The Victoria International Chalk Festival

Welcome to Canada’s largest street painting festival! Our family friendly, free-to-attend arts celebration presents some of the world’s top street painters (including 3D chalk art) as well as those from across British Columbia and our local region at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour & The Bay Centre.

Victoria International Chalk Festival - PlayInVictoriaThis year we will again present our festival at Victoria’s Waterfront! Please note that although our official festival dates are Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th, our 3D artists will begin their five day chalk painting on Wednesday, September 6th in order to complete their work by the end of our festival weekend.

This year we are moving our large 20′ x 20′ 3D painting out of the Bay Centre, so stay tuned for more details on where you can find it in 2017!

Our society was established in early 2012 and is dedicated to promoting the cultural vibrancy of downtown Victoria while highlighting the rich cultural traditions of our First Nation’s community. It is an honour for us to present our street painting festival on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

The Victoria International Chalk Art Festival is primarily funded through government grants and corporate sponsorships. Through year round collaborative efforts within our community, we also receive significant in-kind assistance through various community partners who provide us with everything from lodgings assistance for our selected out-of-town artists to road closure materials. In addition we take this opportunity to acknowledge the many volunteers who each year make our festival possible through the generous donation of their time. Our volunteers perform duties that include everything from airport pickups and deliveries of visiting artists to being information booth attendants over our festival weekend.

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Victoria Symphony Splash

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 28th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!

Victoria Symphony Orchestra - Symphony SplashOn Sunday, August 6, 2017, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 28th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!

Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world, some who visit Victoria just to see Splash! Over 400 volunteers help to bring the event to the community.

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Gorge Canada Day Picnic

The event takes place on July 1, Canada Day, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., along the Gorge Waterway Park / Gorge Road West, between Tillicum and Admirals Road in Saanich. On July 1, Gorge Road West is closed to traffic between Tillicum and Admirals from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gorge Canada Day Picnic - PlayInVictoria.netJoin us for food, music, markets, and fun at the 19th annual Gorge Canada Day in 2017!

Beginning in 1999, the Gorge Tillicum Community Association has hosted the Gorge Canada Day Picnic along the beautiful Gorge Waterway Park in south Saanich. The event has now grown into one of the premier Canada Day celebrations in the Victoria area, drawing thousands of people to this popular and traffic-free family event.

About the Gorge Canada Day Picnic

The first Gorge Canada Day Picnic (GCDP) in 1999 came about through the vision and hard work of a small group of Gorge Tillicum Community Association (GTCA) volunteers. The key ideas were to have a day that Gorge residents could enjoy, traffic-free, along the Waterway and to build community through a popular celebration. We knew the Gorge had long been associated by older Victoria generations with fun and celebration, so we were just continuing a longstanding tradition.

With the support of Saanich municipality to close the road, we went about the job of filling up the 1.7km “stage” with fun, family-oriented events. And we were fortunate enough to get it right almost from the beginning — many of the events you see today began in the early years of the Gorge Canada Day Picnic and have maintained their popularity: the Family Parade; the Pancake Breakfast; the Canada Day Artisan Market; the Gorge Tillicum Canada Day Show and Shine car show; the kids’ games and road hockey; and the Strawberry Tea at the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club. more >

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2017 Victoria Pride Week

The Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Victoria Pride Week - PlayInVictoria.netThe Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

The Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.

As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our bylaws and constitution.

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Victoria International Jazzfest

The TD Victoria International JazzFest (formerly known as JazzFest International), is a ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians.

JAZZFEST 2017

The TD Victoria International JazzFest is a ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. The “grandfather” of music festivals serving audiences in Vancouver and Gulf Islands region, TD JazzFest offers its devoted audience a wide scope of programming comparable to much larger festivals in significantly larger urban areas. Since its inception in 1985, the festival has been presented and produced by the Victoria Jazz Society. The festival celebrates its 33rd anniversary in 2017.

The 2017 TD Victoria International JazzFest will take place from Friday, June 23 – Sunday, July 2. Stay tuned for lineup announcements!

THE VICTORIA JAZZ SOCIETY  202 – 345 QUEBEC STREET (HARBOUR TOWERS HOTEL)

E INFO@JAZZVICTORIA.CA P 250-388-4423 F 250-388-4407

TD Victoria International Jazzfest

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Spirit of 150 Victoria

Spirit of 150 Victoria - PlayInVictoria.netFrom June 21 through July 1, 2017, enjoy 11 days of free outdoor events in our beautiful Inner Harbour. Over 11 days we will commemorate our nation and city’s multicultural artistry, while enjoying diverse food and beverage offerings and the grand finale of Main Stage programming and a spectacular firework display on Canada Day, July 1, 2017. See our schedule for programming details.

