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Victoria BC Vancouver Island events calendar

Victoria and Vancouver Island host thousands of events each year. This events calendar lists festivals, concerts and theatre, exhibitions, sporting events, country fairs, community events and more.

Of course, we can't list every one of them here. But there is a good chance you can find essential information on the event that interests you in the list below. Even more helpful, if links to event websites are available, they are listed with event highlights.

Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
April 4 - Ocotober 31 from 8:30am - 4pm, rain or shine
Oceanside at Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges

The specialty of this market is that vendors must "make it, bake it, or grow it" themselves, and all products must be "vendor produced and sold". These simple mandates are the essence of this market. Visitors are treated to local creations stemming from Salt Spring's unique brand
of "island ingenuity".

For more information visit the above website.

Bastion Square Public Market
April 30 - September 26 every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am – 5:30 pm
Bastion Square

The market turns 20 this year! Stretching from Victoria’s waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this colourful open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

James Bay Community Market
May 2 - October 24, 2015
Corner of Superior and Menzies, behind the parliament buildings

The Market is open 9-3 every Saturday from May through October. Shop for handmade arts and crafts, relax with live music, a cup of coffee and baked goods. Then, take home fresh flowers, locally grown vegetables, fruit and free-range eggs.

For more information visit the website above.

Moss Street Market
May 2 - October 24, 2015
Moss Street

Full markets start the first Saturday of May and run every week through to the end of October from 10am to 2pm. It will be in the school grounds at the corner of Moss and Fairfield as always.

Sooke Country Market
May 4 - October 25, 2015
Otter Point Road across from Eustace

Open Saturdays from 10 am till 2 pm rain or shine. You will find fresh local vegetables and fruit, fresh baked treats and bread, local crafts, plants and flowers, jams and jellies, and lots of smiles.

Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC
May 13 – October 31, 2015
Royal BC Museum

Through interactive displays and rare artifacts, this fascinating exhibition will show you how everything changed forever with the gold rushes of the 1800s, as class and racial barriers were broken down and people seized the extraordinary opportunities that glittered before them.

For more information visit the website above.

Butchart Gardens Concerts and Fireworks
July 4 - September 5, 2015
Butchart Gardens

Fireworks on Saturday nights only and concerts every night. A lavish blend of spectacle and music. Enjoy a different performance each night with entertainment under the stars.

For daily admission rates to the gardens visit the website above.

Vancouver Island Blues Bash
September 5 - 7, 2015
Ship Point at the Inner Harbour

The Annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash is a three-day festival that features all styles of blues and R&B on the Labour Day weekend. Free afternoon performances with ticketed performances in the evening.

For tickets and schedules visit the above website.

Great Canadian Beer Festival
September 11 from 3 - 8 pm and September 12 from Noon - 5 pm
Royal Athletic Park

The Great Canadian Beer Festival has become one of the worlds' must-attend beer events. People from all over the globe seek out Victoria and the GCBF every year; we get brewers from Australia, volunteers from England and beer lovers from all over.

For tickets visit the above website.

Victoria International Chalk Art Festival
September 12-13
Royal British Columbia Museum and Government Street

Canada’s largest street painting festival! Our festival’s First Nation’s theme for 2015 is “Adventure in the Spirit World”, a celebration of dreams, mystery and wonder. We present a number of First Nation’s singers, dancers and drummers on our outdoor performance stage at the corner of Government and View Street(s) along with members from Victoria’s music scene. You will also find our kid’s chalk zone just south of the Langley Street crosswalk and free chalk is provided.

For more information visit the website above.

Annual English Car Affair in the Park
September 13
Fort Rodd Hill

At 10 am precisely, the skirl of the pipes will herald the start of this very popular event. Over a hundred classic and vintage British automobiles will festoon Fort Rodd Hill’s open meadow. Sponsored by the Old English Car Club of BC, this event will delight connoisseurs and intrigue newcomers. Each year, vehicles of a selected marque are showcased under the streamers of the maypole.

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