Events Around Town

Plan an Unforgettable Vacation Around Any of These Exciting Events in Victoria, BC

  • Abigails

    Rock The Shores

    Rock The Shores will once again take over the Westshore Parks and Recreation lower fields this July 13-15. After taking a year off, we’re excited to bring a fresh take on Rock The Shores while sticking…
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    Saanich Strawberry Festival

    From its start as a celebration of Saanich’s agricultural roots, the Strawberry Festival has blossomed into a grand event for all ages. Enjoy a wide variety of family activities, including information…
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    Car Free Day 2018

    Join over 400 other local businesses, artisans and food vendors to line Douglas Street for Victoria’s preeminent street festival.Car Free YYJ is an inclusive celebration showcasing the best of what Victoria…
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    Sooke River Bluegrass Festival

    2018 will mark the 16th year of the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival. Held every Father's Day weekend at the Sooke River Campground (aka the Sooke Flats). The festival is family friendly and features an…
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    Fernwood Bites

    Fernwood’s favourite food and drink tasting event is back for its 9 th year. Join friends and neighbours at Fernwood Bites in beautiful Fernwood Square and taste the best food & drink Victoria and…
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    Victoria indigenous Cultural Festival

    Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day weekend in downtown Victoria from June 21-23, 2018. Enjoy three days of free, spectacular performances on an outdoor stage…
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    TD Victoria International Jazz Fest

    June 22 - July 1 Various Venues The TD Victoria International JazzFest is a 10 day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians.…
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    Victoria Day Parade 2018

    Celebrated every year on the last Monday before May 25, Victoria Day is a Canadian public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. For many, the date also informally marks the beginning of the…
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    Peter Pan

    May 18 - May 19 Royal Theatre To celebrate their 15th Anniversary, Ballet Victoria is performing an updated version of their first performance; Peter Pan. With new choreography Ballet Victoria brings…
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  • Abigail's Hotel

    Victoria Classic Boat Festival

    August 31 - September 2 Inner Harbour Come down to the docks in the Inner Harbour to see hundreds of classic wooden boats, arriving from far across the Pacific Northwest. With boat races, floating exhibits,…
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    Victoria Fringe Festival

    August 22 - September 2 Various Downtown Locations Celebrating its 32nd year the Victoria Fringe Festival showcases an assorted creative mixture of live performances, spoken word, comedy, dance, musicals…
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    155th Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival

    May 19, 20, 21 Topaz Park Cheer on the athletes as they participate in Highland Games and the World Heavy Event Championship, experience traditional Scottish and Celtic music, dance, and culture. This…
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  • Abigail's Hotel

    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018 Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us. With more than 300 original artifacts,…
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  • Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

    The 2018 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival takes place in downtown Victoria’s Inner Harbour on August 10-11-12, with registration Friday August 10, races Saturday August 11 and Sunday August 12.…
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    Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

    August 31 - September 3 Inner Harbour The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival, presented by Downtown Victoria, is a four-day festival from August 31-September 3 in Downtown Victoria. There will also be…
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  • The Phillips Backyard Weekender

    This July 20 - 22, party with 3000 of your closest friends at The Phillips Backyard Weekender – a 19+ licensed music festival in the Phillips Backyard, located at the Phillips Brewery in Victoria, BC!…
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    Swiftsure International Yacht Race

    May 26 - 28 Inner Harbour The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is the premier long distance sailing race in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia area. Starting and ending in Victoria, the Swiftsure…
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  • Abigail's Hotel

    Peter Pan

    05/18/2018
    May 18 - May 19 Royal Theatre To celebrate their 15th Anniversary, Ballet Victoria is performing an…
  • Abigails

    Victoria Day Parade 2018

    05/20/2018
    Celebrated every year on the last Monday before May 25, Victoria Day is a Canadian public holiday in…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    155th Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival

    05/20/2018
    May 19, 20, 21 Topaz Park Cheer on the athletes as they participate in Highland Games and the World…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Swiftsure International Yacht Race

    05/27/2018
    May 26 - 28 Inner Harbour The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is the premier long distance sailing…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    05/30/2018
    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018 Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids…
  • Abigails

    Car Free Day 2018

    06/16/2018
    Join over 400 other local businesses, artisans and food vendors to line Douglas Street for Victoria’s…
  • Abigails

    Sooke River Bluegrass Festival

    06/16/2018
    2018 will mark the 16th year of the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival. Held every Father's Day weekend…
  • Abigails

    Victoria indigenous Cultural Festival

    06/20/2018
    Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day weekend in downtown Victoria…
  • Abigails

    Fernwood Bites

    06/23/2018
    Fernwood’s favourite food and drink tasting event is back for its 9 th year. Join friends and neighbours…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    TD Victoria International Jazz Fest

