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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 5 - Ocotober 25, 2014 from 8:30am - 4pm, rain or shine
Oceanside at Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges
http://www.saltspringmarket.com

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.


Equivocation
April 22 – May 25, 2014
Belfry Theatre
http://belfry.bc.ca

Palace intrigue and backstage comedy converge to create this entertaining ode to art, politics and the perils of negotiating both! When King James’ factotum Sir Robert Cecil charges William Shakespeare with writing the “true history” of Guy Fawkes and the thwarted Gunpowder Plot, the famous playwright tries to discover where the fiction stops and where the facts may lead – without losing his head in the process!

Ticket Prices: from $25. Available by phone at 250-385 - 6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca/


Wade Davis: The Sacred Headwaters
April 24th, 2014 at7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.vcm.bc.ca

To Honour Earth Day 2014, anthropologist, photographer, author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Wade Davis will speak on The Sacred Headwaters as the guest of Elizabeth May, O.C., MP,Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Dr Davis is world-renowned for his research and photography of indigenous people and places, and for his beautifully illustrated presentations.

Admission: Adults $15. Tickets available at Russell Books, Ivy’s Book Shop, and Tanner’s Books. For more information visit the above website.


The Marriage of Figaro
April 24, 26, 30, May 2, 2014, at 8 pm; Matinée May 4 at 2:30 pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A riotous comedy with a revolutionary subtext, The Marriage of Figaro follows the Almaviva household through a single tumultuous day as Count Almaviva, his wife, his valet Figaro, and his servants spin a tangled web of love affairs, plots, and counterplots. In Italian with English Surtitles

Tickets starting at $40.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


The Penelopiad
April 24 to May 10, 2014
Langham Court Theatre at 805 Langham Court
http://www.langhamtheatre.ca/boxoffice/plays/the-penelopiad/

The Penelopiad is Margaret Atwood’s brilliant re-imagining of Homer’s Odyssey from the wry eye of Penelope, Odysseus’s devoted and long-suffering wife. Brimming with movement, light, and song, the play is a feast for the eyes and mind.
Audience Advisory: Some Violence, Sexuality, and Mature Themes. Suitable for ages 15+.

For tickets visit the above website.


Young Frankenstein - The Canadian College of Performing Arts
April 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30pm; April 26 at 2PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Audience advisory: Some mature themes and language
Based closely on the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy classic, the live production becomes a musical theatre extravaganza. Young Frankenstein is a musical parody of so man horror films and the author, comedy legend Mel Brooks has long considered it his best film.

Tickets starting at: $32.00, discount available for seniors and students. Available at the box office Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Victoria Spring Home Expo
April 25-27, 2014
West Shore Parks and Recreation
http://www.homeshowtime.com/shows/2014-victorias-premier-show-of-the-year

General Admission: $6.00. For more information and hours please visit the above website.


David James and Big River (Johnny Cash Tribute Band)
April 26 at 7:30pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

David James & Big River with guests: B.J. Roberts & Yesterday's Wine performing live. This fundraiser for the Victoria Hospice Foundation will also be the official CD Release Party for B.J. Roberts new album "55 years of Country Music."

Tickets are: $33.50; $10 off for seniors & $15 off for students. Available at the box office Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


25th Annual Times Colonist 10K
April 27, 2014
Downtown Victoria
http://www.tc10k.ca/

The 25th Annual Times Colonist 10K will take place in beautiful downtown Victoria. Vancouver Island top international athletes will be among the 10,000 people participating in what is now the second largest 10K run in Canada and by far the most scenic! The spectacular race route winds through beautiful Beacon Hill Park, along the ocean side Dallas Road and finishes in front of the historic Parliament buildings.
With the Thrifty Foods 1.5K Family Run and wheelchair division it is a great fitness festival for the whole family!

For more information and registration visit the above website.


Lagrimas Crueles – or – Cruel Tears - Blue Bridge Repertory
April 29th- May 11th
Roxy Theatre
http://bluebridgetheatre.ca

In this modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice becomes a Mexican truck driver who falls in love with his American boss’s daughter.Exploring the tensions between Mexico and America in North America’s other border country, this musical extravaganza has delighted audience across Canada, in Mexico and around the world since its premiere in the mid 1970′s.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Uncork Your Palate
April 30, 2014 at 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Crystal Garden
http://www.vcm.bc.ca

Uncork Your Palate is an exciting wine, food and musical experience which raises funds for the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Net proceeds go to support VCM music education, music performance and community music outreach.

