The Best Events in Victoria that You Can’t Miss
Spring, and the fun exciting events that come with it, is just around the corner. In Victoria, BC we’re seeing buds on the trees and new growth on the ground, while the rest of the country is still buried under drifts. Known for one of the most temperate climates in Canada, our beautiful city explodes with fresh green leaves, fragrant cherry blossoms, and colourful azaleas.
The days are getting longer, and there’s plenty of things to do outdoors to fill those extra hours. Here’s the best events for Spring 2018 that you can’t miss.
If you’re hungry or thirsty
Victoria’s Beer Week is a nine-day festival featuring the best of BC craft breweries, with special educational speakers and tasting panels. Whether you’re a hipster looking for a new unique craft brew or you want to expand your beer knowledge beyond cans, there’s something new and exciting for everyone.
Enjoy exploring the craft of brewing with smaller tastings, seminars, and micro-events at various venues throughout the week. Tickets are available for individual events – the schedule of events has ticket purchase information. Volunteer opportunities are also available!
Taste and Talk with local wineries, distilleries, and breweries in Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa’s elegant dining room. Seminars are hosted once per month and include tastings paired with complementary small plates. Not only is there good drink, but you will enjoy conversations about the science and art of winemaking and distillery. Tickets are $25 per person.
Learn and Explore Arts and Culture
Atomos, a ballet production by the Company Wayne MacGregor, weaves the art of ballet into a contemporary style. MacGregor was the primary choreographer for the Royal Ballet before launching his own dance troupe. This performance is a blend of science and art. Performances are March 16 and 17, at 7:30 PM in the Royal Theatre.
One World, a theatre production by Pearson College (UWC) students. This production — an inspiring cumulation of dance, song and international collaboration – will showcase the talents of the 180 students, from all over the world, who attend Pearson College in Metchosin BC. This rare collaborative showcase brings the music, dance and stories of 80 different countries right to Victoria’s doorstep, with all Pearson College students working together to create each aspect of the production — from choreography, writing and costumes to lighting, sound and tech.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year allows you to view nature without stepping foot outside. From sweet close-ups to exciting action shots, this exhibition showcases images that tell breathtaking stories of our natural world with exemplary technical skill. The 100 winning photos displayed in a dramatic setting and captured by the foremost nature photographers and wildlife experts. The display is at the Royal BC Museum and runs until April 2. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm; visit the museum website for details.
The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival is a series of productions in different styles of dance by some of the most promising youth performers in the area. The Highlights Concerts feature music, dance, dramatic arts, and spoken word. The Festival begins April 4th and lasts until May 12. The schedule, locations, and ticketing information may be found here:
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The Broadway Musical brings to the stage the story of two con men wooing an innocent ingenue on the French Riviera. Enjoy the twists and turns as each gentleman attempts to increase his fortunes through a beautiful girl. There are several performances in March.
Expositions and Trade Shows
Victoria Spring Home Expo is fun for anyone who is building, remodeling, or just looking for ideas. Admission to the event is free; visitors can expect to see the latest in home interior trends, newest home improvement products, and some live talks and demonstrations. Find the options you need to make your house a home, and the resources to make your home a showpiece.
The event runs April 20-22 Friday: 1pm-9pm, Saturday: 9:30am-5:30pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm at Pearkes Community Centre.
Capital City Comic Con is the first ever in Victoria. The Con lasts the full, event-packed weekend of March 16, 2018, to March 18, 2018.
Join fellow fans and hobbyists for displays of comics, toys, games, and science fiction. Get your cosplay ready and register to meet special guests and hear fun speakers. The Con lasts three days, featuring unique panels, speakers, and celebrity guests each day.
Culinaire Premier Food Tasting Experience is a single day exhibit featuring area restaurants and caterers. Tickle your taste buds with special preparations from local chefs and engage with exciting cooking demonstrations. Enjoy wine tastings and specialty brews – and please note that this event is 19+ only. For ticketing, schedule of events, and more information visit:
Bed & Breakfast Accommodations in Victoria, BC
Create lasting memories during your trip to Victoria BC. Enjoy scenic oceanside views at The Lodge at Weir’s Beach, a seaside bed and breakfast nestled a short jaunt from Victoria. Play in the city and retire to our quaint manor lodge. Visit Pacific Coast rainforests, stroll along the beach, and get your morning off to a great start by adding on a homemade breakfast to your reservation package.
