July is upon us! We’ve sponsored all sorts of events to keep you busy this month. From celebrating Canada Day with tens of thousands of people in Downtown Victoria to the Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta, there is no shortage of events here. Read on to see where the fun is at!
Canada Day Celebration – July 1, 2019
Canada Day Victoria, presented by Coast Capital Savings, will showcase an impressive line-up of local and multicultural performances and family-friendly celebrations. The City of Victoria expects close to 50,000 attendees downtown on Sunday, July 1 at the festivities at Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Celebrations will begin at noon, culminating in the magnificent display of fireworks over Victoria’s Inner Harbour at 10:20 p.m., accompanied by an all Canadian music mix produced by The Zone at 91.3’s DJ Boitano. Headlining this year’s Main Stage performances on the iconic Legislature Lawn will be Victoria’s very own Carmanah. The community will have the opportunity to demonstrate its national pride and celebrate being Canadian by participating in the Coast Capital Savings “Living Flag”. Two thousand red and white T-shirts will be available courtesy of Coast Capital Savings for pick up starting at 12:30 p.m., or participants can bring their own red or white T-shirt to guarantee a spot. Participants are asked to assemble for the “Living Flag” photo between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on the Legislature Lawns. For a detailed schedule of events, performer bios and sponsors, visit: www.CanadaDayVictoria.ca.
Oaklands Sunset Market – July 3 – Sept 4, 2019
The Oaklands Sunset Market runs from July 3rd to September 4th on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the Oaklands Community Centre. The Market is a free, weekly community celebration featuring over 50 local food growers and producers, artisans, crafters, and body products and more. Each week features live music from local bands and performers, a Hoyne beer garden, a food truck court, activities for children, by-donation skill sharing workshops, and a space for the community to come together and meet their neighbours. This year’s Kid Vendor Day is July 24th. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for weekly vendor listings, food trucks, and what’s on tap!
Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival – July 3-7, 2019
SEE THE WORLD IN YOUR BACKYARD
Mark your calendars for the third annual Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival: July 3 – July 7
Head downtown for a free family-friendly five-day event featuring dynamic entertainers from across the globe.
This popular buskers festival draws 40,000 onlookers. It’s your chance to see seasoned street performers like puppeteers, magicians, musicians, jugglers, dancers, while enjoying the beauty of downtown Victoria.
This year our community festival offers:
- Four stages: Ship Point, Bastion Square, Market Square, and Centennial Square
- An outdoor beer garden at Ship Point
- Over 15 international performance artists
- Five days of free all-ages fun
With laughter by day and excitement by night, the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival showcases weird, quirky, and sublime international talent. Go to downtownvictoria.ca/buskers for more information.
Victoria Shakespeare Festival – July 4 – 27, 2019
This summer, join the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival for their 29th annual season, outdoors at Camosun Lansdowne! Purchase tickets here.
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER WEDDELL
Festival favourite Christopher Weddell (Romeo & Juliet 2015, Pericles 2018) brings us a rollicking “la dolce vita” rom-com that celebrates youth, impulsivity, bad decisions, and unexpected endings — plus a real dog joins our cast on stage!
Opens July 5, Plays Wednesdays & Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 1:30pm through July 27
Three special performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona will be at Saxe Point, Esquimalt, August 1-3
DIRECTED BY TAMARA MCCARTHY
Festival newcomer Tamara McCarthy, a multiple Jesse Award nominee from Nanaimo, brings an exciting interpretation of this classic political thriller with spellbinding schemes and violent betrayal.
Opens July 4, Plays Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 7:30pm through July 27
The One Night Only Concert Series featuring Jesse Roper – July 6, 2019
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Atomique Productions, The Zone at 91-3 and 100.3 The Q! The Island’s Rock present The ONE NIGHT ONLY Concert Series featuring Jesse Roper with Yukon Blonde, DANIEL WESLEY and Lo Waight and The Rattlesnakes.