    06/29/2018
    June 22 - July 1 Various Venues The TD Victoria International JazzFest is a 10 day music festival featuring…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    06/29/2018
    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018 Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids…
  • Abigails

    Saanich Strawberry Festival

    07/07/2018
    From its start as a celebration of Saanich’s agricultural roots, the Strawberry Festival has blossomed…
  • Abigails

    Rock The Shores

    07/14/2018
    Rock The Shores will once again take over the Westshore Parks and Recreation lower fields this July…
  • The Phillips Backyard Weekender

    07/21/2018
    This July 20 - 22, party with 3000 of your closest friends at The Phillips Backyard Weekender – a 19+…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    07/30/2018
    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018 Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids…
  • Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

    08/11/2018
    The 2018 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival takes place in downtown Victoria’s Inner Harbour on…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Victoria Classic Boat Festival

    08/30/2018
    August 31 - September 2 Inner Harbour Come down to the docks in the Inner Harbour to see hundreds of…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Victoria Fringe Festival

    08/30/2018
    August 22 - September 2 Various Downtown Locations Celebrating its 32nd year the Victoria Fringe…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    08/30/2018
    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018 Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

    08/30/2018
    August 31 - September 3 Inner Harbour The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival, presented by Downtown…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Victoria Classic Boat Festival

    09/01/2018
    August 31 - September 2 Inner Harbour Come down to the docks in the Inner Harbour to see hundreds of…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Victoria Fringe Festival

    09/01/2018
    August 22 - September 2 Various Downtown Locations Celebrating its 32nd year the Victoria Fringe…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

    09/02/2018
    August 31 - September 3 Inner Harbour The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival, presented by Downtown…
  • Abigail's Hotel

    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    09/29/2018
    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018 Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids…
  • Peter Pan

    05/18/2018

    May 18 - May 19  Royal Theatre 

    To celebrate their 15th Anniversary, Ballet Victoria is performing an updated version of their first performance; Peter Pan.  With new choreography Ballet Victoria brings an exciting new twist to a classic story. 

  • Victoria Day Parade 2018

    05/20/2018

    Celebrated every year on the last Monday before May 25, Victoria Day is a Canadian public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. For many, the date also informally marks the beginning of the summer season.

    Previous parades have attracted tens of thousands of spectators and featured approximately 150 entries—including Canadian and American marching bands, musical floats, cultural entries and festive clowns. May 21, 2018

  • 155th Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival

    05/20/2018

    May 19, 20, 21    Topaz Park 

    Cheer on the athletes as they participate in Highland Games and the World Heavy Event Championship, experience traditional Scottish and Celtic music, dance, and culture. This year's festival marks the largest event yet, with a Beer Garden, live music and all kinds of fun activities this is a great event for all!

  • Swiftsure International Yacht Race

    05/27/2018

    May 26 - 28
    Inner Harbour

    The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is the premier long distance sailing race in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia area. Starting and ending in Victoria, the Swiftsure is international because the midpoint markers for the four long courses are in U.S. waters. Organized by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the race occurs during the Memorial Day weekend in May with staggered starts on Saturday morning. The race is most popular with sailors from British Columbia and Washington, but it has drawn boats from as far away as California, Hawaii, New Zealand, and even Russia.

  • Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    05/30/2018

    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018

    Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

    With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

    Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.

  • Car Free Day 2018

    06/16/2018

    Join over 400 other local businesses, artisans and food vendors to line Douglas Street for Victoria’s preeminent street festival.Car Free YYJ is an inclusive celebration showcasing the best of what Victoria has to offer.This is a great event with booths, events and entertainment for all! June 17, 2018

  • Sooke River Bluegrass Festival

    06/16/2018

    2018 will mark the 16th year of the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival. Held every Father's Day weekend at the Sooke River Campground (aka the Sooke Flats). The festival is family friendly and features an array of local & visiting acoustic talent, food & merchandise vendors, instrument workshops and beautiful scenery.

  • Victoria indigenous Cultural Festival

    06/20/2018

    Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day weekend in downtown Victoria from June 21-23, 2018. 

    Enjoy three days of free, spectacular performances on an outdoor stage in the plaza at the Royal BC Museum in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. Each day starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from Indigenous performers from across the British Columbia. Indigenous artisans will be on-site with their goods for sale - carvings, prints, jewellery and more. Plus, you can watch special artisan demonstrations and learn more about the creative process from the artisans themselves. Sample the culinary talents of the Songhees Nation. Mouthwatering BBQ salmon burger, fry bread, and the traditional clam chowder that always steals the show. 

