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Seasonal Events

Find exciting events through all four seasons in Victoria. With hundreds of festivals, you can be confident your visit will probably coincide with one or more amazing local cultural, culinary, musical or other celebrations.

SPRING

Victoria's mild climate and scenic surroundings are just part of the reason why the city is known as a year-round vacation destination. Spring in Victoria is especially lovely, and brings celebrations of everything from boating to theatre. Some springtime event highlights include:

  • Victoria Beer Week – March
  • Capital City Comic Con – March
  • Cherry Blossoms – March-April
  • Victoria Day Parade – May 21

Spring blossoms at Hatley Castle

Canada Day July 1

SUMMER

Long, warm days and star-filled evenings give extra hours to savour the best Victoria has to offer. Food, drink and fun await, and thanks to an abundance of sunshine, colourful blossoms line the city streets. Some summer event highlights include:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Festival - June
  • Victoria International Jazz Fest - June 22 - July 1
  • Canada Day - July 1
  • Rock the Shores - July
  • Symphony Splash - August
  • Classic Boat Festival - August 31 - September 3
FALL

The days may be shorter, but there’s no shortage of things to do on a crisp autumn day in Victoria. The brilliant colours of fall hint at the vibrant, diverse festivals of the season. Some fall event highlights include:

  • Rifflandia Music Festival - September

  • Brewery & The Beast Culinary Festival – September

  • Art of the Cocktail – October

  • Salt Spring Island Apple Festival – September

  • Salmon run: mid-late October to early December  

Rifflandia Festival

Christmas lights on the Parliament Buildings

WINTER

From holiday lights on the Parliament Buildings, Father Christmas at the Royal BC Museum, to the jingle of horses pulling carriages and clip clopping down the cobblestone streets—winter in Victoria is truly magical.

  • Festival of Trees – November 18 - January 1

  • Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens – December 1-January 6

  • Christmas Lights Across Canada – December 6-January 6

  • Victoria Yoga Festival & Market - February

  • Chinese New Year – February