Saturday July 6th marks the start of The One Night Only Concert Series! Why wait all summer for The Phillips Backyard Weekender, and Rifflandia, when you could be having a blast in The Phillips Brewery Backyard? The massive and beloved loading-bay-turned-main-stage kicks off early than ever this year, right in the heart of downtown Victoria BC. Just like Phillips beverages, Jesse Roper is a bonafide local legend that will make you smile from ear to ear. So be there for the start of what is sure to become a legendary series of concerts! Tickets available online here, or in person at Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. and Lyle’s Place.
Phenomacon – July 6, 2019
PHENOMACON is a one-day comic-con like event that will take place on July 6, 2019 at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre in Colwood, BC. This event will aim to cater to various audiences, but particularly to fans of comic books and cosplay. It will feature a number of local vendors, a costume contest, several giveaways, workshops and appearances by local celebrities. We have already seen a large show of interest from the community, and are anticipating an attendance of approximately 400 people.
Victoria Pride Parade – July 7, 2019
Watch thousands of people in more than 100 colourful entries march through downtown Victoria to show their PRIDE and solidarity with the Queer community.
The parade begins at the corner of Pandora and Government, continuing south on Government, turning west on Belleville and then south on Menzies until turning west at Kingston; parade moves south on Oswego ending at MacDonald Park at the corner of Oswego and Simcoe. Follow the end of the parade to MacDonald Park in James Bay to the Victoria Pride Festival.
Since 1994, the annual Victoria Pride Parade has brought together people to increase the visibility of the diverse Queer community in Victoria, celebrate resilience and protest against continued marginalization. The parade has become one of the largest on the island with 2019 slated to be the loudest and proudest yet.
BC SPCA Lock In for Love – July 11 & 13, 2019
Animal-lovers in our community will be “locked in” at the BC SPCA Victoria Branch on Thursday, July 11th and Saturday, July 13th, 2019 to raise funds for local animals in need. Are you interested supporting this cause by:
– Being a participant?
– Coming by to see the event?
– Donating help our participants reach their goals?
It’s a lot of fun and you’ll bring incredible awareness to our cause. All of the funds raised will support the animals we care for at the BC SPCA, including the furry kennel-mates!
If you’re interested in joining us please contact the Victoria BC SPCA Branch for more information. Contact Sarah Black, Senior Officer of Community Fundraising, at email@example.com
SKAMpede – July 13-14, 2019
SKAMpede is Theatre SKAM’s 11th annual outdoor live performance festival and it is completely FREE! The festival runs July 13th and 14th along the Galloping Goose trail and Harbour Road, and will offer 12 different mini shows, ranging from dance to music and theatre to spoken word.
Each show is site-specific, designed for all ages, and accessible. Described and ASL Interpreted tours are available during the festival and audiences requiring such services are encouraged to contact Logan at Theatre SKAM (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SKAMpede will be offering special events during the festival, including an opening ceremony hosted by Lekwungen Traditional dancers, a happy hour, and a sneak preview and dinner called Friday Night Feast. You can learn more at skam.ca/skampede.
Langham Court Theatre Giant Annual Costume Sale – July 13, 2019
The Costume Loft at Langham Court Theatre accepts clothing donations throughout the year, more than we could ever use on stage. That means once a year we hold our GIANT Annual Costume Sale, where customers can get great bargains and support local community theatre! Join us this year on July 13th from 10am-4pm.
What’s for sale? Clothing for all genders and ages! Costumes, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and amazing vintage treasures. We feature a variety of sizes and styles. This is an event not to be missed for fashion-minded individuals, performing arts groups, teachers, cosplayers and costume enthusiasts.
Want to shop before the rush? Join us for the V.I.P. Sale on Friday June 12th, where the $15 ticket supports the charitable work of Wear2Start. This is a sell-out event, with tickets available only for a limited time through the Box Office at Langham either online or in person.
Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta – July 14, 2019
Join all our amazing sponsors and all the Silly Sailors at the Silly Boat Regatta! Silly Boat is the Nanaimo Child Development Centre’s (NCDC) signature event – raising over $115,000 for programs and services in 2018. Celebrating 35 years of Silly Boat this year, the event is considered one of the premier events held in the City of Nanaimo.
