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Events Calendar

July 2014

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Victoria Pride Week
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Victoria Celebrates Canada Day

Victoria Celebrates Canada Day

July 1

Location: Inner Harbour

Event: Vancouver Island's largest Canada Day celebration.  This year's event features a full day of musical programming, an international food village, the country's largest Living Flag, and family activities, all culminating in a grand fireworks display over the Inner Harbour.  The day is action-packed with activities and programming for all ages.  Come downtown on Canada Day to celebrate what it means to be Canadian!

 
 
Victoria Harbour Festival

Victoria Harbour Festival

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour

Event: This vendor's market features local artists who can only sell original work, local food vendors, local musicans, and entertainers.

Swift Sure:
May 23rd 12pm-10:30pm and May 24th 10:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
Taking place during the Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014, sure to be an exciting event

 
 
Canada Day Old-Time Penny Carnival

Canada Day Old-Time Penny Carnival

July 1, 12 - 3 pm

Location: Helmcken House, Royal BC Museum, St. Ann's School House

Event: Celebrate Canada Day with the Royal BC Museum.  Bring your pennies (you knew you were saving them for a good reason) and step right up to try your hand at an egg-and-spoon race, fishing pond, and other surprises.  You can also step inside the historic buildings for more activities.

 
 
Court is in Session Tour

Court is in Session Tour

June 12, 15, 22; July 1, 6, 9, 20, 23, August 13, 1 pm
June 28, August 1, 22, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: In Victoria's old courthouse, learn about the characters who laid the foundation for the City of Victoria and see the hidden gems of this 125 year old building.  Included with admission.

 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market
 
 
Kwench Lunchtime Choir
 
 
Hudson's Bay Company Tour
 
 
Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Drop in: July 2 - August 6 (Wednesdays), 7 - 8 pm
Special performance: August 13, 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Enjoy a free, drop-in, participatory introduction to hip-hop dance in Centennial Square.  On August 13, Vibestreet Dance and Garden City Grooves present a night of live entertainment with hip-hop dance performances and live soul/funk/hip-hop music.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Resident Model Maker on site
 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Eventide Music Series

Eventide Music Series

July 3 - August 14 (Thursdays), 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: This new evening music series highlights Victoria's eclectic local music scene, featuring sounds that may or may not be described as "idiosyncratic, post angular, electro gypsy shoegaze, with a twist of twee folk, psychedelic country freak-space pop".  There will be also be a beverage garden for each event. Eventide Music Series is presented by the DVBA, the City of Victoria, Atomique Productions and CFUV 101.9 fm. 

 
 
Local's Night at Victoria Public Market
 
 
ROMP! In The Square

ROMP! In The Square

July 4 - 5, 7:30 - 10 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Suddenly Dance Theatre presents ROMP! in the Square, a free outdoor dance showcase.  Each show features diverse dance styles from artists to create a kinetic urban spectacle.

 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Ghosts of the Maritime Museum
 
 
Ghosts of the Maritime Museum
 
 
First Fridays on Fort

First Fridays on Fort

February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4
(Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)

Location: Fort Street

Event: The first Friday of every month is First Friday on Fabulous Fort; on this day only, participating businesses are offering special deals, discounts and promotions. Every month new stores join in! Come discover how fabulous Fort Street is!

 

 
 
Ship Point Night Market

Ship Point Night Market

June 13, 14, 20, 21; July 4, 5, 11, 12; August 8, 9; Sept 5, 6, 12 & 13; 6 - 10:30 pm 

Location: Ship Point Night Market

Event: Inspired artists, musicians, jugglers, and food vendors make this fantastic pedestrian market a great arts & entertainment experience. 

 

 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Courtyard Sessions in Market Square
 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Ship Point Night Market

Ship Point Night Market

June 13, 14, 20, 21; July 4, 5, 11, 12; August 8, 9; Sept 5, 6, 12 & 13; 6 - 10:30 pm 

Location: Ship Point Night Market

Event: Inspired artists, musicians, jugglers, and food vendors make this fantastic pedestrian market a great arts & entertainment experience. 

 

 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
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Victoria Pride Week
 
 
Empress of Ireland Tour with Chris Klausen
 
 
Hudson's Bay Company Tour
 
 
Dancing in the Square

Dancing in the Square

July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 11, 18 (Mondays), 7 - 9:30 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Monday evenings, July 7 through August 18 (excluding August 4), Victoria Ballroom Dance Society and the City of Victoria bring you "Dancing in the Square". 