Tickets: $95 [must be purchased in advance - 19yrs + event] (A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price following the event).
Buy online at the above website or buy in person at The Strath Liquor Store, 919 Douglas Street,or at our VCM front desk 900 Johnson St.


Victoria Jazz Society presents: An Evening with Keb’ Mo’
May 1st, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.vcm.bc.ca

Three-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Keb’ Mo’ has been making critically acclaimed albums since 1994 when he released his self-titled debut and became a fresh face in the blues/roots genre. This singer/songwriter/guitarist has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America.” His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop.

Admission: $45.00 incl. taxes Advance/VJS Members ($49.00 incl. taxes @ the door). Also available at Victoria Jazz Society Office no service charges (202 – 345 Quebec Street, Harbour Towers Hotel, 250-388-4423), Lyles Place, and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca).


2014 Victoria Harbour Boat Show
May 1-4, 2014
Victoria Inner Harbour
http://www.bcyba.com

This is the place to see the latest in boating and get great deals on all your boating needs.

Tickets: 3 Day Pass $25.00; Adult $10.00; Students & Seniors $8.00 (Students will need a valid student ID for reduced rate);
16 and under free. Tickets are available on line. For more information visit the website above.


Bastion Square Public Market
May 1 - September 27, 2014 from 11 am – 5:30 pm
Bastion Square
http://bastionsquare.ca/

The market turns 19 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.
The market is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


James Bay Community Market
May 3 - October 25, 2014
Corner of Superior and Menzies, behind the parliament buildings
http://www.jamesbaymarket.com

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 3 - October 25, 2014
Moss Street
http://www.mossstreetmarket.com/

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, 2014
Otter Point Road across from Eustace
http://www.sookecountrymarket.com

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.


Bastion Square Sunday Market
May 4 - September 28, 2014 from 11 am - 4 pm
Bastion Square
http://bastionsquare.ca/sunday-market-at-bastion-square/

The former Government Street Sunday Market – and its fantastic Farmers’ Market – moved to Bastion Square and Langley Street on Sundays. This well-known market features an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, imports, and entertainment. The Farmers’ Market will feature farmers selling their locally grown produce and fruits; homemade breads, pastries, and tortillas; cheeses; preserves, chutneys, and relishes; free range eggs; and much more.


Sunday Market at Bastion Square
May 4 - September 28, 2014 from 11 am - 4.00 pm
Bastion Square
http://bastionsquare.ca/

This well-known Sunday Market opens May 4th and will feature an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, imports, farmers and entertainment. The arts and crafts section features wood workers, potters, jewelers, leather workers, and many more fine artisans.Every Sunday we will feature a local “Artist of the Day”.
The Farmers’ Market at Bastion Square on Sunday will feature farmers selling their locally grown produce and fruits; homemade breads, pastries, honey, preserves, chutneys, and relishes; free range eggs; and much more.


Brahms Requiem - Victoria Symphony Signature Series
May 10, at 8PM; May 11, at 2:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This remarkable season finale features Maestra Tania Miller leading soloists, orchestra, and 170 choristers in Brahms’ monumental German Requiem

Tickets starting at $35.00; discount available for seniors/students.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.


Victoria Conservatory of Music Garden Tour Fundraising Event
May 10 and 11, 2014 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Different venues
http://vcm.bc.ca/events/victoria-garden-tour/

There is no other life once gardening possesses your soul. Connect with the glory of Spring. Your two-day pass grants you exclusive passage to a hand-picked selection of enchanting private gardens in Victoria. Delight in the inspiration and joy of gardening.

Tickets and Two Day Passes for the self-guided garden tour are available at the VCM, and other locations, please visit the above website for a list and more information.


Saanich Artist Studio Tours and Exhibition
May 10-24, 2014
Different venues
http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/recreation/whatsnew.html

May is the month when many artists around Saanich welcome visitors into their home studios for behind the scenes tours of their works and where they create. Studio tours are free and feature well known local visual artists.

