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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.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
November 10 - December 31
1040 Moss Street
http://aggv.ca

Check for current exhibitions at the gallery on the above website. The Winter Market will be held from November 13-16.


Festival of Trees
November 19, 2014 - January 6, 2015
Fairmont Empress Hotel
http://www.bcchf.ca/events/events-calendar/festival-of-trees/victoria/

Every year, the Festival of Trees transforms The Fairmont Empress into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Thousands of visitors tour the decorated trees and cast their votes.

There is no admission cost, but we suggest a minimum $2.00 donation to vote for your favourite tree. For more information about this event visit the above website. The event is open to the public seven days a week until 11:00pm.


Skating at the Fairmont Empress
November 20 - January 11, 2015
Fairmont Empress Hotel Front Lawn

The annual winter wonderland at the Fairmont Empress is expanding this year with the addition of a skating rink on the hotel's iconic front lawn overlooking the festively lit Victoria Harbour.

Prices: $10 per person, $5 for children aged 10 and under and rentals are available at $5 per pair.


Winspear Festival of Trees
November 21 - January 4 from 4:00-7:00 pm
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney
http://www.marywinspear.ca

Once again you can drop off Toys for Tots (new unwrapped toys, ages 6 months - 16 years) and goods for the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

Come by the centre to vote for your favorite decorated tree.


6th Annual Gingerbread Showcase
November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015 from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Inn at Laurel Point
http://www.laurelpoint.com/news/

Feast your eyes and nose on creative inspirations constructed from gingerbread. More than just houses they are sculptures and unique works of art created by both professional and amateur chefs. Vote for your favourite and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria.


14th Annual Bear Wear
November 25 - January 5, 2015
Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville Street)

Event: The holiday teddies are back! Head down to the Inner Harbour and visit the best-dressed teddy bears in town. All funds raised at this annual event go to support the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Vote for your favourite bear as many times as you like – the more times you vote, the better your chances at winning that bear in the raffle!


Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens
December 1-31
Butchart Gardens
http://www.butchartgardens.com

Carousel rides will be complimentary December 1st to coincide with the Christmas Light-Up Ceremony at 5 pm at The Rose Carousel. Listen to traditional carolers and festive brass in period costume every night from 5 pm – 9 pm.

Admission to The Gardens is required. For more information and admission rates visit the above website.


Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas
December 20 – January 5 from 12pm – 4pm
Royal BC Museum
http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas in Victoria. Discover the Christmas traditions of early Victorians through activities and crafts.

Admission is by donation.


Snow White and the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs
December 22, 23, 27, 29, 30 and January 2 at 7:30 pm; Matinees: December 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, January
St. Luke's Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
http://www.stlukesplayers.org/coming.htm

Take a trip to the Wild West in this innovative reworking of the classic fairy tale! Snow White, heiress to the ‘Happy Ever After Cattle’ ranch, is the fairest girl on the prairie – but her wicked and jealous stepmother, Widow Blackheart, plots to separate her from her fortune! Can Snow White survive her treacherous schemes and win the hand of Sheriff Vince Charming? A band of seven brave miners, her lifelong friend, Nanny Oakley, a pantomime horse and a brainless idiot, Silly Billy the Kid, are there to help her!

For tickets visit the above website.


The Gift - Ballet Victoria and the Victoria Symphony
December 27, 28 and 29 at 2:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

An original, magical Christmas story set to the music of The Nutcracker. Young Pandora befriends a host of new characters including some inspired by Frozen. The fusion of classical music with modern pop musical interludes will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping.

Tickets starting at $30.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


A Viennese New Year's
January 1 at 2:30 PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Take part in a worldwide New Year’s Day tradition celebrating the romantic Vienna of Johann Strauss and his contemporaries. Our sixth annual concert starts the year off right with music, dance and song!

Tickets starting at $45.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Box Office, by phone 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Bryan Adams - Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour
January 12, 2015 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Adams will be performing a set that will honour not only the 30th Anniversary of Reckless – a deluxe version of which will be released on November 24th featuring exclusive expanded bonus material – but also his endless catalogue of rock classics.

Tickets: $27.00, $59.50, $79.50, $110.50 *Prices do not include applicable convenience charges and/or taxes. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777, or online at selectyourtickets.com


International Guitar Night
January 18 at 7.30 pm
Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria
https://tickets.uvic.ca

International Guitar Night brings together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.

Tickets are $30 Adult; $20 Senior/Student/UVic Alumni Early Bird pricing of $25 per ticket with a 4 ticket minimum, valid until December 25th. Available at UVic Ticket Centre, by phone 250-721-8480 or online at ticket@uvic.ca. For more information about the musicians visit www.internationalguitarnight.com


The Best Brothers/How to Disappear
January 27 – March 1, 2015
Belfry Theatre
http://www.belfry.bc.ca/how-to-disappear-completely/

These two plays, presented in one evening, explore our relationships with the first woman in our lives.

For more information and tickets visit the website.


The Tragically Hip
February 4, 2015 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Critically acclaimed for more than two decades, The Tragically Hip has been at the heart of the Canadian musical zeitgeist, evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans that remains unrivalled in this country.

