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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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Special Events

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

Annual Gingerbread Showcase

Dates: November 19, 2016 to January 02, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Inn at Laurel Point
Type: Special Events
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: Inn at Laurel Point
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Victoria's Inn at Laurel Point is once again hosting Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase, benefiting Habitat for Humanity Victoria Saturday November 19 - Monday January 2, 2017 9am - 9pm. The event brings together professional and amateur bakers from across Canada and highlights their creativity, while supporting the... more

Christmas Craft Beer Show

Dates: December 02, 2016 to December 03, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Type: Special Events
Time: Various - see below
Location: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
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The best part about beer is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the year, and it should be celebrated in the same manner. At the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, we recognized a void in the beer celebration calendar that needed to be rectified. This event will allow the multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries to g... more

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tours

Date Range: December 02, 2016 to January 01, 2017
Upcoming Dates: December 04, 2016 , December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Tourism Victoria
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30pm - select days, see below
Location: Tourism Victoria
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Get ready to hear favourite yuletide haunting takes on the popular 90-minute walking tour, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." A Songhees legend, a Christmas Eve murder, the "White Lady" of Bastion Square (who is said to have made her first appearance at Christmas in 1861) and many more spooky stories will ... more

3rd Annual Krampus Walk

Dates: December 03, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 4pm
Location: Begins at Centennial Square
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Join us for the annual Krampus Walk on December 3. A parade of participants in Krampus-themed costumes will walk through downtown Victoria beginning at 4pm. The walk will start from Centennial Square behind City Hall.  more

Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours

Date Range: December 03, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 04, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Venue: Bastion Square
Type: Special Events
Time: Saturdays: 1pm, Sundays: 10:30am
Location: Meet outside 26 Bastion Square
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Get into the holiday spirit and discover how Christmas was observed in early Victoria on this 90-minute leisurely historical walking tour through Old Town. Start inside a heritage building for a short history of Christmas traditions, then head out through the festive streets to hear true stories about the season, inclu... more

IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

Dates: December 03, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 5:45-8:30pm
Location: Convoy starts at Ogden Point
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Help Support the Local Food Bank by heading out to the streets on Dec 3rd, and watching a convoy of festive trucks roll by. Bring the entire family to enjoy the holiday tradition, as it rolls through your neighbourhood! Convoy Route and Timing:   5:45PM Trucks leave the parking lot at Ogden Point. ... more

Ogden Point Light Up and Christmas Market

Dates: December 03, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Ogden Point - Pier A
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On December 3rd be a part of the Light Up and Christmas Market at Ogden Point. This family event includes Santa’s workshop, a local Christmas market, food trucks, kids’ crafts and holiday music. Warm-up to some hot chocolate and watch Ogden Point and the Truck Convoy as they light up with thousands of Christm... more

Pancakes with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Dates: December 03, 2016
Venue: Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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Experience the true spirit of Christmas at the annual Pancakes with Mr. & Mrs. Claus Fundraiser in Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar. For a small donation, guests enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and a visit with Santa. 100% of the proceeds go to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund to assist local families in ... more

The 36th Annual Dickens Fair

Dates: December 03, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: James Bay Community Centre
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The 36th Annual Dickens Fair is a festive, seasonal market and craft event hosted by the James Bay Market Society. We host handmade and homemade items to provide an appealing array of over 70 quality vendors with gift choices at affordable prices for the public. A children’s craft space, music, a café... more

10th Annual Carol-Along with the Carillon

Dates: December 04, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
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Gather on the upper courtyard of the Royal BC Museum with your fellow singers, family and friends. Guest carillonneur, Jon Lehrer will accompany the Newcombe Choir below in a one of a kind carolling party. Hot chocolate and cookies help to make the season bright. more

Glowtini 2016

Dates: December 08, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 8pm - 10pm
Location: Royal Canadian Legion
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The 6th Annual Glowtini Contest is set for Thursday, December 8th The contest venue is the Royal Canadian Legion. Serving time is 8 pm, participants to arrive by 7:30 pm. Contestant order will be announced at the event. This annual event is a highlight of the Christmas on Salt Spring event calendar! Money is... more

First Annual Sooke Winter Night Market

Dates: December 09, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
Type: Special Events
Time: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 4-9pm
Location: Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
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The first annual Sooke Winter Night Market will be held Friday December 9th from 5 - 9pm and Saturday December 10th from 4 - 9pm. Food, Klezmer Music, Vendors, Beverages and more. All at the Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Rd. Sooke, BC. more

Homo For The Holidays: A Cabaret

Dates: December 09, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 8pm
Location: Metro Theatre
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Christmas is about to get (even) gayer with Homo for the Holidays, a cabaret from the fine folks at Intrepid Theatre that celebrates the talents of the local theatre and gay communities and brings them together for a special one-night only event. Homo for the Holidays, a queer-themed holiday cabaret is a unique night of ... more

