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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

Blackjack Bonanza

Date Range: February 01, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Upcoming Dates: February 15, 2016 , February 18, 2016 , February 22, 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

Spanish Guitarist Monte Saatchi every Friday night at Camille's

Date Range: February 05, 2016 to April 29, 2016
Upcoming Dates: February 19, 2016 , February 26, 2016 , March 04, 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. *Please note that live music will be held in the back dining room only See this video for a preview of the live music experience at Camille's: http://www.y... 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 19, 2016 , February 26, 2016 , March 04, 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 15, 2016 , February 16, 2016 , February 17, 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

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings and Events - 8 years+

Dates: January 01, 2016 to March 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various
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Saturday, February 6 | 1–2:30pm What’s That Evergreen? (Guided Walk) –8 years+ Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) Come take a closer look at the survival strategies of our local plants. With a CRD Regional Parks naturalist, you’ll learn about common evergreen species, what keeps these plant... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings & Events - 5 years+

Dates: January 01, 2016 to March 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various
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Sunday, February 21 | 1–2:30pm Early Signs of Spring (Guided Walk) –5 years+ Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist on a walk down to the beach. Look for birds, plants and other early signs of spring along the way. Meet at the Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. B... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings & Events - All Ages

Dates: January 01, 2016 to March 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various
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Friday, February 19 | 11am–2pm Going Batty! (Drop-in Event) Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) Drop into the Nature Centre between 11am and 2pm and discover the world of bats! Enjoy a “bat walk” through the park at 11:15am and 1pm with CRD Regional Parks naturalists. Meet at the Francis/King Nat... more

CRD Regional Parks Nature Outings and Events - Adults Only

Dates: January 01, 2016 to March 31, 2016
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Various
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Saturday, January 9 | 11am–12:30pm Wonderful Woodpeckers (Guided Adult Walk) –18 years+ Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) Discover all of the tricks of the woodpecker trade. What makes them so good at what they do? Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and learn how to identify different woodpeckers by s... more

Lust Life Jazz Band Plays The Bengal Lounge

Date Range: January 02, 2016 to April 30, 2016
Upcoming Dates: February 13, 2016 , February 20, 2016 , February 27, 2016
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Saturday
Venue: Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 7:30 - 10:30pm
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Catch Lust Life Jazz Band at the Bengal Lounge in The Fairmont Empress Hotel for a great evening of cool jazz and funky stuff every Saturday night from 7:30pm-10:30pm. Featuring renowned musicians from the Victoria International Jazz Festival, Lust Life has been a staple of the Victoria music scene for years. The... more

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