Visiting Victoria? Here’s Your Guide to Summer Fun!
Spring is just winding down here in Victoria, BC – and we’re ready for summer! Longer days and balmy weather mean a host of fun activities for visitors to do and picturesque local spots to see. When you’re planning your summer vacation, including a stay at our welcoming bed and breakfast, be sure to take a look at what’s going on in town during your stay.
Downtown Fairs and Festivals
A two-hour-long tasting tour of local eateries begins at the Victoria Public Market twice daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The walkable event includes stops at The Harmonious Gates of Interest, Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government St., the Inner Harbour Causeway and Parliament Buildings. Although the schedules vary slightly each day, expect between 6-8 tastings along the route, along with a guided description of the unique history of beautiful Victoria, B.C. Tastings may include bread, olive oil, pierogis, meatballs, craft beer, and even chocolate!
Tickets, $49.95 CAD, may be purchased online, but reservations are required at least an hour in advance.
The Phillips Backyard Weekender is a musical event – only for those ages 19 and up – that takes place rain or shine in the Phillips Backyard, located behind the Philips Brewery in Victoria. Kicked off in 2013 in a partnership between Atomique Productions and Phillips Brewing Company, The Phillips Backyard Weekender is downtown Victoria’s largest homegrown party of the summer.
A brewery parking lot by day, the Phillips Backyard magically transforms into an outdoor music party by night over the course of three rocking nights. Set against the backdrop of the beloved local craft brewery in the open air of downtown Victoria’s communal backyard, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.
Don’t Miss Performances
For a truly jaw-dropping exhibition, visit Victoria, BC July 13-15 for Rock The Shores. Featuring world-class musical talent in a premium festival setting, this musical performance takes place on West Shore Parks and Rec’s lower fields. Past acts include hard rock, grunge, and metal bands, including artists popular from around the globe.
The 29th annual Victoria Symphony Splash held in Victoria’s Inner Harbour features the Victoria Symphony Orchestra live on a floating stage in the middle of the water. Special guests will perform, and the concert will end with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Don’t forget to stay long enough to see the pyrotechnic display of fireworks that accompany the finale!
Perhaps best of all… The Symphony Splash is by donation! Pay as much or as little as you like.
Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow is an annual summer event located at Michell Airpark on the Saanich Peninsula, just outside Victoria. The event features Royal Canadian pilots from all over the province, as well as special guests from the USA. Come out to view scale models of different types of aircraft, World War 1 and World War 2 aircraft, oversized scale 3-D aerobatics, and even live turbine jets.
The Airshow is free to attend and relies solely on public donations. The 17th annual event features different activities for charity, as well, including raffles, daily 50/50 draws, and tasty concessions.
For Arts and Culture
The Royal British museum is featuring Egypt in the Time of the Pharaohs, an exhibition featuring more than 300 original artifacts dating back over 4500 years. The immersive experience covers all aspects of Egyptian life, beginning with the emergence of the culture as small Nile Valley settlements all the way through the rise of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Experience unique artifacts such as the coffin of Nakht, and finely worked bust of Hatshepsut, and an ornately tooled gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.
Enjoy a three-day long festival celebrating the unique culture of the aboriginal and indigenous peoples of Western Canada, Sponsored by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, Indigenous Cultural Festival in downtown Victoria is scheduled from June 21-23, 2018. The three-day event features live performances from each of the nations, as well as displays of art and artifacts. Enjoy live demonstrations from local artisans as they explain their craft, and enjoy fun, food, and education in a lovely outdoor setting.
It’s free entry. Just bring along some money for food, tips, and merchant purchases.
See Something You Like? Come Stay at The Lodge at Weir’s Beach
Choosing which weekend to visit Victoria BC may be difficult, but your lodging selection doesn’t have to be. For an intimate, luxurious visit, The Lodge at Weir’s Beach is a bed and breakfast nestled just outside Victoria. With gorgeous natural vistas and plenty of things to do, Victoria is an ideal spot for a couples getaway, family trip, or even a solo excursion.
Wake up to gorgeous pacific ocean views, stroll through west coast rainforests, or take in some sun on the beach. The Lodge at Weir’s Beach offers amenities like free wifi, hot tub, and a conference room/yoga studio. Luxurious accommodations at affordable rates! Check out rooms, availability, and rates below.