June 19th, 2014
Date: June 20 – 29
Time: Varies throughout the week
Location: Various venues
Celebrating its 30th anniversary of running, the TD Victoria International Jazz Fest features jazz and blues music from local artists, as well as internationally-recognized musicians. There are several different genres of music being highlighted throughout the 10 days such as funk, soul, gospel, and swing.
10-time Grammy winner, Bobby McFerrin, will be amongst other well-known jazz musicians. Respected artists, Angelique Kidjo and Cassandra Wilson, will be showcased in the line-up as well. With 9 stages, over 320 musicians and 85 performers, you will surely not want to miss Jazz Fest!
For ticket details and a complete line-up of artists featured at Jazz Fest, please visit their website.
Foodie Film Festival
June 12th, 2014
Date: June 20 – 23
Time & Location: Varies throughout weekend (Please refer to website)
Do you like food? And films too? If the answer to both those questions is yes, there is a perfect event for you to attend! The Victoria Film Festival is celebrating the beginning of summer with its Foodie Film Festival that combines two great things; food and films.
Indulge in various cuisines prior to watching each film!
Jadoo: Kings of Curry
The Golden Scallop
Zone Pro Site: A Moveable Feast
A Tale of Samurai Cooking
The Organic Life
Please see their website for more details.
June 11th, 2014
Date: Saturday, June 14
Time: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: St. Anne’s Academy
Come out and enjoy the first of many music festivals happening this summer in Victoria! Vic Fest is an outdoor music festival featuring popular artists such as Said the Whale, Evan Bourque and Towers and Trees. The various music choices are accompanied by food samples from local restaurants in Victoria. Pair that with a beer sampling and a wine garden, and you are set for the day!
With special kid-friendly areas, the entire family is able to enjoy the festival! Please visit the website for more information regarding ticket sales and event details.
Run or Dye
June 5th, 2014
Date: June 28
Location: Starting line is at Wilfert Road
Love wearing colour? Well, now you can literally wear the rainbow! Run or Dye is a 5 kilometer run where each kilometer you are showered in safe, coloured dye. It is a run for everyone no matter how old you are, or how you would like to undertake the 5km. Feel free to dress in a costume or a white outfit, but be prepared to get colour-blasted!
Please visit their website for more information.
Beacon Hill Park
June 4th, 2014
Have a fun-filled day at one of Victoria’s main attractions. Beacon Hill Park offers a beautiful scenic walk, playgrounds, a water park, several ponds, and a petting zoo! The Beacon Hill Petting Zoo features animals such as pigs, llamas, chickens, and baby goats (which you can brush and play with!). The Petting Zoo is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Beacon Hill Park is just minutes away from our hotel, perfect for walking. Whether it be the beautiful scenery that hooks your eye, or the play parks for children, Beacon Hill has something for all ages. Perhaps you’ll be lucky to see some turtles and the several peacocks roaming around as well!
Don’t forget… While at Beacon Hill Park, you can also stop by Mile 0, the start of Canada’s Highway 1!
Oak Bay Tea Party
May 28th, 2014
Date: Saturday June 7 – Sunday June 8
Time: Varies throughout the weekend
Location: Willow’s Beach
Visit the 52nd year of the Oak Bay Tea Party; it is filled with fun activities that are perfect for the entire family!
The Mad Hatter Fun Run will begin around 10:15 am on Saturday, June 7. Enjoy the Oak Bay Tea Party Parade immediately after at 10:30 am. Furthermore, the Opening Ceremonies will transpire at 12:30 pm on Saturday.
On Sunday, watch a bathtub race (yes, with real bath tubs!) along the water at 1:00 pm. Moreover, there will be an airshow Sunday at 2:00 pm which includes skydivers and aircraft units. With several different activities and delicious food, there will be plenty of entertainment all weekend you will not want to miss!
Please visit the Oak Bay Tea Party website for a detailed itinerary.
International Kite Festival
May 26th, 2014
Date: May 31 – June 1
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Location: Clover Point
The International Kite Festival is located in a prime spot on Clover Point, just minutes away from downtown Victoria. Enjoy a weekend full of colourful kites flown by professionals from around the world. Being child-friendly, it is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to attend! Children are able to create their own kites and the family can relish in the open sky event later on.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome in support of the Victoria community affected by epilepsy. Please see their website for a detailed schedule of the weekend.
Oak Bay Half Marathon
May 21st, 2014
Date: May 25th
Time: 8:00 am Start
Location: Begins at Oak Bay Avenue and Hampshire Road
Oak Bay is hosting the 10th annual Half Marathon run. Walk or run and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!
7:00 am: Half Marathon Early Start (for walkers)
8:00 am: Half Marathon, Relay and 107.3K Start
10:30 am: Kids 2K Challenge
10:45 am: Kids 400 metre Fun Dash and Mascot Race
Please visit the website for more information regarding the race.
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.