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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 - the 2014 program is available here - and a wide variety of music and food festivals to tempt your ears and your taste buds.

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Salmon Run at Goldstream Park

Date Range: November 01, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Upcoming Dates: November 29, 2014 , November 30, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Venue: Tourism Victoria
Type: Special Events
Time: From 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Tourism Victoria
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Experience the Goldstream annual salmon run at its finest with transportation to and from the park, and a chance to witness one of nature's phenomena's with a local interpretive guide. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity! Discover the amazing adaptations of spawning salmon, with a dynamic nature tour and a hands ... more

23nd Annual Festival of Trees

Dates: November 19, 2014 to January 06, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: The Fairmont Empress
Type: Special Events
Time: Ending: 11:00 PM
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Every year, Victoria Festival of Trees transforms The Fairmont Empress into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals of this event come together and decorate trees - in a sometimes wacky, often irreverent... more

Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase

Dates: November 22, 2014 to January 04, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Inn at Laurel Point
Type: Special Events
Time: From 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
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Feast your eyes and nose on creative inspirations constructed from gingerbread. More than just houses, they are detailed sculptures and unique works of art created by professional and amateur chefs. Vote for your favorite and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. A spirit rousing experience, the gingerbread c... more

Bear Wear

Dates: November 25, 2014 to January 04, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Hotel Grand Pacific
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The holiday teddies are back! For the 14th year, Bear Wear, a fundraiser for Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, is on display in the lobby of the Hotel Grand Pacific. The bears are dressed up by local businesses and individuals. Vote for your favourite ($2 suggested donation) as many times as you l... more

Christmas Ornament Craft

Dates: November 27, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: From 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Location: Esquimalt Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library
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Join super crafter Carmen, as she teaches you how to make a unique tree decoration keepsake. Materials supplied.  more

Double Book Launch: Avi Sirlin & Ian Weir

Dates: November 27, 2014
Venue: Russell Books
Type: Special Events
Time: From 7:00PM to 8:00PM
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Join us in celebrating the launch of Avi Sirlin's first novel, The Evolutionist, and Ian Weir's latest novel Will Starling.  more

Festive on Fabulous Fort

Dates: November 27, 2014
Venue: Fabulous Fort
Type: Special Events
Time: From 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Location: Fabulous Fort
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Businesses along fort street stay open for a festive night. Join local businesses and get started on your Christmas shopping on Fabulous Fort.  more

Under the Sea

Dates: November 27, 2014
Venue: Alcheringa Gallery
Type: Special Events
Time: From 5:00PM to 8:00PM
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Featuring repoussé wearable works in sterling silver by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Gus Cook. Other featured artists will include Susan Point, Richard Sumner, Rod Smith, Edward Joe, lessLIE, Rande Cook, Dylan Thomas, Maynard Johnny Jr. and many more. Please join us for our opening reception at Alcheringa Gallery as a... more

26th Annual Out of Hand Artisan Fair

Dates: November 28, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 4:30pm
Location: The Crystal Gardens
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Victoria’s most prestigious artisan fair, the Out of Hand Fair has a well deserved reputation for presenting fine crafts, artisan food and one-of-a-kind fashions. The Crystal Garden, once a salt water pool under glass, provides a spectacular backdrop for this professional show. Mark your calendars! November 28th, ... more

Georgina Nicoll CD Release Concert

Dates: November 28, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Metro Studio Theatre
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Victoria folk-pop musician Georgina Nicoll will perform a collection of original songs from her debut solo album, with guest musicians on back-up vocals, cello and percussion. An accomplished singer, pianist, composer and arranger, Georgina’s natural presence on stage draws the audience into the stories her songs r... more

Hubris in Athens: a staged reading

Dates: November 28, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Airport Travelodge Victoria
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Merlin's Sun Theatre
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Hubris in Athens is a new comedy by Victoria playwright and UVic grad John Demmery Green. In a crowded, open-air courtroom in 4th Century BC Athens, several hundred citizens meet for a special court session the day after the city's annual theatre festival, the Dionysia. Despite hearing four different lawsuits, the... more

It's Christmas Dinner Theatre

Dates: November 28, 2014
Venue: Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Type: Special Events
Time: Pre-Dinner Reception: 6:00PM to 6:45PM
Location: DAVID FOSTER FOUNDATION THEATRE
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Enjoy a traditional holiday feast including, Turkey and decadent eggnog cheesecake, then join us for the 2014 edition of It’s Christmas!, our sparkling holiday revue returns to the David Foster Theatre featuring songs and stories of the holiday season. Produced and Directed by Matthew Howe and featuring a cast of e... more

Mindful Relationships: Touching joy and letting go

Dates: November 28, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: Nov 28th - 7pm - 9 pm/ Nov 29th 9am - 5pm
Location: Victoria Shambhala Centre
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As humans we are wired for close relationship, yet many feel isolated and alone, even in a committed partnership. With awareness, intimacy can begin to loosen the patterns of fear and doubt that keep us from receiving the love and connection we yearn for most. Using meditation and other mindfulness practices this prog... more