Tickets $49.50, $79.50, $125.00. Available at the box office, by phone at (250) 220-7777 or online at selectyourtickets.com


Harlem Globetrotters
February 10, 2015 at 7 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction

Tickets $95.00, $65.00, $42.00, $30.00, $20.00 plus convenience charges & applicable taxes. Available at the box office, by phone at (250) 220-7777 or online at selectyourtickets.com


So You Think You Can Dance
February 12, 2015 at 7.30 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Fall’s hottest ticket will feature So You Think You Can Dance’s eleventh-season Top 10 finalists performing the season’s most popular routines as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour.

Tickets: $83.00, $73.00, $64.00, $59.00 Prices do not include applicable convenience charges and/or taxes. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777, or online at selectyourtickets.com


Lion in the Streets
February 12 – 21, 2015
Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria
http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/

Isobel, a nine-year-old Portuguese girl, is lost, frightened and desperate to find her way home. She finds herself on the dark side of human experience, witnessing the troubled lives of the people in her community. Somewhere between reality and dreams, memories and fantasies, Isobel encounters people who are trapped, threatened, and like herself, fighting for their own survival.

Tickets: Adult $24; Senior $20; Student $14. Available at the Phoenix Theatre Box Office or by phone at 250-721-8000. For more information about the show visit the above website.


Pacific Opera Victoria - Lucia Di Lammermoor
February 12, 8:00pm – February 22, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In Italian with English Surtitles.
In the brooding Scottish lowlands, it is men who call the shots. Clan rivalries, political maneuvering, and ancient vendettas leave no place for a woman who falls in love with the wrong man.

Tickets starting at $25.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca.


Waiting for Godot - Blue Bridge Theatre
March 5-15, 2015
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Under a tree and under their bowler caps, two clown like men, Vladimir and Estragon wait for the arrival of the mysterious Godot … and wait …. and wait … and wait …. and wait ………

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Spark Festival 2015
March 10 – 22, 2015
Belfry Theatre
http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spark-2015/

The Belfry's Annual Festival of New Plays

For more information and tickets visit the website.


Celtic Thunder
March 11, 2015 at 7 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Celtic Thunder is backed by the dynamic Celtic Thunder Band and their shows are known for the use of dramatic effects of lighting and choreography as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway suggestive of those referenced in Celtic lore.

Tickets: (incl. HST) $89.50, $79.50, $69.50. (Plus FMF & Service charges) Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777, or online at selectyourtickets.com


Victoria's House
March 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm; Matinees: March 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 2 pm
St. Luke's Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
http://www.stlukesplayers.org/coming.htm

Neil and Victoria Bannister have returned from their honeymoon to Victoria’s House. All should be bright in the new couple’s life but Victoria has fallen ill and even though her husband administers her special medicine, her health worsens. When Victoria dies, the house seems to come alive to seek revenge. The play is intricately woven and features some fine moments of theatrical surprise, both real and unreal.

For tickets visit the above website.


Amadeus
March 12 – 21, 2015
Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria
http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is often considered the greatest musical genius the world has ever known. To his 18th-century contemporary, Antonio Salieri, he was vulgar, boorish, and unforgivably brilliant – thus an enemy to be eliminated. Seen through the envious eyes and maybe-skewed memory of the aging Salieri, the play chronicles their tumultuous rivalry, and Salieri’s devious efforts to destroy Mozart’s career, even while recognizing the genius of his music. But is this final confession Salieri’s last attempt to escape his own insignificant artistic legacy?

Tickets: Adult $24; Senior $20; Student $14. Available at the Phoenix Theatre Box Office or by phone at 250-721-8000. For more information about the show visit the above website.


Pacific Opera Victoria - Madama Butterfly
April 9, 8:00pm – April 19, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A young geisha renounces her family to marry an American man. When he leaves to go back to his own country, she waits with their child for his return. Though she is the gentlest of heroines, Butterfly has formidable inner strength. Guided by honour and fidelity, sustained by hope, she refuses for the longest time to believe she has been abandoned.

Tickets starting at $25.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca.


MacBeth - Blue Bridge Theatre
May 7-24, 2015
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedies, Macbeth dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Barely Heirs
May 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm; Matinees: 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 2 pm
St. Luke's Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
http://www.stlukesplayers.org/coming.htm

Jane is about to inherit a fortune. The only stipulation is that she has to be married for six months before inheriting. All would have gone without a hitch had Jane really been married. With the help of her neighbour’s husband, Tom, she just needs to keep the truth from the lawyer; Tom’s wife, Claire; Jane’s ex-boyfriend; Jane’s mother and a cop. It sounds as if things are about to get a little complicated…!

For tickets visit the above website.


Pal Joey - Blue Bridge Theatre
July 9-26, 2015
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Chicago – 1930′s. Joey Evans, a manipulative small-time nightclub crooner has other ‘talents’ that keep him alive and always one step ahead of the law; until he meets his match the wealthy, middle-aged and married socialite Vera Simpson.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


 
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