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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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Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea - Hotel Grand Pacific

Dates: January 30, 2016 to February 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Hotel Grand Pacific
Type: Special Events
Time: 12pm-4:30pm
Location: Hotel Grand Pacific
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The Pacific Restaurant will be offering a special Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea service from January 30th until February 11th. This tea will feature Chef Rick Choy's dim sum items, savoury and sweet items inspired by the Chinese New Year as well as rare limited edition Chinese teas from Silk Road. January 30th until ... more

Blackjack Bonanza

Date Range: February 01, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Upcoming Dates: February 11, 2016 , February 15, 2016 , February 18, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Monday, Thursday
Venue: View Royal Casino
Type: Special Events
Time: 3pm - 11pm
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Don’t Miss Our BLACKJACK BONANZA EXTRAVAGANZA TOURNAMENT, every Monday & Thursday from 4-11pm, February 1 – March 10.  Two semi-finalists will advance each night to the finals. The top 3 Tournament Finalists share $25,000 CASH Prize Pool!  $50 Entry Fee per Heat, includes a WILD CARD c... more

Becoming BC Gallery at the Royal BC Museum

Dates: February 02, 2016 to February 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: 11:00am-11:30am
Location: Royal BC Museum
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In honour of Chinese New Year, join one of our knowledgeable guides for a thirty-minute spotlight tour of the Becoming BC Gallery on the third floor. Stops in Chinatown, the railway and the cannery will help illustrate the contributions of the Chinese community to the history of our province. Tours will take place... more

Song & Surf Music Festival

Dates: February 05, 2016 to February 08, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: Multiple times; please see website for details
Location: Port Renfrew
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Song & Surf is one of Vancouver Island’s only winter music festivals. Taking place in mulitiple indoor venues throughout the picturesque town of Port Renfrew, Song and Surf offers attendees unique and intimate concert experiences featuring world class talent. This years Song & Surf will take place at thre... more

Spanish Guitarist: Monte Saatchi!

Date Range: February 05, 2016 to April 29, 2016
Upcoming Dates: February 12, 2016 , February 19, 2016 , February 26, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Friday
Venue: Camille's at 45 Bastion Square
Type: Special Events
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Camille's at 45 Bastion Square
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Join us every Friday night from 6:30pm through 9:30pm for a sultry serenade of the Spanish Guitar by local artist Monte Saatchi. Reservations Recommended *Request live music as we have two beautiful dining rooms to choose from more

Family Day at the Market

Dates: February 08, 2016
Venue: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
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Join us for our FREE Family Day Event! Balloon animals, face painting and more!   11:30am - 12:15pm Magic Show with Donald Dunphy 12:30pm - 1:30pm Face Painting & Balloon Twisting 12:30pm - 2:30pm Live Music   more

Chinese New Year Gala Dinner & Live Auction

Dates: February 10, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Don Mee Seafood Restaurant
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The Victoria Chinese Commerce Association celebrates the Year of the Monkey with a gala dinner and live auction at Don Mee Seafood Restaurant on Wednesday, February 10th! Tickets are available online or at the United Way office in Victoria, BC and are $65 per person or $650 for a table of ten. This event supports United ... more

Death By Chocolate Buffet at the Empress

Dates: February 13, 2016 to February 14, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress
Type: Special Events
Time: 5pm-11pm
Location: Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress
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The decadent Death by Chocolate Dessert Buffet is back for two nights only in The Bengal Lounge. Join us by the fire to sip martinis and relax in the luxurious leather chairs while enjoying the aromatic curry The Bengal Lounge is famous for. Death by Chocolate Buffet available from 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - $25.00... more

LukeFest

Dates: February 13, 2016
Venue: Alix Goolden Hall
Type: Special Events
Location: Alix Goolden Hall
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LukeFest is a concert to raise funds for scholarships for musicians who do not have the means to benefit from a musical education and to create an on-going songwriting program. Artistic Direction: Daniel Lapp With support of Atomique Productions more

Mardi Gras at The Victoria Public Market

Dates: February 13, 2016
Venue: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
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Atomique Productions and Roast present Mardi Gras at the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson on Saturday February 13th, 2016. Complete with live bands, carnival performers, festive decor, New Orleans-inspired cocktails and dishes prepared by R​oast.​ Tickets are $45.00 each and are available for purchase in per... more

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Dates: February 14, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 11:00am (approximately)
Location: Chinatown

The annual ceremonial Lion Dance will include kung-fu and tai chi demonstrations, traditional dancing and dragon performances. The Lion Dance is set to take place on Sunday, February 14 at approximately 11:00 a.m. near the Gates of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard Street.  more

Matt Andersen plus Guest

Dates: February 17, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30PM
Location: University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria
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A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation as a must-see performer through word of ... more

2016 Dine Around Launch Preview

Dates: February 18, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Tease your taste buds with a mouth-watering evening preview of Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Victoria Conference Centre. Over 25 restaurants prepare bite-sized samples to showcase their Dine Around menu and liquid libations from many of BC's finest craft br... more

