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Summer Festivals in Victoria, BC

Summer in Victoria, BC brings a variety of festivals and events that celebrate the city's unique vibe. From music and food festivals to cultural showcases, there's something for everyone to enjoy this summer season. Here's a sneak peek at what's coming up in Victoria, BC this summer season.

Jazz Festival

Victoria Jazz Festival Performance. Credit: Victoria Jazz Society.

TD Victoria Jazz Festival: June 21 - June 30

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of jazz at the TD Victoria International JazzFest, a captivating ten-day event taking place from June 21st to June 30th in different locations around the city. This annual event showcases a combination of jazz, blues, and world music performed by a lineup of talented local, Canadian, and international artists, including the legendary 4-time Grammy winner Booker T's Stax Revue; experience the festival's vibrant atmosphere featuring an array of live shows, insightful workshops, and collaborative panels that celebrate the diversity and creativity of jazz music.

Butchart Gardens Fireworks

Summer Fireworks Display. Credit: The Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens Firework Display: Every Saturday, July 1 - September 2

Step beyond the 55 acres of breathtaking floral displays at The Butchart Gardens and experience a world-class firework show, taking place every Saturday throughout the summer. These captivating displays, choreographed to music, are a highlight not to be missed. From July 1st, Canada Day, until September 2nd, enjoy unforgettable evenings of enchantment and entertainment beneath the stars.


Tilt! At The Phillips Backyard: July 5 - July 7

Phillips Backyard Festival Series hosted by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co and The Zone @91.3 is returning for a weekend this summer, from July 5-7! The festival features an outstanding lineup of headliners, including Saint Motel, Jesse Reyez, Orville Peck, and takes place in the outdoor space of Phillips Brewery, creating an intimate and energetic atmosphere. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or simply looking for a good time, Phillips Backyard Festival promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Victoria.

Victoria Pride Parade

Victoria Pride Parade. Credit: Victoria Pride Society.

Victoria Pride Parade: July 9

This annual colorful parade will take place in the Inner Harbour starting at 11:00am on July 9th. Led by the Esquimalt Songhees Nation, this event is free and welcomes all ages and walks of life! Following the parade, there will be a festival at Macdonald Park where there will be more than 150 vendors along with food and drinks. Additionally, there will be a main stage and a kid's zone; something for everyone to enjoy!

Oak Bay Collector Car Festival: July 21

Rev your engines and cruise into the Oak Bay Car Collector Festival, a paradise for car enthusiasts and vintage vehicle admirers! Held on Oak Bay Avenue, this festival showcases an array of classic cars, hot rods, and unique vehicles from various eras. Explore the craftsmanship and history behind each automobile, chat with passionate collectors, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Many local businesses and restaurants will be open especially for the event. There will also be a variety of food trucks to choose from. There will be ribbons awarded in a variety of categories, and great entertainment as well. Don't miss this opportunity to marvel at automotive artistry and celebrate the timeless allure of classic cars!

Music by the Sea

Victoria Jazz Festival Performance. Credit: Victoria Jazz Society.

Music By The Sea: July 25 - July 27 Victoria

Music By The Sea is a fabulous way to spend a July evening. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vancouver Island's Pacific Coastline at the Victoria International Marina, with breathtaking views and impeccable acoustics. Listen to musicians from all over, including Neil Swainson (bass), Pj Perry (saxophone), Julie Hereish (cello), Keith Hamm (viola), and many more!

Saanich Fair: August 31 - September 2

Explore the excitement of the Saanich Fair, where thrilling rides and games meet captivating livestock displays and competitions. As one of British Columbia's oldest and largest agricultural fairs, the Saanich Fair guarantees a delightful experience for all ages. Treat yourself to delicious food, discover local arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and performances. Mark your calendars for the iconic Labour Day weekend event, taking place from August 1st to September 2nd at the Saanich Fair Grounds in Saanichton, BC.

Victoria Fringe Festival: August 21 - September 1

Spend a day in a world of creativity and explore some amazing art pieces at the Victoria Fringe Festival this summer. Known for its welcoming and interactive atmosphere, attendees will see a wide range of local and international works of art. The Victoria Fringe Festival gives people a rare opportunity to witness the convergence of diverse artistic styles, techniques, and narratives.

Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival: August 23 - August 25

Listen to the heartfelt sounds of the BC Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival this August, located on the outdoor stage in Victoria's Inner Harbour. If you enjoy infectious rhythms of blues and the fusion of various genres, this is the place for you. The three-day festival has free performances each day and ticketed evening performances throughout the weekend. Beyond the performances, the festival offers a range of artisan vendors, food stalls and beverages to enjoy.

Dragon Boat Festival

Victoria Dragon Boat Races. Credit: victoriadragonboatfestival.

Dragon Boat Festival: August 24 & 25

Experience the dynamic fusion of Chinese and local cultures at Victoria's Inner Harbour on August 24th and 25th, where festivities commence around exhilarating dragon boat races. Witness thrilling competitions, cultural showcases, and captivating performances by local artists. Beyond the excitement of the races, indulge in international foods, enjoy stage performances, and explore family-friendly amusements. This festival embodies the essence of sport, culture, diversity, and community, offering a welcoming atmosphere for all ages and backgrounds. Don't miss the chance to witness the spectacular sight of dragon boats flying across the water!

Esquimalt Ribfest

Esquimalt RibFest: September 6 - September 8

Enjoy ribs, drinks, and entertainment at this year's annual Ribfest in Bullen Park (located just outside of downtown Victoria). Along with six rib teams competing for the coveted title of the best ribs, is live music, vendors, local arts, and kids' crafts; the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy! Come hungry, bring your friends and family, and prepare to feast your way through an unforgettable weekend of flavors and good times! The festival has free entry, but donations are accepted for local charities and the Firefighters Charitable Foundation.

Rifflandia: September 13 - September 15

Enjoy the vibrant energy of Rifflandia Festival, one of Western Canada's longest-running large-scale music and arts festivals. Drawing tens of thousands of music lovers to Victoria, BC, Rifflandia goes beyond music, celebrating the city's diverse culture and creativity. From top international acts to emerging artists, the festival promises unforgettable moments against the backdrop of Victoria's stunning landscapes. Headlining artists on Friday include Rezz and Ja Rule, with the rest of the weekend's lineup dropping in May. This festival takes place at the Matullia Lands in Rock Bay.

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