CBC Radio & Our Place present ‘A Christmas Carol’

Dates: December 12, 2016
Venue: First Metropolitan United Church
Type: Special Events
Time: Doors at 6:30pm
Location: First Metropolitan United Church
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CBC & Our Place Society present a reading of Dickens’ Classic Tale, ‘A Christmas Carol’ featuring Shelagh Rogers, Bob McDonald, Arthur Black & more. Louise Rose & the Open Door Choir at Our Place will also lead the audience in a Christmas Carol sing-a-long... more

Celebrate the Season with Stories at Helmcken House

Dates: December 17, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Winter is in the wings and we have stories capturing the anticipation of the season, the turning of the world from dark to light, of gifts and ghosts – told by the hearth at Helmcken House. This event is part of the Stories at Helmcken House series, where experienced tellers delight audiences of all ages with fo... more

New Year's Eve at Fairmont Empress

Dates: December 31, 2016
Venue: Fairmont Empress
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Fairmont Empress
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New Year's Eve Five-Course Dinner - Q at The Empress + Lobby Lounge - 7:30pm Feast your way into 2017 with our exquisite five-course menu, which features unforgettable appetizers such as foie gras brulée or torched tuna with soft quail's egg and delectable entrées including truffled lamb or Dungeness cru... more

Spirit of Victoria 150: First Night

Dates: December 31, 2016
Venue: Inner Harbour
Type: Special Events
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Inner Harbour
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Look forward to a grand New Year's Eve celebration in our beautiful Inner Harbour on December 31, 2016. This free event includes a spectacular three-dimensional digital light show and firework display, musical performances, food, and other fun activities. It all kicks off at 5:00pm, and ends at 9:30pm. Our fireworks wi... more

On-Going Events

Live, Local Music on the Rooftop

Date Range: January 15, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 09, 2016 , December 10, 2016 , December 16, 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

Commit to Self-Care and Be Your BEST Self

Date Range: April 04, 2016 to January 02, 2017
Upcoming Dates: December 05, 2016 , January 02, 2017
Recurrence Recurring monthly on the 1st Monday
Venue: The Union Club of British Columbia
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 5:15 pm registration. Workshop begins at 5:30pm
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If you're a busy professional woman who often finds it difficult to make time for yourself, give yourself permission to take an evening off and discover why practicing self-care is so important for you AND everyone else in your life. Experience a mini-self-care workshop where you'll take time to appreciate some o... more

Thousand Dollar Thursdays

Date Range: StartedApril 07, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 08, 2016 , December 15, 2016 , December 22, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Thursday
Venue: View Royal Casino
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 8:30pm Draw

Win $1,000 Cash every Thursday! Get a FREE draw ballot every Sunday through Thursday at 1, 3, 5 & 7pm Draw barrel opens Thursday @ 6pm Draw Thursdays @ 8:30pm *Must be present to win more

Guest Appreciation Mondays

Date Range: StartedMay 02, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 05, 2016 , December 12, 2016 , December 19, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Monday
Venue: View Royal Casino
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 7-10pm

Guest Appreciation Mondays | 7 – 10 pm Slot Tournament & Party Pit Encore members exclusive Slot Tournament every Monday between 7 – 10pm Top 3 Scores share $500 in Free Slot Play! $15 Registration Fee includes Appy Basket and a Drink! Register at Guest Services more

Double Trouble Blackjack Saturdays

Date Range: StartedMay 07, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 10, 2016 , December 17, 2016 , December 24, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Venue: View Royal Casino
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 12pm-7pm

Double Trouble Blackjack Saturdays | Noon – 7pm Play Blackjack & Win Cash every Saturday this month! 7 hourly Heats from Noon through 6pm Top Score from every heat advances to final @ 7pm Cash Pool 1st - $1,250; 2nd - $750; 3rd $500 WIN DOUBLE: Cash Pool 1st $2,500; 2nd $1,500; 3rd $1,000  more

Community Yoga at Imagine Studio Café

Date Range: StartedMay 18, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 06, 2016 , December 07, 2016 , December 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Location: Imagine Studio Café
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Join us Tuesday and Wednesday nights for Hatha style yoga. Surround yourself with plants and art as you immerse yourself in your practice. Limited space available so reserve your spot online.  more

Thousand Dollar Thursdays

Date Range: June 09, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Upcoming Dates: December 08, 2016 , December 15, 2016 , December 22, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Thursday
Venue: View Royal Casino
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Draws 8:30pm
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Thousand Dollar Thursdays | Every Thursday| 8:30pm We are giving away $1000 cash every Thursday! Collect ONE ballot every 2 hours between 1pm-7pm everyday by swiping your Encore card at Guest Services. Thursdays starting at 5pm put your ballots in the barrel. You must be present at 8:30pm for the draw. more

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