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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.

Definiciones (Definitions) - Carlos Colín
January 16 to April 19
Art Gallery of Victoria
http://aggv.ca

Language is imbued with social, cultural, and political biases. With Definiciones (Definitions), Carlos Colín explores the impact, limits, and ruptures of language in our everyday lives, and the ways in which language shapes our thinking about life, social structures, race, culture, geography, politics, and art.

For more information visit the website above.


In Another Place, And Here
January 24, 2015 to May 31, 2015
Art Gallery of Victoria
http://aggv.ca

This exhibition brings together the work of eight local, national, and international artists in an exploration of the relationships between geography, politics, identity–and photography.

For more information visit the website above.


Marimekko, With Love
February 7, 2015 to May 3, 2015
Art Gallery of Victoria
http://aggv.ca

This exposition provides a retrospective examination of the iconic Finnish design company’s mid-century origins and the role it played in shaping a new aesthetic and approach to living through fashion and design.

For more information visit the above website.


Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
April 4 - Ocotober 31 from 8:30am - 4pm, rain or shine
Oceanside at Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges
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.


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.


Def Leppard with Guests
April 17, 7:30pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://sofmc.com

The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name.

Tickets $99.50, $69.50, $49.50 plus convenience charges & applicable taxes.
Available at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office, by phone 250-220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com


Derek Edwards - Baloney & Wine
April 17, 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Derek Edwards - Baloney and Wine is an uproarious romp through the increasingly strange quirks of our daily routines. It's relentless and brazen, a tightly woven running commentary about human nature ... “the thinking man's coffee break.”

Tickets are $46.00. Subscription tickets also available. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatres Box Office, or by phone at 250.386.6121 or toll-free at 1.888.717.6121 or online on the website above.


Diemahler French Music Delights
April 18, 2:30pm
St Mary's The Virgin Oak Bay
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The DieMahler Ensemble specialises in masterful musical artistry, vibrancy, character, and very deep feeling, leaving no musical path unexplored.

Tickets are $25.00. Subscription tickets also available. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatres Box Office, or by phone at 250.386.6121 or toll-free at 1.888.717.6121 or online on the website above.


I Am In Need of Music -Victoria Symphony
April 18, 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A celebration of the written word and the rich literary community of the West Coast, this evening of music, song and literature is animated by themes of British Columbia’s rich heritage and culture. The evening’s music will be inspired by the work and readings of renowned writers Joy Kogawa, Susan Musgrave, George Bowering and others.

Tickets starting at $20.00. Subscription tickets also available. Available at the McPherson and Royal Theatres Box Office, or by phone at 250.386.6121 or toll-free at 1.888.717.6121 or online on the website above.


Saanich Cycling Festival
April 19 from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
University of Victoria: Lot #10
http://www.saanichcyclingfestival.ca/

The District of Saanich has partnered with a variety of Community Organizations to present the 5th annual Saanich Cycling Festival. The event features the BIG Family Bike Ride which is a mass participation ride celebrating Earth Day 2015. The ride will be escorted by the Saanich Police along the Shelbourne Street Corridor. There will be a 4.9 km Shelbourne Street route and a Kid's UVic route.

For more information visit the website above.


The Shriners Variety Show
April 23, 7:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Magic and Variety Shows 2015.

Tickets are $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 the above website.


Ballet West
April 24 and 25, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Ballet West is bringing 18 of their best dancers to Victoria in a full program that emphasizes the remarkable range of this company.

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 the above website.


VocaMe Germany - Early Music Society of the Islands
April 25, 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Hildegard of Bingen: Songs and Visions. This internationally acclaimed ensemble transports audiences back to the 12th century and makes it possible to share Hildegard’s ecstasy.

Tickets are $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 the above website.


26th Annual Times Colonist 10K
April 26, 2015
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.


Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - Victoria Symphony presents
April 27, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Finnish sensation Elina Vahala makes her VS debut playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of the foremost concertos of the Romantic era. Sibelius’ Symphony no. 4, an introspective journey through struggle and despair, is followed by his glorious and uplifting Symphony no. 7.

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


2015 Victoria Harbour Boat Show
April 30-May 3, 2015
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.

For more information visit the website above.


Bastion Square Public Market
April 30 - September 26 every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am – 5:30 pm
Bastion Square
http://bastionsquare.ca/

The market turns 20 this year! Stretching from Victoria’s waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this colourful open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.


