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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.

Sidney Street Market
May 14 to August 27 every Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Every Thursday night over 150 vendors sell gifts, fresh produce, hand-made crafts, great food and much more at this popular market! There is also entertainment on every block! The market lines the main street of Beacon Avenue, between 1st and 5th Streets. Parking is available on side streets and public lots, and is permitted in municipal lots after 5:00 pm.

For more information visit the website above.

Victoria Pride Week
June 28 – July 5, 2015
MacDonald Park

The Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies. Victoria Pride fosters learning and empowerment through social celebration and networking. We strive to create a better public understanding of our community’s history, courage, diversity and future.

For more information visit the website above.

Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival
July 1 - 5, 2015
Ship Point at the Inner Harbour

Victoria's annual Ska and Reggae Festival. This show has become an annual treat for all Ska and Reggae fans and unsuspecting tourists alike.

For tickets, festival passes and more information visit the above website.

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.

Pal Joey - Blue Bridge Theatre
July 9-26, 2015
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street

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.

Vancouver Island MusicFest
July 10-12, 2015
Comox Valley

Some of the featured artists are Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett and his band, Hot Rize, Bassecou Kouyate and Ngony Ba, Ridley Bent, Mary Flower, and many more.

For more information and ticket sales please visit the website above.

9th Annual Watergarden Tour
July 11, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Gardens in the Greater Victoria area

The Victoria Water Garden Tour is an annual self-guided tour of gardens and outdoor spaces in which water features such as fountains, waterfalls, ponds, streams and lakes have a defining role. This Tour gives you access to the imaginations and creativity; these beautiful gardens burst with life and the sounds of water, and be prepared to be surprised by garden sculptures.

Tickets are $25, available at most greater Victoria garden centres and online. Proceeds from the tour will support projects For the Love of Africa Society.

Brian Regan with guests
July 11, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre

Comedian Brian Regan was seen in the Chris Rock movie, Top Five, and he was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic.

Tickets are $51.25. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.

Annual Vintage Cadillac Car Show
July 12, 2015
Fort Rodd Hill

Join the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Cadillac Car Club of B.C. for Canada’s largest Cadillac show! With close to a hundred cars, the show offers every variety of this luxury marque: the sleek roadsters of the ´30s, the ´50s classics (all pastels, fins and chrome), ambulances, hearses, custom jobs, low-riders, and cutting-edge current models.

Journey Sets 2015 Canadian Tour
July 13 at 7:00 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

This marks the first time the American rock greats will perform a Canada-only tour, including markets in which the band has never previously performed.

Tickets $99.00, $65.00, $49.00 plus convenience charges & applicable taxes. Available at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office, by phone 250-220-7777 or online at For more information visit the website above.

July 16 at 7:30 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

America’s greatest rock band, Aerosmith, will take the stage at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for this summer’s ultimate rock ‘n roll experience.

All tickets $199.50 plus convenience charges & applicable taxes. Available at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office, by phone 250-220-7777 or online at For more information visit the website above.

Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine
July 16-19, 2015
Different venues in Victoria

Taste uncorks Thursday July 16, 2015 with an evening tasting of more than 100 British Columbia wines and local cuisine prepared by top Vancouver Island chefs. Not just a wine festival, this culinary tourism experience is an extra long weekend of tastings, seminars and events…a festival with a culinary conscience.

For a full schedule and admission visit the website above.

Victoria International Buskers Festival
July 17 to July 26, 2015
Several locations downtown and lunchtime performances at The Bay

Victoria is presenting one of the world’s most unique festivals! Performers from around the world will converge in Victoria for ten days of incredible fun. The festival is a family oriented, free-to-attend event. Tips to busker hats welcomed and appreciated!

For more information please visit the above website.