For information and studio locations go to: www.gobc.ca or the website above.


Mother's Day Concert
May 11, 2014 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Playfair Park
http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/recreation/whatsnew.html

Features Reynolds Secondary School Band.

Free Admission


Mother's Day Paint In and Craft Fair
May 11 from 10 am to 4 pm
Hatley Park National Historic Site at Royal Roads University
http://www.hatleypark.ca/paint-in.htm

Royal Roads University welcomes the community to its historic campus for a perennially popular family event, the Mother’s Day Paint In.
Free admission to Hatley Castle and gardens and 30-minute castle tours. $5 all day parking. Truffles Catering will provide a family-friendly menu.
Local artisans will display hand sculpted and painted glass art, organic seasonings, fudge, jewelry, garden stepping stones, home grown plants and many more.
For more information visit the website above.


Thoroughly Modern Millie
May 2, 3, 9 & 10, at 8PM; May 4 & 11, at 2PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In the fast-paced 1920s, a girl from Kansas moves to New York City to marry a rich man. She samples the "thoroughly modern" flapper life, makes friends, finds unexpected romance and nearly gets caught up in a white slavery ring in this stage version of the 1967 film musical.

Tickets starting at: $21.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Victoria Soul Gospel Choir with Checo Tohomaso
May 11th, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http//www.vcm.bc.ca

A wonderful concert in support of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and an exciting finale to our 32nd Annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour.
The concert will deliver a unique blend of Soul, R&B, Gospel, Calypso, and Reggae that audiences can’t resist! Directed by the enigmatic Checo Tohomaso tickets make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift.

Victoria Gospel Choir – $10; 32nd Annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour – $30
or purchase tickets to both in one easy transaction – Weekend Bundle. Available on line at the above website.


Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell
May 12, at 7:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The concert will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows.

Tickets starting at: $100.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Ron James
May 13, at 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Topics as diverse as battles with Bell Customer Service, professional sports, visiting pandas, international conflict, trash TV, religion, sex, hope, Hell and apocalyptic weather, Ron's comedic perspective is guaranteed to lighten the load of your daily grind.

Tickets are: $56.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Tommy Emmanuel
May 14, 8pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Tommy Emmanuel is, without question, the most trend-setting guitarist of our time. His solo concerts are a dazzling display of virtuosity presented with a charismatic flare unlike anything you have ever experienced.

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


Sidney Street Market
May 15 to August 28 every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Beacon Avenue, Sidney
http://www.sidneystreetmarket.com

Every Thursday night over 200 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.


3rd Annual Off-the-Grid Music Festival and YesBC Greater Victoria Youth Climate Action Summit
April 17, 2014
Claremont School at 4980 Wesley Road
http://offthegridfestival.ca/

The main field of Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site will be the central stage for the 2013 Off-the-grid Music festival. The soundstage for this mega FREE concert, welcoming aspiring young musicians, will be powered up with the clean, green energy of human—including our mascot Parka—and solar power! Teenagers, students and their family are welcome.

For more information visit www.offthegridfestival.ca


Diemahler Chamber Music Spring 2014 - Latin Extravaganza
May 17 and 18 at 2.30 pm
See below
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

May 17, at 2:30pm - St. Mary's the Virgin (1701 Elgin Rd).
May 18, at 2:30pm - Tom Lee Recital Hall (105-2401 Millstream Rd)

Tickets are $25.00; discount available for seniors. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival
May 17 - 18, 2014
Topaz Park
http://www.victoriahighlandgames.com

The Celtic Festival will include a wide range of Scottish and Celtic music and dance. Other activities include bagpipe and drum competitions, pipebands, kilted golf tournement, tug of war competition, haggis hurling competition, sheep dog herding competition, Spirit of the West concert, and much more.

For more information on this event visit the website above.


Luxton Pro Rodeo
May 17, 18 and 19, 2014
Luxton Fairgrounds, Sooke Road and Happy Valley Road
http://www.members.shaw.ca/luxtonrodeo/events.html

Saddle and Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Ladies Barrels, Team Roping, Mutton Bustin, and Mutton Scramble. Specialty Acts and free admission to midway, crafts, vendors, blacksmithing and heritage displays.