The Piano Men - Victoria Symphony Pop Series
May 1, 8:00pm – May 3, 2:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

You’ll want to be here for this musical salute to two of the century’s most popular contemporary songwriters. From “Your Song” to “Candle in the Wind” and “Just the Way You Are,” award-winning pianist and singer Jim Witter takes you on a tour of the greatest hits of Billy Joel and Elton John.

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 the above website.


Les Miserables
May 1 – May 10
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread.

Tickets starting at $21.75. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


James Bay Community Market
May 2 - October 24, 2015
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 2 - October 24, 2015
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, 2015
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.


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.


Uno Fest 2015
May 8 – 24, 2015
Metro Studio and Intrepid Theatre Club
http://www.intrepidtheatre.com/uno-fest-2013/

Intrepid Theatre’s annual Uno Fest, a 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. For more information visit the above website.


Victoria Tartan Parade
May 9, 2015
Downtown Victoria
http://victoriahighlandgames.com/tartan-parade-2

Leaving Centennial Square (Victoria City Hall) at 11am, the parade will proceed down Government Street to the Parliament Buildings lawns. Around 11:30am, the pipe bands will march and play tunes, dancers will do a massed Highland Fling, and the caber will be tossed!

This is a free event and will be a colourful spectacle. For more information visit the above website.


Ravels Bolero - Victoria Symphony Signature Series
May 9, 8:00pm – May 10, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Pianist Joyce Yang makes her debut with the Victoria Symphony playing the brilliant and gorgeous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Maestra Miller then conducts Debussy’s transcendent Nocturnes, and the Victoria Symphony season closes in spectacular fashion with Ravel’s most famous piece, Bolero.

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 the above website.


Mother's Day Paint In and Craft Fair
May 10 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.
Highlights will include a variety of family entertainment, main-stage performances, children’s craft station and complimentary access to the gardens and Hatley Castle, with the opportunity to join a tour of Hatley Castle to share the significant history of the estate.

For more information visit the website above.


April Wine
May 13, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

45 years, 11 Juno nominations, 16 studio albums, 15 compilation albums, 9 live albums and 34 singles; APRIL WINE is iconic and eternal.

Tickets are $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 the above website.


Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC
May 13 – October 31, 2015
Royal BC Museum
http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/gold/

Through interactive displays and rare artifacts, this fascinating exhibition will show you how everything changed forever with the gold rushes of the 1800s, as class and racial barriers were broken down and people seized the extraordinary opportunities that glittered before them.

For more information visit the website above.


Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC
May 13 – October 31, 2015
Royal British Columbia Museum
https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Through interactive displays, rare artifacts and an international perspective, this fascinating exhibition will showcase the far-reaching impact of the gold rush, as class and racial barriers were broken down and people seized the extraordinary opportunities that glittered before them.

For more information visit the website above.



Sidney Street Market
May 14 to August 27 every Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Beacon Avenue, Sidney
http://www.sidneystreetmarket.com

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

For more information visit the website above.


Tommy Emmanuel CGP with special guests Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
May 15, 8:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Tommy Emmanuel was a child prodigy and by the age of six he was already working as a professional musician. His music and life are legendary in his native Australia, where he is a household name.

Tickets are $52.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Angela Hewitt Gala Benefit Recital
May 16, 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Proceeds of this benefit recital support the Cathedral’s music programs and the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Fund of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Tickets are $48.50. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Diemahler Music Around the World
May 16, 2:30pm
St Mary's The Virgin Oak Bay
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The DieMahler Ensemble specialises in masterful musical artistry, vibrancy, character, and very deep feeling, leaving no musical path unexplored.

Tickets are $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 the above website.


Annual Fort Rodd Hill Historic Military Encampment
May 16 and 17 from 10 am to 5.30 pm
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2013.aspx#military

Step back in time! Military re-enactment groups present living history at the Fort from the 1850's to the 1950's. This is part of an effort to show what the Fort was like during its service as an active military installation.

Regular site admission fees apply.


Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival
May 16, 17 and 18
Topaz Park
http://victoriahighlandgames.com

New events and exhibits include a Strongman Competition (on Monday only), a sheaf toss competition, the Celtic Cup – a three-day Gaelic Football Tournament, sheep dog herding demonstrations, hurling demonstrations, blacksmithing and more!

