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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.

Vikings: Lives Beyond the Legends
May 16 to November 11, 2014
Royal British Columbia Museum
http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/exhibitions/current/vikings/

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 – jewellery, swords, axes, and clothing – many of which have never been shown outside Scandinavia.

Tickets available at the museum or visit the website above for online tickets.


Festival of Fear at Galey Farms
October 16 to 31, daily from 6 to 10 pm
Galey Farms at 4150 Blenkinsop Road
http://galeyfarms.net/


Antimatter Underground Film Festival
October 17 to November 1, 2014

http://www.antimatter.ws

Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of diverse forms of media art, Antimatter is one of the premier showcases of experimentation in film, video, audio and emerging timebased forms. Encompassing screenings, installations, performances and media hybrids, Antimatter provides a noncompetitive setting in Victoria, British Columbia, free from commercial and industry agendas.

For more information and location visit the above website.


Spring Awakening
October 21 – November 2, 2014
Belfry Theatre
http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/

Winner of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical, Spring Awakening is a rock musical based on the controversial 19th Century German play by Frank Wedekind. This musical is a daring mix of rebellion, poignancy and passion as a group of teens wrestle with their emerging sexuality and their place in the world.

For more information and tickets visit the website.


Gaslight- Bluebridge Theatre
October 23-November 2
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Set in a fog-bound London in 1880, Bella Manningham is slowly losing her mind. Or is she being driven into madness by her rakishly handsome and ambitious husband Jack?
An elegantly structured morality tale that shows the consequences of what happens when a woman chooses the wrong man.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Victoria Symphony Pops Series - Music of the Mad Men Era
October 30, 2:00pm – November 1, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Bobby Darin, Rosemary Clooney, Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra and the songs they made famous are performed by stellar vocal quintet Five By Design. Celebrate the music of the era of cool with beloved favourites and fantastic new arrangements.

Tickets starting at $30.00. 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.


Kaleidoscope Theatre - The Addams Family
October 31, 8:00pm – November 2, 2:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A new musical comedy. They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. Everyone’s favourite family comes to spooky and spectacular life in an all new story, based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by Charles Addams.

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.


Victoria Symphony Concert for Kids - Fred Penner Singalong
November 2, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

One of Canada’s leading children’s entertainers, Fred Penner, joins the Victoria Symphony onstage for a concert of celebrated favourites including “The Ugly Duckling,” “Sandwiches” and “The Cat Came Back.”

Tickets starting at $20.00. 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.


Victoria Symphony Signature Series - Brittens War Requiem
November 8, 8:00pm – November 9, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

165 choral voices unite with Maestra Miller and the Victoria Symphony to present Britten’s War Requiem, a deeply passionate statement about the immense impact of war. This overwhelmingly moving Requiem, told through music, poetry and prayer, will honour our country’s relationship to peace and our sacrifices of the past.

Tickets starting at $30.00. 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.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
November 6 – 22, 2014
Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria
http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/

Love and illusion collide in Shakespeare’s most poetic and magical play. Ignited by misplaced passions and political maneuvering, two pairs of lovers become entangled. Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius find themselves at the mercy of powerful forces (and their own passions) during a hot, New York summer night.

Tickets: Adult $24; Senior: $20; Student/Child: $16. Available at the Phoenix Theatre Box Office or by phone at 250-721-8000. For more information about the show visit the above website.


Early Music Society of the Islands - Pacific Musicworks
November 8, 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Many of America’s leading early music specialists, under the direction of lutenist Stephen Stubbs, join forces for a performance of selections from Book Seven and Eight of Monteverdi’s Madrigals.

Tickets starting at $30.00. 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.


Max and Ruby in Nutcracker Suite
November 10, 6:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Max and Ruby bring to life a wonderful tradition as they take to the stage with their most magical performance yet! Inspired by one of the greatest musical scores ever composed – Tchaikovsky's “Nutcracker Suite” – the bunny siblings star in Koba Entertainment's brand new musical production “Max and Ruby in Nutcracker Suite”.

Tickets are $35.00. 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.


