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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

Animals Through the Ages - The Civic Orchestra of Victoria

Dates: May 07, 2016
Venue: Alix Goolden Hall
Type: Special Events
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
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Join the Civic Orchestra of Victoria for a fun, animal-themed, musical adventure! Narrated by the host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks, Bob McDonald, this performance will delight concert-goers and animal lovers of all ages. Children 12 years of age and under can attend any Civic Orchestra concert for FREE (when accompa... more

Salt Spring Islands Saturday Market

Date Range: May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Upcoming Dates: May 07, 2016 , May 14, 2016 , May 21, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Type: Special 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

Mother's Day Brunch at Harbour Towers

Dates: May 08, 2016
Venue: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
Type: Special Events
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
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Vic's Steakhouse presents the annual Mother's Day Brunch. Sunday, May 8th, 11am-2pm at the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites.    more

Mother’s Day Paint-In and Craft Fair

Dates: May 08, 2016
Venue: Royal Roads University
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Royal Roads’ free outdoor festival of artists and artisans, entertainers and food vendors with family-friendly menus. Wander the beautiful spring gardens of Hatley Park, take a free tour of Hatley Castle, enjoy live musical entertainment and engage the kids’ creativity with ... more

Astronomy Day

Dates: May 14, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria will host Astronomy Day at the Royal BC Museum. Join us and explore the mysteries of the universe. Learn about the constellations through planetarium programs; solar telescope viewing to safely see the sun; hands-on activities and presentations. Outdoor and indoor activi... more

Behind the Scenes Tour – Mammal Matters

Dates: May 18, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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A “Behind the Scenes” visit to the vertebrate collection. See for yourself how the museum stores and cares for the mammals in our research collection. Tours are limited to 10 people. Sign up begins 1 hour prior to the tour start time. more

Behind the Scenes: Museum Alchemy

Dates: May 18, 2016
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Behind the Scenes Tour: Museum Alchemy See for yourself the working environment of our talented creative team on this tour to the exhibit arts and multi-media lab. Tours are limited to 10 people. Sign up begins in the museum lobby 1 hour prior to the tour start time. more

Young Empires plus BLAJK

Dates: May 18, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: 8pm
Location: Sugar Nightclub
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Young Empires is comprised of lead vocalist Matthew Vlahovich, bassist Jake Palahnuk, and drummer Taylor Hill and formed in 2009. The following two years proved to be a globe trotting adventure for the band; jet setting to cities like Bogota, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Stockholm, New York and Miami to perform with the l... more

African Cultural Week & AfriCa Fest

Dates: May 20, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Vic West Community Centre
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From May 20 - May 25, 2015, the African Cultural Week and AfriCa Fest Victoria comes to you for the 3rd time. AfriCa Fest, quickly becoming one of BC’s largest cultural fairs encourages Business and Humanity for African and the Caribbean. AFRICA FEST held each year in Victoria celebrates the tastes, smells, sig... more

Cinderella Ballet

Dates: May 20, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: Starting: 7:29 PM
Location: Royal Theatre
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Come and see Cinderella, with all your family at the Royal Theatre. The performance that established Ballet Victoria's unique artistic voice in Canada is at last returning to the stage. Brilliantly told with a fantastic flair and Prokofiev's spectacular score, this family treat with reimagined designs, costumes and uniqu... more

Victoria International Kite Festival

Dates: May 20, 2016 to May 22, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Clover Point
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The Victoria International Kite Festival welcomes everyone to our 3rd annual event at beautiful Clover Point, just minutes from downtown Victoria. This year our free-to-attend weekend festival presents a multicultural community celebration, full of fun for the whole family! Attendees will experience an eclectic mix of... more

Cheese and Meat Festival

Dates: May 21, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: Tasting session 1: 3:00pm, Tasting session 2: 7:00pm
Location: Parkside Hotel and Spa
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The first festival oriented to showcasing cheese and meat arrives in Victoria on May 21st. With the recent boom in artisan shops across the capital region the Cheese and Meat festival aims to showcase both international and local cheese and meat in an experiential tasting format. The festival will take place at the ... more