  • Fernwood Bites

    06/23/2018

    Fernwood’s favourite food and drink tasting event is back for its 9th year. Join friends and neighbours at Fernwood Bites in beautiful Fernwood Square and taste the best food & drink Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island have to offer. At this fabulous event, you will have full reign to enjoy samples from over 30 restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cideries, and wineries. All food and drink samples are included with the purchase of your ticket. You don’t have to choose; you can try them all! This is a 19+ event. Rain-or-shine. June 24, 2018

  • TD Victoria International Jazz Fest

    06/29/2018

    June 22 - July 1
    Various Venues

    The TD Victoria International JazzFest is a 10 day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. The “grandfather” of music festivals serving audiences in Vancouver and Gulf Islands region, TD JazzFest offers its devoted audience a wide scope of programming comparable to much larger festivals in significantly larger urban areas. Since its inception in 1985, the festival has been presented and produced by the Victoria Jazz Society. 

  • Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    06/29/2018

    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018

    Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

    With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

    Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.

  • Saanich Strawberry Festival

    07/07/2018

    From its start as a celebration of Saanich’s agricultural roots, the Strawberry Festival has blossomed into a grand event for all ages. Enjoy a wide variety of family activities, including information displays, face-painting, program demonstrations, arts and craft stations and more!

    Bring a blanket and enjoy a day at the beach while a variety of performers entertain on the main stage.

  • Rock The Shores

    07/14/2018

    Rock The Shores will once again take over the Westshore Parks and Recreation lower fields this July 13-15. After taking a year off, we’re excited to bring a fresh take on Rock The Shores while sticking by our values of providing a world-class music festival experience. Expect 25+ dynamic musical performances, an array of cuisine options, local craft beverages, and one unforgettable experience.

  • The Phillips Backyard Weekender

    07/21/2018

    This July 20 - 22, party with 3000 of your closest friends at The Phillips Backyard Weekender – a 19+ licensed music festival in the Phillips Backyard, located at the Phillips Brewery in Victoria, BC! Disguised as a brewery parking lot by day, the Phillips Backyard magically transforms into an outdoor music super-party for three unforgettable nights. Set against the backdrop of our beloved local craft brewery in the open air of downtown Victoria's communal backyard, The Phillips Backyard Weekender is a summer highlight not to be missed.

  • Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    07/30/2018

    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018

    Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

    With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

    Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.

  • Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

    08/11/2018

    The 2018 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival takes place in downtown Victoria’s Inner Harbour on August 10-11-12, with registration Friday August 10, races Saturday August 11 and Sunday August 12. With a Beer Garden, live music and all kinds of fun activities this is a great event for all!

  • Victoria Classic Boat Festival

    08/30/2018

    August 31 - September 2  Inner Harbour

    Come down to the docks in the Inner Harbour to see hundreds of classic wooden boats, arriving from far across the Pacific Northwest.  With boat races, floating exhibits, workshops and more this family friendly event has something for all boat enthusiasts! 

  • Victoria Fringe Festival

    08/30/2018

    August 22 - September 2    Various Downtown Locations 

    Celebrating its 32nd year the Victoria Fringe Festival showcases an assorted creative mixture of live performances, spoken word, comedy, dance, musicals and much more!  Performers entertain crowds throughout the downtown area.

  • Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    08/30/2018

    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018

    Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

    With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

    Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.

  • Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

    08/30/2018

    August 31 - September 3
    Inner Harbour

    The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival, presented by Downtown Victoria, is a four-day festival from August 31-September 3 in Downtown Victoria. There will also be a variety of “busk” stops throughout the Downtown area. The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival will support the DVBA’s new vision for community events in Downtown Victoria, offering more free, exciting, enticing and unique street performers from Victoria and around the world.

  • Victoria Classic Boat Festival

    09/01/2018

    August 31 - September 2  Inner Harbour

    Come down to the docks in the Inner Harbour to see hundreds of classic wooden boats, arriving from far across the Pacific Northwest.  With boat races, floating exhibits, workshops and more this family friendly event has something for all boat enthusiasts! 

  • Victoria Fringe Festival

    09/01/2018

    August 22 - September 2    Various Downtown Locations 

    Celebrating its 32nd year the Victoria Fringe Festival showcases an assorted creative mixture of live performances, spoken word, comedy, dance, musicals and much more!  Performers entertain crowds throughout the downtown area.

  • Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

    09/02/2018

    August 31 - September 3
    Inner Harbour

    The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival, presented by Downtown Victoria, is a four-day festival from August 31-September 3 in Downtown Victoria. There will also be a variety of “busk” stops throughout the Downtown area. The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival will support the DVBA’s new vision for community events in Downtown Victoria, offering more free, exciting, enticing and unique street performers from Victoria and around the world.

  • Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    09/29/2018

    May 18, 2018 - December 31, 2018

    Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

    With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

    Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.