FREE beginner ballroom workshops 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of the waltz, social foxtrot, jive, rumba and cha cha. 

 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market
 
 
Kwench Lunchtime Choir
 
 
Court is in Session Tour

Court is in Session Tour

June 12, 15, 22; July 1, 6, 9, 20, 23, August 13, 1 pm
June 28, August 1, 22, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: In Victoria's old courthouse, learn about the characters who laid the foundation for the City of Victoria and see the hidden gems of this 125 year old building.  Included with admission.

 
 
Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Drop in: July 2 - August 6 (Wednesdays), 7 - 8 pm
Special performance: August 13, 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Enjoy a free, drop-in, participatory introduction to hip-hop dance in Centennial Square.  On August 13, Vibestreet Dance and Garden City Grooves present a night of live entertainment with hip-hop dance performances and live soul/funk/hip-hop music.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Resident Model Maker on site
 
 
Chinatown Night Market

Chinatown Night Market

July 9 - August 27 (Wednesdays), 5 - 9 pm

Location: 500-block of Fisgard Street

Event: Enjoy street food, entertainment, and vendors at the heart of Canada's oldest Chinatown!  (Neighbourhood shops and restaurants are also open late).

 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Eventide Music Series

Eventide Music Series

July 3 - August 14 (Thursdays), 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: This new evening music series highlights Victoria's eclectic local music scene, featuring sounds that may or may not be described as "idiosyncratic, post angular, electro gypsy shoegaze, with a twist of twee folk, psychedelic country freak-space pop".  There will be also be a beverage garden for each event. Eventide Music Series is presented by the DVBA, the City of Victoria, Atomique Productions and CFUV 101.9 fm. 

 
 
Local's Night at Victoria Public Market
 
 
Festival Mexicano

Festival Mexicano

July 11 - 13, noon - 5 pm

Location: Victoria Event Centre, Centennial Square

Event: The weekend is packed full with a professional Mariachi band and the Fiesta Latina Dance Groupe, traditional Mexican food, craft vendors, dance lessons, games, and pinatas.  Admission is free for Centennial Square programming.

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Victoria Flea Market

Victoria Flea Market

Sundays, May 4 - September 28, 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Market Square

Event: Vintage lovers, bargain hunters, and treasure seekers will be able to get a weekly 'find fix' in Downtown Victoria, beginning in May.  This market has a European feel, with vendors featuring quirky finds from antique linens, old buttons, vinyl records, books, postcards and eclectic ephemera to vintage fashion, costume jewellery, militaria, and collectables.  With room for more than 60 vendors, the market will be free admission.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Sunday Market at Bastion Square
 
 
Tibetfest 2014

Tibetfest 2014

July 6, 11 am - 5 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Vancouver Island Tibetans want to share their culture with you!  Come down and join in this free community event in Centennial Square.  Enjoy traditional live Tibetan music & dance, a market, fashion show, meditation instruction, plus a children's interactive play area.  And sample some delicious Tibetan food!

 
 
Court is in Session Tour

Court is in Session Tour

June 12, 15, 22; July 1, 6, 9, 20, 23, August 13, 1 pm
June 28, August 1, 22, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: In Victoria's old courthouse, learn about the characters who laid the foundation for the City of Victoria and see the hidden gems of this 125 year old building.  Included with admission.

 
 
Chess in the Square

Chess in the Square

May 18 - August 31 (Sundays), 1 - 4 pm

Location: CRD Square - near Government & Fisgard

Event: Participate in free Giant Chess, Blitz, Learn to Play, and casual games plus much more chess at Centennial Square.  Presented by Victoria Junior Chess and sponsored by the City of Victoria.

 
 
Book Launch: Jan Zwicky and Robert Moody
 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Women At Sea

Women At Sea

June 18, 25, July 16, 27, August 17, 27 at 1 pm
June 21, July 11, 25, August 9, 24 at 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Discover the myriad roles performed by women in maritime trades from piracy, to commerce, to the military!  Included with admission.

 
 
Ghosts of the Maritime Museum
 
 
Ship Point Night Market

Ship Point Night Market

June 13, 14, 20, 21; July 4, 5, 11, 12; August 8, 9; Sept 5, 6, 12 & 13; 6 - 10:30 pm 

Location: Ship Point Night Market

Event: Inspired artists, musicians, jugglers, and food vendors make this fantastic pedestrian market a great arts & entertainment experience. 