Approximately 40 teams (made up of individuals, families, service groups and corporate individuals) have 4 hours to build a boat out of recycled or recyclable materials and then race them in the inner harbour. This fun, family-oriented event has it all! Proceeds raised at the event go towards programs and services provided at the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.
Join the FREE fun at the Pavilion Stage area (dancers, performers, crafts and educational booths), stroll through the park and watch the teams build their boats, purchase raffle tickets to support the cause and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Maffeo Sutton Park.
For all things Silly Boat: www.sillyboat.com
A Pin in the Map Live Poetry Tour – July 19, 2019
A Pin in the Map Live Poetry Tour coming to Victoria with Liz Breslin and Laura Williamson. Two New Zealand-based poets, working in both in the written and spoken forms, are taking to the stages, bookshops and bars of British Colombia, including a stop in Victoria.
Laura Williamson , born in Quebec and raised in BC, and Liz Breslin, with roots in the UK and Poland, can’t wait to bring their fun, provocative wordplay to Planet Earth Poetry, where they’ll be appearing as featured poets on Friday July 19 from 7:30pm at Hillside Coffee and Tea (across from Bolen Books).
They will also be running a workshop, ‘Writing from your roots’, from 10:30am to 2:30pm that day. Participants who bring their workshop poems to the Planet Earth Poetry open mic that evening will get first dibs on reading!
MS Bike Cowichan Valley – July 20, 2019
Every summer, over 300 cyclists ride the MS Bike Cowichan Valley Experience. This fundraising cyclingtour takes you to breathtaking views and sumptuous flavours of the best wineries and artisanal fare that Cowichan Valley has to offer while raising funds for world leading research that will bring us closer to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. And when you join MS Bike, you join our country’s collective effort to help improve the lives of Canadians affected by MS. You are changing the future of MS and we will be here to fully support you through every kilometer of your journey.
TD Art Gallery Paint In – July 20, 2019
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is welcoming the community for the biggest art party of the year on July 20. Now in its thirty-second year the TD Art Gallery Paint-In on Moss Street, from Fort Street to Dallas Road, has grown to include over 190 artists and over 30,000 people attending!
On TD Art Gallery Paint In day, the AGGV opens at 10:00 a.m., the street will be hopping from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the fun will continue in the family (and dog!) friendly Beer Garden from 11:a.m. until 6:00 p.m. On-stage performances include; Oscar & Arlene Steel Pan, original Canadiana with a tropical flair, indie-folk artist Steph MacPherson, dream pop performer Corduroy, Pastel Blank playing funky post-punk, and jangly indie pop performers, Bridal Party. Beverages will be offered from returning sponsors Lighthouse Brewing Company, Mission Hill Winery, Sea Cider Farm and Cider house and Victoria Soda Works.
The TD Art Gallery Paint In is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the AGGV. Donations received at the Gallery and on Moss Street throughout the day go towards the costs of the event as well as supporting the AGGV’s incredible educational programs. To volunteer at this fantastic event, please click here.
Purple in the Park Harbour Cats Game – July 21, 2019
Mark your calendars because Used.ca is bringing the fun to Royal Athletic Park with Purple in the Park at the July 21st Harbour Cats Game! Stop by for a chance to win at our Spin to Win station or chill out with one of our Used.ca hot and cold packs! Recharge yourself and your phone at our Chill n’ Charge area, all while cheering on Victoria’s favourite baseball team! We’ll be giving away tickets, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop.
Phillips Backyard Weekender – July 26-29, 2019
From July 26-29, the seventh annual The Phillips Backyard Weekender will once again take place in the massive loading-bay-turned-main-stage at Phillips Brewery in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. Three days of amazing talent and an abundance of Phillips beer, we are ready to start summer with one of the biggest brewery events of the year!
Atomique Productions, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., & The Zone at 91-3 present…
Appearing in The Backyard… Danny Brown • Dirty Projectors • Steel Pulse • Merkules • Shad • K-OS • DJ Z-Trip • YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN • Haviah Mighty • The Mariachi Ghost • Art d’Ecco • Random Recipe • Just John x Dom Dias Music • Peach Pyramid • The Brass • Jennay Badger • DJ Yeezy Yee
Tickets are available both online at TicketWeb Canada and in-store at Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. (2010 Government St.).
