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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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Shakespeare by the Sea

Date Range: July 02, 2015 to August 02, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 01, 2015 , August 02, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Type: Special Events
Time: 7:00PM + 2:00PM on Saturday and Sunday
Location: Ogden Point
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Enjoy a night of Shakespeare with the sound and view of the ocean as the backdrop. Check back for details.  more

Victoria Street Food Festival

Date Range: July 03, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Friday
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Location: Centennial Square
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Victoria's best Food Carts and Street Vendors gather in the heart of the city to celebrate the city's top food carts and food artisans. The food truck revolution is upon us! Major cities around the globe are seeing an astonishing rise in Food Trucks and Street Vendors offering up creative and interesting foods to... more

BearTrax

Dates: July 31, 2015 to August 02, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: July 31 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM and August 1 - 2: 10:00AM to 6:30PM
Location: Bear Mountain Resort
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BearTrax (formerly JumpShip) showcases the worlds best freeride mountain bike riders, as they Ride the Bear in front of thousands. Watch as the pros take riding to a new level as they compete for the title at BearTrax! BearTrax is a FREE family-friendly event with a kids zone, vendors, food trucks, Live DJ and more. F... more

Comedy at Solstice Cafe

Dates: July 31, 2015
Type: Special Events
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Solstice Cafe
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IMPROV! MUSIC! CHARACTERS! JOKES! SOUP! It's Comedy at Solstice Cafe! We'll first get to know some characters in the community in everybody's favourite segment, Faces of Victoria, and then do an improvised narrative set to the musical stylings of Matt Cowlrick. Comedy at Solstice Cafe is comprised of dedicated comedi... more

Global Leaders Festival

Dates: July 31, 2015
Venue: Victoria Conference Centre
Type: Special Events
Time: 5:00PM to 6:30PM
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Businesses, hiring managers, startups and recruiters in YYJ - join us for the 2nd Annual Global Leaders Festival and meet the inspiring business leaders of tomorrow - our Peter B. Gustavson School of Business graduating seniors This innovative "reverse career fair" showcases more than 140 students with their c... more

On-Going Events

Sea Monsters Revealed at the Vancouver Aquarium

Dates: March 09, 2015 to September 07, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Spring Break & Summer Break 9:30-6pm, During the School Year 10am to 6pm
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Join us this spring for the Canadian premiere of the groundbreaking exhibition Sea Monsters Revealed at the Vancouver Aquarium. This highly anticipated exhibition will take you on an exciting journey to discover some of the world’s most amazing sea creatures. Like the human anatomy exhibits that now circle the glob... more

Artishow

Date Range: May 01, 2015 to September 30, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 05, 2015 , August 06, 2015 , August 07, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Location: Various locations
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Artishow's Artists in Residence program allows artists and local hotels to collaborate and present the exciting world of artistic creativity. Victoria's finest downdown hotels open their lobbies to some of the most talented visual artists the city has to offer for your viewing pleasure. Experience artists in action eve... more

Artishow

Date Range: May 01, 2015 to September 30, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 05, 2015 , August 06, 2015 , August 07, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Location: Various locations
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Artishow's Artists in Residence program allows artists and local hotels to collaborate and present the exciting world of artistic creativity. Victoria's finest downdown hotels open their lobbies to some of the most talented visual artists the city has to offer for your viewing pleasure. Experience artists in action eve... more

Food Truck Festival

Dates: May 03, 2015 to October 31, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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It’s hungry work discovering our province’s past! But don’t worry, the Royal BC Museum has you covered, as it rolls out its first ever Food Truck Festival! This summer-long event is sure to be a hit. Starting with a half-festival May 1 and full slate of food trucks May 8, the Royal BC Museum’s b... more

Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC

Dates: May 13, 2015 to October 31, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM, until 10:00PM in summer
Location: Royal BC Museum
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Catch gold fever! In 1858 word of gold rang out in the Fraser Canyon, starting a dramatic movement of people to what were largely unexplored regions of BC. Through interactive displays and rare artifacts, this fascinating exhibition will show you how everything changed forever with the gold rushes of the 1800′s, as... more

Catch Gold Fever this summer at IMAX®

Dates: May 15, 2015 to October 31, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
Type: On-Going Events
Time: See website for schedule
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Experience the IMAX Film Gold Fever and the Royal BC Museum Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC exhibition this summer. Gold Fever takes the audience on a glittering trip around the world, focusing on the cultural, economic and historical significance of the “eternal element”. From the historical Klondike gold rush t... more

Indigenous Youth Arts Program

Dates: May 31, 2015 to November 29, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Open Space Contemporary Arts Society
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm
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WHAT IS IT? IYAP is a free, hands-on program encouraging Indigenous youth to tell their stories while exploring the many facets of media arts: video art, sound art, digital arts, etc. The program is about creating a safe and stimulating gathering place where Indigenous youth and the artist mentors come together to share... more

Ghostly Walks walking tour

Dates: June 01, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Tourism Victoria
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 7:30 and 9:30 pm
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Dare to experience Victoria's most haunted sites, every night at 7:30 and 9:30 pm, on one of Victoria's famous Ghostly Walks. Talented storyteller guides will keep you entertained and spooked with their true tales of paranormal encounters in Victoria, the Pacific Northwest's most ghost-filled city. The 7:30 pm tours vary... more

