July Events on Vancouver Island

For a few years all the incredible summertime events and activities that happen on Vancouver Island have been on hold. This year though, everything is back and better than ever to make this summer a memorable one! If you’re looking for amazing events from arts and car shows to music and food festivals, this summer is going to be jam packed with all that and so much more!

Tilt at the Phillips Backyard Music Festival: July 9th &10th @ 2010 Government St, Victoria

Victorians have been waiting for three years for this beloved summer music festival to return and this year is going to be exceptional! For July 9th & 10th the Phillips Backyard is the perfect place for festival, beer and music lovers to come together for a great weekend in the summer. Featuring both international headliners, burgeoning Canadian artists and local entertainers, you’re sure to hear some incredible music and maybe find a new favourite track or two! 

SKAMpede: July 8th, 9th & 10th along the Galloping Goose Trail 

This is the 14th year of the incredible SKAMpede festival where audiences are treated to one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary performances along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, the Songhees Walkway, and the David Foster Walkway in the downtown core. You can bike or walk along the theatre trail, rolling or walking from performance to performance. Whether you’re a short walk or cycle away at Landmark Executive Sub Penthouse, Seaglass Suite and Reef Executive Condo or a quick drive away at Camden Green Mews or Bazan Bay Beach House, this is a great way to have fun in the sun!

Fords & Friends ’22: July 10th @ Heritage Acres 7321 Lochside Dr, Saanichton

Hosted by the Early Ford V8 Club #109, the Fords & Friends car show is the classic car show on Vancouver Island. With a huge space at Heritage Acres, guests can roam around the property looking at these impeccably maintained classics. Filled with classic car and truck enthusiasts who have a passion for the engineering, quality, style and detail of early Ford Motor products and who encourage the preservation and restoration of these vehicles, their passion is as contagious as the cars are beautiful. This is the perfect event for anyone who loves classic cars and is staying at Miraloma 209, Resthaven Cottage, Patricia Bay Beach House, Oceanfront Escape or any other EMR Sidney property. 

Saanich Strawberry Festival: July 10th @ Beaver Lake Park

For guests at Heron’s Landing, Bazan Bay Beach House, Dalmeny Farm Estate or if you’re in Victoria and are looking for a wholesome country event for the entire family, the Saanich Strawberry Festival is the place to go! While it began as a celebration of the rich agricultural land of Saanich, the Strawberry Festival has blossomed with a variety of family activities, program demonstrations, arts and craft stations and bouncy castles. Bring a blanket and enjoy a day in the sun listening to live music and indulge in a serving or two of fresh strawberries and cream! 

Laketown Rock: July 22nd & 23rd @ 8811 Youbou Rd #648, Lake Cowichan

With a great line up in an incredible setting, Laketown Rock is a lively music festival that is perfect for country music fans. If you’re staying right around the corner at Lake Cowichan Escape or Marble Bay Lakefront House this is a great way to have some summertime, lakeside fun!   

Sooke Fine Arts Show: July 22nd – August 1st @ 2168 Phillips Road, Sooke, BC

If you’re interested in the art scene on Vancouver Island, what better way to get a deeper understanding of the artists and the art that they make by attending Vancouver Island’s longest running, juried, fine art show? Hosted by the Sooke Fine Arts Society, a not-for-profit organization that was created to encourage and promote a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts on Vancouver Island. The annual show will have events such as artists talks and demonstrations as well as live music, kids and youth activities and of course, opportunities to purchase your very own piece of original fine art. An ideal event for anyone staying at Arbutus Hill or Pacific Bay Beach House

Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bathtub Races: ​​July 22nd – 24th @ 170 Wallace St, Nanaimo

Since 1967, this festival weekend in Nanaimo has featured the unique bathtub races – boats made of bathtubs race each other for the cup – as well as live music, a parade and lots of events for kids of all ages! If you’re in the area at Hammond Bay Executive Stay, Nanoose Bay Country Home or a short drive from Nanaimo at Columbia Beach House or White Heron Oceanfront Estate, come on by for some truly unique, local fun in the sun! 

Filberg Festival: July 29th – 31st @ 61 Filberg Rd, Comox

Perfect if you’re relaxing in the tranquillity of Kye Bay Beach House and looking for some lively music and a friendly artisan market, the Filberg Festival is the place to go! Located in the stunning Filberg Park in Comox, you can find a lineup of incredibly talented local artists and some special guests! Have a look at the line up and grab your tickets here

Eats & Beats Beach Party: July 30th @ Ocean Blvd, Victoria, BC

If you’re staying nearby at Nature’s Gate Executive Vacation Home, Bear Mountain Executive Stay or Station Villa Executive Condo and you’re looking for a way to have fun in the heat, this is it! With live music all day, food trucks, beer gardens, free events and a ton of friendly locals, this beach party is going to be an incredible summertime celebration!