Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Our mission says it all. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is committed to bringing people together as individuals, as teams, and as businesses, by sharing our passion – dragon boating.

Friday, August 9-10

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

1:00 pm – Eye Dotting Ceremony

Taoist priests awaken the sleeping spirits of the dragon and bless the competition

2:00pm – Canada Dry Dragon Boat Festival begins

Site open, including Forbidden Village with food trucks, retails vendors, beer garden, and family cultural activities.

7:00 pm – Live Music

8:30 pm – Live Music

A hard hitting band of young, multi-talented musicians from Victoria BC. Their sound: a tightly arranged combination of RnB, Hip Hop, soul and jazz.

9:00 pm – Lights of Courage Illumination Ceremony

Honour those who have been affected by cancer and help raise funds for research and treatment

 


Saturday, August 10

8:00 am – Races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:30 pm – Paddlers’ Air Band Contest

Costumes, dances, skits, and more – our paddlers go all out, on the water and on the stage

7:30 pm – Live Music

8:45pm – Live Music


Sunday, August 12

8:00 am – Semi-Final races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – Award ceremonies start

Taking place on the Main Stage, staggered awards after races

The Origin of the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

Popular legend has it that villagers carried their dumplings and boats to the middle of the river and desperately tried to save a well respected poet, Qu Yuan, from drowning, but were unsuccessful. In order to keep fish and evil spirits away from the poet’s body, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles.

They threw rice into the water as a food offering to Qu Yuan and to distract the fish away from his body. However, late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his friends and told them that he had died because of a river dragon. He asked his friends to wrap their rice into three-cornered silk packages to ward off the dragon.

These packages became a traditional food known as zongzi, although the lumps of rice are now wrapped in reed leaves instead of silk. The act of racing to search for his body in boats gradually became the cultural tradition of dragon boat races, which are held on the anniversary of the poet’s death every year.

Legacy

Today, people still eat zongzi and participate in dragon boat races to commemorate Qu Yuan’s sacrifice at the Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu festival) on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Our mission says it all. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is committed to bringing people together as individuals, as teams, and as businesses, by sharing our passion – dragon boating.

Friday, August 9-10

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

1:00 pm – Eye Dotting Ceremony

Taoist priests awaken the sleeping spirits of the dragon and bless the competition

2:00pm – Canada Dry Dragon Boat Festival begins

Site open, including Forbidden Village with food trucks, retails vendors, beer garden, and family cultural activities.

7:00 pm – Live Music

8:30 pm – Live Music

A hard hitting band of young, multi-talented musicians from Victoria BC. Their sound: a tightly arranged combination of RnB, Hip Hop, soul and jazz.

9:00 pm – Lights of Courage Illumination Ceremony

Honour those who have been affected by cancer and help raise funds for research and treatment

 


Saturday, August 10

8:00 am – Races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:30 pm – Paddlers’ Air Band Contest

Costumes, dances, skits, and more – our paddlers go all out, on the water and on the stage

7:30 pm – Live Music

8:45pm – Live Music


Sunday, August 12

8:00 am – Semi-Final races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – Award ceremonies start

Taking place on the Main Stage, staggered awards after races

The Origin of the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

Popular legend has it that villagers carried their dumplings and boats to the middle of the river and desperately tried to save a well respected poet, Qu Yuan, from drowning, but were unsuccessful. In order to keep fish and evil spirits away from the poet’s body, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles.

They threw rice into the water as a food offering to Qu Yuan and to distract the fish away from his body. However, late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his friends and told them that he had died because of a river dragon. He asked his friends to wrap their rice into three-cornered silk packages to ward off the dragon.

These packages became a traditional food known as zongzi, although the lumps of rice are now wrapped in reed leaves instead of silk. The act of racing to search for his body in boats gradually became the cultural tradition of dragon boat races, which are held on the anniversary of the poet’s death every year.

Legacy

Today, people still eat zongzi and participate in dragon boat races to commemorate Qu Yuan’s sacrifice at the Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu festival) on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Our mission says it all. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is committed to bringing people together as individuals, as teams, and as businesses, by sharing our passion – dragon boating.

