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Victoria Events

Whether you're planning a wedding or coming to Victoria for one of the city's many annual events, Victoria draws visitors from all over the world. We have events you will not want to miss including the hilarious family fun of the Victoria International Buskers Festival, booming music festivals like Rifflandia and a smorgasbord of food and beverage festivals including Victoria Beer Week.

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Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age

Dates: June 03, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Royal BC Museum
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Millions of years ago, giants roamed the earth. Sometimes standing more than 14 feet tall, mammoths and mastodons towered over the lands of Europe, Asia and North America from as long ago as 1.8 million years in the past to as recently as 10,000 years ago, during the Ice Age. And now they're coming to the Royal BC Muse... more

The Last Wife: A Play at the Belfry Theatre

Dates: September 20, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Belfry Theatre
Type: Special Events
Time: Various - see website
Location: Belfry Theatre
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This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women's rights. It's a dangerous game of chess, with Henry's offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns. more

Savour Cowichan Culinary Festival

Dates: September 24, 2016 to October 03, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: Various - see website
Location: Cowichan Valley
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During a ten-day festival span, two lavish marquee events, Barge On In and Oktoberfest, will be held on a floating barge in Mill Bay, where funds raised will support families living with autism in the Cowichan Valley through the Canucks Autism Network (CAN). In addition to these events, dozens of artisanal food ... more

A Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Dates: September 30, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Fairmont Empress
Type: Special Events
Time: Various - see website link
Location: Fairmont Empress
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Royal pinkies up! To honour and celebrate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's upcoming visit to Canada, select Fairmont hotels will be launching A Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea. Featuring the creations of former Royal Pastry Chef Darren McGrady, the new tea menu will include such beloved items as: caramel banana cake (... more

Halloween in Victoria

Dates: September 30, 2016 to October 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Victoria, BC
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As the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has a torrid history that comes to life during the month of October. The brilliant colours of fall hint at the wealth of vibrant Halloween-inspired activities on offer in British Columbia's most haunted city. WHAT'S ON! As you wander downtown, you notice curio... more

On-Going Events

Live, Local Music on the Rooftop

Date Range: January 15, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Upcoming Dates: October 01, 2016 , October 07, 2016 , October 08, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Venue: Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 8-11pm
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Join us on the rooftop at Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar for live, local music every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm – 11pm. No cover! Savour your favourite martini and a small bite while enjoying the music and amazing view. more

New Exhibit at the Robert Bateman Centre: Resilience of the People

Date Range: June 16, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring every week day
Venue: The Robert Bateman Centre
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10-5 pm Sunday-Thursday, 10-7pm Friday-Saturday
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The Bateman Centre's summer exhibit is a visual history of Greater Victoria, the Songhees First Nation’s traditional territory. By engaging with maps, drawings, artifacts, and unique photographs, visitors will discover the complexities of the lands around them, and see the First Nations’ resilient relationshi... more

Discover the Airplane in IMAX®

Dates: July 05, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Playing daily, visit website for show times and tickets.
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Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, Living in the Age of Airplanes takes you on a journey to explore the countless ways the airplane affects your life (even if you don’t fly). With a fascinating take on history, breathtaking visuals, soaring music, and a truly unique perspective, you’ll see the ai... more

Roam with the Mammoths in IMAX®

Dates: July 05, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Playing daily, visit website for show times and tickets.
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Discover the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. A wondrous world of ice where sabre-toothed cats, giant sloths and the iconic mammoths roam. You’ll also discover the modern day with researchers delving into the past and meet ... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings & Events - 12 years+

Dates: July 06, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various see below
Location: Various see below
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Thursday, July 28 | 10am–2pm Bike Ride Back in Time (Guided Bicycle Tour) –12 years+ Sooke Potholes Regional Park (Sooke) Cycle back in time with CRD Regional Parks naturalists along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail from Sooke Potholes past Kapoor Regional Park (approx. 12 km round trip). Learn abo... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings & Events - Adults Only

Dates: July 06, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various see below
Location: Various see below
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Saturday, July 9 | 6–9pm Early Evening Canoe Adventure–18 years+ (Guided Adult Paddle) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) Search for eagles, herons, turtles and other wildlife on the lake with CRD Regional Parks naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is neces... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings & Events - 5 years+

Dates: August 12, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Varrious see below
Location: Various see below
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  Saturday, August 13 | 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle) – 5 years+ Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich)   Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an early morning paddle on the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life. Canoe equipme... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings & Events - All ages

Dates: August 12, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various see below
Location: Various see below
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Saturday, August 13 | 7–8:30pm Evening Campground Program (Campground Stories) – All ages Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich) Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an evening of games and stories. Bring a beach chair and meet at the campfire ring at Island View Beach campground, off Homa... more