Tickets at the gate. Visit the website for more information.


Island Farms Victoria Day Parade
May 19, 2014
Along Douglas Street to Humboldt

Victoria's largest parade event, with over 150 entries. This yearly event includes bands from Victoria and the United States, clowns, floats etc. Fun for the whole family.
The parade starts from Mayfair Mall at 9:00 am and proceeds along Douglas Street finishing at the intersection of Douglas and Humboldt in the downtown core.


Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot Production of The Tempest Replica
May 21, at 8PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Based on motifs and themes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, this is a work of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination, the civilized and the wild. And those dualities are boldly reflected in two parallel worlds onstage.

Tickets starting at:$62.50 (10% discount for Dance Victoria Subscribers). Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Uno Fest 2014
May 21 – 31, 2014
Metro Studio and Intrepid Theatre Club
http://www.intrepidtheatre.com/uno-fest-2013/

Intrepid Theatre’s annual Uno Fest, a ten day thrill ride of intriguing and innovative independent theatre is North America’s longest running festival of solo performances. Uno Fest brings profound and personal stories from across Canada and North America.

Tickets in advance or at the door. Or just contact Ticket Rocket at 250-590-6291 or ticketrocket.org. For more information visit the above website.


Victoria Conservatory of Music and Vox Humana - "Then and Now" J.S. Bach and Arvo Pärt: A choral Celebration
May 22, at 8PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is programming a unique pairing of choral masterworks as their contribution to the upcoming centennial celebration: The Magnificat by J.S. Bach, and the Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

Tickets starting at: $32.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


A West Coast Roots Celebration - Centennial Festival
May 23, at 8PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Victoria has long had a vibrant scene when it comes to “roots music,” those performers and singer-songwriters whose passions range from folk to alt-country. And who better than Daniel Lapp to organize a “Roots Celebration”? He plans to have at least a dozen musicians on stage, more or less all the time.

Tickets are: $32.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria with Ben Heppner - Centennial Festival
May 23, at 8PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The symphony will perform some of the suites from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet as well as Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

Tickets starting at: $46.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


Fired Up - A Toast to Clay
May 23, 2014 from 6 pm -9 pm; May 24 and May 25 from 10am - 5pm
Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Road, Metchosin
http://www.firedup.ca

Since 1984 the Fired Up! annual exhibition and sale of handmade functional pottery and one of a kind clay art is always held the last weekend of May in beautiful Metchosin.

Free Admission - Wheelchair Accessible. For more information visit the website above.


Rock the Royal - Centennial Festival
May 24, at 8PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

From its early punk and new wave roots to the grunge inspired sounds of the 90's, Victoria has a rich musical history when it comes to Rock music in all of its varieties. At this concert, you will hear a selection of the city's finest, pay tribute to past artists and themselves in one amazing evening that is sure to spark great memories with its melodies.

Tickets are: $27.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


Selkirk Waterfront Festival
May 24 from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Selkirk waterfront area (Gorge Rd. East and Jutland Rd.)
http://www.burnsidegorge.ca/events/selkirk-waterfront-festival-2014

A free event, hosted by the Burnside Gorge Community Association. This festival offers the thrills of carnival-style rides and activities, tasty treats in the Food Court and unique items for sale in the Vendors Market. Participants will also enjoy live entertainment by talented performers.
Local favourites Caleb Kennedy and the Colts are returning this year to provide musical entertainment, along with Salsa Caliente, Bugaloo en Orbit and Motown masters, The Soul Shakers.

For more information please visit the website above.


VOS celebrates the American Musical - Centennial Festival
May 24, at 8PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Including medleys, they will showcase a hundred toe-tapping tunes from classics such as Oklahoma and contemporary shows like Wicked, Grease and Billy Elliot.

Tickets starting at: $32.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


71st Swiftsure International Yacht Race
May 24-26
Inner Harbour
http://www.swiftsure.org

Victoria's challenging overnight offshore long-distance sailing race. Four distinct courses from 78 to 140 nautical miles. Join the festivities and mingle with the crews in the Inner Harbour before the race day. Head for Dallas Road to watch the race start on Saturday morning. It's a sailor's dream!

For more information and registration visit the above website.


