Culture Days British Columbia

Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

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Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process. Next year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 29, 30 & October 1. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

As a grassroots, collaborative movement, Culture Days relies on your participation. Whether as an arts or cultural organization, an artist, a municipality, a school, a citizen, a business person…everyone can play a role in shaping this event. So get involved! Browse the 2016 Activities to learn more about what to expect in British Columbia as Canadians from coast to coast to coast prepare for the eighth annual Culture Days weekend this fall!

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Savour Cowichan Festival

Raise your glass to celebrate the best of the Cowichan Valley at this year’s Savour Cowichan Festival, brought to you by the Tourism Cowichan Society. During the ten day festival span, a lavish marquee event ‘Barge On In’ will be held on a
floating barge in Mill Bay plus five signature events with Cowichan Valley artisan food and beverage producers host a myriad of other community based epicurean events.

Savour Cowichan - PlayInVictoria.netRaise your glass to celebrate the best of the Cowichan Valley at this year’s Savour Cowichan Festival, brought to you by the Tourism Cowichan Society. During the ten day festival span, a lavish marquee event ‘Barge On In’ will be held on a floating barge in Mill Bay plus five signature events with Cowichan Valley artisan food and beverage producers host a myriad of other community based epicurean events.

Funds raised during the marquee event will support families living with autism in the Cowichan Valley through the Canucks Autism Network (CAN).

The Savour Cowichan Festival is an annual event that celebrates and showcases the Cowichan Valley’s spectacular cornucopia of locally grown and produced food and drink. For ten days, artisanal food and beverage producers have typically hosted more than 40 community epicurean events throughout the Cowichan Valley and we hosts our Marquee + signature  events.

Indulge your taste buds with seasonal fare at a myriad of fine restaurants with special drink and food pairings, winemakers dinners, chef demonstrations, cooking classes and multiple tasting events showcasing the freshest flavours of the Cowichan Valley produced by the region’s top chefs. Meet master winemakers, cider makers, brewmasters and the sommeliers who love what they do, and of course you are encouraged to sample liberally!

List of events throughout the community.

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The UrbaCity Challenge

The UrbaCity Challenge is Victoria’s own urban adventure race! Teams compete in a free-form course, deciding their own route and completing unique challenges as they go. Heritage buildings and boutique shops are the backdrop for amazing feats of physical prowess and mental agility!

UrbaCityThe UrbaCity Challenge is Victoria’s own urban adventure race! Teams compete in a free-form course, deciding their own route and completing unique challenges as they go. Heritage buildings and boutique shops are the backdrop for amazing feats of physical prowess and mental agility! No one knows just what the challenges will be, and time is limited, so racers have to be quick on their feet in more ways than one. All fundraising pledges go directly to Victoria’s own Island Prostate Centre.

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Urban Food-Garden Tour

Self-guided tour – your choice of more than 15 inspiring home food gardens. Talk with home gardeners and expert-gardener volunteers about year-round food production, growing big food in small spaces, vegetables, bees, chickens, fruit trees, soil, sustainable water use and more.

Urban Food-Garden Tour

Self-guided tour – your choice of more than 15 inspiring home food gardens. Talk with home gardeners and expert-gardener volunteers about year-round food production, growing big food in small spaces, vegetables, bees, chickens, fruit trees, soil, sustainable water use and more. Get informed, be inspired! A fundraiser for sustainable food production, local and global: Haliburton Community Farm 1UP-Single Parent Resource Centre Hleketani Community Garden, South Africa

Tickets: $15 (under 15 free) at GardenWorks, brownpapertickets.com, or email jopifarm@gmail.com

Web: vicurbanfoodgardens.wixsite.com/tour
Facebook: www.facebook.com/victoriaurbanfoodgardens/

Sponsors: City of Victoria, Saanich Flavour Trails, CRFAIR, Vancity, 1Up, Maslany Creative

Email: jopifarm@gmail.com

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Brad Edwards Photography

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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RCMP Musical Ride at Royal Roads University

The Victoria Military Music Festival Society is delighted to be the local partner in presenting the RCMP Musical Ride in Victoria and Colwood as part of a special Canada 150 tour.

Royal Roads University is delighted to host the RCMP Musical Ride Canada 150 tour, locally presented by the Victoria Military Music Festival Society and partners.