Venus in Fur
November 11– December 14, 2014
Belfry Theatre
http://www.belfry.bc.ca/venus-fur/

Before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s classic erotic novel, Venus in Furs. In this Tony Award nominated adaptation, the tables are turned as a young actress tangles with a director increasingly intrigued by her. Funny and stimulating, this play weaves sex and power into an exhilarating game of cat and mouse.

For more information and tickets visit the website.


Theory of a Deadman Savages Tour 2014 with guests Head of the Herd
November 13, 8:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In the middle of 2013, the platinum-selling Canadian quartet began working on what would become its fifth full-length album, Savages. However, everything in their lives rapidly and unexpectedly changed. Whether it be a shakeup at their label, waning interest in rock at radio, or the downturn of society at large, a myriad of issues weighed heavy on the members. Savages is as tough as rock 'n' roll gets.

Tickets are $51.25. 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.


Balletboyz
November 14, 7:30pm – November 15, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

An energetic company of ten dancers who will perform two stunning works showcasing their strength and sensitivity in the contemporary ballet genre.

Tickets starting at $29.00. 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.


Capital One Just for Laughs Comedy Tour
November 15, 7:00pm, 9:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This year’s spectacular edition will feature some of the biggest and brightest names in comedy including stand-up, writer and person Demetri Martin; host of Funny as Hell Jon Dore; Canadian Comedy Award-winner Levi MacDougall and podcast superstar Todd Glass.

Tickets are $53.00. 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.


Darrin Rose - My Dad’s Other Son!
November 15, 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Fresh off of his appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, award-winning stand-up comedian Darrin Rose returns to Canada with his 2014 tour.

Tickets are $20.50 until October 31 and $29.75 from November 1 until the show. 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.


Cody Karey
November 20, 8:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Join Cody Karey and Community Living Victoria, for a wonderful evening of artistry and stories of inspiration. The evening promises to be a spectacular event and you can feel good knowing the proceeds from every ticket go directly to support Community Living Victoria.

Tickets are: $54.75. 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.


TEDxVictoria 2014: Pursuit of Knowledge
November 22, 10:00am
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Tickets starting at $89.00. 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. For more information visit the website above or tedxvictoria.com/


Pacific Opera Victoria - Camelot in Concert
November 22, 8:00pm – November 23, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony present a great classic musical. Lerner and Loewe's Camelot is the magical tale of the court of King Arthur and the forbidden love of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere.

Tickets starting at $40.00. 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.


Stuart McLean
November 27, 7:30pm – November 28, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Christmas is a time of tradition. And it’s no different for the folks at The Vinyl Cafe. They celebrate by taking their show on the road. This year it's 32 shows in 35 days, and once again, the tour will touch down in Victoria for two of those days.

Tickets starting at $56.75. 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. For more information visit the website above or tedxvictoria.com/


Alice vs Wonderland - Blue Bridge Theatre
November 27 - December 14
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Lewis Carroll meets Lady Gaga in this psychedelic update of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Angst-ridden adolescent Alice unwittingly trades places with Mary Ann, the Wonderland version of herself. Now Alice must travel through a fantastical teenage dreamscape, challenged by Carroll’s canonical characters every step of the way. An entrancingly surreal portrait of a teenage identity crisis.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Accademia Hermans
November 29, 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In the eighteenth century, Antonio’s Vivaldi’s works were consistently fresh, wildly popular—and widely imitated. Sometimes it is unclear when a work is by the Venetian master or one of his admirers. You be the judge. Vivaldi’s followers included the great J.S. Bach and the ever popular anonymous.

Tickets starting at $56.75. 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. For more information visit the website above or tedxvictoria.com/


John Fogerty performs the songs of Creedence Clearwater Revical - 1969
November 29, 2014 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

John Fogerty is a true American treasure, one of popular music’s all-time greatest singers, guitar players, and songwriters. His remarkable career began in his hometown of El Cerrito, California, soon earning massive popular and critical success with the one and only Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Tickets (incl. HST) $87.00, $62.00, $27.00. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. For more information visit the above website.


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.


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


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.


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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