Chris Botti with the Victoria Symphony - Centennial Festival
May 25, at 7:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Chris Botti was an early fan of jazz trumpet, especially the ballads of Miles Davis. A fluent instrumentalist and inspired performer whose on-stage charisma is unrivaled, he has long been one of the most beloved performers of contemporary jazz.

Tickets starting at: $47.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


Oak Bay KOOL Half Marathon and 10.73K + Asics Relay
May 25, 2014
Oak Bay
http://www.oakbayhalf.com

Half marathon (21.1 K), a team relay, kids 2 K Challenge, and 400m Fun Dash.
Charitable beneficiary: CFAX Santas Anonymous. For more information visit the website above.


Raffi - Centennial Festival
May 25, at 2PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Raffi has toured infrequently in recent years, and this family concert in Victoria offers a rare opportunity for fans-turned-parents to introduce their own children to this truly beloved and unique entertainer.

Tickets starting at: $32.00. VIP ticket also available for: $57.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.
Proceeds to benefit the Centre for Child Honouring


Bachman and Turner with Guests Barney Bentall - Centennial Festival
May 26, at 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

After reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner - musicians at the heart of legendary band Bachman-Turner Overdrive - continue to thrill fans around the world with their power-driven tunes. The Masters of Rock are back on the road this summer as full-throttle rock machine.

Tickets starting at: $89.25. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


The Greates Love of All - The Whitney Houston Show
May 26, at 8:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A tribute to a woman who has long been an icon of pop music and vocal ability. Accomplished South African vocalist Belinda Davids was selected to pay reverence to Houston with her carefully crafted renditions. It's her intimate knowledge and love of Houston's music that give this show a personal, heart-felt feel.

Tickets are $64.50 or $54.50; children $35.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


Bike to Work Week
May 26 to June 01
Greater Victoria
http://biketowork.ca/victoria

Our 20th anniversary campaign will feature 20 celebration stations, our annual Launch event and a live concert Saturday May 31, 2014 closing the week.

Unique to Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week are our cycling skills courses for adults, youth and children; sponsored by the Capital Region District's Ride On! program. These courses are fun, informative, build confidence and introduce participants to the cycling community. Please visit the website for more information or contact Theresa at theresa@biketowork.ca.


Ben Portsmouth "The Ultimate Elvis Tribute"
May 29 at 7PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Ben has the look, the voice and stage charisma that will have the audience transfixed. Ben will perform songs from Elvis’ historic 1968 Comeback Special as well as Elvis’ concert years.

Tickets are $43.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


Carmina Burana - Ballet Victoria
May 30, at 7:30PM; May 31, at 2PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Carl Orff's epic score, live music and the emotionally charged voices of the choir drive one of Destrooper's masterpieces. Don't miss this sell out performance!

Tickets starting at: $40.00, discount available for seniors, students & children. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website.


Sooke's Secret Garden Tour
June 1, 2014 from 10 am 4 pm
Various gardens in Sooke
http://www.sookephil.ca

A wonderful blend of ornamental, natural and oceanfront gardens. Creative water features and garden structures provide interesting and contrasting elements that share the focus with a wide variety of shrubs, trees, perennials, fruits and vegetables.

Tickets are $20. Visit the website above for tickets and maps for the self guided tour.


Bayview Place Island Savings Open
June 1-8, 2014
Uplands Golf Club
http://www.tcopen.ca

The 2014 Bayview Place Island Savings Open will be played at the beautiful, mature and challenging Uplands Golf Club. Uplands Golf Club which opened in 1922 is regarded as one of the finest golf courses in all of British Columbia.
This year, all funds will be supporting the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

For more information visit the website above.


SMUS presents: The Gypsy Baron
June 4 and 5, 2014 at 7:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The Gypsy Baron is an operetta by the great composer, Johann Strauss Junior. The story tells the tale of a young Hungarian man, Sandor Barinkay, who has inherited his father's dilapidated castle.

Tickets are: $24.00, $6.00 off for students. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops: On The Couch
June 6 at 8:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A spontaneous, totally improvised comedy show. Join Whose Line Is It Anyway?
stars Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops for 90 minutes of in-the-moment hilarity.
Bring your ideas and be part of the show!