Cinderella - Ballet

Dates: May 21, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: Starting: 2:00 PM
Location: Royal Theatre
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Come and see Cinderella, with all your family at the Royal Theatre. The performance that established Ballet Victoria's unique artistic voice in Canada is at last returning to the stage. Brilliantly told with a fantastic flair and music by Prokofiev celebrating the 125th anniversary of this birth, this family treat with r... more

Circus Incognitus

Dates: May 21, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: Starting: 8:00 PM
Location: McPherson Playhouse
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This international hit is a truly delightful show for all ages. Jamie Adkins’ humble, silent everyman character wanders on stage with a flashlight, is surprised to find an audience, then works his circus magic with all manner of everyday objects – ladders, a chair, a rope, a fork, a refrigerator box, a shee... more

Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Dates: May 21, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Topaz Park
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The 153st Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival celebrates Scottish music, culture and arts. The Festival takes place on Saturday, May 21, to Monday, May 23, at Topaz Park. View website for details. more

Spot Prawn Festival 2016

Dates: May 22, 2016
Venue: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
Type: Special Events
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
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It's all about the Prawns! Victoria Public Market invites the community to Spot Prawn Festival 2016 on Sunday May 22nd, a free event celebrating the BC Spot Prawn Season! The festival will feature Live Spot Prawns available for purchase from Cowichan Bay Seafood, Chef Demonstrations and samples throughout the af... more

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade

Dates: May 23, 2016
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Government Street
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Celebrate Victoria Day in British Columbia's capital city at the 118th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria's largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, hundreds of floats, cultural shows and festive clowns. Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual ... more

On-Going Events

Eat, Pray, Love: The Fairfield Connection Series

Date Range: September 15, 2015 to May 17, 2016
Upcoming Dates: May 17, 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

Island Inspired tasting

Date Range: StartedSeptember 22, 2015
Upcoming Dates: May 06, 2016 , May 09, 2016 , May 10, 2016
Recurrence Recurring every week day
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

Live, Local Music on the Rooftop

Date Range: January 15, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Upcoming Dates: May 06, 2016 , May 07, 2016 , May 13, 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

Guinean Drum & Dance Classes

Date Range: StartedMarch 06, 2016
Upcoming Dates: May 08, 2016 , May 12, 2016 , May 15, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: sun/4-5h30pm...6-8pm Thursday/6h30-8pm
Location: Maple leaf russian Ballet school
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We Groove West African Drum & Dance Community Vancouver island, BC is a group of drum and dance enthusiastic that specialize in West African drum and dance. Drum Classes with Aly Traore master djembefola (Guinea) beginner & intermediate level, Sundays 6-8pm, $30 drop-in rate (instrument provide... more

Casino Academy

Dates: March 23, 2016 to March 23, 2017
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: View Royal Casino
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 3pm - 10pm - see dates below
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Try our ALL NEW Casino Academy! We have one every month, and you can play anytime between 3-10 pm. Learn to play the most popular casino games in a funny money tournament style! This free event is open to all players of all ages - no experience required! Come out and join the fun, bring a friend and win prizes. The Top... more

Paint Night at Blue Grouse Winery!

Date Range: March 24, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Upcoming Dates: May 26, 2016
Recurrence Recurring monthly on the 4th Thursday
Venue: Blue Grouse Estate Winery
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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Some of you may have done paint nights in pubs before, but we can guarantee you have never done anything at those paint nights like Michelle and Kate's projects!   WHEN: Thursday March 24th, 6:30 to 8:30pm WHAT: AFRICAN ELEPHANTS inspired by ARTIST Marion Evamy RESULT: A beautiful piece of Art! WH... more

America Wild: National Parks Adventure IMAX® Film

Dates: April 01, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Visit www.imaxvictoria.com for show times.
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Go on the ultimate off-trail adventure into awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness in America Wild: National Parks Adventure. Immersive IMAX® cinematography takes you soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings & Events - 5 years+

Dates: April 01, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various - see below
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Sunday, April 24 | 11am–12:30pm Beach Seine (Guided Walk) –5 years + Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Join CRD Regional Parks naturalists on a beach seine. See what creatures live in the under water forest. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main be... more

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