Bike to Work Week
May 20th, 2014
Date: May 26 – June 1
Time: Any time!
Why be stuck in traffic when you could race past vehicles on your bike? Enjoy the beautiful weather Victoria has to offer and visit all of the iconic downtown tourist attractions with bicycles for the week. There are several places to rent bikes in Victoria! Please ask our friendly Front Desk staff for places to rent bikes.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Week, there will be an anniversary concert in Centennial Square during the week on May 31.
Have fun touring downtown Victoria while getting your daily dose of exercise! For more information on Bike to Work Week, please visit their website.
Swiftsure International Yacht Race
May 12th, 2014
The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is organized by the Victoria Yacht club and will take place from May 24 – 26, 2014. The Swiftsure is one of the foremost long distance yacht races in British Columbia and the greater Pacific Westcoast region as a whole. Having made its debut in 1930, the Swiftsure continues to attract competitors and spectators from across the globe, and is considered an important race for sailors, and community members a-like.
Swiftsure Public Events Schedule:
Thursday May 22, 2014: Ship Point
2:00pm – 6:00pm: Swiftsure Center opens for registration
Friday May 23, 2014: Ship Point
10:00am – 6:00pm: Swiftsure Center open for registration
Saturday May 24, 2014: Clover Point (Central Saanich Lions Club)
8:00am: Pancake Breakfast
9:00am: First race starts (subsequent starts to follow at ten minute intervals). There will be many photo opportunities as the boats jockey for position between the breakwater and Brotchie ledge.
Sunday May 25, 2014: Ogden Point
Midnight- 6:00am: Yachts in the three Long Courses cross the finish line.
The Swiftsure center is located at Ship Point in Victoria’s Inner Harbour and is the information headquarters for the race. For more information please visit the Swiftsure International Yacht Race website.
116th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade
May 5th, 2014
Date: May 19, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Douglas Street – Victoria, BC
Come and celebrate Victoria Day in B.C.’s capital with the 116th consecutive Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria’s largest parade event including marching bands, floats, clowns and more.
The whole parade will take at least 3 hours to pass by, so be sure to come prepared. The parade starts at Mayfair Mall at 9:00am and will proceed along Douglas Street, finishing at the intersection of Douglas and Humboldt Street.
This is a fun event for the whole family!
Victoria Harbour Boat Show
May 1st, 2014
Dates: Thursday, May 1, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Victoria’s Inner Harbour
Thursday & Friday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Experience life on the water at Vancouver Island’s premiere in-water boat show!
For more information including admission fees, please visit the BCYBA website.
Times Colonist 10K
April 24th, 2014
Date: April 27, 2014
Location: Downtown Victoria, BC
Time: 7:45am – 4:00pm
Participate in the 25th annual TC10K or the new Half Marathon!
Join an estimated 14000 people in running or walking the TC10K along the beautiful route, or sign up for fun and fitness in the Thrifty Foods 1.5K Family Run.
For more information, please visit the TC10K website.
151st Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival
April 24th, 2014
Dates: May 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014
Location: Topaz Park, Victoria, BC
The 2014 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival celebrates 151 years of Scottish Culture in Victoria, BC. For newcomers and longtime festival-goers alike, this celebration is a perfect time to enjoy and experience Scottish culture in BC.
The 151st Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival will take place over May long weekend at Topaz Park, May 17 to 18th, 2014.
Saturday events will include:
- Kilted mile athletics
- Tug of war competition
- Haggis hurling competition
- Sheep dog herding competition
- Victoria International Heavy Events Challenge
- Amateur B and Novice heavy event competition
- Pipe band performances
- Falconry and sword fighting demonstrations
- Cultural and heritage presentations
- Music and entertainment activities
- Free children’s entertainment area
- Scottish and Celtic vendor along with two beer gardens and a single malt whisky tasting school
Traditional Scottish Games, great entertainment and activities will continue on the Sunday!
For more information, including admission and ticket information, please visit the Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival website.
Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival
March 31st, 2014
Dates: April 1, 2014 to May 12, 2014
Entering its 87th year, the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival has a long and popular history in Victoria.
For six weeks, over five thousand Victoria-area performers and students of music, dance and dramatic arts will be on stage and adjudicated in music, dance and speech arts. Performances in Brass, Classical Guitar, Choral, Composition, Dance (Ethnic, School and Studio), Fiddle, Musical Theatre, Piano, School Bands, School Orchestras, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Strings, Vocal and Woodwinds by talented youngsters and adults take place daily throughout Festival.
For more information, please visit the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival website.
Victoria IMAX Film Festival
March 24th, 2014
Dates: March 21, 2014 to April 21, 2014
Location: IMAX Victoria
The IMAX Film Festival is an annual affair. It features six great films over four weeks for one low price. The festival gives goers the opportunity to revisit old IMAX classics or see these classics for the first time.
This year’s films include:
- Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk
- Adventures in Wild California
- Majestic White Horses
- D-Day, Normandy 1944
These films are sure to entertain movie goers of all ages. For more information on the IMAX Film Festival, please visit the IMAX Victoria website.
Belfry SPARK Festival
March 12th, 2014
Dates: March 16, 2014 to March 30, 2014
Location: Belfry Theatre, Victoria, BC
From March 16 to March 30, 2014 the Belfry Theatre presents its sixth annual SPARK Festival of new plays and new ideas. SPARK has artists coming from across Canada and will also include local talent from Victoria!
There will be forty free events including readings and miniplays. The five big shows will include Terminus, Firewall, When it Rains, Little Iliad and Belfry 101 Live.
For more information including ticket prices and show times, please visit the Belfry Theatre website.
17th Annual Victoria French Festival
March 3rd, 2014
Dates: March 6, 2014 to March 9, 2014
Come and enjoy four days of French culture from around the world at the 17th Annual Victoria French Fest!
The four day event will include two days of free activities and concerts at Centennial Square. Activities for the whole family will include free face painting, balloon animals, drumming workshops and lots more.
For more information, please visit the Victoria French Festival website.