Franco Fest in Victoria is a celebration of French culture that includes performances, workshops and a market over three days in March.
In 2022 the festival ran from March 17th until the 19th. It will likely happen again in 2023. Exact details, however, are to be confirmed.
To learn more about the festival and the organization behind it see La Société francophone de Victoria‘s website.
Franco Fest Francophone Festival in 2022
Presented by the Victoria Francophone Society, the Franco Festival features French-themed events in British Columbia’s capital city. The festival is a fun way to bring the local community together. It’s also a good opportunity to introduce aspects of French culture to those who may not know too much about French practices, styles of music or types of food.
In 2022 Franco Fest ran from Thursday, March 17th, until Saturday, March 19th. Celebrations weren’t limited to just one location. Activities happened at the Victoria Event Centre, Bastion Square and on Langley Street (which is just one block west of Government Street by Bastion Square).
2022 was the first year for the Franco Fest event. Admission on the Saturday was free and you didn’t have to pre-register for the events. Hopefully the event will happen again in 2023 too!
2022 Schedule of Events
In 2022 there were different activities offered on each day of Franco Fest. The schedule of events between March 17th and 19th is listed below.
Thursday, March 17th, 2022
Franco Fest kicked off with a show at the Victoria Event Centre. The building is located at 1415 Broad Street in downtown Victoria.
On March 17th Les Chiclettes performed a mix of music and sketches in French. It wasn’t a boring or serious show by any means. Instead, it was a comedic routine that made people laugh! The show began at 8:00 pm and was a fun experience for all ages. Admission cost $20.
Friday, March 18th, 2022
The second day of Franco Fest was intended for teenagers. Youth Night took place at the Victoria Francophone Society building at #2 1218 Langley Street.
Youth Night began at 7:30 pm. It featured some French-themed workshops and shows for teens between the ages of 14 and 18. There was also live music, competitions and other forms of entertainment to enjoy. Admission to this event cost $10.
Saturday, March 19th, 2022
The third and final day of Franco Fest in 2022 offered the most things to do and admission was free. Celebration Franco took place in historic Bastion Square which is located in the heart of Victoria’s downtown area.
Local products were on sale at the Plaza Franco Market starting at noon. This was a great way of supporting local businesses from different communities in the city. There were about 15 tables selling books, jams, jewelry and a variety of other artisan products. Around the same time that the market opened, there was also a Les Petits Matins presentation.
While a variety of products were on sale for most of the day, there was some special French-Canadian food and treats that were only on sale between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.
Lastly, the day ended with a performance by Christine Tassan et les Imposteures. The show started at 7:30 pm under a tent in Bastion Square, and it closed Franco Fest in an entertaining fashion.
For more information about this and other similar French-themed events visit the Société Francophone Victoria website.
To learn about other events with a variety of themes, see the Greater Victoria Festival Society’s website.
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A similar event in the Lower Mainland is the Festival du Bois. It normally takes place in Coquitlam in March. In 2022, however, its dates are April 1st to 3rd.