Walking with Dinosaurs

September 1st, 2014

Dates and Times:
September 18, 7 pm
September 19, 3 & 7 pm
September 20, 11 am, 3 pm, & 7 pm
September 21, 1 pm & 5 pm
Location: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Walking with Dinosaurs is back in Victoria! The spectacle features life-size dinosaurs and their story throughout the years, aging back to 245 million years ago. The show contains the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of time, telling the story of how dinosaurs became.

The idea of this huge show began in 1996; however, the first show originated in Australia in 2007.  The show has played in over 243 cities across the world, with over 2000 shows!

Interesting Fact:

To travel around, it is necessary to have 27 trucks to transport all the Walking with Dinosaurs props!  Not to mention, dinosaurs range up to 36 feet tall and 56 feet long… talk about large!

Vicoria International Chalk Festival

August 31st, 2014

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Date: September 13 – 14
Time: All day!
Location: Government Street and Royal BC Museum

Victoria is proud to present Canada’s largest street painting festival! This year’s theme revolves around “Nature’s Spirits”: a celebration of art, wonder and adventure. The festival is free to attend and completely kid-friendly. International chalk professionals will be showcasing their beautiful artwork throughout the weekend!

Chalk Festival Highlights:

  • A kids chalk zone located on Langley street by Bastion Square
  • A performance stage on Government and View
  • A NEW venue at the Royal BC Museum (just minutes from the Royal Scot Hotel!) which features 3D chalk art
Fun Fact:

3D chalk art was invented by Kurt Wenner in the 1980s.

Watch amazing art come to life with chalk, just on the side of the road!

Blues Bash

August 28th, 2014

Date: August 30 – September 1
Time: Various throughout event
Location: Inner Harbour

Victoria welcomes the 20th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash during Labour Day weekend! In walking distance from the Royal Scot Hotel, the venue is located in the Inner Harbour. Blues Bash features blues and R&B music from numerous artists and bands.

Whether you are out and about and like to stop by for a few minutes, or would like to enjoy the music for a period of time, daytime concerts are free of admission! On Saturday night, purchase tickets for a featured performance from the Curtis Salgado Band. As well, catch a special performance from Rick Vito and the Lucky Devils on Sunday evening!

For more information regarding the event schedule or tickets, please visit their website!

Happy Labour Day from the Royal Scot staff!

Victoria Classic Boat Festival

August 23rd, 2014

Dates: August 29 – 31
Time: Varies throughout event
Location: Inner Harbour

We are nearing the 37th annual Classic Boat Festival! A special event, with over 130 boats from around the world, it is a must see. The festival is crammed-pack with several activities going on as well as massive vessels being showcased during the weekend. The festival is just a block away from the hotel; perfect to stop by on the way to any downtown activity!

It all started in 1977 with a small group of people who wanted to replicate the Northwest America ship. However, there was not enough funding available for this to happen. Soon after, a sponsorship was put in place, and the Classic Boat Festival had been created. The first Boat Festival began with 32 boats in the Inner Harbour. Since then, the event has grown into a huge spectacle!

Boat Types:

Classic             Tabloid Cruiser           Pocket Cruiser

Runabout        Pulling Boat                Work Boat

New Classic    Replica                        Cold Moulden

Did you know that many boat types existed!?

Fun Fact:

Some of the boats in the festival age as far as the 20th century; talk about historic!

Please visit their website for a schedule of events and details!

Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival

August 22nd, 2014

Date: August 21 – 31
Time and Location: Varies throughout event

Victoria Fringe presents the largest theatre festival on Vancouver Island, with over 45 drama, comedy, spoken word and live theatre shows! Brought to you by independent producers, Fringe Festival showcases alternative productions during the 11-day event!

Fringe Festival Special Events:

Fringe Square Block Party and Fringe Eve Preview: Wednesday, August 20 located at Centennial Square from 2pm – 10pm
Fringe Kids Club: Saturday, August 23 located at Market Square from 11am – 4pm
The Fringe Club: August 22 – 31 located at 1501 Douglas Street from 7pm till late
Pick of the Fringe Awards: Sunday, August 31 located at 1501 Douglas Street at 10pm

The venues vary throughout the event, so be sure to visit the website for detailed itinerary of the festival.