Ghostly Walks - Walking Tours

Dates: September 13, 2016 to October 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Tourism Victoria
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 7:30pm every night, plus 7:30 and 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday
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Ghostly Walks take place all year. Get into the Halloween spirit with one of our famous tours during September and early October before our major Halloween season begins on October 14. Tours take place every night, rain or shine. No reservations are needed. Note the starting location and times change on Friday October 14... more

Retreat: An Art Exhibition

Dates: September 15, 2016 to October 12, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Alcheringa Gallery
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Monday - Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Location: Alcheringa Gallery
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September 1 - October 12, 2016 Retreat Exhibition features work by contemporary master Susan Point, a selection of masks from the Northwest Coast, ceremonial sculptures from Papua New Guinea, and featuring an Eagle Totem by John Livingston Monday - Saturday 10am to 6pm Sunday 12pm to 5pm more

Discover the Ocean as Never Seen Before in IMAX®

Dates: September 16, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various
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Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” is a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Playing daily in stunning... more

Why Can't Minimal: An Art Exhibit at Open Space

Dates: September 16, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Open Space Contemporary Arts Society
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Opening: 7:30 pm, Exhibition: 12 pm-5pm
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For the average person, Minimalism, a mid-20th century modernist genre, has a reputation for being coldly intellectual, abstract, or hard to understand. Why Can’t Minimal, curated by John G. Hampton, both challenges and engages the critiques of minimalism. In his hands, art history is witty, candid, and speculative... more

Horror Escape - 45 Minute Escape Room Challenge

Dates: StartedSeptember 22, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Horror Escape Victoria
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Open 7 days a week - Check website for hours.
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YOU'LL WORK TOGETHER IN OUR DETAILED SETS, FINDING CLUES, SOLVING PUZZLES AND UNLOCKING YOUR WAY INTO MULTIPLE ROOMS! ON SELECT NIGHTS WE OFFER A SCARE ACTOR, NOT ONLY WILL YOU BE FOLLOWING THE NARRATIVE AND SOLVING YOUR WAY OUT TO ESCAPE, YOU'LL HAVE SOMEONE TO ESCAPE FROM! more

Next To Normal

Dates: September 28, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Langham Court Theatre
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Tuesday thru Saturday evenings at 8 pm, Saturday matinees October 8 and October 15 at 2 pm. Closes October 15.
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An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, this rock musical is a brilliant tour de force touching on issues such as grieving a loss, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the anxious underbelly of suburban life. Winner of three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Dr... more

Garden City Grooves Festival

Dates: September 29, 2016 to October 01, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 8pm - 1am (approx.)
Location: Lucky Bar, Upstairs Cabaret, CDI College, Copper Owl
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The Fourth Annual Garden City Grooves (GCG) Music Festival will be the Hub for all things funk, soul and groove in 2016. GCG takes place September 29 - October 1 in live music venues in historic downtown Victoria. The festival runs for three nights, and includes six events in four venues. Expect harmonious horns, pulsat... more

Fairmont Empress Luxury Wellness Retreat

Dates: September 30, 2016
Venue: Fairmont Empress
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Sept 30, 6 p.m. - Oct 2, 2:45 p.m.
Location: Fairmont Empress
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The Luxury Wellness Retreat at Victoria's Fairmont Empress will include 6 mindfulness-based, science-backed modules from The Life Delicious holistic wellness curriculum, focused on stress management, positive psychology, energy-building exercises, rituals for mind-body-spirit nutrition, brain hygiene, sleep, productivi... more

Help Fill A Dream Gala

Dates: September 30, 2016
Venue: Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
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Join us on Friday, September 30 at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa for a magical night of music, food, and entertainment, with surprises and special guest Janeece Edroff. A fashion show is another evening highlight, featuring Dream recipients and the stunning reveal of the Dream Dress - a princess dress, c... more

Salsa Caliente Theatre Showcase & Dance Party

Dates: September 30, 2016
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 8:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: Metro Studio Theatre
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Join us for our annual theatre showcase and dance party! All of our team will be performing the routines they have been working hard on all year long and then you can join us on the stage for a dance party after the show.   8pm doors open 8:30pm Show starts (doors will be locked until intermission) ... more

UVic Faculty Concert: South Indian Classical Music

Dates: September 30, 2016
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria
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Patrick Boyle and Curtis Andrews present an evening of traditional South Indian (Carnatic) music and original compositions. Associate Professor of UVic Jazz Studies, Dr. Patrick Boyle embodies the jazz spirit by synthesizing a range of influences into a compelling original voice. He has been aptly referred to as a &ldq... more

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