Great Victoria Events Happening this Fall
Grab a hot chocolate or pumpkin spiced latte as the cool, as the crisp Fall air starts to descend upon Victoria, BC. Throughout Victoria, the lush green vegetation begins to turn a multitude of shades of red and gold as the leaves are swept into a prismatic torrent of colour that swirls around making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in the fall.
While the cooler weather might make you think it’s time to head indoors again… Don’t be fooled! Victoria stays warm in comparison to the rest of Canada. Not to mention this packed collection of don’t-miss events will get you going!
Rifflandia – September 14-17
4 days filled with 150 performances at over 20 venues, this festival is Victoria’s largest music and arts event. For the 10th year, this multi-venue hit will take over the downtown core with a diverse line-up.
Don’t forget to check out their list of partners for great offers. Local businesses are offering deals during the week leading up to and including during the festival to wristband wearers.
While kids are allowed into the day concerts, all evening concerts are 19+.
Great Canadian Beer Festival – September 8-9
Do you love beer? Then this festival is for you! Since 1993, the Great Canadian Beer Festival has been featuring beers from Canadian breweries and around the world. You have the option of sampling beer and cider from more than 60 breweries. Your ticket includes your taster glass, program and BC Transit Get Home Safe bus ticket.
Victoria International Wine Festival – September 22-23
Meant to build the participants’ appreciation of wine, this festival offers 5 seminars to expand your knowledge in your area of interest.
Ticket holders will be offered a wine glass and brochure. Mill about chatting with sommeliers and sample some of the over 300 wines from around the world.
Art of the Cocktail – October 14
Not only will you be able to sample spirits and cocktails while snacking on appetizers made by some of the greatest chefs in Victoria, you can also catch bartenders competing in the Bar Games. Pick up a VIP pass to enter the Grand Tasting an hour ahead of the crowds.
Don’t forget to dress in your finest! The Best Dressed is back and the winner will win 4 tickets to the Victoria Film Festival.
For the Kids!
Salt Spring Island Apple Festival – October 1
If you’re up for a day trip, check out Salt Spring Island. With over 450 varieties of organic apples, you can learn about Salt Spring Island’s apple history dating back to 1860 at the 18th annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival.
The Apple Festival map is released at 9am and you’ll have your pick of 20 participating farms you can add to your tour!
Vancouver Island Corn Maze – September 8 – October 29
10km of trails cut through 14 acres of corn. Can you find your way out? There’s fun at the Pendray Farms for all ages with a treasure hunt, a kids’ maze, and a corn sandbox with six tonnes of corn kernels!
The Urbacity Challenge – September 24
Teams will race around Victoria in an epic scavenger hunt that will test both their mental and physical abilities with obstacle courses, brain teasers, and fitness tests. Proceeds go towards the Island Prostate Centre.
There are 3 categories you can enter: Fun, Fierce, and Face-Off.
Fun: Teams of 2 compete on a shorter course with brain teasers and less fitness challenges. This is a great option for families and casual racers of all ages and fitness levels.
Fierce: Teams of 2 take on a longer course with more fitness challenges combined with some brain-teasers. This is the best option for racers!
Face-Off: Teams of 4 work together to solve puzzles, games, and fitness challenges designed around collaboration. This is a perfect option for corporations looking to build cooperation among their team members.
Harvest on The Harbour: A Night Under The Stars – September 16
The 2nd annual Harvest on the Harbour begins with a silent auction at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. This gala event has live music and dancing and it benefits the BC Children’s Hospital.
OneLove Wedding Experience – October 15
Do you love weddings? Are you planning on getting married yourself or renewing your vows? The OneLove Wedding is a real wedding with an exhibitor showcase, fashion show, and DJ Dance Party. Among other prizes, the winning couple gets:
- A styled ceremony
- Wedding attire for the couple
- Floral bouquet and boutonniere
- Specialty cake
- Photo shoot
- Hair & make up
You can also come as guests and see the professionals in action with a chance to win some prizes.
5th Annual Victoria Vintage Expo – September 29-30
Over 70 vendors and exhibitioners will join together at the Crystal Garden featuring vintage fashionable items, housewares, décor, records and furniture.
You’ll also get to enjoy entertainment, workshops, and live music. Cash bar and food concession is also available.
Book Your Stay
With its’ ocean view, surrounding rain forests, and luxurious suites, the Lodge at Weir’s Beach is the perfect place to return to after taking in a day of sight-seeing, shopping, or a festival.