Fashion Splash

August 20th, 2014

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Dates and Times:

Market Hours

Friday, August 22, 6 – 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 23, 10 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 24, 10 am – 5 pm

Fashion Show

Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30 pm

Location: Inner Harbour

Enjoy Victoria’s first ever outdoor fashion show located in the Inner Harbour! Fashion Splash features locally designed products, including yoga wear, as well as summer and fall fashions. Visit the market full of unique designers during the weekend and see the latest styles be showcased in the fashion show on Saturday!

For a full list of designers please visit their website!

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

August 3rd, 2014

Date: August 15 – 17
Time: Varies throughout event
Location: Inner Harbour

The 20th annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is nearing us! Being one of those most anticipated events of the summer, the Dragon Boat Festival features several races, two stages full of entertainment, and the ‘Forbidden City Food Court’ which presents numerous unique food options. Like to accompany your food with beer? You can do that as well! The festival also has a beer garden. Sit back, eat delicious food, drink beer, listen to music, and watch the boats race by!

More than 80 teams from Canada and the United States will be participating in the Dragon Boat races. The teams will be racing from the Laurel Point to the Inner Harbour in five-boat heats. Each race takes two to two and a half minutes long, with over 70 strokes per minute… talk about insanely fast boaters!

Fun Fact:

The Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the life of a Chinese scholar named Chu Yuan. Every year it is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month.

Victoria Symphony Splash

July 31st, 2014

Date: Sunday August 3
Time: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Inner Harbour

Walk minutes from our hotel to the Inner Harbour and listen to the beautiful music presented by the 25th annual Symphony Splash outdoor event. The day begins with a Family Zone at the Empress where families are able to bring their children and participate in fun activities including: face painting, a colouring contest, various crafts, a bouncy castle and scavenger hunt!

Music and festivities will be going on throughout the day. Head over to the Legislative Buildings where Naden Band will be performing at 1:00 pm and 2:15 pm. Around 4:00 pm, join a dance party on Bellville Street! Following that, the orchestra parade begins at 6:20 pm.

The main event features the Victoria Symphony performing live, on a floating stage at 7:30 pm! The orchestra will play a mixture of classical and popular pieces while onstage and 9-year-old, Erik Lin, will be featured as a soloist during the concert as well.

Get ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the outstanding music brought to you by the Symphony Splash! Please visit their website from more information regarding the event.

Victoria Tango and Latin Arts Festival

July 31st, 2014

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Date: August 1 – August 3
Time and Location: Varies throughout event

The weekend will be packed-full with tons of fusion, classical, folk, jazz and traditional music, as well as Latin American and Spanish dance. Obtain a vast amount of knowledge throughout the weekend with workshops, lectures and classes!

The festival presents Canadian artists with international guests being featured throughout the event. The music you see originated from South and Central America, the Caribbean and Spain.

Please see their website for a schedule breakdown and more information!

International Buskers Festival

July 17th, 2014

Victoria welcomes the largest street performers’ festival

Date: July 17 – 28
Time: Varies throughout the week
Location: Various venues

The buskers are finally here!!! Tomorrow the live shows begin and we are so excited to welcome the international buckers to Victoria. Enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having and check out the annual International Buskers Festival! This is the first ever ‘All Stars’ Buskers Festival showcasing the finest acts, as well as a few new ones. With professional street performers from across the world, there are many talented, unique acts that you will not want to miss!

Furthermore, check out Busk Stops on Government Street where several musicians will be featuring their tricks! You can also reenergize with the various food options along the inner harbour in the International Food Village.

There are numerous acts including comedy, unusually bendy people and circus-like acts! Each day, the stages have various acts, so it gives you the chance to see every busker possible!

For a complete schedule of the International Buskers Festival, please visit their website. You can also stop by the front desk to pick up a booklet full of all the buskers information you need to know!