Vic Regent Picks: Late Summer Events

Victoria is always its most lively in the summer, and this year it is no different, with countless festivals and events going on every week between now and October.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Victoria Dragonboat Festival (August 13 & 14)
    Now in its 22nd year, the Victoria Dragonboat Festival is a weekend of dragonboat races that attracts upwards of 80,000 people each year.
  • Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour De Victoria (August 21)
    Victoria’s quintessential cycling race named after one of our most celebrated riders, offering all levels of cyclists a chance to compete.
  • Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival (August 25 – September 5)
    The Fringe Festival tour stops in Victoria on August 25, and runs until September 5, featuring artists and performers from across the globe.
  • Feast of Fields (August 28)
    Now in its 18th year, this four-hour wandering gourmet harvest festival highlights the connections between farmers, chefs, fields, and tables.
  • Victoria Classic Boat Festival (September 2-4)

The Victoria Classic Boat festival celebrates the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest, bringing together a community of boatyards, builders, tradespeople, and admirers.

  • Vancouver Island Blues Bash (September 3)
    The perfect Labour Day activity for blues music lovers.
  • Victoria International Chalk Festival (September 10 & 11)
    If you like street art, then this fest is for you, with beautiful art taking over Victoria’s sidewalks the weekend of September 10 and 11.
  • Rifflandia Festival (September 15 – 18)
    One of Vancouver Island’s largest music festivals takes over Royal Athletic Park and dozens of bars, clubs, and other venues around the city for an exciting week of music.

Never a shortage of things to do in Victoria – especially in the summer – and nearly every one of these events is within walking (or cycling) distance of our lobby!