For more information and ticket prices visit the above website.


The Investors Group Stars on Ice - 25th Anniversary Tour
May 19 at 7:00 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://sofmc.com

The special 25th Anniversary Tour will celebrate the highlights and marquee performances of the past 25 years in a show that promises to bring fans of all ages the ultimate live figure skating experience, featuring a cast of Canada’s legends past, present, and future.

Tickets start at $27.63 and are available via www.starsonice.ca, www.selectyourtickets.com and by phone 250-220-7777. For 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.


Annual Off-the-Grid Music Festival and YesBC Greater Victoria Youth Climate Action Summit
April 23, 2015
2151 Cranmore Road, Victoria
http://offthegridfestival.ca/

Off The Grid is a festival presented free of charge to the community, courtesy of YesBC and our kind sponsors. The festival celebrates youth empowerment in environmental stewardship, with live music performances, art installations, demonstrations and information booths from local sustainability leaders, and a stage run entirely on human and solar power!

For more information visit the above website.


Boston Dance Collective - Inspiring the Dancers of Tomorrow
May 23, 1:00pm and 7:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

BDC promotes the development of dancers who are versatile, open minded, dedicated and focused on having solid technical and artistic sensibility.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for students and seniors and $15.00 for children 12 years and under. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Selkirk Waterfront Festival
May 23 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 the Lebeau-Petersen Band, and the boogie down beat of the Soul Shakers!.

For more information please visit the website above.


72nd Swiftsure International Yacht Race
May 23-25
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.


Oak Bay KOOL Half Marathon and 10.73K + Asics Relay
May 24, 2015
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. Come prepared to stay for a great post race party!!! For more information visit the website above.


Bike to Work Week
May 25 to 31, 2015
Greater Victoria
http://biketowork.ca/victoria

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.


Ryan Adams
May 26, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Ryan Adams, American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown, with whom he recorded three studio albums.

Tickets starting at $51.50. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Cirque du Soleil Varekai!
May 27 - 31, 2015
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://sofmc.com

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where something is possible. A world called Varekai.

Tickets $105.00, $80.00, $60.00, $45.00 plus convenience charges & applicable taxes. Available at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office, by phone 250-220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com


Annie's Rodeo and Other Works
May 29, 7:30pm – May 30, 2:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

“Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is the star attraction of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, entertaining royals like Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II. Copland’s riveting Rodeo score, a dash of rock and roll, and the works of three international choreographers kick off a ballet stampede!

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 the above website.


Fired Up - Art of the Garden
May 29, 2014 from 6 pm -9 pm; May 30 and May 31 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.


Dance Unlimited Recital
May 30, 1:00pm and 7:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Dance Unlimited is proudly celebrating 22 years of dance! They are committed to provide students with an education about performing arts while establishing discipline and self esteem.

Tickets are $23.50 for adults, $21.00 for seniors and children 12 years and under. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Bayview Place Island Savings Open
June 1-7, 2015
Uplands Golf Club
http://www.tcopen.ca

The 2015 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.


Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series
June 5-7, 2015
Victoria and area
http://vicf.ca/ai1ec_event/robert-cameron-law-cycling-series/?instance_id=

The cycling series presented by PISE is one of the most prestigious competitive cycling racing events in Western Canada with over 5000 spectators in attendance and 300+ athletes competing.
Peninsula Co-op Spring challenge June 5
Cheemo Perogies Cycling Classic June 6
Russ Hay's/Accent Inns Grand Prix; Tim Horton's Timbit Challenge and the Gain Celebrity Bike Challenge June 7

For more information visit the above website.


Brentwood Bay Festival
June 6, 2015
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.


Diemahler Music for the Americas
June 6, 2:30pm
St Mary's The Virgin Oak Bay
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The DieMahler Ensemble specialises in masterful musical artistry, vibrancy, character, and very deep feeling, leaving no musical path unexplored.

Tickets are $25.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Oak Bay Tea Party
June 6 and 7, 2015
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.


Sooke's Secret Garden Tour
June 7, 2015 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.


Dora the Explorer Live!
June 9, 6:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Dora has lost her teddy bear, and the search is on to find him. With help from the audience, Boots, Map, Backpack, Diego and more, Dora uses her directional, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the Number Pyramid and the Mixed-up Jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys.

