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.

Jann Arden at the Butchart Gardens – August 7, 2015

The Butchart Gardens is pleased to present Canadian singer Jann Arden this summer as one of their musical guests. Jann Arden is an award winning musician who is truly a Canadian original.

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.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 2nd to August 2, 2015

Presenting Hamlet and The Tempest at Clover Point, come and enjoy a night of Shakespeare with the ocean view as the backdrop. Tickets are $25 and children under 12 are free.

Victoria Symphony Splash!

August 2, 2015

The Symphony Splash is an annual “must see” event where the Victoria Symphony performs on a floating stage in our beautiful inner harbour. This event attracts tens of thousands of people every year and you won’t want to miss the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which is completed with fireworks of course!

Snowbirds Fly for CH.I.L.D. at Clover Point

August 12, 2015 @ 6:00pm, pre-show begins at 5:00pm

Come and witness the talented Canadian Forces Snowbirds as they perform their amazing aerial show at Clover Point.  All you need to bring is a blanket to claim your spot, your friends and family and an appetite for tastes from Victoria’s local food trucks. All proceeds from this event will be benefiting CH.I.L.D, the foundation for Children with Intestinal & Liver Disorders. For more information about CH.I.L.D. click here.

21st Annual Dragon Boat Festival

August 14 – 16, 2015

Victoria’s Annual Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most spectacular events of the summer. Downtown Victoria is filled with excitement and energy as the dragon boats race in Victoria’s working harbour. This annual event also includes live entertainment and exotic food in the Forbidden City Food Court.

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 and theatre. Click here to see 2015’s Victoria Fringe lineup.

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.

Vancouver Island Blues Bash

September 5 – 7, 2015

Finish your summer off with a bang by getting your groove on at the Vancouver Island Blues Festival.This annual event features local, regional and international blues artists in  free to the public, and ticketed performances at Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

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.”