Top Events Canada TOP 15 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, IN THE CITY OF VICTORIA AND MORE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

Victoria and Vancouver Island in British Columbia are famous for a wide realm of popular annual events and festivals.

15 of those events on Vancouver Island, in and beyond Victoria, described here at Top Events Canada include one of the oldest fringe festivals in Canada, the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival in May – a popular Highland Games event for 150 years.

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Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival
mid May
Victoria, Vancouver Island (BC)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesA popular Highland Games event for 150 years, and just one of the top 15 Events and Festivals in Victoria, Vancouver Island, he Victoria Highland Games on Vancouver Island features Scottish pipers, drummers, dancers and athletes from throughout the world and particularly the Pacific Northwest competing in heavy event challenges, pipe band contests, and highland dancing. Still more popular events include the Tartan Parade winding its way through downtown Victoria, the Clan Torchlight Ceremony held on the front lawn of the Legislature to acknowledge the worldwide family of Scottish clans, and the ever sold out Tilted Kilt Pub Crawl on the evening before the main events.

For more information about the Victoria Highland Games visit:
http://victoriahighlandgames.com/







Victoria International JazzFest
late June
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsBegun almost 30 years ago, the Victoria Jazz Society now produces two major, very successful multi-day music festivals every summer including the Victoria International JazzFest. Once referred to as the JazzFest International, the Victoria International JazzFest has grown to become a highly popular ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. Referred to as the “grandfather” of music festivals attracting fans from all over the world as well as from Vancouver and the Gulf Islands, the Victoria International JazzFest features a whole range of quality jazz entertainment.

For more information about the TD Victoria International Jazz Fest visit:
http://www.jazzvictoria.ca







Victoria Celebrates Canada Day
30 June - 1 July
Victoria, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Canada Day CelebrationsThe two-day Victoria Celebrates Canada Day event is a family-friendly, multicultural celebration, featuring all facets and members of Canadian society with a wide range of childrens‘ activities and entertainment, music performances, an international food village, and a spectacular fireworks display over the Inner Harbour on July 1.

For more about Canada Day Celebrations in Victoria visit:
http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/departments/parks-rec-culture/culture/art-culture/canada-day.html







Victoria Pride
early July
Victoria, British Columbia (BC)

Gay Pride in CanadaAttracting over 45,000 people each year, the most popular parts of the Victoria Pride celebrations include the Pride Parade complete with marching bands, floats, and a colorful display of Pride, beginning at noon at Government and Pandora, after which the Victoria Pride Festival opens at MacDonald Park in James Bay.

For more information about Victoria Pride visit:
http://www.victoriapridesociety.org/







Parksville Lion's International Kite Festival
mid July
Parksville Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Kite FestivalsThis annual, 2-day kite event on Vancouver island in July, complete with kite demonstrations and lessons on building kites for beginners, lavish and colorful banner displays, as well as a Teddy bear drop each day, has been a popular event for more than 8 years and features at least 7 hours of flying time each day as well as everything from an international sand sculptures event, crafters and many concessions.

For more information about the Parksville Lion's International Kite Festival visit:
http://www.parksvillebeachfest.ca/







Taste – Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine
late July
Victoria. Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Food and Wine Events in CanadaShowcasing over 100 British Columbia wines and the creations of some of the top Vancouver Island chefs, Taste – Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine is not just a wine festival but a long weekend of top rated culinary experiences complete with food tastings, seminars and a host of events highlighting the finest cuisine and wine from top Vancouver Island chefs, farmers, fishers, cheese makers, BC vintners and more.

For more information about Taste – Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine festival visit:
http://www.victoriataste.com/<







Sunfest Country Music Festival
early August
Duncan – Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Country MusicA popular event for more than a decade, the 4 day Sunfest Country Music Festival is Vancouver Island’s most important and popular outdoor country music festival. Set in Cowichan Valley, Sunfest Country Music Festival attracts more than15,000 enthusiastic country music fans every year to enjoy not only the music from two stages, but also lots of family-fun activities, farmers markets and more.

For more information about the Sunfest Country Music Festival visit:
http://www.sunfestconcerts.com







Gabriola Theatre Festival
mid August
Gabriola Island, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaShowcasing more than eight quality shows over one weekend in mid August, the Gabriola Theatre Festival has been a popular event since 2009 and has become a recognized member of the theatre festival circuit right across Canada. As well as the busy theatre program, the Gabriola Theatre Festival also showcases the work of Gabriola’s visual artists, and produces fun children’s workshops, pancake breakfasts, launch cabarets, and roving musicians, dancers and entertainers of all ages.

For more information about the Gabriola Theatre Festival visit:
http://artsgabriola.ca/








Comox Air Show
mid August
Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Air ShowsFrom exciting aerial displays to the opportunity to explore dozens of aircraft on the ground, including vintage flyers to cutting edge fighters, the increasingly popular Comox Air Show on Vancouver Island includes the chance to see the CF-18 Demonstration Team, the Snowbirds, squadrons of all types, the yellow Thunder Harvard Team, and the displays of the talents of Manfred Radius, Pete McLeod – the only Canadian, and the youngest member of the Red Bull Racing Team, Dan Buchanan showcasing his pyro lit hang glider, and Dave Mathieson and Kent Pietsch who is famous for landing his plane on top of a moving vehicle.

For more information about the Comox Air Show visit:
https://www.facebook.com/comoxairshow







Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
mid August
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsA favorite Dragon Boat Festival in North America for almost two decades, and the only one to take place in a working harbor, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival celebrates a wide range of Asian sports and culture. Hosting a maximum of 90 dragon boat teams, highlights of the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival include exciting dragon boat races, a wide variety of entertainment on two stages, activities for kids and families, world cuisines and more.

For more information about the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://www.victoriadragonboat.com







Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival
late August - early September
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreMore than 30 years old and one of the oldest fringe festivals in Canada, the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival in the province’s capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island showcases more than 55 productions and 370 performances from all over the world in various venues in the downtown area. Popular events include Romp! In the Square, a free dance showcase in Victoria’s downtown Centennial Square, and FringeKids Fest that introduces children to the magic of the Fringe with live performances, music, puppets, costumes, strolling performers, and more, as well as the Pick of the Fringe Awards announced at a party on closing night.

For more information about the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival visit:
http://www.victoriafringe.com/







Vancouver Island Blues Bash
late August – early September
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsStarted in 1981 by the Victoria Jazz Society, the Vancouver Island Blues Bash features a wealth of local, regional and international blues and R&B artists/groups in both free to the public, and paid admission performances on the beautiful outdoor stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbor, Ship Point Picnic Site.

For more information about the Vancouver Island Blues Bash visit:
http://jazzvictoria.ca






Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival
early – mid September
Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Food and Wine Events in CanadaTaking place in Cowichan Wine County on Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival showcases the area’s best wines, ciders and delicious farm fresh foods, and also offers a much looked forward to host of entertainment and fun including exploring more than a dozen unique wineries, taking part in the family oriented Grape Stomp as well as enjoying the much revered winemakers dinners and other culinary experiences hosted by Cowichan's hugely popular restaurants and cafes.

For more information about the Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival visit:
http://wines.cowichan.net/







GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon
mid October
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Marathons The Victoria GoodLife Marathon, as is the case with the Toronto GoodLife Marathon, is an AIMS, IAAF and Athletics Canada certified race and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon. The actual races at which contestants may earn medals include the full marathon, half marathon, 8k road race and the kids run and all attract in general over 10,000 runners from all of Canada, the USA and other parts of the world.

For more information about the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon visit:
http://runvictoriamarathon.com/











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