 

 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Ship Point Night Market

Ship Point Night Market

June 13, 14, 20, 21; July 4, 5, 11, 12; August 8, 9; Sept 5, 6, 12 & 13; 6 - 10:30 pm 

Location: Ship Point Night Market

Event: Inspired artists, musicians, jugglers, and food vendors make this fantastic pedestrian market a great arts & entertainment experience. 

 

 
 
Pacific Tattoo - CANCELLED
 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
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Festival Mexicano

Festival Mexicano

July 11 - 13, noon - 5 pm

Location: Victoria Event Centre, Centennial Square

Event: The weekend is packed full with a professional Mariachi band and the Fiesta Latina Dance Groupe, traditional Mexican food, craft vendors, dance lessons, games, and pinatas.  Admission is free for Centennial Square programming.

 
 
Weird and Wonderful Tour

Weird and Wonderful Tour

June 3, 5, July 24, 12 pm
June 16, 24, 30, July 14, 28, August 5, 7, 12, 20, 25, 1 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Explore some of the eccentric stories about Bastion Square, the Maritime Museum, and the magical array of oddball objects contained within its walls.  Included with admission.

 
 
Empress of Ireland Tour with Chris Klausen
 
 
Dancing in the Square

Dancing in the Square

July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 11, 18 (Mondays), 7 - 9:30 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Monday evenings, July 7 through August 18 (excluding August 4), Victoria Ballroom Dance Society and the City of Victoria bring you "Dancing in the Square". 

FREE beginner ballroom workshops 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of the waltz, social foxtrot, jive, rumba and cha cha. 

 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market
 
 
Kwench Lunchtime Choir
 
 
Women At Sea

Women At Sea

June 18, 25, July 16, 27, August 17, 27 at 1 pm
June 21, July 11, 25, August 9, 24 at 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Discover the myriad roles performed by women in maritime trades from piracy, to commerce, to the military!  Included with admission.

 
 
Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Drop in: July 2 - August 6 (Wednesdays), 7 - 8 pm
Special performance: August 13, 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Enjoy a free, drop-in, participatory introduction to hip-hop dance in Centennial Square.  On August 13, Vibestreet Dance and Garden City Grooves present a night of live entertainment with hip-hop dance performances and live soul/funk/hip-hop music.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Resident Model Maker on site
 
 
Chinatown Night Market

Chinatown Night Market

July 9 - August 27 (Wednesdays), 5 - 9 pm

Location: 500-block of Fisgard Street

Event: Enjoy street food, entertainment, and vendors at the heart of Canada's oldest Chinatown!  (Neighbourhood shops and restaurants are also open late).

 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Eventide Music Series

Eventide Music Series

July 3 - August 14 (Thursdays), 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: This new evening music series highlights Victoria's eclectic local music scene, featuring sounds that may or may not be described as "idiosyncratic, post angular, electro gypsy shoegaze, with a twist of twee folk, psychedelic country freak-space pop".  There will be also be a beverage garden for each event. Eventide Music Series is presented by the DVBA, the City of Victoria, Atomique Productions and CFUV 101.9 fm. 

 
 
Local's Night at Victoria Public Market
 
 
Interior Design Department Information Session
 
 
Victoria International Buskers' Festival
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Victoria Flea Market

Victoria Flea Market

Sundays, May 4 - September 28, 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Market Square

Event: Vintage lovers, bargain hunters, and treasure seekers will be able to get a weekly 'find fix' in Downtown Victoria, beginning in May.  This market has a European feel, with vendors featuring quirky finds from antique linens, old buttons, vinyl records, books, postcards and eclectic ephemera to vintage fashion, costume jewellery, militaria, and collectables.  With room for more than 60 vendors, the market will be free admission.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Sunday Market at Bastion Square
 
 
Maquinna Book Reading: Chris Sherlock
 
 
Chess in the Square

Chess in the Square

May 18 - August 31 (Sundays), 1 - 4 pm

Location: CRD Square - near Government & Fisgard

Event: Participate in free Giant Chess, Blitz, Learn to Play, and casual games plus much more chess at Centennial Square.  Presented by Victoria Junior Chess and sponsored by the City of Victoria.

 
 
Pacific Tattoo - CANCELLED
 
 
8th Victoria International Accordion Festival

8th Victoria International Accordion Festival

July 18 - 20

Location: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Market Square

Event: The Victoria International Accordion Festival brings internationally-recognized accordion performers to this beautiful city.  Together, with the best local soloists and ensembles, they will present an exciting three-day program, including the Victoria International Accordion Competition, free concerts at Market Square, and a special Dance Night.

