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Victoria Festivals and Events Calendar

Victoria Calendar of Events

The following calendar features festivals and events in Victoria including cultural festivities, sporting events, markets and other activities.

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Festivals and Events

The best and most important festivals and events in Victoria and the surrounding region are listed below.

 


September Festivals & Events


 

  • Vancouver Island Blues Bash – a collection of free and ticketed jazz concerts at various venues around the city on the September Long Weekend so September 5 to 7, 2020.
  • Saanich Fair – a fair in Saanich that features many events and rides on September 5 to 7, 2020. (CANCELLED, but with activities online.)
  • Labour Day (Stat Holiday) – September 7, 2020.
  • Rifflandia Music Festival – a music festival featuring local and international artists in mid-September. (CANCELLED)
  • Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays – food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays from early May until the beginning of September from noon until 7 pm at Ocean Boulevard in Colwood.
  • Public Markets
    • Moss Street Market – a weekly outdoor farmers and artisan market from 10 am until 2 pm every Saturday at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road between May and October.
    • Bastion Square Public Market – downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the end of April until the beginning of October between 11 am and 5:30. Also a larger version on Sundays between 11 am and 4 pm.
    • James Bay Market – at the corner of Superior and Menzies Street from early May until the end of September between 9 am and 3 pm.
    • Oak Bay Night Market – a large night market in Oak Bay Village on the second Wednesday of the month between 4 and 8 pm.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ September Calendar of Events.

 


October Festivals & Events


 

  • Thanksgiving Monday (Stat Holiday) – October 12, 2020
  • Victoria Marathon – a marathon, half marathon and 8K running race on October 11, 2020. (CANCELLED)
  • Halloween – October 31, 2020.
  • Public Markets
    • Moss Street Market – a weekly outdoor farmers and artisan market from 10 am until 2 pm every Saturday at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road between May and October.
    • Bastion Square Public Market – downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the end of April until the beginning of October between 11 am and 5:30. Also a larger version on Sundays between 11 am and 4 pm.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ October Calendar of Events.

 


November Festivals & Events


 

  • Daylight Savings Time ends – November 1, 2020.
  • Remembrance Day (Stat Holiday) – November 11, 2020.
  • Festival of Trees – from mid-November until  early January.
  • American Thanksgiving (US) – November 26, 2020
  • Bear Mountain 10K – “Canada’s hardest 10K race” on November 15, 2020.
  • Christmas in Oak Bay – a week of holiday season activities in Oak Bay Village between the last Sunday in November and first Saturday in December.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ November Calendar of Events.

 


December Festivals & Events


 

  • Festival of Trees – mid-November until early January.
  • Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens – December 1, 2020 until January 6, 2021.
  • Christmas Day (Stat Holiday) – December 25, 2020.
  • Boxing Day – December 26, 2020.
  • New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2020.
  • Christmas in Oak Bay – a week of holiday season activities in Oak Bay Village between the last Sunday in November and first Saturday in December.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ December Calendar of Events.

 


January Festivals & Events


 

  • New Year’s Day (Stat Holiday) – January 1, 2021.
  • Dine Around & Stay in Town – special promotional deals at hotels and restaurants (mid-January until early February).

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ January Calendar of Events.

 


February Festivals & Events


 

  • Family Day – a statutory holiday in British Columbia (February 15, 2021).
  • Chinese New Year – the Year of the Ox begins on February 12, 2021.
  • Be a Local Tourist in Your Town – access to various local attractions for a very low price (late February until early March).
  • Jazz Vespers – a Jazz performance at First Unitarian Church of Victoria (with exact date to be confirmed).
  • Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2021.
  • Victoria Film Festival – a film festival with shows at various venues (early to mid-February).

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ February Calendar of Events.

 


March Festivals & Events


 

  • Capital City Comic Con – a gathering of all things pop culture including toys, comics, and games at the Victoria Conference Centre and Crystal Garden.
  • Daylight Savings Time begins – March 14, 2021 (but to be confirmed).
  • Jazz Vespers – at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria. (To be confirmed.)
  • St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2021.
  • Victoria Beer Week – many breweries in Victoria have special deals and exclusive tastings.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ March Calendar of Events.

 


April Festivals & Events


 

  • April Fool’s Day – April 1, 2021.
  • Good Friday (statutory holiday) – April 2, 2021.
  • Easter Sunday – April 4, 2021.
  • Easter Monday – April 5, 2021.
  • Earth Day – April 22, 2021.
  • Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival – early April to mid-May.
  • Moss Street Market – a weekly outdoor farmers and artisan market from 10 am until 2 pm every Saturday at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road.
  • TC 10K – Victoria’s largest running race (in late April).

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ April Calendar of Events.

