While Victorians pride ourselves on our millions of blooming flowers and rich history, there is more to Victoria than first meets the eye. Unsuspecting to some, we have an excellent music scene as well! Shown in the countless music festivals that take place throughout the year, whatever your genre of preference may be, we’ve got a festival for that. To start summer off in true Victoria fashion, check out the 2nd Annual V.I.C. Fest (Vancouver Island Cultural Festival) on June 16. This one-day festival features homegrown talent, homebrewed beer, local wineries, an art show and an array of mouthwatering food vendors. V.I.C. Fest is definitely a great introduction to all things local, as well as a good way to work your way in to the festival season. Once you’ve experienced V.I.C. Fest, you will be more than ready to slide in to the sultry sounds of Jazz Fest.  Featuring an array of artists, taking place over ten days and nights, June 22-July 1, Jazz Fest hosts some of the most well known jazz artists, and a few that will inspire you to expand your music collection. If you are more of a horns and walking bass lines kind of person, Ska Fest is just what you need to get your festival fix. Celebrating their twelfth year, the “Festival of the People,” hosts an outdoor stage, beverage garden and has the whole city shuffling from July 10-14. Featuring bands from Canada, the U.S.A, New Zealand and Mexico, among many others, Ska Fest gives a full spectrum view of the genre. Heading in to August, you may need to slow things down a bit. Folk West Fest is perfect for getting this done. Taking place from August 10-12, Folk West Fest features bands from the Island, Mainland Canada and around the world. Celebrating local culture and folk music is the perfect way to unwind on a sunny August afternoon. Last but not least is Rifflandia, September 13-16, which is sure to give your summer a send-off to remember. What started in 2008 as a festival with a mere 1,500 attendees has grown to an amazing showcase of talent that takes Victoria by storm, year-after-year. This years line up is nothing short of impressive, featuring bands such as Cake, Sloan and The Flaming Lips. The only trouble with Rifflandia is deciding who was your favourite act when it’s done. If you are interested in more information on any of the music festivals mentioned or the many other festivals and events coming to Victoria, be sure to visit Tourism Victoria’s event calendar.