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.
Canada Turns 150 This Year!
Spirit of Victoria 150: Celebrate Canada
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday starting June 21st to July 1st with free outdoor events in the Inner Harbour. For 11 days, take in the city’s multicultural artistry and diverse food and beverages. The celebrations all culminate to a day of live music, fun activities, and a spectacular fireworks display on July 1st.
Check out their website for their schedule of events.
Free Admission to All National Parks
This year is a great year to visit Canada! In celebration of Canada’s 150th year, admission to any national park has been waived to all those with a free Discovery Pass. There are 2 national parks on Vancouver Island: the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve with long, sandy beaches and rocky shorelines, and the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve which is a number of protected lands and parks spread out over 15 islands. Be sure to check out the website to get your pass.
Fort Rodd Hill, an old WWI-era defence post is also included in your Discovery Pass. This is a well-preserved piece of Victoria’s history featuring live actors, beautiful beaches, grassy fields, and a multitude of historic buildings/armaments to explore.
Food and Drink
Feasts of Fields
On August 27th, FarmFolk CityFolk will host another Feasts of Fields fundraiser. Guests are given a wine glass and linen napkin and are invited to wander across farmers’ fields as they partake in a four-hour feast. As they listen to live music, guests can taste the many gourmet foods and drink prepared by BC top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers, and other beverage producers.
Funds raised by this event “support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to cultivate local, sustainable food systems across British Columbia.”
Victoria Symphony Splash
An annual treat for the city, Victoria Symphony Splash will perform on August 6th for the 28th year! Tens of thousands of people will gather to listen to the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and various special guests perform from a floating stage in the Inner Harbour. Make sure you stick around until the end when they play Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture beneath a spectacular fireworks display.
TD Victoria International Jazz Fest
Presented by the Victoria Jazz Society, the TD Victoria International JazzFest features jazz, blues, and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians.
This year marks their 34th annual event and takes place June 23rd to July 2nd. Check out their website for a full list of artists and venues.
On the Water
Victoria Classic Boat Festival
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Victoria Classic Boat Festival and plans are underway to mark this felicitous occasion as it lines up with Canada’s 150th birthday. Come down to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for this year’s festival from September 1st to 3rd.
Dragon Boat Festival
It’s Victoria’s 23rd Dragon Boat festival. Races begin on Saturday, August 19th followed by semi-finals and finals on Sunday.
Don’t miss out on other festival events such as the Forbidden City Food Court, the Beer Garden with music on the mainstage, the Eye-Dotting ceremony, and the Lantern Lighting Celebration in the evening. People can purchase paper lanterns from selected venues around Victoria. The lanterns are filled with light and displayed in a multitude of colour. Each lantern has a tag in which people have written poems, messages of hope, or the names of those they remember who fought a battle with cancer. All proceeds from the lantern sales are donated to the BC Cancer Foundation.
Victoria International Cycling Festival
If cycling is your thing, this is the perfect event for you. From July 31st to August 2nd, pro-mountain bikers will compete for the title at BearTrax! This is a free, family-friendly event. In addition to the races, there will be a kids’ zone, vendors, food trucks, and a live DJ.
Celebrate What Makes You Unique
Vancouver Island Comic Con
On June 11th, artists, cosplayers, dealers, and collectors will gather in Sidney for the Vancouver Island Comic Con. There will be a cosplay contest, demos, and panels. Entry is by donation.
Aboriginal cultural Festival 2017
From June 16th-18th, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations will be celebrating National Aboriginal Day weekend. It’s an event filled with music, dance, food, and the arts, and it’s free of charge!
Be sure to check out their webpage for their performance schedule.
Victoria Pride Week
Pride Week is July 1st-9th. Each year, over 45,000 people come out to watch the parade and to take part in various events. This year, the annual parade and festival will take place on July 9th. Be sure to check out their website for updates on their events.
Victoria Fringe Festival
From August 23rd to September 3rd you can enjoy 12 days of live performances from around the world in a variety of mediums including spoken word, drama, musicals, dance, comedy, magic, and more!
For over 30 years, the Victoria Fringe Festival has been a can’t-miss event. Check out their website for more details.
There’s nowhere better to enjoy all these things to do in Victoria than while staying at The Lodge at Weir’s Beach.
In fact, many of the adventures listed are available to you anytime of the year. Enjoy hiking, swimming, beach activities, and cycling; all just steps from your room. The Lodge at Weir’s Beach is right on the beach and the Galloping Goose biking/hiking trail. Plus, it’s within minutes of Matheson Lake and East Sooke Park – some of the top destinations in the Victoria, BC region!
Take a look at the decadent rooms and affordable rates.