Friday, August 9-10

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

1:00 pm – Eye Dotting Ceremony

Taoist priests awaken the sleeping spirits of the dragon and bless the competition

2:00pm – Canada Dry Dragon Boat Festival begins

Site open, including Forbidden Village with food trucks, retails vendors, beer garden, and family cultural activities.

7:00 pm – Live Music

8:30 pm – Live Music

A hard hitting band of young, multi-talented musicians from Victoria BC. Their sound: a tightly arranged combination of RnB, Hip Hop, soul and jazz.

9:00 pm – Lights of Courage Illumination Ceremony

Honour those who have been affected by cancer and help raise funds for research and treatment

 


Saturday, August 10

8:00 am – Races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:30 pm – Paddlers’ Air Band Contest

Costumes, dances, skits, and more – our paddlers go all out, on the water and on the stage

7:30 pm – Live Music

8:45pm – Live Music


Sunday, August 12

8:00 am – Semi-Final races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – Award ceremonies start

Taking place on the Main Stage, staggered awards after races

The Origin of the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

Popular legend has it that villagers carried their dumplings and boats to the middle of the river and desperately tried to save a well respected poet, Qu Yuan, from drowning, but were unsuccessful. In order to keep fish and evil spirits away from the poet’s body, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles.

They threw rice into the water as a food offering to Qu Yuan and to distract the fish away from his body. However, late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his friends and told them that he had died because of a river dragon. He asked his friends to wrap their rice into three-cornered silk packages to ward off the dragon.

These packages became a traditional food known as zongzi, although the lumps of rice are now wrapped in reed leaves instead of silk. The act of racing to search for his body in boats gradually became the cultural tradition of dragon boat races, which are held on the anniversary of the poet’s death every year.

Legacy

Today, people still eat zongzi and participate in dragon boat races to commemorate Qu Yuan’s sacrifice at the Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu festival) on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Victoria Symphony Splash

On Sunday, August 4, 2019 tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 29th 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 4, 2019 tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 29th 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!

photo credit: Kévin N (Keay

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.

Entertainment begins at 12:00 on the picturesque Legislature steps and spreads to the Family Zone before culminating on the barge at 7:30 pm with Music Director Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony. The concert concludes with the beloved grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with fireworks!

Christian Kluxen, Conductor
Danielle Tsao, Young Soloist

Fling 2019 – Ed Macgregor Park in Sooke

Sit back and enjoy a selection of light orchestral classics and music from stage and screen. The Sooke Philharmonic Society presents its annual Philharmonic Fling!

Fling 2019

Ed Macgregor Park
Hwy 14 Sooke, BC V9Z 0V2

July 7, 2019

FREE. Donations accepted to help offset the cost of staging the Fling! are welcomed.

It’s Fling! time again. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic lunches, and family and friends.

Sit back and enjoy a selection of light orchestral classics and music from stage and screen. The Sooke Philharmonic Society presents its annual Philharmonic Fling! — a free outdoor concert, Sunday afternoon July 7, 2019 in Ed Macgregor Park, Sooke.

Conductor Michael Klazek is a founding member of the Sooke Philharmonic, playing viola. Over the years he has conducted acclaimed choirs, bands, orchestras and musical theatre ensembles. This is his fifth year conducting the Fling! concert.

The Fling! is a way for the Sooke Philharmonic Society to say “thank you” to area residents for their support throughout the year. Since its inception 22 years ago, the orchestra and chorus have grown to become the major musical presence it is today and acknowledged as one of Canada’s finest community orchestras. Refreshments, provided by the Harmony Project Sooke, will be on sale at intermission.

Proceeds go to the Harmony Project, a wonderful program dedicated to teaching young people to play music in ensembles. These budding musicians will once again also be featured in the Fling!.

Donations to help offset the cost of staging the Fling! are welcomed. Attendees can also support the orchestra by purchasing 50:50 draw tickets ($1) to win a fire pit generously donated by Village Foods.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Sooke Community Center. Macgregor Park is located on Highway 14 in Sooke. Park gates open at 1 pm. The concert begins at 2:30 pm

Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is a family friendly festival. Victoria will become a hub of busking talent with performers coming from far and wide – with a good dose of some home-grown local talent thrown in!

Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival July 3 – 7,  2019

Times Vary – full festival schedule to follow

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is a  family friendly festival.  Victoria will become a hub of busking talent with performers coming from far and wide – with a good dose of some home-grown local talent thrown in! Dotted around the downtown core will be “Pitch Stop” pop-up locations where buskers will entertain and inspire. Pitch Stops across Downtown Victoria include Ship Point (Main Festival Site), The Bay Centre, Market Square, Bastion Square, Millie’s Lane (opposite Agrius Restaurant) & CRD Square.

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association along with supporting partners Tourism Victoria, Greater Victoria Harbour Agency, and the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria.

Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with music, dance, food and the arts and best of all, it’s all FREE!
11AM – 5:30PM daily Vibrant stage performances Authentic Indigenous artisan marketplace
Daily canoe tours Indigenous cuisine and more.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Three days of spectacular performances on an outdoor stage in the plaza at the Royal BC Museum in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. Each day starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from Indigenous performers from across the province!

FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019

Common Wealth Corner
10:30 am – Canoe Crossing Protocol Welcome

Royal BC Museum Plaza
11:00 am – Festival Official Opening – Acknowledgement and Introduction of Partners & Dignitaries
11:00 am – Artisans Market Place opens
11:15 am – Cultural Tour with Andy Everson – K’omoks Nation
12:00 pm – Lekwungen Traditional Dancers – Songhees Nation
1:00 pm – Hoomis Family Dancers – Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation
2:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
3:00 pm – Answer Womens Drum Group – Nuuchahnulth, Diné, Mohawk, M’iqmaw, Anishnawbe, Métis and Cree Nations
4:00 pm – Hoomis Family Dancers – Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation
5:00 pm – Esquimalt Singers & Dancers – Esquimalt Nation

SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2019

Royal BC Museum Plaza
11:00 am – Artisans Market Place opens
11:15 am – Cultural Tour with Andy Everson – K’omoks Nation
12:00 pm – Esquimalt Singers & Dancers – Esquimalt Nation
Lekwungen Tradition Dancers – Songhees Nation
1:00 pm – Git Hayestk – Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil’wat,& Musqueam Nations
2:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
3:00 pm – Alex Wells – Lil’wat Nation
4:00 pm – Git Hayestk – Haida, Haisla, Tahltan, Tlingit, Lil’wat,& Musqueam Nations
Lekwungen Tent
5:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2019

Royal BC Museum Plaza
11:00 am – Artisans Market Place opens
11:15 am – Cultural Tour with Andy Everson – K’omoks Nation
12:00 pm – Esquimalt Singers & Dancers – Esquimalt Nation
Lekwungen Tradition Dancers – Songhees Nation
1:00 pm – Alex Wells – Lil’wat Nation
2:00 pm – Spakwus Slolem – Squamish Nation
3:00 pm – Le-La-La Dancers – Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
4:00 pm – Alex Wells – Lil’wat Nation
5:00 pm – Spakwus Slolem – Squamish Nation

Annual Oak Bay Tea Party

The Oak Bay Tea Party is an annual event in Oak Bay, British Columbia. 2019 marks the 57th 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. 2019 marks the 57th 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 2019 Tea Party will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd 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 1st from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. only.  Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd 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.

Selkirk Waterfront Festival 2019

This free and fun-filled family event offers something for everyone. Enjoy exciting activities in the Family FUN Zone, world cuisine in the international food court, and unique arts and crafts in our colourful street market.

Selkirk Waterfront Festival 2017This free and fun-filled family event offers something for everyone. Enjoy exciting activities in the Family FUN Zone, world cuisine in the international food court, and unique arts and crafts in our colourful street market.  There will also be live music and dancing! Come join us for some great entertainment and activities!

Selkirk Green Park – in between Waterfront Crescent and Jackladder Lane, just steps away from the intersection of Gorge Road East and Jutland Road.

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade

Celebrate Victoria Day in British Columbia’s capital city at the 120th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria’s largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, community and commercial floats, cultural shows and festive clowns. Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual event is free and fun for the whole family!

Victoria Day Parade - PlayInVictoria.netVictoria Day Parade

Celebrated every year on the last Monday before May 21, 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 and the Annual Victoria Day Parade.

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