Halloween Events

October 17th, 2014

Need some spooky ideas for Halloween in Victoria? Read below for a list of events happening to make your Halloween in Victoria as festive as possible!

Dracula: Ballet Victoria

Dates and Times:
October 24 and 25: 7:30 pm
October 26: 2:00 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

Get into the Halloween spirit with Dracula, a performance created by Ballet Victoria.

The Addams Family

Dates and Times:
October 31 and November 1: 8:00 pm
November 2: 2:00 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

A musical comedy, featured at McPherson Playhouse, the Addams Family is spooky, yet a bizarre and lovable show. Come out and see our favourite Halloween family showcased, perfect for the entire family!

Ghost Bus-Tours

Dates: October 18, 24, 25, 29, 30
Times: Bus will be waiting at 7:00 pm and leaves at 7:30 pm
Location: Start point is at Oak Bay Marina

These two-hour long, haunted tours, begin just as it starts to get dark outside… the perfect time for a Halloween tour! They will be held in a luxury coach bus, where the tour guide will tell lots of spooooky stories.

Ghostly Walks Walking Tours

Dates: October 17 – November 1
Times: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Location: Begins at 1140 Government Street, inside the lobby at the Bedford Regency Hotel

Join an expert who has been doing these walking tours since 1970! John Adams will take you on a scaaaarrrrry tour! However, try out the EXTREME ghostly tours for an extra scary Halloween (details provided below)

Ghostly Walks Extreme

Dates: October 10 and 11, November 7 and 8
Time: 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
Location: Undisclosed until event time, please reserve!

The tour guide will take you on a late-night tour of the utmost scariest areas in downtown Victoria. Be prepared to walk through cemeteries, and alleyways while being told of several ghost stories!

Happy Halloween from the staff at the Royal Scot!!

Main Streets in Downtown Victoria

October 16th, 2014

Government Street

Government Street is an iconic street, located in the downtown core. Whether you are just wanting to browse around or shop for gifts and souvenirs, it is definitely worth a walk! The street features several souvenir shops, exclusive local shops, chocolate, gelato and much more!

Wharf Street

Walk along Wharf Street and enjoy the stunning views of the inner harbour. While you walk along this street, keep an eye out for boats parked in the harbour! Shops, cafes and art galleries line the street, as well, several restaurants are located on Wharf Street… Perfect for an evening walk!

Johnson Street

Johnson Street shops are in restored heritage buildings. The street is filled with several exclusive shops and boutiques that an avid shopper will not want to miss! If you are not interested in shopping, still check out the buildings!

Fisherman’s Wharf

October 9th, 2014

Are you a fan of fish? Or, do you like a scenic view? Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect place to go! Just a short walk away from our hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf is a perfect destination for the entire family.

There a few food options to choose from including the famous Barb’s Fish and Chips, Mexican food, a café and to finish your meal off, ice cream!

Not to mention, Fisherman’s Wharf has some beautiful scenic views of the water. Stroll down the docks and check out the floating houses as well. Yes, people do actually live in the houses!

If that is not enough to convince you, there is a little place where you can get fresh seafood. You can purchase it to eat, or feed it to the sea otters!

Fun Fact:
Sea otters have a tendency to pop their heads of out the water along the inner docks if you feed them fish!

With tons of fun activities, it is definitely a must-see Victoria attraction.

Please visit their website for more information!

Art of the Cocktail Festival

September 26th, 2014

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Dates: October 4 – 6
Time and Location: Varies throughout event, please visit their website!

Art of the Cocktail is a weekend-long event that encompasses everything you need to know about cocktails! The event contains several tastings, workshops and three cocktail competitions.

You will not want to miss the main spectacle… A Grand Tasting featuring over 70 unique cocktail creations! If you are a cocktail enthusiast, or just enjoy sipping on delicious cocktails, this event is for you!

Featured Events:

- Futurist                                      - Drinking on a Deadline
- Gin Craze                                   – Earls’ Bar Games Competition
- Rumapalooza                              - The Spy Who Loved Whiskey
- Cocktail Hour                              - House Made, Not Home Made
- Home Bartender’s Competition     – How and Why of Cocktail Bitters
- Victoria Spirit Best of the Pacific North West

Please visit their website for a detailed itinerary of events and schedules!

September 11th, 2014

Date: Every Wednesday year-round
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Back Carriageway, 1701 Douglas Street

Really take in Victoria’s culture with the Farmer’s Market happening weekly every Wednesday at the Victoria Public Market. The Farmer’s Market showcases local food, farmers and music! See what Victoria truly has to offer with its friendly atmosphere and great variety of local items! Everything is homegrown and handmade, meaning you truly get a taste of the local area.

A Taste of Items Featured:

Alchemy Juice: Fresh, raw juices are made right before the market to ensure perfection!
Be Raw Chocolate: Local, fair-trade, handmade chocolate.
Farm Food To Go: Features locally-made frozen dinners to go!
Luv BITES: Locally-made, healthy dog snacks.

This is only part of what the Victoria Public Market offers! Browse the market weekly at these times:
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Mondays: Closed

Visit the website for more information!

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.