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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.


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.


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.


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.


North Saanich Farm Market
June 7 - October 11 from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
St. John's United Church garden, 10990 West Saanich Road
http://www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca/market.html

Every Saturday. Seasonal vegetables and fruit, baked goods, honey, eggs, meat, arts and crafts.

For more information visit the website above.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Boeing Boeing
July 24 to August 2, 2014
Langham Court Theatre at 805 Langham Court
http://www.langhamtheatre.ca/boxoffice/plays/the-penelopiad/

“Drink up, we’re in for a bumpy night!” Meet Bernard. Bernard loves women – particularly airline stewardesses. In fact, he’s engaged to three of them: Gretchen, Gabriella, and Gloria. He makes his unique situation work thanks to the precision timing of modern flight schedules. But his plan soon hits a little turbulence… “Boeing Boeing is the very opposite of what you might expect. It’s not smutty at all. It’s deliciously, deliriously innocent!” – The New York Times

For tickets visit the website above.


Sooke Fine Arts Show
July 25 - August 4, 2014 from 10am-8pm
SEAPARC Leisure Complex - 2168 Phillips Road, Sooke, BC
http://www.sookefinearts.com

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.


2014 Tango and Latin Festival
July 31 - August 3
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.passion4tango.com

This festival presents a mash-up of music and dance performers from Central and South America, Cuba, U.S., Quebec and B.C. Classical to jazz to fusion - tango and Latin music have something for everyone.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Sunfest Country Music Festival
July 31-August 3, 2014
Duncan
sunfestconcerts.com

You won't find a better country music festival in this province than Sunfest, the Duncan-based hootenanny. Consitently increasing its scope, Sunfest is gunning for the big time this year with Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, George Canyon, Dean Brody, and more.

Tickets from $30-$180 for the full 4-day event. Available online at the above website.


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.


Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
August 3, at 7:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Tickets are: $87.00. 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.


Symphony Splash
August 3, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.
Inner Harbour, Victoria
http://www.victoriasymphony.ca/concerts/index.asp

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.


World War Commemorations. Mobilize, Victoria: A City Goes to War
August 8-10, 2014
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2013.aspx#military

Bring the sights, smells, sounds and taste of Victoria 100 years ago to your family. Costumed re-enactors from the Victoria-Esquimalt Military Re-enactor Association and Parks Canada bring the last days of peace to life, when families gathered to make happy memories before the soldiers sailed overseas.


20th annual Arts and Music in the Gardens
August 9 and 10, 2014
Gardens at Horticultural Centre of the Pacific
http://hcp.ca

Over 60 artists will display their artwork and meet visitors. A gallery will display the works of 12 emerging artists. There will be live music played throughout the Gardens, spectacular Land Art Displays by the Victoria Flower Arrangers' Guild, and classic cars with a parade of classic cars at the end of each day.

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


Victoria Flamenco Festival
August 11 – 17, 2014
Centennial Square
http://www.flamencodelaisla.org

The Flamenco de la Isla Society is proud to present the 2nd annual Victoria Flamenco Festival.
Flamenco Lunch in the Square offers free lunch-hour performances

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


Integrate Art Crawl
August 15-16, 2014 (All Day)
Various Locations in Victoria
http://integratearts.ca/about/

The Integrate Arts Festival map will guide the public to a variety of exhibitions and events at participating galleries, publicly accessible studios, and various sites throughout the city. You can access the map using the Integrate brochure (found at participating locations) as well as the standard and mobile website views on your smartphone. A hop on/hop off bus is provided on the opening evening of the Festival to circulate participants throughout the Victoria area and a family-friendly bike tour will lead participants on the second day for optimal enjoyment of the Festival and this great city!

A free event.


Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
August 15, 16 and 17, 2014
Inner Harbour
http://www.victoriadragonboat.com/

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.


Fringe Theatre Festival
August 21 - 3 1, 2014
Several venues around town
http://www.intrepidtheatre.com/fringe/

Eleven days of amazing live comedy, drama, dance, spoken word, musicals and physical theatre – over 370 performances in 9 venues. Fringe-going is easy, fun and slightly addictive. Once you start, you won't want to stop! It's really the best part of the summer.

For more information visit the website above.


Greekfest
August 22 and 24 and on August 29-September 1
4648 Elk Lake Drive
http://www.greekfest.ca

Greek Fest will be happening over TWO fun filled weekends! With more entertainment and of course delicious Greek food, we are looking forward to Greek Fest 2014 being lots of fun for the whole family! So choose the weekend that works for you, or come both weekends – whatever you choose, you will have a great time at Greek Fest 2014! See you there! OPA!

For more information visit the above website.


Ryder Hesjedal's Tour de Victoria
August 24, 2014
Greater Victoria
http://www.tourdevictoria.com/

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.