Art Gallery Paint-In
July 18, 2015
Moss Street from Fort to Dallas Road

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Annual Paint-In on Moss Street (a not-for-profit event) features invited professional and emerging artists from Victoria and Region who demonstrate their art to over 35,000 visitors strolling Moss Street from Fort St. to Dallas Road. The Paint-In offers visitors an opportunity to meet and discuss the artists' work, materials, process and to see an enormous variety of professional work at one time.
Paint-in from 11.00 noon - 9.00 p.m.

For more information or to register for this event please visit the above website.

Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
July 18 and 19
Public Park in Chemainus

Camp on site and jam into the wee hours at this festival headlined by bluegrass acts from B.C. and San Francisco.

For tickets and more information visit the above website.

An Evening with Eliane Elias
June 27, 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eliane Elias has had an impressive 35-year career at the intersection of jazz, Brazilian, classical, and pop music. A pianist, singer, and composer, Elias has recorded over 20 albums and received five Grammy nominations

Tickets starting at $49.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.

Stinking Fish Studio Tour
July 23th - July 27th from 10 am - 5 pm

The Stinking Fish Studio Tour features the best of fine art and fine craft on the southern island, surrounded by its natural beauty. Come explore one of the richest “art trails” on the island – meet the artists, see their work and take some home with you! Admission is free. All are welcome. Artworks are for sale.

Annual Islands Folk Festival
July 24, 25, 26, 2015
Providence Farm, Duncan

Three days of music on six stages by 150 musicians!

For camping facilities and tickets visit the website above.

Sooke Fine Arts Show
July 24 - August 3, 2015 from 10am-8pm
SEAPARC Leisure Complex - 2168 Phillips Road, Sooke, BC

The Sooke Fine Arts Show provides the opportunity for both well-known and emerging artists from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to showcase their work. Many special events are being organized over the 10 day event – regardless of your age or taste there is something for everyone.

For more information visit the website above.

Colwood Rotary Art and Wine Festival
July 26 from 11 am - 4 pm
Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic sites

Wines from Vancouver Island will be available for you to taste at the Festival with local culinary tastes to compliment the wines you sample.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.

Symphony Splash
August 2 at 7.30 p.m.
Inner Harbour, Victoria

The highlight of the August long weekend is the Symphony Splash. Victoria's Inner Harbour is transformed to a concert venue of gargantuan proportions. The orchestra and guest performers are set up on a barge directly in front of the Parliament Buildings. Powerful speakers carry the sound to the thousands who ring the harbour to listen. The program is usually a mixture of pops and classics and the concert traditionally closes with The Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with guns and the carillon. This event is not to be missed. Festivities start at noon until 10 pm.

The event is by donation and a fundraiser for the symphony.

Victoria Flamenco Festival
August 10 – 16, 2015
Centennial Square

The Flamenco de la Isla Society is proud to present the 3rd annual Victoria Flamenco Festival.

The festival is free. For more information visit the website above.

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
August 14, 15 and 16, 2015
Inner Harbour

One of Victoria's most spectacular summer festivals and the only Dragon Boat Festival in Canada to take place in a Working Harbour. Watch 90 Dragon Boat Teams from across North America race across a 500-metre water course.

For more information visit the above website.

21st annual Arts and Music in the Gardens
August 15 and 16 from 11 am to 5 pm
Gardens at Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

Over 60 artists, including some of Victoria’s emerging art talent, will display their art. As in past years, many new artists will be joining this event for the first time so their works will all be introduced to the event. And returning artists will be bringing their newest works for the garden.

This event is a major fundraiser for HCP. For tickets and more information about this event visit the above website.

Ryder Hesjedal's Tour de Victoria
August 23, 2015
Greater Victoria

The Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria is a supported mass participation cycling event, catering to all fitness levels by offering three distances: Riders of all fitness levels can take part in the ride by choosing one of three distances:
Harbour Air 150km for the experienced cyclist; 105km for the cycling enthusiast; 45km for the entry-level cyclist.

For more information and registration visit the above website.

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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