January – Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year will be January 25, 2020 and where better to ring in the New Year than Canada’s oldest Chinatown. The traditional Lion Dance is always a must see when visiting. Love watching the parade, the costumes, the dancers, the music!
February – Victoria Film Festival
The Victoria Film Festival has been bringing film to life since 1995. February 7 – February 16, 2020 the festival will showcase as always a diverse selection of Canadian and international films.
March – Capital City Comic Con
My very first Photo Op and I got it with none other than Chief Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas) from Battlestar Galactica. I, am a much older and wiser “Starbuck” Kara Thrace (Katee Sackoff). Missing my cigar and aviators but Chief knew who I was! Capital City Comic Con will take place March 20 – 22, 2020. Will I see you there?
April – Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival
The annual Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival takes place over a six week period with performances beginning in April through mid May. Thousands of Victoria based performers and student of music, dance and dramatic acts are on stage throughout the city. Festival begins April 14, 2020 and is an experience to be seen and heard time and again.
May – Mother’s Day at Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress is recognized as one of the TOP 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by National Geographic Traveler magazine and upon your arrival you will know why. The annual Mother’s Day brunch is amazing, and always a sell out. Do you have other plans for Mother’s Day? You can always stop by for their world famous Tea at the Empress, served daily since the hotel opened in 1908.
June – Oak Bay Tea Party
The 2020 Tea Party will be held Saturday June 6 – Sunday June 7. The 58th Annual Oak Bay Tea Party Parade is set to begin at 10:30 am on Saturday June 6. The Air Show, which last year included the Royal Canadian Air Force, Aerobatic Aircraft, and skydivers. There is something for everyone. Enjoy!
July – Butchart Rose Garden Fireworks and Concerts
Firework Saturdays at The Gardens create a night of entertainment with illuminating displays. Firework Saturdays start in early July and go through early September (July 4th – Labor Day usually). Each Saturday features aerial and ground displays choreographed to music created by Jennie Butchart’s great-grandson, Christopher Ross. The firework show is included in the price of admission o The Gardens.
August – Visas Cricket Tournament
The Victoria International Six-a-Side (VISAS) Cricket Tournament festival is hosted in beautiful Victoria, BC at Beacon Hill and Windsor Parks. Photos from Dallas County verses Colts International (Ron Green). The tournament event is slated to take place July 31 – August 8, 2020 in Victoria, BC. Spin bowler or not, these games are worth watching!
September – Blues Bash
September 5 – September 7, 2020 the annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash festival will be held at Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Ship Point Picnic Site. Follow the line up announcements as they happen through Victoria Jazz Society’s newsletter. It will fill you in on local, international and regional blues and R&B artists/groups that will be performing in both the free to public area and ticket requirement performances.
October – Victoria Zombie Walk
What better way to celebrate Halloween than by walking with some Zombies. Victoria Zombie walk takes place in October and starts at Centennial Square and continues through downtown Victoria. There are makeup and costume contests so come dressed to impress. You might win some brains.
November – Rememberance Day
Victoria takes time out on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember all of the men and women who have served in their military and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Victoria is rich with military history and the display of honor and remembrance every November is extremely touching to this military veteran.
December – Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees events have been held in Victoria and communities around the province each year and are noted to be the start of the holiday season. The beautifully decorated trees raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to provide children within the province the best health care possible.