We book up fast! Take a look at the accommodations and book today!
Beaches You Can’t Miss While Visiting Victoria, BC
Vancouver Island has plenty of nature you can enjoy. The Island is covered in rainforest. Of course, being an island it is surrounded with natural beaches that have all you need for that idyllic and serene vacation you’ve always dreamed about.
In fact, there are so many surreal beaches on Vancouver Island, we’ve had to limit this article to just the southwestern portion of the island. This is the section around the BC capital of Victoria, BC. The following are 5 of the top beaches you can visit while you’re here!
What to do in Victoria, BC at Christmas
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Whether you’re an all-out Christmas fanatic who starts celebrating in June… Or you’re more laid back with only one or two traditions (and after December 1 thank-you very much). There’s good news for you! Victoria, BC has a Christmas time activity for you!
Grab an eggnog or a mug of spiced apple cider and blast your favourite Christmas music, because it’s that time again!
11 Don’t-Miss Events This 2017 Christmas:
Your Guide to Retreat into Nature
Whether you’re looking for a rigorous hike, a serene place to take in the breathtaking beauty of the ocean, or to go exploring and find wildlife, Sooke has it all. From ocean beaches to freshwater pools, whatever your activity level, you won’t want to miss visiting Sooke, BC. And if bike riding is more your thing, be sure to check out the bike park!
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!
Step into Another World and Let Your Imagination Roam
Victoria, BC is known as the “City of Gardens.” It’s a well-earned title!
You can discover beautiful gardens everywhere – big and small. Find everything from world renowned attractions to hidden gems that even the locals might not know about.
Each garden has its own feel. Some incorporate animals and their habitats to invoke wonder and imagination, some wind paths throughout and provide sitting spaces to draw you into it’s rejuvenating tranquility, while others focus on practicality, research, and education.
Here’s a list of the top 7 gardens to visit in Victoria, BC:
Take Your Beach Day from Okay to Epic!
Are you looking for some fun in the sun this summer? The beach is the perfect place to spend the day with sun, water, snacks, and games! Whether you love splashing in the water or basking in the warm summer sun on the sand, the beach is where great summer memories are made.
Here are 14 great ways to have fun at the beach!
Victoria’s Must-Know List of Summer Events
It’s almost summer and what better place to enjoy the sun than picturesque Victoria, BC! You can enjoy a multitude of gardens, hiking, and walking trails hidden throughout the city.
It’s not summer without a little beach time and Victoria is blessed with both ocean and fresh water beaches. Whether you’re looking to swim, sunbathe, windsurf, or paddle-board, there’s a perfect fit for you.
And if you’re looking for a little entertainment we’ve got you covered. Here’s a few things to do in Victoria, BC this summer of 2017.
Soak Up Victoria, BC’s Island Life this Summer
Do you remember as a kid playing “the floor is lava” or “swamp monster” and you’d try to hop from one piece of furniture to the next without touching the floor? It was always an epic challenge to see how many pieces of furniture you could touch. The game usually ended when someone tried to leap a bit too far and ended up falling to the floor where they were inevitably swallowed by lava or the swamp monster.
Well, we have the adult version minus the child-eating monsters, although we do have some beautiful whales in our ocean. When you visit Victoria, not only will you have the opportunity to enjoy the wealth of natural beauty, art, and adventure in Victoria, but there is also a plethora of activities available to explore on the Gulf Islands. Just like playing “swamp monster,” you can see how many islands you can visit while you’re here.
Things to Do During the Spring on Southern Vancouver Island
Victoria, BC is gorgeous all year round, but springtime is when the city explodes in colour. Long before the snow melts and the ice thaws throughout the rest of the country, Victoria residents are treated to cherry blossom trees that seem to erupt in pinks and white overnight. In turn, daffodils and tulips dazzle in floral gardens throughout the city as an intoxicating fresh, spring scent lingers in the air.
And let’s not forget the return of the sun! Nothing makes local Victorians smile more than the warm sun after a winter of dreary rain. If you’ve been hibernating this winter, visit Victoria and return to the great outdoors!
Whether you’re looking for culture or adventure, Victoria has you covered. Here are just a few of the treats that lie in store this spring.