoria’s Food Truck Festival is now open for the summer! Located right behind the Royal BC Museum you can enjoy creative eats from Victoria’s most popular food trucks as well as local craft beers and wine. The festival is open daily from 11am – 6pm Sunday to Thursday and 11am – 9pm on Friday and Saturday.

Moss Street Market

Every Saturday from 10am – 2pm

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 2pm.

Free B-Film Fest

August 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park