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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

Ship Point Night Market

Date Range: June 17, 2016 to September 17, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 29, 2016 , July 30, 2016 , August 05, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Type: Special Events
Time: 6-10:30pm - SELECT WEEKENDS
Location: Ship Point
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Ship Point (off Wharf Street below the Visitor Centre) Select weekends throughout the summer:    June 17-18 June 24-25 July 8-9 August 5-6 August 26-27 September 9-10 September 16-17   Inspired artists, mucicians, jugglers, and food vendors make this fantastic pedest... more

Evening Illuminations: Fireworks & Entertainment at The Butchart Gardens

Date Range: July 02, 2016 to September 03, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Venue: The Butchart Gardens Ltd.
Type: Special Events
Time: 10:20pm
Location: The Butchart Gardens Ltd.
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On summer Saturday nights in July and August, following the concert, the excitement builds for the spectacular Firework show. The pure pyrotechnic displays are synchronized, amazingly by hand firing, with music. Bring a blanket for the Fireworks Viewing Lawn, then sit and enjoy a show that you will not see anywhere else ... more

The Victoria International Buskers Festival

Dates: July 15, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: Throughout the day
Location: Throughout downtown Victoria
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Ten days of incredible fun! From July 15 to July 24, 2016 Victoria welcomes the world to our beautiful downtown! Professional street performers from our region as well as from across Canada, Europe, Sweden, Australia, South America and the US will converge for our sixth annual Victoria International Buskers Festival. ... more

Northwest Deuce Days

Dates: July 21, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: Various
Location: Various - see website
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Join us for the largest gathering of Deuces anywhere in the world! This year, there will be over 1100 registered Fords participating in the Northwest Deuce Days. Come out and see some classic cars. more

Rock the Shores

Dates: July 22, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: Gates open at noon daily
Location: Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre
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This July 22 - 24, Rock The Shores will once again be the biggest rock event of the summer on Vancouver Island. Returning to a three-day format, Rock The Shores will kick things off on Friday, July 22 with The Seven Mile Social - a day of programming dedicated to showcasing Vancouver Island's biggest and finest homegr... more

Learn to Camp at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

Dates: July 23, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada
Type: Special Events
Time: July 23 arrival 1pm - Until July 24 11am
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Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op are hosting “Learn to Camp”. Participating families will stay overnight in a tent at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. While making new friends and enjoying breathtaking scenery, they will learn how to pitch a tent, start a fire and stay s... more

On-Going Events

Live, Local Music on the Rooftop

Date Range: January 15, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 29, 2016 , July 30, 2016 , August 05, 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

A Beautiful Planet at IMAX®

Dates: April 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Varies
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Join the Astronauts aboard the International Space Station in our newest IMAX® film A Beautiful Planet. See amazing footage of our magnificent blue planet and get a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Narrated by Academy Award winner, Jennifer Lawrence. A Bea... more

Double Trouble Blackjack Saturdays

Date Range: StartedMay 07, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 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

Goldstream Farmers Market

Date Range: May 07, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Veterans Memorial Park
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We love our farmers and we love our community so much that we like to celebrate this with our Farmers Market, held on Saturdays from May to October in Veteran's Memorial Park. Our farmers bring the freshest local produce for you to enjoy; our artisan crafters have made many different items ideal for gift giving; our f... more

James Bay Community Market

Date Range: May 07, 2016 to September 24, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Corner of Superior & Menzies St.
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Just two minutes from the Parliament Buildings, our market features locally-produced quality products from our award-winning artisans. Our farmers' tents are brimming with locally-grown produce. We feature food vendors, a wide variety of food products and baking including gluten-free items. There is live music, wine... more

Moss Street Market

Date Range: May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Venue: Moss Street Market
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Moss Street Market
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Moss Street Market Begins its 25th Season! With over 25 local, organic farmers, Moss Street Market is Victoria's farmers market. The market also has over 75 craft, food, beer, wine, cider, and spirits vendors; all offerings made and sold directly by the local producer. The market is complimented by local musicians, grea... more

Salt Spring Islands Saturday Market

Date Range: May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Ganges on Salt Spring Island
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Quality Candles from Beeswax Works Saturday Market Monsoon Coast Chai and Delicious Curry Spices Handmade Soap from Salt Spring Soapworks Salt Delicious! Sprouts & Exotic Mushrooms Cute Birdhouses made from Driftwood Gorgeous ceramics from Erin Morris Market Activism Mmmmm - Toffe Brittle from Chocolate Beach Choco... more