Tickets starting at $31.50. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Marvel Universe Live!
June 11 at 7:00 pm - June 14 at 5:00 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://sofmc.com

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest.

Tickets $115.00, $75.00, $45.00, $30.00 plus convenience charges & applicable taxes. Available at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office, by phone 250-220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. For more information visit the website above.


Buccaneer Days
June 12, 13 and 14, 2015
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 12, 13 and 14, 2015
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.


Saunders Subaru Victoria Triathlon and Saunder's Family Walk
June 14, 2015
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 Gary and Owen
June 18, 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Truly a rare treat for Coronation Street fans, a chance to see and hear from the new generation of Corrie stars who are behind some of the latest exciting story lines that have had viewers on the edge of their seats: Ian Puleston-Davies and Mikey North who play quick-tempered builders and pseudo in-laws, Owen Armstrong and Gary Windass, on Britain’s longest-running television drama.

Tickets are $50.00. VIP seating is $92.00 and includes a post show Meet and Greet. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Ester Rada plus Pierre Aderne Duo
June 19, 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Glamorous and exotic, actress and singer Ester Rada was born in Israel of Ethiopian heritage. She forged an amazing hybrid out of Afropop and the contemporary music happening in Tel Aviv’s ultra-hip clubs. What emerged was a soul singer influenced as much by Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin as by Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.

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


International Military Band Concert
June 19, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This concert showcases the incredible talents and collaboration of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and military bands of Vancouver and Washington State in their one-night-only performance.

Tickets are $18.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


BC Family Fishing Weekend
June 19, 20 and 21, 2015
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.


Aboriginal Cultural Festival
June 19 - June 21, 2015
Royal British Columbia Museum
http://www.aboriginalbc.com/corporate/events/aboriginal-cultural-festival

The Royal BC Museum will host the outdoor event, which will feature a main stage for more than 30 scheduled performances, including those by three-time hoop dance world champion Alex Wells, an artisan craft fair showcasing arts and crafts certified by the new 2014 Authentic Indigenous Artisans Program, and an outdoor dining area where visitors can purchase food for sale including West Coast clam chowder, fry-bread, and Indian tacos.

For more information visit the above website.


Sooke River Bluegrass Festival
June 19, 20 and 21, 2015
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.


TD Victoria International JazzFest
June 19 - June 28, 2015
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.


The Bad Plus Joshua Redman plus Kneebody
June 23, 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Reinventing the standard jazz trio with a defiantly convention-breaking approach to improvisational music, The Bad Plus has carved out a niche as one of the most unique voices in modern music.

Tickets are $55.50. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton with Special Guest
June 24, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Grammy Award winner Lisa Fischer is a singer known for her wide, high-reaching vocal range. She has been on all tours with the Rolling Stones as a back-up singer since 1989, and she has also toured with Sting, Chris Botti, and Nine Inch Nails.

Tickets starting at $47.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Naturally 7 with Special Guest
June 25, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In a music world rife with technological tricks of the trade, one vital commodity is getting lost in the shuffle: the beauty of the human voice. Enter Naturally 7. Its members have perfected an intriguing a cappella style they’ve branded as “Vocal Play”—singing as instruments.

Tickets starting at $47.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


An Evening with Pink Martini
June 26, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The exciting 12-piece group Pink Martini performs everything from swinging Afro-Cuban rhythms, Parisian café tunes, Caribbean calypso, and Hollywood golden-era string arrangements.

Tickets starting at $67.50. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Tall Tree Music Festival
June 26, 27 and 28
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 on the website above.


Victoria Gran Fondo (The Doppio)
June 27, 2015
Southern Vancouver Island
http://www.victoriagranfondo.com/

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. A race of great distance and an endurance challenge.

For registration and more details visit the above website.


Tower of Power plus Jesse Roper
June 28, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

After nearly 50 years and 19 albums, Tower of Power remains an iconic band whose live shows are a thrilling reminder of what great music is all about. Proud purveyors of what they call “urban soul music,” Tower of Power is probably best known for its muscular and hard-hitting horn section.

Tickets starting at $62.50. Available at the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at the above website.


Victoria Pride Week
June 28 – July 5, 2015
MacDonald Park
http://victoriapridesociety.org/

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

For more information visit the website above.


Sidney Days and Family Fun Fair
June 30 - July 1, 2015
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.