Gold Rush Tales walking tour

Dates: June 01, 2015 to September 06, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Royal BC Museum
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 1:00PM
Location: Meet at the gold panning trough in front of the museum.
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Enjoy fascinating stories on a 90-minute walk through Victoria's gold-rush city. Start your adventure with a demonstration of gold panning, then head out to find out about First Nations involvement in early gold discoveries, hear first-hand accounts of miners who struck it rich (and the many who didn't), find out about a... more

Rockland Mansions walking tour

Date Range: June 02, 2015 to September 04, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 04, 2015 , August 07, 2015 , August 11, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Friday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 2:00PM
Location: Meet beside the stone gates at the corner of Fort Street and Joan Cres.
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Experience the stately heritage houses and tree-lined streets of Rockland, Victoria's oldest posh neighbourhood. Walk through the grounds of Craigdarroch Castle and marvel at the exploits of the Dunsmuir family who built it. Visit the gardens of two private mansions and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Government House whe... more

Summer Afternoon Tea

Dates: June 16, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 11:00AM to 4:30PM
Location: Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery
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Take a break from this West Coast heat and join us in the tea room for a cool and elaborate treat. The Summer spread includes a selection of handcrafted tea sandwiches and sweets prepared from seasonal ingredients. The ingredients we used include all your favorite fruits: strawberries, lemons, watermelon and natural herb... more

Humpback Whales make a BIG Splash at IMAX® Victoria

Dates: June 19, 2015 to September 30, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Humpback Whales plays daily. Visit our website for current show times.
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Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Join a team of r... more

WineDown TGIF at Salt Spring Vineyards

Date Range: June 26, 2015 to September 11, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 07, 2015 , August 14, 2015 , August 21, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Friday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Salt Spring Vineyards
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Wind Down the week with friends,live music and wine in the beautiful winery setting. Taste award-winning all-local wines poured by friendly hospitable stass. more

A Gathering of Spirits; Celebrating 30 years of fine indigenous artwork from the Pacific Rim

Dates: June 30, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Alcheringa Gallery
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Monday - Saturday 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Sundays Noon to 5:00PM
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A Gathering of Spirits - A Grand Opening Exhibition celebrating 30 years of fine indigenous artwork from the Pacific Rim, including Canada, Papua New Guinea, Australia & more! more

Hamlet/ The Tempest

Date Range: July 02, 2015 to August 02, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 01, 2015 , August 02, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Thurs 7pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm
Location: Clover Point Park
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It is the age of the Vikings, and something is rotten in the state of Denmark... Shipwrecks, revenge and love... a perfect recipe for a comedic storm. Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea and Discovery Dance presents Hamlet and The Tempest for our fourth season! Enjoy two of Shakespeare's classic plays with a beautiful ... more

Summer Heat - Judy McLaren

Date Range: July 13, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 01, 2015 , August 03, 2015 , August 04, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10:00AM to 5:30PM
Location: Eclectic Gallery
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Reception - Saturday, July 18, 3 - 5 pm Graduate of Ontario College of Art, Judy McLaren has been painting for over 30 years on Vancouver Island. Locally, many are familiar with McLaren as she was featured in Robert Amos’ Artists in Their Studios book, 2007. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Fairmont Empress, ... more

James and the Giant Peach

Date Range: July 18, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Upcoming Dates: August 01, 2015 , August 04, 2015 , August 05, 2015
Recurrence Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Chemainus Theatre Festival
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 11:00AM or 2:00PM, depending on the day of the week
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KidzPlay Imaginations come together with incredible puppeteers and the Chemainus Theatre Festival KidzPlay Company! Suddenly Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story of a magical journey into a giant peach is more than fun fantasy and the great adventure begins! more

Destination Victoria: Small Local Treasures

Dates: July 22, 2015 to August 09, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Coast Collective Arts Centre
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Each year, our island summers bring legions of visitors from around the world. We invite you to come to experience our one-of-a-kind arts destination and savour original small works of art perfect to take home as a reminder of a wonder west coast vacation (equally satisfying for staycationers, too!). This show will fea... more

Sooke Fine Arts Show

Dates: July 24, 2015 to August 03, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: Open 10am daily. See website for closing times.
Location: SEAPARC
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The Sooke Fine Arts Show is an impressive gathering of artwork by emerging and established artists from Vancouver Island and BC coastal islands. The 11-day event attracts more than 8000 annual attendees from all over, as well as patrons of the arts from Western Canada and the United States. It's the longest running jur... more

Colours of Summer at Madrona Gallery

Dates: July 26, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Recurrence Recurring daily
Venue: Madrona Gallery
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 10:00AM to 5:30PM Tues - Sat.; 11:00AM to 5:00PM Sun – Mon
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GROUP EXHIBITION Throughout July and August In Madrona Gallery's 6th 'Colours of Summer' exhibition our artists have selected works that embody the spirit of the season. This collection will evolve over the summer with new works being hung every two weeks. This group show features new works from our nationally recogn... more

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