Summer in the City

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Summer in Victoria is an eclectic and creative mix of artist, buskers, street performers and artisans selling their wares. Throughout this blend of sights and sounds are some mainstay festivals and gatherings that Victorians, and those that frequent the capital city, have grown to rely upon and make a special trip here to see and participate in. The Victoria Regent is a perfect hub to branch out into the city and enjoy the festivities. So book early!

Victoria Fringe Festival Aug. 27-Sept. 6 – Victoria hosts one of the oldest Fringes in Canada. The festival features about 50 indoor shows in a 7 venue, 11 day event in downtown Victoria. The Fringe is un-juried and uncensored international theatre festival. See more about the Fringe Festival here.

Saanich Fair Sept. 5-7 – Western Canada’s Oldest Agricultural Fair. The Saanich Fair, celebrates its 148th year this September. The fair has become synonymous with a full family celebration on southern Vancouver Island, and is a must for the whole family on Labour Day weekend. There are more than 5,000 exhibits, dog and horse shows, concessions with an ethnic flair, a Midway with carnival games, and continuous stage entertainment. This year organizers have added 30 free attractions. See more about the Saanich Fair here.

Downtown Chalk Festival Sept. 12-13 – This is Canada’s largest street painting festival. A family friendly, free-to-attend arts celebration presenting some of the world’s top street painters as well as those from across British Columbia and our local region. This year’s theme is a First Nation’s theme: Adventure in the Spirit World. See more about the Downtown Chalk Festival here.