Movember Quote-Along: Anchorman

Dates: November 28, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: Starting: 7:00 PM
Location: The Vic Theatre
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Celebrate Movember at The Vic! On November 28th, The Vic Theatre is putting on a Quote-Along screening of classic comedy Anchorman! Audience members are encouraged to break out of their glass cases of emotion by dressing up and quoting their favourite lines alongside Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team. With games, ... more

The Bill Johnson Blues Band concert

Dates: November 28, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Hermann's Jazz Club
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Victoria's own Bill Johnson performs material from his JUNO nominated CD as well as new compositions and traditional favourites. Across Canada Johnson is loved and respected as a uniquely tasteful guitarist. more

The Crooked Brotherz

Dates: November 28, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Upstairs Lounge @ Oak Bay Recreation Centre
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This Winnipeg-based band is creating quite a stir in the folk music circles! Their blend of timeless country classic sounds, back porch blues and stomping scrap yard funk has gained the attention of many folk festival and roots music fans both live and on their carefully crafted albums. A good dance, a good cry, it's a... more

Centennial Square Ferris Wheel

Date Range: November 29, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Upcoming Dates: November 29, 2014 , November 30, 2014 , December 05, 2014
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Type: Special Events
Time: Fridays (5:00pm - 10:00pm), Saturdays (noon - 10:00pm) and Sundays (noon - 7:30pm)
Location: Centennial Square
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The DVBA ferris wheel is back in Centennial Square for four weekends this holiday season. See Victoria from 65 feet up on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. Presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association. Cutoff for the last ride will be 1/2 hour before closing time. Please arrive before 9:30pm on Fridays a... more

Christmas On Salt Spring kick-off: Annual Chilli Cook-Off & Light Up in Centennial Park

Dates: November 29, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: Chilli Cook-Off at 3:00pm; Carolers at 4:00pm; Light Up at 5:00pm
Location: Salt Spring Island Centennial Park
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Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 29 when Christmas on Salt Spring festivities officially kick-off! There’s a lot to taste, see and do! Vancouver Celebrity Chef David Robertson will be a guest judge at Salt Spring’s annual Christmas Chilli Cook-Off at 3:00pm in Centennial Park. Professional chefs and... more

Festive Craft Fair and Auctions

Dates: November 29, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: 9AM to 2:30PM
Location: Cook Street Village Activity Centre
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Come and enjoy a wonderful festive event with our annual Craft Sale and Auction. Bid on beautiful items from local vendors, enjoy trying to win one of our prestigious items at the lunchtime live auction, and purchase delightful handmade gifts. more

Flamenco Hoy

Date Range: November 29, 2014 to December 01, 2014
Upcoming Dates: November 29, 2014 , December 01, 2014
Recurrence Recurring every 2 days
Type: Special Events
Time: Saturday at 7:00pm & Sunday at 2:00pm
Location: Berwick Royal Oak Theatre
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Enjoy the passion of Flamenco featuring Alma de España, flamenco dance company. This evening of great music and dance is presented by The Flamenco de la Isla Society, supporting the art of flamenco in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. more

Island Farms Santa Light Parade

Dates: November 29, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Government Street (from Belleville to Chatham Streets)
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Bring the family to this festive, annual parade to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy an array of dazzling floats and marching bands that travel along the magically lit Government Street from Victoria's Inner Harbour to Chatham Street. Meet up at the Capital Iron parking lot for delicious free treats courtesy of Island ... more

Oaklands West Coast Winter Market

Dates: November 29, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Oaklands Community Centre
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Grab your wellington boots, that favourite wool-knitted sweater (and perhaps a rain coat) and waltz on down to Oaklands Community Centre & the Oaklands Gym for a chance to indulge in all the creative-makings of the beautiful West Coast! We offer the best from our local farmers, crafters, culinary artists, creators, s... more

Pacifica Paddle Make Cafe

Dates: November 29, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: The Workshop @ Pacifica
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Eight local artisans will be giving demonstrations of making small gifts using recycled, up cycled and repurposed materials. Visitors of all ages will be able to try their hand at a number of easy creative techniques and come home with a small handmade gift item. Drop in to our waterfront studio and enjoy a hot drink and... more

Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade and Sail Past Boat Parade

Dates: November 29, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: Starting: 5:00 PM
Location: Beacon Ave
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It's a two-for-one treat in Sidney on November 29! First, grab a hot chocolate or your favourite warm beverage, then line up along Beacon Avenue and Second Street to get a terrific view of the annual Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade starting at 5 p.m. Keep your eyes out for the Jolly Old Elf, Santa himself riding atop ... more

University Of Victoria Orchestra: Ways of Passion

Dates: November 29, 2014
Venue: University of Victoria
Type: Special Events
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria
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Under the baton of Ajtony Csaba, the UVic Orchestra performs Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, with soloist and UVic Concerto Competition winner Elizabeth Clarke, Strauss’ Don Juan Op. 20, and selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Tickets available at the UVic Ticket Centre (25... more

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