The ride is a tradition almost as old as Canada itself, first performed in 1876 in Fort Macleod, Alberta. The modern version features 32 riders and their horses performing intricate, thrilling cavalry figures and drills choreographed to music.

Admission is free on a first come, first serve basis with donations gratefully accepted. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, cameras, food, water and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Parking on the university campus will be limited. We encourage you to walk, bike or use public transit. Royal Roads is connected to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, has two bus stops and can also be accessed by bike or on foot via various trails throughout campus.

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FREE Argentine Tango in Beacon Hill Park

Alive Tango Victoria is pleased to present four FREE Saturday nights of sumptuous outdoor Argentine Tango at the Cameron Bandshell in Victoria’s iconic Beacon Hill Park, once a month, all summer long! Sponsored by the City of Victoria.

Alive Tango Victoria is pleased to present four FREE Saturday nights of sumptuous outdoor Argentine Tango at the Cameron Bandshell in Victoria’s iconic Beacon Hill Park, once a month, all summer long! Sponsored by the City of Victoria.

FREE BEGINNER CLASS 6:00-7:00 pm. Absolutely appropriate for raw beginners. Queer friendly too! FREE MILONGA: 7:00 – 9:30pm (a social dance in tango lingo) Pack a picnic. Come watch or come dance. To join the beginner class please wear shoes that allow you to pivot comfortably– no sticky rubber soles.

Best to leave your finest footwear jewels at home, ladies, wear a shoe that is more serviceable. Enjoy sumptuous orchestral tango music from the Golden Age of tango: 1930s – 1950s. This event is made possible with assistance from the City of Victoria. Mark these next 2 summer Saturdays in your calendar for outdoor tango in the Bandshell: August 26 September 9

 

 

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RCMP Musical Ride – Victoria

The Victoria Military Music Festival Society is delighted to be the local partner in presenting the RCMP Musical Ride in Victoria and Colwood as part of a special Canada 150 tour.

We are delighted to be the local partner in presenting the RCMP Musical Ride in Victoria and Colwood as part of a special Canada 150 tour. The Musical Ride, with a full troop of 32 riders and their horses, consists of complex and thrilling cavalry figures and drills choreographed to music.
Admission to performances: FREE Admission, donations welcome.

** This is a free and unticketed event

Location: Topaz Park, Victoria
Showtimes: Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.*
Pre-Show: Additional participants to be announced.

Location: Royal Roads University, Colwood
Showtimes: Sunday, August 27, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.*
Pre-Show: Additional participants to be announced.
*Entertainment by local performers starts at 1:30 p.m. with the Musical Ride commencing at 2:30 p.m.

This event is part of the Canada 150 celebrations. We encourage you to dress up in red and white emblematic of Canada’s colours.

RCMP Musical Ride merchandise will be available on site for sale. Cash sales only.

It could be hot and sunny – so ensure you are protected from the sun.

Bring with you:
chairs or blankets
cameras
snacks

There will be plenty of photo opportunities. Chat with the Musical Ride team, mingle and enjoy the day!

Post your pictures to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Parking at both venues is limited, so to avoid frustration, please consider taking public transport.

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Arts & Music in the Gardens

Join us for the 23rd Annual Arts & Music in the Gardens Festival! • Forty Artists selling a variety of beautiful handcrafted pieces • Fifteen Musicians providing entertainment throughout the gardens

Join us for the 23rd Annual Arts & Music in the Gardens Festival!

• Forty Artists selling a variety of beautiful handcrafted pieces • Fifteen Musicians providing entertainment throughout the gardens

• Delicious food vendors

A children’s area with puppet making. Victoria Floral Arts Guild providing beautiful ‘Land art’ accentuating the natural beauty of the Gardens. For the first time ever we are bringing in artisanal food vendors selling their wares in the Couvelier Pavilion. The Victoria Master Gardener Association will be on site to answer that burning gardening question you have.  The Bonsai Society teaching about their art and selling starter trees • Cut flowers fresh from the Gardens at HCP\’s gardens

• Stress-free parking by Free Shuttle Bus – just park at Vancouver Island Tech Park and be whisked to the festival. So easy!

• 10am – 4pm both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th.

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