Tickets starting at: $46.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Brentwood Bay Festival
June 7, 2014
Brentwood Bay park
http://www.brentwoodbay.info

The parade starts at 10 a.m. There is mini golf, bouncy clown, roving clowns, face painting, art in the park and more for kids of all ages! The mainstage always has some great entertainment.

For more information visit the website above.


Oak Bay Tea Party
June 7-8, 2014
Oak Bay at Willows Beach
http://www.oakbayteaparty.com

This is a fun time for the community and helping service organizations raise funds. The Mad Hatter Fun Run is a Tea Party tradition started and still run by Rob Reid of Frontrunners. The run starts at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 1st at Windsor Park and follows the parade route. Parents with strollers and babies are encouraged to participate. All proceeds of the Fun Run are being donated to the Victoria Cool Aid Society Shelter Fund.


Peninsula Country Market
June 7 - October 11, 2014 from 9:00-1:00. Every Saturday
Saanich Fairgrounds 1528 Stelly's Cross Road
http://www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca/

This vibrant open air market has more than 50 vendors offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts. Enjoy a country morning among friends with live music, hot coffee, great munchies and a kid's korral.

For more information visit the above website.


BC Family Fishing Weekend
June 13 - June 15, 2014
Lakes, Streams and Tidal Waters
http://www.bcfamilyfishing.com/default.htm

This is the weekend when the province of BC issues complimentary three-day freshwater fishing licenses to fish most of the thousands of lakes and rivers in the province. The event is for families and anglers of all abilities.

For more information and locations visit the above website.


Buccaneer Days
June 13 - 15, 2014
Archie Browning Sports Centre
http://www.esquimaltbuccaneerdays.ca/

This fun-filled weekend is loaded with events for all ages, including a midway, dance, beer garden, rugby tournament, sky divers, kids play zone, races and parade.

For more information visit the website above.


Operation Trackshoes
June 13- 15, 2014
University of Victoria
http://www.trackshoes.ca

A sports festival for the citizens of British Columbia who have a developmental disability. Operation Trackshoes (OT) is for anyone in British Columbia between the ages of 6 and 80 who has a developmental disability. The festival offers a fun-filled weekend with family picnic type games, swimming, softball, basketball, and great social events including a fabulous dinner and dance.

Check the website for more information.


Sooke River Bluegrass Festival
June 13, 14 and 15, 2014
Sooke River Campground
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Kick off the festival-camping season with Bluegrass and Old-Time Music! The event is family friendly and features a wide range of local acoustic talent, food vendors and music workshops.

For tickets and more information visit the above website.


Vancouver Island Cultural Festival
June 14 from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm and June 22 from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
St. Ann's Academy
http://www.vicfest.ca

V.I.C. Fest is a one day outdoor festival located in the heart of Downtown Victoria. The day will be filled with culture, entertainment and samplings of select Breweries and Wineries from Vancouver Island. As the sun goes down, a full service beer garden will open and the main stage will explode with the absolute best live music the Island has to offer.

For tickets and more information on the schedule and line-up of artists visit the above website.


Diemahler Chamber Music Spring 2014 - Russian Masters
June 14 and 15 at 2.30
See below
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

June 14, at 2:30pm - St. Mary's the Virgin (1701 Elgin Rd).
June 15, at 2:30pm - Tom Lee Recital Hall (105-2401 Millstream Rd).

Tickets are $25.00; discount available for seniors. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon and Saunder's Family Walk
June 15, 2014
Elk Lake, Hamsterley Park
http://triseries.ca/victoria/

This tremendously popular, yet low-key and grassroots race is a perennial sell-out! Staged on the edge of beautiful Victoria, this event is famous for its 2 loop trail run course around scenic Elk Lake.

For more information visit the above website.


Coronation Street Tyrone and Kirk 'Causin' A Stir
June 19 at 7:30PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Tyrone & Kirk, what can one say their roles are Corrie classics, their antics on & off camera are legendary. With a twinkle of their eye they can bring you right to the Rovers Return Pub where many of their escapades on Coronation St have started (and ended). Hear them share wonderful stories in a hosted style show. Come see two of Coronation Street’s most charismatic ‘Characters’, with a capital C.

