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8 Reasons Why Victoria is the Best Place to Visit in September

Posted on August 31, 2017

We’re just going to go ahead and say it: September in Victoria is amazing. The weather is gorgeous and summery, the majority of people are back to work and school and there’s still lots going on around the city. For locals, September is a chance to relax, refresh, and enjoy the last weeks of summer before the fall season.

 

Attend Rifflandia Festival

Celebrating its tenth anniversary from September 14-17, Rifflandia Festival will bring over 150 performances to multiple venues across the city over three days and nights. With artists spanning genres from pop to indie and electronic music, attendees can curate their own festival experience and choose from shows taking place at almost twenty different stages. Tip: If you're visiting from Seattle, check out Rifflandia Festival packages which include your wristband, accommodation in Victoria, and round-trip transportation via Clipper Vacations

While there is ample opportunity to party, Rifflandia is also super family-friendly and welcomes around 800 kids to enjoy the daytime festivities at Royal Athletic Park each year. Don’t be surprised if you see a tiny human riding atop someone’s shoulders wearing a pair of hilariously oversized ear protection.

Get Rifflandia tickets now!

Image: Rifflandia Festival 

 

Celebrate Craft Beer 

Have we mentioned that Victorians like craft beer? On September 8 and 9, the Great Canadian Beer Festival will take over Royal Athletic Park to showcase 78 breweries and 2 cideries, a VIP cask tent, food vendors, live entertainment and more. Get all the details and buy tickets online here.

Image: Great Canadian Beer Festival

 

Indulge in Specialty Tea, Whisky, and Chocolate

Victoria's very own Terroir Tea Salon (recently licensed, and with a charming outdoor courtyard perfect for enjoying a cup of tea) will be hosting a special Tea, Whisky and Chocolate Tasting event on Saturday, September 16. The Whisky Manager at The Strath Ale, Wine & Spirits Merchants will serve four single-malt whiskies, while the founder of The Chocolate Project will introduce four bean-to-bar chocolates that are making their Canadian debuts at this event. Served alongside four pure teas selected to highlight aroma and flavour fusions and contrasts, this unique tasting menu will certainly highten the senses. You can register for the event online here

Images: Terroir Tea Salon

 

Last Chance to See Terry Fox & Families Exhibit

September is your last month to see the Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. It’s moving on at the end of the month, so visit now while you still can! The exhibit includes a timeline of Terry’s life, including key moments along the Marathon of Hope, as written by Terry in his own journals. His iconic running shorts, shoes and t-shirts are included in the display, as well as the Ford Econoline van that housed Terry throughout his journey.

While you're at the museum, make sure to visit the permanent 'Our Living Languages' exhibit, which showcases British Columbia's diverse First Nations Languages. Also on at the museum is special exhibit Family: Bonds & Belonging, which offers a surprising and unconventional look at the broad concept of family through the eyes of Canadians over the past 150 years.

Image: Royal BC Museum

 

Do Fridays Like a Local

Another way to feel like a local during your visit to Victoria is to attend the Bites, Brews, Bands on the Barge event at Odgen Point. Each Friday, people gather on a floating barge at sunset to celebrate the end of another week with food trucks, live music, local craft beer and cider, and great company. It doesn’t get much more Victoria than that. On tap will be beers from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Hoyne Brewing, and Driftwood Brewery, and cider from Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

See the full music lineup schedule here.

Images: The Breakwater Barge

 

Enjoy Special Farm-To-Table Harvest Dinners

Get dressed up and enjoy a spectacular evening overlooking the Inner Harbour from the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa  on September 16. Supporting the BC Children’s Hospitality, Harvest on the Harbour will include a harvest dinner, dancing and entertainment under the stars - all for a good cause!

You can also indulge in a special Harvest Dinner at Woodwynn Farms near Brentwood Bay on September 7. This four-course dinner will feature freshly-harvested heirloom fruit and veggies, locally farm-raised poultry, and more - each course paired with tea cocktails by Silk Road Tea

Image: Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa

 

Partake in the PGA

If you love golf, September is the right time to plan a visit to Victoria. We’ll be hosting an official PGA Champions Tour event from September 11-17 at the world-class Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. At the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, you will see top golfers including Sir Nick Faldo, John Daly and Tom Lehman compete for a $2.5 million USD prize purse. See available tickets and learn more about the event here.

Image: Bear Mountain Golf Resort

 

Soak In the Summer Weather

It’s looking like summer’s planning to stick around for a few more weeks, so now is the time to cross off those last summer bucket list items. Check out our Essential Summer checklist for inspiration - and 9 Can’t-Miss Patios in Victoria so you’ll know the top spots to soak in the summer rays.

Image: Sombrio Beach, photo by Nik Dunn

 

Still looking for more? 

Visit the online event calendar for more ideas and to see what else is going on in Victoria this month. Don't forget to look at deals on activities, transportation and accommodation so you can get the best rates for your next visit.