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Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Victoria Street Food Festival
 
 
Victoria Harbour Festival

Victoria Harbour Festival

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour

Event: This vendor's market features local artists who can only sell original work, local food vendors, local musicans, and entertainers.

Swift Sure:
May 23rd 12pm-10:30pm and May 24th 10:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
Taking place during the Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014, sure to be an exciting event

 
 
Ghosts of the Maritime Museum
 
 
Ghosts of the Maritime Museum
 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
 
Johnson Street Sweatfest

Johnson Street Sweatfest

July 19, 8:30 - 10 am 

Location: 500 Block of Johnson Street

Event: The entire 500-block will be closed, and the public is invited to join in for a 90-minute street-level boot camp and yoga class put on by Body Dynamics Headquarters & lululemon athletica.  Bring your own mat.  Participants will recieve a button for special offers and discounts at participating LoJo businesses.  No pre-registration required, but arrive early to hold your spot.

 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Victoria Harbour Festival

Victoria Harbour Festival

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour

Event: This vendor's market features local artists who can only sell original work, local food vendors, local musicans, and entertainers.

Swift Sure:
May 23rd 12pm-10:30pm and May 24th 10:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
Taking place during the Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014, sure to be an exciting event

 
 
Courtyard Sessions in Market Square
 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
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Victoria International Buskers' Festival
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8th Victoria International Accordion Festival

8th Victoria International Accordion Festival

July 18 - 20

Location: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Market Square

Event: The Victoria International Accordion Festival brings internationally-recognized accordion performers to this beautiful city.  Together, with the best local soloists and ensembles, they will present an exciting three-day program, including the Victoria International Accordion Competition, free concerts at Market Square, and a special Dance Night.

 
 
Empress of Ireland Tour with Chris Klausen
 
 
Hudson's Bay Company Tour
 
 
Dancing in the Square

Dancing in the Square

July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 11, 18 (Mondays), 7 - 9:30 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Monday evenings, July 7 through August 18 (excluding August 4), Victoria Ballroom Dance Society and the City of Victoria bring you "Dancing in the Square". 

FREE beginner ballroom workshops 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of the waltz, social foxtrot, jive, rumba and cha cha. 

 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Victoria AM Social Mixer
 
 
Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market
 
 
Kwench Lunchtime Choir
 
 
Court is in Session Tour

Court is in Session Tour

June 12, 15, 22; July 1, 6, 9, 20, 23, August 13, 1 pm
June 28, August 1, 22, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: In Victoria's old courthouse, learn about the characters who laid the foundation for the City of Victoria and see the hidden gems of this 125 year old building.  Included with admission.

 
 
Women At Sea

Women At Sea

June 18, 25, July 16, 27, August 17, 27 at 1 pm
June 21, July 11, 25, August 9, 24 at 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Discover the myriad roles performed by women in maritime trades from piracy, to commerce, to the military!  Included with admission.

 
 
Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Drop in: July 2 - August 6 (Wednesdays), 7 - 8 pm
Special performance: August 13, 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Enjoy a free, drop-in, participatory introduction to hip-hop dance in Centennial Square.  On August 13, Vibestreet Dance and Garden City Grooves present a night of live entertainment with hip-hop dance performances and live soul/funk/hip-hop music.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Resident Model Maker on site
 
 
Chinatown Night Market

Chinatown Night Market

July 9 - August 27 (Wednesdays), 5 - 9 pm

Location: 500-block of Fisgard Street

Event: Enjoy street food, entertainment, and vendors at the heart of Canada's oldest Chinatown!  (Neighbourhood shops and restaurants are also open late).

 
 
Taste: Victoria's Festival of Food & Wine
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Victoria Flea Market

Victoria Flea Market

Sundays, May 4 - September 28, 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Market Square

Event: Vintage lovers, bargain hunters, and treasure seekers will be able to get a weekly 'find fix' in Downtown Victoria, beginning in May.  This market has a European feel, with vendors featuring quirky finds from antique linens, old buttons, vinyl records, books, postcards and eclectic ephemera to vintage fashion, costume jewellery, militaria, and collectables.  With room for more than 60 vendors, the market will be free admission.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Sunday Market at Bastion Square
 
 
Victoria Harbour Festival

Victoria Harbour Festival

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour

Event: This vendor's market features local artists who can only sell original work, local food vendors, local musicans, and entertainers.

