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Annual Events in Victoria

Special for 2009

Treasures: The World’s Cultures from the British Museum

From May 1 to September 30, 2009, the Royal BC Museum is proud to present the North American premiere of Treasures: The World’s Cultures from the British Museum. Spanning the globe across hundreds of thousands of years of cultural evolution, Treasures brings to the viewing public more than 300 distinctive artifacts from the collection of the British Museum. For more information visit

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

During April and May, 5,000 of Victoria’s best young performing musicians, singers, dancers and actors perform daily throughout the festival at venues all around Victoria. The festival began in 1927 as the Victoria Music Festival. Its purpose was to promote and have competitive musical festivals engaging in other activities having as their object the development of musical ability and appreciation of good music and its allied arts. Participants range in age from 4 – 70 years.

Polar Bear Swim

The very first day of the year, January 1st, brave swims challenge the cold water of Elk Lake for the annual Polar Bear Swim

Annual Art Show

The first two weeks of May, the Victoria College of Art Alumni invites the public to view their art on the 3rd floor at the Victoria Bay Centre.

Bastion Square

Bastion Square is alive with street artists, artisans and other venders seven days a week. On Thursday’s and Friday’s Iron Chef Collaborative will also operate their wonderful fresh produce stalls.

Centennial Tea

As well as the world-famous afternoon High Tea, the Fairmont Empress offers a Centennial Tea every Friday from the beginning of May right through until the end of September. This is the ultimate afternoon tea experience, served either in the intimate library with its carved ceilings and ivy-covered windows, or in The Empress Harbourside Room.


Usually around the fourth Saturday in July a magical cultural event lights up Beacon Hill Park. The Inter-cultural Association of Victoria invites people of all ages to participate in this luminous spectacle of handmade lanterns, candle-lit structures, festive costumes, musicians and performers. You may be a part of the spectacle and bring your own handmade lantern or join the hundreds of volunteers that make Luminara one of Victoria’s very special annual events.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is one of Victoria’s most popular summer events. It combines our culturally diverse community with the excitement and exhilaration of sport. Not only does this unique event showcase our world renowned inner harbour, it brings people from all over the world to be a part of what has become an important tradition here in Victoria for the last fourteen years.

Bayview Symphony Splash

The Victoria Symphony Orchestra performs a full two-hour concert of light classical orchestral music from a barge anchored in the Inner Harbour. Highlights include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, accompanied by cannons fired by the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, bell ringing and fireworks. Make it a full day event and enjoy the pre-concert entertainment starting at 4:00 p.m. Location is the Legislative Precinct and Inner Harbour.

Victoria Electronic Music Festival

The Victoria Electronic Music Festival (VEMF) is a non-profit event presented by the Northwest Entertainment Foundation. VEMF is Produced by Symbiant Entertainment and Lucky 13 Productions, with tremendous support from its sponsors, artists, and volunteers.VEMF takes place at Centennial Square on Saturday Aug 1 and Sunday Aug 2. This all ages event is free to attend. For updated information visit

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