Victoria Events

What's on at the Royal BC Museum

We Call Them Vikings Exhibition

Dates: May 16, 2014 - November 11, 2014

The first North American stop for this exhibition, We Call Them Vikings challenges our common held beliefs and the Vikings emerge in a fascinating new light. Insights into Viking domestic life, death rituals, the significance of their craft, the power of mythology and the symbolism of their ships are explored in this interactive exhibition. See hundreds of rare artifacts – jewelry, swords, axes, and clothing – some rare, and many of which have never been shown outside Scandinavia.

This exhibition is produced by the Museums Partner, Austria and The Swedish History Museum.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dates: December 12, 2014 - April 6, 2015

Celebrating 50 years of images, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases award-winning images that tell the astonishing stories of our natural world while pushing the boundaries of technical skill.  The striking exhibition features 100 large-scale, back-lit photographs that include some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC

Opens May 13, 2015

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 class and racial barriers were broken down and people seized the extraordinary opportunities that glittered before them.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere

With this exhibition, the AGGV is now the premiere destination on Vancouver Island to visit and learn about Emily Carr through her paintings. On the Edge of Nowhere includes a historical survey of Carr’s artistic career, featuring pieces in all the media and styles she explored and perfected. It also focuses on Carr’s influences and inspirations, such as European modern art, members of the Group of Seven artists, First Nations artists, Carr’s spirituality, and her interest in developing an art that speaks of her personal experience and her connection to the West Coast landscape.

Dates: May 30 - October 5

Taking its cue from the realms of literary fi ction and television, namely Margaret Atwood’s 1988 novel Cat’s Eye and Lena Denham’s hit HBO show Girls, this exhibition brings together a range of artistic depictions of girls and young women in an exploration of the imagery and issues – and the controversies – that make them such a compelling subject for artists. Works include formal and informal portraits, intimate character studies, as well as more poetic interpretations of the young sitters, all from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru
Dates: June 27 - October 19


The Robert Bateman Centre

Location: Steamship Terminal Building at 470 Belleville St
Official Website: HERE

See the largest exhibit of original works by the world’s greatest wildlife artist. In this permanent exhibit of over 100 pieces spanning seven decades of work, Robert Bateman invites us to explore our relationship with the environment and pay homage to the majesty of nature. Travel through the eight galleries with Bateman’s personal multi-media commentary on a smartphone or tablet, and hear stories from his life and about the creatures he has so closely observed and reflected. Create your own forest of bird songs, curate a digital Bateman exhibit, and visit the shop of Canadian fine craft selected by Robert and Birgit Freybe Bateman.

Ongoing Events Around Town

IMAX Theatre
What's on and Showtimes: HERE
IMAX is the ultimate film experience!
The largest IMAX screen in British Columbia measuring 61'H x 85'W (18.59m x 25.9m) combined with crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, offers you an incredible immersive cinematic experience. Victoria IMAX lets you feel like you're really there.

Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet

Every Sunday from 10:45am - 11:05am until September 28
Location: Inner Harbour

Performed weekly in the heart of the Inner Harbour, the Harbour ferry Water Ballet showcases the agility of iconic boats and the Ballet Captains’ practiced ability to maneuver their vessels to the Blue Danube Waltz. Five Harbour Ferries line up at the Causeway Marina and dance in sync for 10 minutes. The complex “dance steps” – a combination of military marching and RCMP Musical Ride maneuvers, as well as a touch of creative choreography – requires the Ballet Captains to practice weekly. So put on your best dancing shoes and stop by the Inner Harbour Causeway at 10:45am on Sundays!


Victoria Public Market at The Hudson
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30am - 6:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Monday: Closed

The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson highlights local food producers at every level – farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurateurs.

Bation Square Market
Thursday - Saturday from May 1 - September 30: 11:00am - 5:30pm

The Bastion Square Public Market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront along Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic outdoor market brings liveliness to historic Bastion Square with its brilliant array of locally-produced arts, crafts, and entertainment.

Bastion Square Sunday Market
Every Sunday from May 4 - September 28: 11:00am - 4:00pm

This well-known Sunday market features an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, imports, and entertainment. The arts and crafts section features wood workers, potters, jewelers, leather workers, and many more fine artisans. Every Sunday, the market spotlights a local “Artist of the Day” and includes farmers selling their locally-grown produce and fruits, homemade breads, pastries, honey, preserves, chutneys, and relishes, free range eggs, and much more.

Moss St Market
Every Saturday from May 3 - October 25: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sir James Douglas Elementary School Grounds on Moss St and Fairfield Rd

Moss Street Market is Victoria's premier farmers market, with over 25 local organic farmers. The market also has over 75 craft and food vendors, all offerings made and sold directly by the local producer. The market is complemented by local musicians, our Chef's Stage featuring Michael Williams, a kid's activity tent, and of course our coffee tent serving great Level Ground coffee. With something for everyone, Moss Street Market is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

James Bay Market
Every Saturday from May 3 - October 11: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Corner of Menzies St and Superior St

You will be amazed at the variety of products available at the James Bay Market. Whether you’re a local in need of some fresh red peppers, or a visitor looking for that unique something from Victoria, they’ve got it.

Victoria Flea Market
Every Sunday from May 4 - September 28: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Market Square

The Victoria Flea Market is now a year round Sunday market with a new outdoor venue at Market Square for the Summer Season. Free admission at the open air location and up to 50 sellers with everything from postcards to estate jewelry, retro home furnishings, vintage clothes and textiles, ceramics, home decor, art and luxerious jungue from Victoria's glorious past.

Ship Point Night Market
Friday & Saturday from June 13 - September 15: 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Shiip Point Pier, Inner Harbour

The Night Market's eclectic mix of vendors and entertainment takes place this summer at Ship Point at Victoria's Inner Harbour. This season, close to 75 vendors will be selling their crafts on the pier only a few steps from the streets of downtown. The market showcases original art, high-quality handcrafted jewelry, soaps, souvenirs and more. Live music keeps the evening gently rolling, with musicians playing everything from classical to heavy rock in an acoustic setting. The Ship Point Night Market is a must when visiting Victoria.

Oak Bay Summer Market

Every second Wednesday in June, July, August, September: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

On the second Wednesday in June, July, August and September, Oak Bay Village becomes a European style market between 4 and 8 pm. Each market features an in-season produce theme with fresh produce from southern
Vancouver Island. In 2014 Markets will be held on June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10.