2016 Dine Around & Stay in Town

Dates: February 19, 2016 to March 06, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Various restaurants around town
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Victoria's most anticipated dining event, Dine Around & Stay in Town, takes place February 19 through March 6, 2016. Tickle your tastebuds and dive into Victoria's culinary scene at over 60 participating restaurants. Restaurants will offer three course menus costing $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person. Don't just com... more

VicAM Speaker Series: John Vickers and Festival Tourism

Dates: February 19, 2016
Venue: Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:00am-8:30am
Location: Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria
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Festival Tourism by John Vickers: Building fun events to promote tourism & community. This is the first of our 2016 Speaker Series breakfast events. John Vickers will disuss how fun events build community, bringing both local residents and tourists together to experience Victoria at it's finest. Ticket ... more

Ballet Victoria: Tea for Tutu Preview - Romeo & Juliet

Dates: February 23, 2016 to February 24, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Type: Special Events
Time: 2pm-3pm
Location: St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
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Ballet Victoria presents a special preview of our new show: Romeo & Juliet This Event Includes: A Special Preview of our Upcoming Main Stage Production  A Question & Answer Session with the Artistic Director Refreshments after the performance Free Entrance for all Senior Guests and Chil... more

Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown 2016

Dates: February 25, 2016 to February 28, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Various locations
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Be a Tourist in your own hometown and enjoy over 30 sights and activities for a lot less than an actual tourist. A personalized Be A Tourist VIP Card is all you need to redeem your offers at all participating locations during Be A Tourist Weekend and beyond*. Just flash your card and you are in! Note, all offers w... more

2016 Vancouver Island Parent Conference

Dates: February 27, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 8:30AM to 4:30PM
Location: Royal Bay Secondary School
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International speaker, Yong Zhao will start the day talking about why we need a paradigm shift in education. He brings historical and international data to show how and why traditional employee-oriented education that attempts to homogenize individuals has become obsolete in the face of new challenges brought about by te... more

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour

Dates: February 27, 2016 to February 28, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Inner Harbour
Type: Special Events
Location: Ship Point
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This weekend outdoor hockey festival will be packed with activities for all ages! Join us for a full weekend of free activities, live music, a chance to meet NHL Alumni, and much more. The entire festival will culminate with Ron MacLean hosting the broadcast of the San Jose Sharks vs the Vancouver Canucks game from our S... more

On-Going Events

Eat, Pray, Love: The Fairfield Connection Series

Date Range: September 15, 2015 to May 17, 2016
Upcoming Dates: February 16, 2016 , March 15, 2016 , April 19, 2016
Recurrence Recurring monthly on the 3rd Tuesday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Fairfield United Church
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Deepen belonging and spiritual growth in a safe, curious and creative space. This two-hour community gathering will enrich your life with meaningful conversation, stories, singing, art and food! Get to know your neighbours as you expand your sense of the world. All ages, all family styles, all genders, and all experie... more

Live Music ~ Spanish Guitarist ~ Monte Saatchi

Date Range: StartedSeptember 18, 2015
Upcoming Dates: February 12, 2016 , February 19, 2016 , February 26, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Friday
Venue: Camille's at 45 Bastion Square
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 6:30PM
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Enjoy the sultry sounds of the Spanish Guitar! Local artist Monte Saatchi serenades the back dining room every Friday night with his sounds of Classical, Tango, Music of the Americas and more! Reservations Recommended *please request live music with your reservation* more

Island Inspired tasting

Date Range: StartedSeptember 22, 2015
Upcoming Dates: February 09, 2016 , February 10, 2016 , February 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring every week day
Venue: Camille's at 45 Bastion Square
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 5:30PM to 7:00PM
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Local, seasonal & sustainable menu for you to choose from. Camille's has always been a "go to" for locals, tourists & friends to celebrate great, farm fresh food and amazing BC wine. We encourage you to try our Island Inspired (choice off ala carte) special of 3 courses from our local dishes for $40... more

Victoria Flea Market

Date Range: October 18, 2015 to March 27, 2016
Upcoming Dates: February 14, 2016 , February 21, 2016 , February 28, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday
Type: On-Going Events
Location: Victoria Flea Market
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Up to 60 vendors indoors indoors and out with everything from postcards to estate jewelry, vinyl records, cameras, typewriters, retro furnishings, vintage clothes & textiles, ceramics, bakelite, art and unique items from Victoria's best pickers. Vintage, repurposed, refreshed and handmade treasures for house and gard... more

Green Tours

Dates: November 02, 2015 to April 10, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Daily, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Explore the local flora and fauna on our Valley Course with a Green Tour. These fun, self-guided tours allow guests to rent a golf cart for the afternoon and take a leisurely tour of our beautiful Valley Course. Tours are only $29 per cart & includes: - Golf Cart with GPS - Tour Book - Hot Tea - Lap Blan... more

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dates: December 04, 2015 to April 04, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Location: Royal BC Museum
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A visitor favourite every year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns in 2015 with a brand new selection of 100 of the most stunning images from around the world. From the adorable to the elegant, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases award-winning images that tell astonishing stories of our natural world wh... more

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