 


May Festivals & Events


 

  • Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival – early April to mid-May.
  • Cinco de Mayo – May 5, 2021.
  • Mother’s Day – May 9, 2021.
  • Oak Bay Half Marathon – a half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K & kids 1K races on May 23, 2021.
  • Uno Fest – a festival showcasing solo theatre performances. (To be confirmed.)
  • Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival – a Scottish festival on the May long weekend.
  • Victoria Day – a statuary holiday that features a parade and many activities around Victoria on May 24, 2021.
  • Luxton Fair – a carnival with mid-way rides and games at 1040 Marwood Avenue from May 14 to 17, 2021.
  • Swiftsure International Yacht Race – in late May.
  • Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays – food trucks on weekends from early May until the beginning of September from noon until 7 pm at Ocean Boulevard in Colwood. (To be confirmed.)
  • Moss Street Market – a weekly outdoor farmers and artisan market from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road between May and October.
  • Bastion Square Public Market – downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the end of April until the beginning of October between 11 am and 5:30. Also a larger version on Sundays between 11 am and 4 pm. (2021 details to be confirmed.)
  • James Bay Market – at the corner of Superior and Menzies Street from early May until the end of September.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ May Calendar of Events.

Victoria Highland Games
Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival

 


June Festivals & Events


 

  • Father’s Day – June 20, 2021.
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2021.
  • Jazz Vespers – once a month at First Unitarian Church of Victoria. (To be confirmed.)
  • Crown of Sound Music Festival – a one-day music festival featuring a variety of genres is coming to Westhills Stadium (mid-June).
  • TD Victoria International Jazz Fest – a music festival that features jazz music performed by renowned artists from around the world takes place (mid to late June).
  • Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays – food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays from early May until the beginning of September from noon until 7 pm at Ocean Boulevard in Colwood. (TBD)
  • Oak Bay Tea Party – a community fair in Oak Bay that includes amusement rides at Willows Park (early June).
  • Public Markets
    • Moss Street Market – a weekly outdoor farmers and artisan market from 10 am until 2 pm every Saturday at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road between May and October.
    • Bastion Square Public Market – downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the end of April until the beginning of October between 11 am and 5:30. Also a larger version on Sundays between 11 am and 4 pm.
    • James Bay Market – at the corner of Superior and Menzies Street from early May until the end of September between 9 am and 3 pm.
    • Oak Bay Night Market – a large night market in Oak Bay Village on the second Wednesday of the month between 4 and 8 pm. (TBD)
    • Sidney Street Market – a night market on Thursday evenings in June, July and August.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ June Calendar of Events.

Food Festival at Esquimalt Lagoon
Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays in Colwood

 


July Festivals & Events


 

  • Canada Day (Stat Holiday) – July 1, 2021.
  • Victoria Pride Week – late June to early July.
  • Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays – food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays from early May until the beginning of September from noon until 7 pm at Ocean Boulevard in Colwood.
  • Public Markets
    • Moss Street Market – a weekly outdoor farmers and artisan market every Saturday at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road between May and October.
    • Bastion Square Public Market – downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the end of April until the beginning of October. Also a larger version on Sundays.
    • James Bay Market – at the corner of Superior and Menzies Street from early May until the end of September.
    • Oak Bay Night Market – a large night market in Oak Bay Village on the second Wednesday of the month.
    • Sidney Street Market – a night market on Thursday evenings in June, July and August. (Cancelled for 2020.)
  • Moss Street Paint In – a special one-day event that’s part of the Moss Street Market and features dozens of local artists and their work in mid-July.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ July Calendar of Events.

 

Legislative Buildings' Lawn at Symphony Splash
Symphony Splash Crowds in August

 


August Festivals & Events


 

  • Victoria Symphony Splash – a musical performance on a boat off the shores of Victoria featuring fireworks on the August Long Weekend (on the first Sunday in August).
  • Victoria International Cycling Festival – a large cycling race on the August Long Weekend.
  • BC Day (Stat Holiday) – August 2, 2021.
  • Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat races in the Inner Harbour.
  • Victoria Fringe Festival – a showcasing of theatrical art at various venues in Victoria from late August until early September.
  • Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays – food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays from early May until the beginning of September at Ocean Boulevard in Colwood. (TBD)
  • Bowker Creek Brush Up – an art show along the Bowker Creek walkway featuring many local artists in August. (TBD)
  • Public Markets
    • Moss Street Market – a weekly outdoor farmers and artisan market from 10 am until 2 pm every Saturday at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road between May and October.
    • Bastion Square Public Market – downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the end of April until the beginning of October.
    • James Bay Market – at the corner of Superior and Menzies Street from early May until the end of September.
    • Oak Bay Night Market – a large night market in Oak Bay Village on the second Wednesday of the month between 4 and 8 pm. (TBD)
    • Sidney Street Market – a night market on Thursday evenings in June, July and August.

To see what’s happening this month in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s Best Places’ August Calendar of Events.