Swift Sure:
May 23rd 12pm-10:30pm and May 24th 10:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
Taking place during the Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014, sure to be an exciting event

 
 
Court is in Session Tour

Court is in Session Tour

June 12, 15, 22; July 1, 6, 9, 20, 23, August 13, 1 pm
June 28, August 1, 22, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: In Victoria's old courthouse, learn about the characters who laid the foundation for the City of Victoria and see the hidden gems of this 125 year old building.  Included with admission.

 
 
Chess in the Square

Chess in the Square

May 18 - August 31 (Sundays), 1 - 4 pm

Location: CRD Square - near Government & Fisgard

Event: Participate in free Giant Chess, Blitz, Learn to Play, and casual games plus much more chess at Centennial Square.  Presented by Victoria Junior Chess and sponsored by the City of Victoria.

 
 
Book Club: Chanting Denied Shores
 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Weird and Wonderful Tour

Weird and Wonderful Tour

June 3, 5, July 24, 12 pm
June 16, 24, 30, July 14, 28, August 5, 7, 12, 20, 25, 1 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Explore some of the eccentric stories about Bastion Square, the Maritime Museum, and the magical array of oddball objects contained within its walls.  Included with admission.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Eventide Music Series

Eventide Music Series

July 3 - August 14 (Thursdays), 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: This new evening music series highlights Victoria's eclectic local music scene, featuring sounds that may or may not be described as "idiosyncratic, post angular, electro gypsy shoegaze, with a twist of twee folk, psychedelic country freak-space pop".  There will be also be a beverage garden for each event. Eventide Music Series is presented by the DVBA, the City of Victoria, Atomique Productions and CFUV 101.9 fm. 

 
 
Local's Night at Victoria Public Market
 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Victoria Street Food Festival
 
 
Victoria Harbour Festival

Victoria Harbour Festival

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour

Event: This vendor's market features local artists who can only sell original work, local food vendors, local musicans, and entertainers.

Swift Sure:
May 23rd 12pm-10:30pm and May 24th 10:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
Taking place during the Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014, sure to be an exciting event

 
 
Bernstein & Gold: All Things Beautiful

Bernstein & Gold: All Things Beautiful

July 25, 12 - 8 pm

Location: Bernstein & Gold

Event: A selected group of local artists and designers will set up a temporary shop at Bernstein & Gold.  These talented artisans (such as Emma Glover Silversmith, Jordan River Soapworks, Farm Floral Arrangements, La Poeme Candles, local leather goods, and many more) will display their beautiful wares until 8 pm.  In addition, Bernstein & Gold's in-store sale items will be further marked down - as low as 75% off.

 
 
Women At Sea

Women At Sea

June 18, 25, July 16, 27, August 17, 27 at 1 pm
June 21, July 11, 25, August 9, 24 at 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Discover the myriad roles performed by women in maritime trades from piracy, to commerce, to the military!  Included with admission.

 
 
Ghosts of the Maritime Museum
 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Victoria Harbour Festival

Victoria Harbour Festival

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour

Event: This vendor's market features local artists who can only sell original work, local food vendors, local musicans, and entertainers.

Swift Sure:
May 23rd 12pm-10:30pm and May 24th 10:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
Taking place during the Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014, sure to be an exciting event

 
 
Courtyard Sessions in Market Square
 
 
Live Music in the Pacific Lounge
 
 
Victoria Vice Tour

Victoria Vice Tour

June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Get a taste for Victoria's rich history and enjoy some of Bastion Square's best-kept ghost stories.  $15.

 
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Victoria International Buskers' Festival
 
 
Weird and Wonderful Tour

Weird and Wonderful Tour

June 3, 5, July 24, 12 pm
June 16, 24, 30, July 14, 28, August 5, 7, 12, 20, 25, 1 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Explore some of the eccentric stories about Bastion Square, the Maritime Museum, and the magical array of oddball objects contained within its walls.  Included with admission.

 
 
Dancing in the Square

Dancing in the Square

July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 11, 18 (Mondays), 7 - 9:30 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Monday evenings, July 7 through August 18 (excluding August 4), Victoria Ballroom Dance Society and the City of Victoria bring you "Dancing in the Square". 

FREE beginner ballroom workshops 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of the waltz, social foxtrot, jive, rumba and cha cha. 

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market
 
 
Kwench Lunchtime Choir
 
 
Women At Sea

Women At Sea

June 18, 25, July 16, 27, August 17, 27 at 1 pm
June 21, July 11, 25, August 9, 24 at 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Discover the myriad roles performed by women in maritime trades from piracy, to commerce, to the military!  Included with admission.

