Summer in Victoria would not be complete without some enlightenment for your soul through a variety of arts and culture. Luckily, there is plenty going all around Victoria. Whether you are looking for some relaxing times in the sun or attempting to escape the heat indoors, the arts community of the city has got you covered!
There are plenty of events happening at any given time in and around the city, and you just have to keep your eyes and ears open to take in the festivities.
Here is small compilation of some of the events going on this week that fit the bill:
Abkhazi Gardens is playing host to some light and upbeat musical performances from local acts of Victoria. Taking place on Wednesday evenings, feel free to bring a picnic basket and a blanket to stretch out and enjoy the variety of musical presentations all summer long. An outdoor supper is also available for purchase during the show if you did not bring your own.
Where is it: Abkazi Gardens
When is it: July 6 to August 31
How much is it: $10 donation per person would be lovely!
Mom’s the Word: Remixed is a show from mothers that delves into the ups and downs of parenthood. Mom’s the Word and Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged are combined into one super value show that shares stories from the experiences of six women raising children from birth through teenagers.
Do not worry if you are not a mother, the show is enjoyable for all ages and sexes. Based on real personal experiences of the ladies involved, this act will have you laughing one moment and choking back tears the next!
Where is it: The Belfry Theatre
When is it: August 3 to 28
How much is it: $27 to $37 based on time of show and seating
Good Timber is a multi-media collection of song and story that has been cultivated from the works of logger poet Robert E. Swanson. Using a backdrop multi-media screen to present archival footage of what logging life was like in the early 1900s, the Other Guys Theatre Company creatively share the history of logging in the Pacific North West.
Also of note: Victoria Historic Inn’s is sponsoring a contest for a historic getaway to Victoria, BC to celebrate the tour of Good Timber. The contest wraps up with the finale of the Good Timber show, so don’t miss out!
Where is it: The Royal BC Museum
When is it: August 8 to August 27
How much is it: $17 to $22 based on the time of the show and seating
All summer long, Butchart Gardens has a no-extra-charge entertainment line up with a wide variety of sounds to please your ears as you enjoy the delights of the gardens. Live music is always great accompaniment to a summer evening and the artist line up for Butchart Gardens cover a wide assortment of genres including jazz, big band, celtic, pop, brass sets and some rock & roll thrown in for good measure.
Also, adding to an already exceptional package at the Butchart Gardens Evening Summer Entertainment line-up are the Summer Fireworks on Saturday nights. The fireworks show on Saturdays is an exceptional way to wrap up an evening of wandering the gardens and enjoying a picnic within them.
Where is it: Butchart Gardens
When is it: July 2 to September 3. Entertainment is nightly, fireworks are on Saturdays
How much is it: No additional charge for the entertainment venues or fireworks, just the regular cost of admission to the Gardens (approximately $30)
The Fiddler on the Roof production is one of the most successful stage acts in history. Telling the story of a Jewish man struggling to uphold his religious and cultural traditions while raising five daughters during pre revolutionary Tsarist Russia, Fiddler has captivated audiences around the world and captured many awards in the process.
Being presented by the Chemainus Theatre Festival, Fiddler on the Roof is a great chance for an escape up the island for an early weekend getaway.
Where is it: Chemainus Theatre
When is it: June 17 to September 3
How much is it: $39 to $69 based on the time and date of the show and meal inclusion
These are just a few of the highlights that are out there, so make sure to keep your eyes and ears open. When in Victoria, you never know what fun is just around the corner.