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Headway Charity Golf Classic

Enjoy a great day of golfing, followed by a delectable meal and a fabulous 100 for $100 Raffle. There are great prizes to be won!

Headway Charity Golf Classic

Olympic View Golf Club
643 Latoria Rd
Victoria BC V9C 3A3

Date of Event 06/08/2017
Time of event 01:00 PM

Price (CAD) 180.00

Event Website www.headwayvictoriagolf.com/

Details Join us for the HeadWay Charity Golf Classic, on Thursday June 8th, 2017. Enjoy a great day of golfing, followed by a delectable meal and a fabulous 100 for $100 Raffle. There are great prizes to be won! Funds raised go to support the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre in their mission to support clients’, families’ and communities’ ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson’s and Epilepsy.

www.headwayvictoriagolf.com.

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55th Annual Oak Bay Tea Party

The Oak Bay Tea Party is an annual event in Oak Bay, British Columbia. 2017 marks the 55th year running. The Oak Bay Tea Party has two reasons to exist: a fun time for the community and helping service organizations raise funds.

Oak Bay Tea PartyThe Oak Bay Tea Party is an annual event in Oak Bay, British Columbia. 2017 marks the 55th year running. The Oak Bay Tea Party has two reasons to exist: a fun time for the community and helping service organizations raise funds.

Come on out and ENJOY!

The 2017 Tea Party will be held on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th at Willows Beach, Victoria, BC.

Tea Party Hours of Operation:

Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and
Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Shooting Star Amusements will be operating and selling wristbands Friday, June 2nd from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. only.  Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd & 4th are ticket sales only.  Hours of operation on Saturday are 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

For Parade information and forms, click on “Events” and follow the prompts.

For information about no parking and road closures, click here and scroll down to Parking Restrictions.

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Island Farms Victoria Day Parade

Victoria Day Parade - PlayInVictoria.netCelebrated every year on the last Monday before May 25, Victoria Day is a Canadian public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. For many, the date also informally marks the beginning of the summer season.

As the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade is the largest parade of the year in Victoria, there is no better place to spend your Victoria Day holiday than here! (see images from past years here via bradedwards.ca)

Previous years parades have featured approximately 150 parade entries – including Canadian and American marching bands, musical floats, cultural entries and festive clowns – and attracted tens of thousands of attendees.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Victoria Day every year and lasts for approximately three hours. The route begins at Mayfair Shopping Centre and winds its way along Douglas Street, before ending at Humboldt Street.

Click here for a direct link to the map of Parade Route

Parade Road Closures

Douglas Street from Finlayson to Belleville Streets will be closed to all north/south traffic from 8 a.m. until approximately 1:15 p.m. Please do not park along the parade route.

For BC Transit information on services click here.

Parking

Parking downtown at on-street meters and at City Parkades will be free on Victoria Day. Pay parking is in effect at the City’s surface parking lots 24/7.

Parking is available at the City’s four other parkades:
Bastion Square Parkade, 575 Yates Street
Broughton Street Parkade, 745 Broughton Street (below Central Library)
Centennial Square Parkade, 645 Fisgard Street
Johnson Street Parkade, 750 Johnson Street
View Street Parkade – 743 View Street

For more information about parking downtown, click here.

Registration Information

Register at: Island Farms
Phone: 250-360-5200
Registration Link: www.islandfarms.com

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6th Annual Hike for Hospice

The 6th Annual Hike for Hospice. A scenic 3.5km loop will take us from inner harbour to ocean and back again as we raise critical funds and awareness for Victoria Hospice.

Hike For Hospice

Gather your family and friends and join us for the 6th Annual Hike for Hospice. A scenic 3.5km loop will take us from inner harbour to ocean and back again as we raise critical funds and awareness for Victoria Hospice. Come out and enjoy a variety of entertainment, including face painting and live music by local favourite celtic band, Cookeilidh. Check-in and entertainment starts at 9am and the walk begins at 10am. The route is accessible for all ages and abilities. Participants are also invited to honour the memory of a loved one at this meaningful community event. Sign up today at www.victoriahospice.org/events/6th-annual-hike-hospice

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