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Festivals

Festivals

Victoria likes to celebrate and we have dozens of annual festivals to prove it. Whether it is family fun at the International Buskers Festival in July or the smooth beats of the TD Victoria International Jazz Festival in June or the spirited Art of the Cocktail festival in October, Victoria is always full of life.

Check out our Calendar of Events for a full list of what's happening year-round!

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Special Events

Symphony Splash Boat Cruise

Dates: August 03, 2014
Venue: Orca Spirit II - Orca Spirit Adventures
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Location: Orca Spirit II - Orca Spirit Adventures
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Join us on August 3rd from 8:00-10:15 pm, to take in the beautiful Symphony sounds from the water.  Have the best seat in the house on board the luxurious Orca Spirit II for the fireworks display. Tickets are $25/person includes a glass of sparkling wine for guests over 19 and a glass of sparkling juice for ... more

Victoria Symphony Splash

Dates: August 03, 2014
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Victoria Inner Harbour
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The annual Victoria Symphony Splash is a spectacular event that sees Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour transformed into an outdoor concert stage. Victoria Symphony Splash is the largest annual outdoor symphony event in Canada, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors. It includes musical entertain... more

Celebrate BC Day

Dates: August 04, 2014
Venue: St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Celebrate BC Day features free, family-friendly entertainment and activities at the picturesque St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site on Humboldt Street in Victoria on Monday, August 4. The event features a wide variety of programming including headliner and Latin Grammy Award winner Alex Cuba! Earlier in the ... more

Arts & Music in the Gardens 2014

Date Range: August 09, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Upcoming Dates: August 09, 2014 , August 11, 2014 , August 13, 2014
Recurrence Recurring every 2 days
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
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20th year! Over 60 artists including gallery of emerging artists LIVE MUSIC all weekend. “Auto Art!” Vintage cars on display Unique Land Art displays Eat at Café Nourish or at food stalls Beer from Moon Under Water Brewery Plants and bonsais for sale. Master Gardeners to answer your gardening q... more

Oak Bay Collector Car Festival

Dates: August 10, 2014
Venue: Oak Bay Tourism
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Oak Bay Avenue
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On Sunday, August 10, Oak Bay Avenue will be closed to regular vehicle traffic to make way for between 250 and 300 collectable cars representing a range of eras from some of the earliest cars to colorful hot rods. Many of them bring more than their car to the show - they bring a sense of the time they were created and ... more

20th Annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Dates: August 15, 2014 to August 17, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: See website
Location: Downtown Inner Harbour
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Welcome to the 20th annual Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, one of Victoria's most spectacular summer festivals and the only dragon boat festival in Canada to take place in a working harbour.     Featuring exciting dragon boat races, entertainment on two stages, exotic tastes in the Fo... more

28th Annual Victoria Fringe

Dates: August 21, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: See Website
Location: TBA
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It's time to Fringe... Join us for 11 days of amazing live comedy, drama, dance, spoken work, musicals and physical theatre - over 300 performances at 11 venues.  more

North Saanich Flavour Trail

Dates: August 22, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: North Saanich farms, wineries and other venues
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The North Saanich Flavour Trail offers visitors the opportunity to explore and experience Peninsula food and agriculture and have fun! The annual rural ramble offers participants a diverse choice of 16 venues to visit over the two-day event. Learn how to grow your own veggies and get started on your winter garden. Disc... more

Victoria Comic Book Expo

Dates: August 24, 2014
Venue: Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria
Type: Special Events
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria
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Come and view the 1000s of comic books on display. From the hottest books of the day to hard-to-find treasures of the past. Buy, sell and trade. Toys, non-sports card and other collectibles as well. Free comics (as long as they last) 3020 Blanshard Street (Comfort Inn and Conference Centre) 11am to 4pm Free admission M... more

37th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival

Dates: August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Location: Inner Harbour
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Celebrating maritime heritage: The Pacific Northwest on both sides of the border is blessed with an enormous number of traditional boats of all descriptions. The wonderful craft - both yachts and workboats - are cared for by their owners and a supportive community of boatyards, trades people, and admirers.  more

The Saanich Fair

Dates: August 30, 2014 to September 01, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: TBA
Location: Saanich Fairground
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Western Canada's oldest continuous agricultural fair. more

Vancouver Island Blues Bash

Dates: August 30, 2014 to September 01, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: Special Events
Time: TBA
Location: Ships Point Picnic Site.
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The Vancouver Island Blues Bash fulfills the mandate of the Victoria Jazz Society by featuring local, regional and international blues and R&B artists/groups in both free to the public, and paid admission performances on the beautiful outdoor stage in Victoria's Inner harbour, Ships Point Picnic Site. more

On-Going Events

Pet-A-Palooza

Dates: August 09, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Recurrence Recurring daily
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Ogden Pt (where the cruise ships come in)
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PET-A-PALOOZA, West Coasts largest outdoor pet friendly, pet festival, downtown Victoria and now in Vancouver at Coopers Park, August 24th. Last year's event was a great success with over 15,000 people to the two day festival, and this year is better with bigger attractions! We will have over 50 exhibitors, ranging from ... more

Esquimalt Arts Festival

Dates: August 10, 2014
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Esquimalt Gorge Park
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CELEBRATE the vibrant art, music and culture of the community. STROLL the picturesque grounds of Esquimalt Gorge Park while painters, musicians, and other local artists display, perform and demonstrate their talent and creativity. ENJOY your own picnic, or try the delicious food offered by some of our favourite local v... more

Free-B Film Festival - Spaceballs

Dates: August 22, 2014
Type: On-Going Events
Time: From: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Cameron Bandshell - Beacon Hill Park
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Free-B Film Festival Returns August 2014! Once again we've lined up a stellar collection of family-friendly films for our Free-B Film Festival, so get ready to curl up under the stars and enjoy free films on our 20-foot-wide inflatable screen. As always, bring your blankets, flashlight and snacks. (Note: chairs are not... more