Beer & Beethoven – July 27, 2019
Beer & Beethoven is July 27, 2019 and we will have TWO concerts this year;
Sat, July 27th 2:30 PM – 4:30 pm
Sat, July 27th 5:00 PM – 7:00 pm
at Ogden Point, Breakwater Barge.
Enjoy a cold beer (or wine or cider) at beautiful Ogden Point and enjoy the music of Beethoven in the sunshine. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon or evening!
Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor
Suppé – Overture to Pique Dame
Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3
Handel – Water Music (mvt. 1 & 6)
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (mvt. 4)
Beethoven – Overture to Fidelio
Beethoven – Thunder and Lightening Polka
Coming up this Summer…
SunFest – August 1-4, 2019
Join us at Sunfest Country Music Festival this August long weekend at Laketown Ranch in Lake Cowichan. Featuring performances by Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Kip Moore, Randy Houser, and many more across multiple stages during the four-day festival. There are plenty of activities to enjoy at the show including Sunfest’s famous slip ‘n slide, loads of games, and new for 2019, a double Zipline that is sure to thrill fans as they are propelled directly overtop of the concert bowl! Secure your seat and campsite well in advance to avoid disappointment. Single day and weekend passes and camping available now at https://www.sunfestconcerts.com/
Filberg Festival – August 2-5, 2019
Now in its 37th year, the four-day Filberg Festival is the art event of the summer. The Festival features over 130 talented artisans & crafters, great food and lively entertainment for all ages.
Known also for its great entertainment this year will be no exception, featuring greats such as Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Ken Lavigne and the Marcus Mosely Ensemble just to name a few. Performances take place on two stages over the 4 days.
Celebrate the best of arts, crafts and music from across Canada August 2- 5, 2019.
For more information visit www.filbergfestival.com.
Parksville Beach Festival – July 12 – August 18, 2019
Known to locals as “Beach Fest” this 5 ½ week long family-orientated festival runs July 12-August 18, 2019 and includes the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition, the Tim Hortons Summer Concert Series, buskers and an Artistan market. This year’s sculpting theme is “Myths & Legends”. Come see how our master sculptors from around the world work their magic with just sand and water! For more information visit parksvillebeachfest.ca.
Goodlife Fitness Marathon – October 2019
We’re Vancouver Island’s premier running event, offering athletes an unmatchable running experience on the pristine West Coast. Our world-class, record-breaking course is designed by runners, for runners.
As the only Certified Boston Qualifier on the Island, come join us to compete, to conquer and to move from warm-up to reward.
Plus this year, we are celebrating the 40th annual running of the marathon distance!
The event includes the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Turkey Trot and Thrifty Foods Kids Run.
NEW THIS YEAR – Rebranded this year to an 8K Turkey Trot, this race will combine a beautiful scenic route through downtown, Beacon Hill and finishing along the ocean front with all the fun of a Turkey Trot event. Earn that turkey dinner with our 8K event!
Run, walk or volunteer. Come experience this incredible event and REGISTER TODAY!
Easter Seals Drop Zone – September 2019
Everyday is a challenge for people with disabilities. Challenge yourself September 9th and become a superhero for kids when you take part in Easter Seals Drop Zone 2019! It’s an adventure that encourages you to get out of your comfort zone and challenges you to rappel from the top of an iconic building in downtown Victoria.
Join hundreds of Canadians who have taken the challenge and supported Easter Seals programs and services that encourage individuals living with a disability to live life actively, pushing their boundaries to contribute to the well-being of themselves and their communities.
Your hard-earned fundraising dollars will support Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan and Easter Seals House – a home-away-from-home for families travelling to Vancouver for medical care and treatment.
Become a superhero for a day and register to rappel or recruit your family, friends or colleagues to take the Drop Zone challenge. To register, visit: www.dropzonebc2019.ca