Tickets are $49.50; VIP Tickets are $92.50 for rows AA – D which includes a VIP post show meet and greet. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Hiromi plus Brandi Disterheft - TD Jazzfest 2014
June 20, at 7:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Over the past decade, pianist and composer Hiromi has redefined the parameters of creative musical virtuosity. Her electrifying performances achieve startling levels of wildness, complexity, and sophistication.

Tickets starting at: $39.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


TD Victoria International JazzFest
June 20 - June 29, 2014
Various venues in downtown Victoria
http://www.jazzvictoria.ca/

The biggest summertime music festival on Vancouver Island, Jazzfest promises jazz, blues, gospel and world beat music of the highest calibre. More than 250 musicians in more than 60 performances entertain at venues around the city.

For more information about shows, locations and tickets visit the above website or go to www.rmts.bc.ca.


Bobby McFerrin - TD Jazzfest
June 21, at 7:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Listening to Bobby McFerrin sing may be hazardous to your preconceptions: side effects may include unparalleled joy and a sudden, irreversible urge to lead a more spontaneous existence.

Tickets starting at: $68.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


VGF Doppio (Victoria Gran Fondo)
June 21, 2014
Southern Vancouver Island
http://www.victoriagranfondo.com/

This year we decided to change the name of the event from just the “Victoria Gran Fondo” to “The VGF Doppio”. We did it to lend weight to the distance of this endurance challenge. Doppio is double in Italian. The VGF is double the distance of most other North American Gran Fondos. We share a historic connection with the classic European Gran Fondos which, like ours, are doppio distance.

For registration and more details visit the above website.


Angélique Kidjo - TD Jazzfest
June 24, at 7:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A vocalist fluent in four languages, Grammy Award winning Angélique Kidjo is one of the world’s most recognizable and respected musical forces. Kidjo’s music draws from the rich sounds and rhythms of the West African nation of Benin, where she was born.

Tickets starting at: $45.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Steve Earle and The Dukes
June 24, at 7:30PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Steve Earle has released his fifteenth studio album, The Low Highway, to worldwide critical acclaim in Spring 2013.

Tickets starting at: $57.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Tall Tree Music Festival
June 27th, doors at 12pm; June 28th and 29th , doors at 10am
Brown's Mountain, Port Renfrew
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This event is 19+ only (no minors). You will require 2 pieces of id.

Festival Pass and Camping or RV pass available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


The Island Summer Games
June 27-29, 2014
Topaz Park
http://www.victoriaexplorer.com/events/island-summer-games-june-27-29-2014/

Now in its 5th year of operation, the Island Summer Games offers a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, slo-pitch, soccer, dodgeball, touch football and 4-on-4 ball hockey. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to register to create a team to partake in the sporting events.
In addition to the sporting events, there will be DJ’s, a beer garden, an outdoor barbecue, food vendors, exhibitors, awards and much more!
This is a charitable event, each year benefiting local non-profit organizations.

For more information visit the website above.


Cassandra Wilson - TD Jazzfest
June 28, at 7:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson has been defying genres throughout her 26 year career and was called “America’s Best Singer” by Time Magazine. Wilson’s rich, expressive voice explores vintage blues, country, and folk, always with haunting results.

Tickets starting at: $45.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts
June 28, at 7:30PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

One of music's most highly respected and prolific artists, Weiland has remained a dominant force in rock music. Hit Parader has ranked this talented and versatile vocalist #57 in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists.

Tickets are: $75.00 or $158.50. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


Butchart Gardens Concerts and Fireworks
June 28 - August 30, 2014
Butchart Gardens
http://www.butchartgardens.com

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.


Victoria Pride Week
June 29 – July 6, 2014
MacDonald Park
http://victoriapridesociety.org/

The Pride Parade and Festival are on July 6. The Parade makes it's way down Government street, toward the Legislature, and finishes at MacDonald park in James Bay. Don't miss our annual display of colour, diversity, and PRIDE!

For more information visit the website above.


Sidney Days and Family Fun Fair
June 30 - July 1, 2014
Various locations in Sidney
http://www.peninsulacelebrations.ca/

Events during the Sidney Days include the opening ceremonies and entertainment, Canada Day parade at 11.30, Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast, fireworks and more.

For events, times and locations visit the above website.