Canada Day at Fort Rodd Hill
July 1, 2015
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2014.aspx#cadillac

Canada Day’s biggest birthday cake is always served at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Come celebrate Canada’s special day and join the excitement. Just clap your hands, or dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day. Be a kid again, jump in and take part in all the fun activities. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the HUGE cake.

Free admission and cake.


Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2015
Legislative grounds and Inner Harbour
http://www.victoriacanadaday.ca

Victoria Celebrates Canada Day 2015 is excited to once again announce an impressive line-up of family-friendly events, music performances, fireworks, and A Flavour of Canada

For more information visit the above website.


Gorge Canada Day Picnic
July 1, 2015 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Gorge Waterway
http://www.gorgecanadaday.ca/

Fun for the whole family, including the Canada Day Family Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Canada Day Show and Shine car show, Gorge on Art, multicultural food, Busker's Corner, Canada Day Artisan Market, Strawberry Tea, street hockey, and kids' inflatibles and activities.

Free admission.


Sooke Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2015
Sooke River Campground
http://www.canadadaysooke.ca/

This free admission annual celebration usually includes logging sports, competitions, and adult pie eating contest . Children's entertainment, and live music culminates with fireworks at dusk!

For more information on the program visit the website.


Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival
July 1 - 5, 2015
Ship Point at the Inner Harbour
http://victoriaskafest.ca

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

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


Butchart Gardens Concerts and Fireworks
July 4 - September 5, 2015
Butchart Gardens
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.


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.


Vancouver Island MusicFest
July 10-12, 2015
Comox Valley
http://www.islandmusicfest.com

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

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


Brian Regan with guests
July 11, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

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

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


Annual Vintage Cadillac Car Show
July 12, 2015
Fort Rodd Hill
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2013.aspx#military

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


Journey Sets 2015 Canadian Tour
July 13 at 7:00 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://sofmc.com

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

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


Aerosmith
July 16 at 7:30 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://sofmc.com

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

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


Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine
July 16-19, 2015
Different venues in Victoria
http://www.victoriataste.com/

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

For a full schedule and admission visit the website above.


Victoria International Buskers Festival
July 17 to July 26, 2015
Several locations downtown and lunchtime performances at The Bay
http://victoriabuskers.com

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

For more information please visit the above website.


Art Gallery Paint-In
July 18, 2015
Moss Street from Fort to Dallas Road
http://aggv.ca/events/gallery-paint-in

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

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


Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
July 18 and 19
Public Park in Chemainus
http://chemainusbluegrass.com

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

For tickets and more information visit the above website.


An Evening with Eliane Elias
June 27, 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

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

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


Stinking Fish Studio Tour
July 23th - July 27th from 10 am - 5 pm
Metchosin
http://www.stinkingfishstudiotour.com

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


Annual Islands Folk Festival
July 24, 25, 26, 2015
Providence Farm, Duncan
http://www.folkfest.bc.ca

Three days of music on six stages by 150 musicians!

For camping facilities and tickets visit the website above.


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


Colwood Rotary Art and Wine Festival
July 26 from 11 am - 4 pm
Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic sites
http://colwoodrotaryfestival.com

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

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


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


Victoria Flamenco Festival
August 10 – 16, 2015
Centennial Square
http://www.flamencodelaisla.org

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

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


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


21st annual Arts and Music in the Gardens
August 15 and 16 from 11 am to 5 pm
Gardens at Horticultural Centre of the Pacific
http://hcp.ca

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

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


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


Vancouver Island Blues Bash
September 5 - 7, 2015
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.


Great Canadian Beer Festival
September 11 from 3 - 8 pm and September 12 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.


Victoria International Chalk Art Festival
September 12-13
Royal British Columbia Museum and Government Street
http://www.victoriachalkfestival.com/

Canada’s largest street painting festival! Our festival’s First Nation’s theme for 2015 is “Adventure in the Spirit World”, a celebration of dreams, mystery and wonder. We present a number of First Nation’s singers, dancers and drummers on our outdoor performance stage at the corner of Government and View Street(s) along with members from Victoria’s music scene. You will also find our kid’s chalk zone just south of the Langley Street crosswalk and free chalk is provided.

For more information visit the website above.


Annual English Car Affair in the Park
September 13
Fort Rodd Hill
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.


 
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