There is nothing quite like the splendour and joy of a Victoria summer, in which the sparkling harbour comes to life with festivals, entertainment, and celebrations aplenty. As always the centrepiece of the Victoria summer is Canada day—where we can all get together and celebrate the diversity, spirit, and history that make us proud to be Canadian.
Once again, the fine people of Victoria have put together a full package of events for the special day. Along with an eclectic and exciting mix of live music, entertainment and activities, we’ll also be taking up the challenge of the Coast Capital Living Flag event—last year saw 3,600 participants taking part to form the ‘Largest Living Flag In The Country’.
Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there, there’s plenty happening throughout July and August to keep residents and visitors occupied, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the highlights.
Victoria Pride Parade and Festival
Pride week culminates in the 26th annual Pride Parade, which starts at 11 am and goes from the corner of Pandora and Government, continuing south to end up at MacDonald Park in James Bay to the Victoria Pride Festival. It is a family-inclusive event, where you can watch thousands of people in more than 100 colourful entries march through downtown Victoria to show their pride and solidarity with the Queer community.
Victoria Symphony Splash
This spectacular celebration of classical music is not to be missed. With the VS Orchestra and special guests putting on a spellbinding show from a floating stage in the heart of Victoria’s inner harbour. And don’t leave early, the grand finale is accompanied by a fireworks display that lights up the shoreline sky.
MAYA: The Great Jaguar Rises Exhibition
A treat for history aficionados and novices alike, this enlightening and fascinating exhibition takes visitors through the history of the Mayan culture from ancient times to the present day, alongside taking part in UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Languages.
In2ART + One
Art lovers of all stripes are welcome to this delightful exhibition showcasing a collection of sculptures, painting and jewellery from the likes of Liza Potinho-Robertson, Brenda Milne, and Sue Sutton.
Memorial Park Music Fest
Once again music is taking over the historic Memorial Park in Esquimalt for 7 whole summer evenings of captivating entertainment and good times for the whole family. With a tremendous lineup featuring a mixture of up and coming artists and old favourites.
Sooke Fine Arts Show
Celebrating its 33rd anniversary of being Vancouver Island’s premier fine arts showcase—the Sooke Fine Arts Show remains a must-attend event no matter what your tastes. With more than 380 works of original art by artists from across the island showcased in a stylish 17,000 square-foot space.
No country music fan can afford to miss out on Sunfest—Canada’s foremost dedicated country music event. Once again artists from across North America will descend on Cowichan Valley to put on a crowd-pleasing show, headlined by some of the biggest names in Nashville in Jason Aldean and Maren Morris.
Victoria Flamenco Festival
Put on your dancing shoes as the Victoria Flamenco festival comes around to liven up the Victoria area. Let the rhythm and passion take hold of you with this celebration of one of the liveliest and most primal art forms—with performers and showcases bringing together dances, singers, and guitarists in a celebration of everything Flamenco.
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