Saanich Fall Fair
August 30 – Septembeer 1, 2014
Saanich Fairgrounds
http://www.saanichfair.ca

This fair on the Saanich Peninsula takes place during the Labour Day weekend and has something for everyone. The oldest agricultural fair in Western Canada, the atmosphere here is one of a traditional country fair with agricultural displays and prize-winning livestock, arts and crafts, fairgrounds and entertainment.

For more information visit the website above.


Vancouver Island Blues Bash
August 30-September 1, 2014
Ship Point at the Inner Harbour
http://jazzvictoria.ca/blues-bash

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 or call 250.388.4423.


Jann Arden with Rose Cousins
September 4, at 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice – Jann Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multi-dimensional talent.

Tickets starting at $61.50. Ticket Limit: 8 per person. Available at McPherson and Royal Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Great Canadian Beer Festival
September 5 from 3 - 8 pm and September 6 from Noon - 5 pm
Royal Athletic Park
http://www.gcbf.com

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.


Eliza Gilkyson
September 6, at 7:30PM
Oak Bay United Church (1355 Mitchell St.)
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles.

Tickets are: $35.50, discounts for students. Available at the McPherson Box Office, by phone 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above. For more information visit the website.


Rifflandia
September 11 to 14, 2014
Various times & venues
http://www.rifflandia.com

Super, VIP, Park and Night Passes are available. For tickets and more information about venues and times visit the above website.


Disney Junior Presents - Imagination Movers Live!
September 13 at 1:30PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In 2003, four New Orleans friends – Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith – had an idea. They thought kids wanted and deserved music that spoke to them, not down to them. So, they started gathering after their kids’ bedtimes to write songs and brainstorm ideas about a children’s television show. The show attracts parents and children alike with an eclectic pop sensibility and lyrical turns about healthy snacks and playing catch and conquering childhood fears of bedtime.

Tickets starting at $35.50. A meet and greet can be added on for $40.00 per person. Available at McPherson and Royal Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Victoria International Chalk Art Festival
September 13-14
Royal British Columbia Museum and Government Street
http://www.victoriachalkfestival.com/

Canada’s largest street painting festival! Our family friendly, free-to-attend arts celebration presents some of the world’s top international chalk artists as well as artists from our local community and the Lower Mainland. The performance stage features many singers, dancers and drummers from our First Nation’s community. There will be many more artists, a kid’s chalk zone, a food village and more!

For more information visit the website above.


Annual English Car Affair in the Park
September 14, 2014
Fort Rodd Hill
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2013.aspx#military

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.


Wayne Brady
September 21, at 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Wayne Alphonso Brady is an American actor, singer, comedian and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Tickets starting at $61.50. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Alan Jackson
September 22 at 7.30 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Country superstar Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.

Tickets (incl. HST) $102.75, $92.75, $72.75. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. For more information visit the above website.


Lantern Tour - The warmth of candlelight
September 27, 2014
Fort Rodd Hill
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2014.aspx#cadillac

Grab your coats and step into time as Fort Rodd Hill opens its doors for an exclusive, after-dark guided tour. See the gun batteries by lantern light and eavesdrop on re-enactors in uniform going about the daily activities of garrison life. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of life at Rodd Hill during the period of 1897-1956. There may even be a few surprises along the way!


Salt Spring Island Apple Festival
September 28,2014
Salt Spring Island
http://www.saltspringapplefestival.org

The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival is an incredible little community event, attracting about 1500 apple lovers, celebrating the apples (and food) of Salt Spring Island and connecting you with the farms and farmers that produce this very special diversity of tasty, healthy food. Salt Spring Island, BC grows over 350 varieties of apples ORGANICALLY, with an apple history dating back to 1860.

For more information visit their website.


Russell Peters "Almost Famous World Tour"
September 29 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

The Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour” features all new material, plus Peters’ lightening fast improv with the audience.

Tickets (incl. HST) $92.50, $82.50, $67.50. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. For more information visit the above website.


Brad Paisley
October 2, 2014 at 7.30 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him numerous awards.

Tickets (incl. HST) $59.50, $95.50. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. For more information visit the above website.


Salmon Run
Mid October through early December
Goldstream Park
http://www.goldstreampark.com/salmon.htm

Every autumn, millions of Pacific salmon forge their way up the myriad streams of the Pacific northwest to spawn and die. Goldstream has a world-class salmon spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning each year. Look also for the speckled flanks of the sea-going Cutthroat trout that are here for a feast of roe. At night come the shy mink, raccoon, otter, and, perhaps, a bear. The end of the Salmon Run is a signal to the Bald Eagles that it is time to return to Goldstream for their annual salmon feast.

For more information about the salmon run visit the above website.


An Evening with Sarah McLachlan
October 18, 2014 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner.

Tickets (incl. HST) $80.00 & $50.00. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. For more information visit the above 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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