Gorge Canada Day Picnic
July 1, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Gorge Waterway
http://www.gorgecanadaday.ca/

Celebrate Canada Day along the Gorge Waterway with a pancake breakfast, family parade, stage entertainment, classic cars, kids’ activities, canoe rides, buskers corner, street hockey, Strawberry Tea, Canada Day market, and more.

Free admission.


Music in the Park 2014
July 1 to August 26, 2014 from 6-8 pm
Saanich Parks
http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/recreation/whatsnew.html

Be sure to highlight Tuesday evenings on your calendar for another exciting season of Music In The Park in Saanich, hosted by Saanich Parks & Recreation and the Saanich Legacy Foundation. Every Tuesday evening enjoy music, face painting and crafts for kids in your local park. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase refreshments.

For more information on dates and which park visit the website above.


Saanich Strawberry Festival
July 6, 2014 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Beaver Lake Park
http://www.saanichsunfest.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119&Itemid=63

This event originated as a celebration of the agricultural roots of Saanich and has blossomed into a grand festival for all ages. Bring a blanket and enjoy a day at the beach while listening to music and watching pony rides, children's relay race and much more.
In keeping with tradition, the highlight of the day is still the tried and true, traditional strawberries and ice cream!


Victoria International Track Classic
July 8, 2014
Centennial Stadium
http://www.trackclassic.com

The 2014 Victoria International Track Classic is celebrating 26 years of athletic excellence. This year’s event will celebrate 20 years since the Commonwealth Games took place in Victoria in 1994.

For more information visit the above website.


8th Annual Watergarden Tour
July 12, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Gardens in the Greater Victoria area
http://www.fortheloveofafrica.org

Bigger and better than ever, the 8th annual Water Garden tour features a number of Victoria’s landscape designers and home owners proudly showcasing their private water gardens to the public. 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 and the sounds of live music too.

Tickets go on sale June 1, 2014 at all garden centres and online. Proceeds from the tour will support projects in Africa.


Alma de Espana "Pasajes"
July 12, at 8:00PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This summer Alma de Espana takes to the stage with a 5 star line-up of international Flamenco artists and many local performers.

Tickets starting at: $65.00. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatre Box Office by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website. For more information visit the website above.


30th Annual Islands Folk Festival
July 18, 19, 20, 2014
Providence Farm, Duncan
http://www.folkfest.bc.ca

Three days of music on six stages by 150 musicians!

For camping facilities and tickets visit the website above.


TD Art Gallery Paint-In
July 19, 2014 at 11.00 am - 4 pm
Moss Street from Fort to Dallas
http://aggv.ca/events/td-art-gallery-paint

Vancouver Island's largest outdoor visual art event is a community outreach initiative featuring 180+ invited professional and emerging artists from Victoria and surrounding areas. Artists take their studios to the street to display and produce their work. The Paint-In is a free and fun-filled community-based art awareness and education event that sees up to 35,000 visitors.


Victoria Summer Music Festival
July 22-August 5, 2014
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall (UVic MacLaurin Building)
http://www.vsmf.org/

The Victoria Summer Music Festival continually presents the best in chamber music. As always we offer a wide range of music. Pre-concert talks are the perfect complement to our wonderful concerts. Join us at 6:40 PM on most evenings for a sneak peek at each concert's repertoire.

For tickets and a program visit the above website.


Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine
July 24-27, 2014
Different venues in Victoria
http://www.victoriataste.com/

Taste uncorks Thursday July 24, 2014 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.


Jumpship - mountain bike event
August 2 and 3, 2014
Inner Harbour
http://jumpshipcontest.com/

Jumpship will bring mind blowing skill and fearless competitiveness to a new level as riders will battle for cash and personal pride on a set of technical dirt and wooden features in Canada’s most beautiful city.

For more information visit the above website.


Cadboro Bay Festival
August 10, 2014 from 11 am to 3 pm
Gyro Park
http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/recreation/whatsnew.html

Enjoy building your own sand sculpture at the beach or take part in variety of hands-on activities including bouncy castles, face painting, the pirate school, the Saanich game board, kids treasure map, hand drum workshops, information displays, and arts & craft stations. Live, local entertainment on stage throughout the day.

Free Admission


 
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