 
 
Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Hip Hop Dance in the Square

Drop in: July 2 - August 6 (Wednesdays), 7 - 8 pm
Special performance: August 13, 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: Enjoy a free, drop-in, participatory introduction to hip-hop dance in Centennial Square.  On August 13, Vibestreet Dance and Garden City Grooves present a night of live entertainment with hip-hop dance performances and live soul/funk/hip-hop music.

 
 
Ghosts of the Maritime Museum
 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Resident Model Maker on site
 
 
Chinatown Night Market

Chinatown Night Market

July 9 - August 27 (Wednesdays), 5 - 9 pm

Location: 500-block of Fisgard Street

Event: Enjoy street food, entertainment, and vendors at the heart of Canada's oldest Chinatown!  (Neighbourhood shops and restaurants are also open late).

 
 
Victoria Tango & Latin Arts Festival

Victoria Tango & Latin Arts Festival

July 31 - August 3

Location: Various Venues

Event: The Passion for Tango Society presents their seventh annual summer Tango and Latin Arts Festival.  Enjoy a weekend of fusion, jazz, classical, folk, and traditional music and dance of Latin America and Spain.  The festival promises entertainment for all ages.  Lectures, workshops, and classes round out your knowledge of Tango and Latin music and dance.

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Taste: Victoria's Festival of Food & Wine
 
 
Bastion Square Public Market

Bastion Square Public Market

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May - September, 11 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Bastion Square

Event: The market turns 19 this year! Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic open-air market brings a vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally produced arts, crafts, and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create their crafts, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.

 
 
Smuggling Tour

Smuggling Tour

June 17, July 10, 31, August 14, 19, 26, 29, 1 pm
June 27, July 5, 19, 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Focusing on opium and alcohol, take a remarkable journey through the complex characters and dynamic world of smuggling, which played an integral role in our maritime past.  Included with admission.

 
 
Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts
 
 
Eventide Music Series

Eventide Music Series

July 3 - August 14 (Thursdays), 6 - 9 pm

Location: Centennial Square

Event: This new evening music series highlights Victoria's eclectic local music scene, featuring sounds that may or may not be described as "idiosyncratic, post angular, electro gypsy shoegaze, with a twist of twee folk, psychedelic country freak-space pop".  There will be also be a beverage garden for each event. Eventide Music Series is presented by the DVBA, the City of Victoria, Atomique Productions and CFUV 101.9 fm. 

 
 
Local's Night at Victoria Public Market
 
 
Victoria Flea Market

Victoria Flea Market

Sundays, May 4 - September 28, 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Market Square

Event: Vintage lovers, bargain hunters, and treasure seekers will be able to get a weekly 'find fix' in Downtown Victoria, beginning in May.  This market has a European feel, with vendors featuring quirky finds from antique linens, old buttons, vinyl records, books, postcards and eclectic ephemera to vintage fashion, costume jewellery, militaria, and collectables.  With room for more than 60 vendors, the market will be free admission.

 
 
Victoria Harbour Ferry Water Ballet
 
 
Sunday Market at Bastion Square
 
 
Victoria Harbour Festival

Victoria Harbour Festival

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour

Event: This vendor's market features local artists who can only sell original work, local food vendors, local musicans, and entertainers.

Swift Sure:
May 23rd 12pm-10:30pm and May 24th 10:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
Taking place during the Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014, sure to be an exciting event

 
 
Chess in the Square

Chess in the Square

May 18 - August 31 (Sundays), 1 - 4 pm

Location: CRD Square - near Government & Fisgard

Event: Participate in free Giant Chess, Blitz, Learn to Play, and casual games plus much more chess at Centennial Square.  Presented by Victoria Junior Chess and sponsored by the City of Victoria.

 
 
Women At Sea

Women At Sea

June 18, 25, July 16, 27, August 17, 27 at 1 pm
June 21, July 11, 25, August 9, 24 at 2 pm

Location: Maritime Museum

Event: Discover the myriad roles performed by women in maritime trades from piracy, to commerce, to the military!  Included with admission.

 

Happening this Month

Artisan's Lane - May 14, 2014 to September 2, 2014
Vikings - May 16, 2014 to November 11, 2014
Canada's Titanic: The Empress of Ireland - May 29, 2014 to October 20, 2014
Greta Guzek: West End Gallery - June 21, 2014 to July 3, 2014

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