Festivals & Events


What's Happening in Victoria:  

  

SWIFTSURE INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE

MAY 24-28, 2018

Presented by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, this year's installment of Swiftsure will fill the harbor with with boats, boats, and more boats! Clover Point on Dallas Road is one of the best places to view the race. Races will begin on Saturday morning. Races will finish near the Ogden Point Breakwater. 

 

Click here for more information.

 

Car Free YYJ

JUNE 17, 2018

The 4th annual Car Free YYJ event takes up 9 blocks on Douglas Street from 11:00am - 6:00pm, with the road being closed from 8:00am - 8:00pm. This community family event has live music and various vendors. It is free to attend and is a great way to spend Father's Day. 

Click here for more information.

 

 

SKA FEST

JUne 20-24, 2018

The 19th annual Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival begins June 20th with free concerts at Ship Point! Admission is charged for various concerts on the weekend. Shows play at a variety of venues throughout the city all weekend. See their website for more details and full schedule and lineup of performers. 

 

Click here for more information.

 

Jazz FEST

JUNE 22 - July 1, 2018

The Victoria International Jazz Festival returns with events at various venues throughout the city. This year features a headlining performance by Macy Gray at the Royal Theatre. With a mix of local and international performers, there's sure to be some you've never heard of.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 


Canada day

JUly 1, 2018

 

It's the biggest party of the year! Downtown Victoria will be bustling with enthusiasm celebrating Canada's 151st confederation celebration. There are events everywhere, including a firework show in the Inner Harbour. 

Please note while travelling on public transport buses, riders are subject to search and are not permitted to transport alcohol on buses on this day. 

 

 

ROCK THE SHORES

July 13-15, 2018

Rock The Shores has returned to Colwood after a one year hiatus, and is back better than ever! Feed your nostalgia with headliner Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys headlining this years events. If you want to spend a beautiful weekend outside with thousands of like-minded music lovers, this is the event for you.

Click here for more information.

 

  


SYMPHONY SPLASH

AUGUST 5, 2018

The splash is back! Come on down and see the Victoria Symphony perform on a barge in the Inner Harbour. Victoria's favourite night of classics and new favorites ending with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. 

Opening performances begin at 4:00pm with the Symphony performance beginning at 7:30pm. Arrive early to get your spot as attendance is expected to reach 40,000 attendees. Donations are accepted. 

 Click here for more information.

 


Ryder Hesjedal's tour de victoria

august 18, 2018

Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria is a supported mass-participation cycling event in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Experience the world-class cycling routes and breathtaking scenery in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

Riders of all fitness levels can take part in the ride by choosing one of eight distances. All rides start and finish in the iconic inner harbour of Victoria at the BC's Legislative Buildings. 
Click here for more information.

 


Rifflandia

September 13-16, 2018

This is Victoria's premier music festival. With a dozen different venues, all ages shows during the day and 19+ in the evenings, there's something for eveyone!

Rifflandia makes a commitment to musical inclusivity, with many different genres represented from bass to folk to rock to soul, you won't be dissappointed. 
Click here for more information.

 

 

JAMES BAY MARKET

EVERY SATURDAY MAY 5 - SEPTEMBER 29

Just across from the Legislature Building on the corner of Menzies and Superior Streets, the James Bay Communitry market is Victoria's friendliest. With live music, fresh produce, flowers, coffee, and other artisan goods, there's something for everyone!  The market runs from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

 

Click here for more information.

 

Robert bateman centre tour
every tuesday and saturday 

Enjoy a 45-minute tour through Robert Bateman's gallery, located steps from our Victoria Terminal.

Learn about Bateman's evolution as an artist, and hear the stories behind his works of art.

The tour is free with admission. Visit the website for more information.

 


MOSS STREET MARKET

EVERY SATURDAY May - october

 

Visit beautiful Moss St. just a short distance from downtown! Providing local and organic farm-fresh produce, local foods, handmade crafts, artisan clothing, inspiring services and community education to folks from the entire Victoria & area region!

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

victoria sunday farmers' market

Don't miss out on some of the finest local produce, handicrafts, cheeses, wines, and meats at Victoria's Sunday Farmer's Market at The Hudson Public Market. Browse the many vendor stalls from as close as Saanich and as far as Saltspring Island! The freshness and quality can't be beat, and the prices are sure to entice. The Hudson Public Market also features several permanent vendors selling artisan cheeses, specialty olive oils and vinegars, and more, with a number of delicious food stalls and shops offering up delicious, affordable lunches.

Check it out, you won't be sorry you did! 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING on the olympic peninsula:

 

PORT ANGELES MARITIME FESTIVAL

June 9 - 10

Come celebrate our rich maritime heritage. Enjoy a fun weekend of scenic guided walks, exciting and informative talks and tours, attractions and demonstrations, tall ships and boats of all kinds.  There’s plenty to choose from including fantastic family friendly events, tempting food, craft markets and more.

Click here for more information.

 

  

FREE ENTRANCE DAYS TO OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
on specific dates throughout 2018

Olympic National Park turns 100! Enjoy free entrance to the Olympic National Park on the following dates in 2018:

- January 15
- April 21
- September 22
- November 11

 

port angeles farmers market
every saturday 10am-2pm, year-round

The Olympic Peninsula's best stop for locally grown food and local crafts.

The market has a wide range of organic and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, as well as grass fed and pasteurized meats and eggs.  

Check out their website for a full list of vendors and more information. 

 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING near seattle:

 

SEattle internation film festival 

MAY 17 - June 10, 2018

Now in its 44th year, SIFF is the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States. Over 25 days and accross various venues, SIFF will present over 400 films from 80 countries. If you're interested in film, then this event should not be missed!

Visit the website for more information.

 

 


FREE ENTRANCE DAYS TO Washington State Parks

ON SPECIFIC DATES THROUGHOUT 2018

Enjoy free entrance to the Washington State Parks on the following dates in 2018:

- March 19

- April 14 and 22

- June 2, 9, and 10

 

Public Market Tours
Daily, YEAR-ROUND

Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the oldest running market in the United States!

Check out the original Starbucks, as well as the world famous fish throwing Pike Place Fish boys. Browse through over 200-year round commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople, 100 farmers, and 240 street performers and musicians.

For more information on tours, click here.

 

 

Seattle Bites Food tours
DAILY, YEAR-ROUND

Savor some of Seattle's finest foods on this 2.5 hour BIG bites tour. Wonder through the Public Market and taste 8 to 9 delicious samplers including fresh gourmet sausages, crepes, America's best clam chowder, Alaskan King Salmon, and much more!

Tours run daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm - Be sure to reserve as they are known to sell out fast!

Click here for more information.

 

Seattle brewery tour
DAILY, YEAR-ROUND

The perfect tour for a craft beer enthusiast - Tour and sample 3 breweries in 3 hours.

This tour takes you to on a craft beer adventure through Seattle. Learn about the different types of beer, beer making process, each unique brewery, and Seattle history along the way.

For more information and to reserve your spot, click here.