Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival
June 20th, 2015
Date: July 1st to July 5th
Location: Ship Point Inner Harbour and other locations
Victoria’s Ska and Reggae Festival is an annual five day music festival in and around Victoria’s Inner Harbour. With the kick off always being a part of the cities Canada Day Festivities, they amp the energy up for the music packed days to come.
This year’s headlines include: HEPCAT, Third World, Morgan Heritage, The Slackers, Mindil Beach, Stickybuds and Mustard Plug – and more than 30 other acts from around the world.
This family friendly festival offers a diverse range of ska, reggae, dub, hip hop, global roots, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Visit the website for a full schedule and line-up as well as ticket and pass information.
6th Annual Tall Tree Music Festival
June 19th, 2015
Date: June 26th to 28th
Location: Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew
The Tall Tree Music Festival brings together the attendees and artists to build sustainable and positive relationships with local residents and businesses of Port Renfrew. The festival celebrates community spirit, the environment, and artistic creativity with showcasing world-class musical and artistic talent in this unique and intimate environment.
v An important fact to note is there are no gas stations between Sooke and Lake Cowichan. (So no gas station in Port Renfrew.) If you do not want to travel by vehicle Costal Sea Ventures is doing boat trips out to Port Renfew.
For more information about the festival visit the website.
Victoria Pride Week
June 18th, 2015
Date: June 28th to July 5th
Join thousands of participants, more than 100 vendors and businesses in celebrating Pride. Events will include Youth Pride Dance, Big Gay Dog Walk, Pride and the Word, Drag Ball and of course the much anticipated annual parade and festival.
Visit the website for all venues and more information.
Painting Beneath the Summer Sky
June 17th, 2015
Date: June 21st @ 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: English Inn at 429 Lampson
Richard Wong, professional wildlife artist, will be hosting an afternoon of painting, cheese, artisan bread platter and wine. Wong will be teaching watercolour painting with oriental brushes on Japanese art paper in the beautiful English Inn garden. Everyone is welcome, especially first time painters are encouraged, to participate in this activity to welcome the first day of summer
For more information about Wong and this event visit the website.
The Lorax – Live Adaptation
June 16th, 2015
Date: June 27th @ 1:00pm & June 28th @ 3:00pm
Location: UVic Campus Community Garden at 2100 McKenzie
Sponsored by the UVic Campus Community Garden and FUN Society (Friends Uniting for Nature) this performance will have you experience Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale in a whole new way! “The Lorax” will be performed by UVic students and community members and will engage children, youth and adults about environmental sustainability in a fun and entertaining way! The performance will be followed with the audience able to plant their own seeds to take home. Limited chairs will be available and seating is at first come first serve.
Visit the website for more information about this performance.
Van Isle 360
June 15th, 2015
Date: Started: June 6th; Finished: June 20th Victoria: 17th – 19th
Location: Clover Point at Dallas Rd
This biennial race is 580 nautical mile point-to-point race circumnavigating our wild and rugged Vancouver Island. Sailed in ten legs, the course provides inshore, offshore and overnight sailing through some of the most stunning and challenging waters on the planet.
The sailors will be leaving Ucuelet on June 17th on route to arrive in Victoria the evening. June 18th will be a layover for sailors before the final stretch back to Nanaimo on June 19th.
For more information about the race visit the website.
Sixth Annual Fernwood Bites
June 14th, 2015
Date: June 21st @ 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Fernwood Square at Gladstone & Ferwood
Have your taste-buds satisfied with tastings from this large group of Victoria’s favourite food establishments. Try one or try them all at this now foodie favourite sixth annual festival.
Visit the website for a full list of participating restaurants.
Car Free YYJ
June 13th, 2015
Date: June 21st @ 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Douglas from Herald to Fort
Hosted by the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) Victoria will have its first car free day. DVBA is closing down Victoria’s busiest street to have three stages holding music, entertainment and talent throughout the event. Retail and business vendors, artisans, makers, food vendors and trucks will line the street.
For more information about this festival visit the DVBA website.
Strawberry and Wine Festival
June 12th, 2015
Date: June 20th to June 21st
Location: Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trail at various locations
Join the solstice celebration of Saanich Peninsula farms, food and wine! Create your own tour experience by choosing the farms, wineries and restaurants you want to visit from the map provided. Saanich has a bountiful landscape in a rural setting.
Visit the website for the festival details and map.
TD Victoria International JazzFest
June 11th, 2015
Date: June 19th to 28th
Location: Various Downtown Locations
Running since 1985, the Victoria Jazz Society has produced this major multi-day music festival every summer. This event formerly known as JazzFest International, is a ten-day festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians.
For a full festival line-up including performance times and locations visit the website.