Sooke Country Market

Date Range: May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Otter Point Road
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Otter Point Road (across from Eustace Road) Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 7 through October Featuring fresh local vegetables and fruit, baked treats and bread, plants, flowers and seeds, eggs, local arts and crafts including woodworking leatherwork, sewing and jewellery. more

Bastion Square Public Market

Date Range: May 19, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 24, 2016 , July 28, 2016 , July 29, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Bastion Square
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 11am-4:30pm
Location: Bastion Square
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Opens for the season Thursday, April 28 and is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11-4 until the end of September Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this colourful open-air market brings vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful arr... more

Chinatown Walks walking tour

Date Range: June 04, 2016 to September 03, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 26, 2016 , July 28, 2016 , July 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Starting: 10:30 AM
Location: Outside Starbucks Coffee, corner of Government and Fisgard St.
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Our popular 90-minute walking tour will reveal Chinatown's amazing history, architecture, culture, food and current events. We will visit the Chinese Temple (the oldest in Canada), Fan Tan Alley, Dragon Alley and all the highlights you will not want to miss, in addition to some of our favourite hidden places. No reservat... more

Ghostly Walks

Dates: June 04, 2016 to September 11, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Tourism Victoria
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 7:30 and 9:30 pm
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Discover why Victoria is the most haunted city in the Pacific Northwest. Our famous 90-minute walking tour has received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Enjoy our classic ghost stories as we take you past some of the spookiest places in Old Town, Chinatown and around the harbour. No reservations needed. T... more

Peninsula Country Market

Date Range: June 04, 2016 to October 08, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 30, 2016 , August 06, 2016 , August 13, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Saanich Fairground
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Saanich Fairground (1528 Stelly's Cross Road, Brentwood Bay) Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 4 through October 8 Our vibrant community market has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic product and a fine selection of... more

Victoria's Story walking tour

Date Range: June 08, 2016 to September 04, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 24, 2016 , July 27, 2016 , July 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday
Venue: Tourism Victoria
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
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An informative and entertaining 90-minute walking tour that includes the essential background and current events in Victoria. Focus is on the architecture, colourful characters and fascinating stories in the historic area around the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel and Old Town. High praise on Trip Ad... more

NATURAL SCIENCE: An Art Show

Dates: June 17, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Open Space Contemporary Arts Society
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 12pm-5pm
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BioArt is coming to Victoria! BioArt is a new form of artistic practice that uses scientific processes and materials for a gallery setting. Ontario-based artist Jennifer Willet presents NATURAL SCIENCE, a touring exhibition that connects science and art, while undermining traditional hierarchies between the natural and u... more

Growing Local: Bean there, doing that! an Exhibit

Dates: June 26, 2016 to September 05, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 9am - 5pm
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The Sooke Region Museum is pleased to announce Growing Local: Bean there, doing that!, an exhibit looking at historical and present day farming\food production in the Sooke Region. Sooke has an outstanding and vibrant agricultural presence that dates back to the late-1800s. Sooke is home to Woodside farm, the l... more

Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea

Dates: June 28, 2016 to August 07, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Evenings 7-9PM (except Mondays); Saturday & Sunday matinees 2-4PM
Location: Fisherman's Wharf Park
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Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea daily at Fisherman's Wharf Park with performances of Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and a locally-written, Shakespeare-inspired play, Richard the Lionhearted. Join us on the lawn for our fifth season of Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts' summer productions. Chairs and blankets provided.... more

Patio BBQ at View Royal Casino

Date Range: July 01, 2016 to September 04, 2016
Upcoming Dates: July 24, 2016 , July 29, 2016 , July 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: View Royal Casino
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Friday 5-9pm, Sat 12-2pm & 5-8pm, Sun 12-4pm
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Join us on the Patio for great BBQ eats and relax with a cool drink! BBQ Beef Burger - $8 BBQ Smokie - $6 Sleeve of Coors Banquet - $4 Sundays ONLY - Burger & Beer for $10 includes $10 Free Slot Play! All prices are before tax. more

Christine Reimer and Krysia Gallien: An Art Show

Dates: July 02, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10 am - 5:30 pm, Mon - Sat.
Location: Eclectic Gallery - 2170 Oak Bay Avenue
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Christine Reimer and Krysia Gallien Two Victoria artists exhibit colourful paintings at Eclectic Gallery for the month of July. Expressionist painter Christine Reimer, whose bold use of colour and abstraction are signature of her work teams up with Krysia Gallien, recent arrival from Montreal. Staying at the edg... more

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