What’s Happening Around Victoria in August

August in Victoria is one of the hottest months of the entire year. With long days and warm nights, local organizations and businesses make it a priority to fill this month with incredible activities both in and outside, day and night! Here are some of the most highly anticipated events around the city for you to enjoy! 

Winemaker’s Dinner Series

Where: Oak Bay Beach Hotel 

When: August 11th & 25th

Join the Oak Bay Beach hotel in welcoming Hester Creek and Phantom Creek Winery for their August sessions of the Winemaker’s Dinner Series! During these incredible nights, guests will be invited to experience Executive Chef Kreg Graham’s incredible dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients perfectly paired with wines from these incredible vineyards. Whether you’re staying nearby in Victoria or if you’re travelling from Sidney, this dinner series is worth it! Book your tickets today to get your seat!

Music in the Park 

Where: Various Locations

When: August 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

Every Friday evening for the summer of 2022 in various parks around Colwood, you can find lively music, great food and an incredible crowd of neighbours all getting together to enjoy the summer evenings! Perfect for families enjoying a stay in Langford, Colwood or Metchosin with kids this summer! 

Water Ballet 

Where: Inner Harbour

When: Every Saturday and Sunday 10:45am 

When water taxis first came to Victoria the operators were impressed with the extreme manoeuvrability of the little crafts and realized that they could twirl and ‘dance’ on the water. Creating synchronized boat dances quickly became a seasonal tradition in Victoria and this year, it’s back every weekend! Take the short walk to the Inner Harbour from one of the beautiful Downtown Victoria EMR rentals one morning to catch a performance!

Maud Lewis

Where: The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

When: until October 16th 

Maud Lewis is one of Canada’s most beloved and inventive folk artists whose works show a mastery of colour, vibrant composition variations and communicate cheerful life in Atlantic Canada. Join the AGGV to celebrate this retrospective that showcases 130 works from an illustrious career. When you’re staying at an EMR Victoria rental you won’t want to miss this incredible exhibit! 

Parksville Beach Festival 

Where: Parksville Community Beach and Park

When: until August 21st

Known to locals as Beachfest, this five and half week-long competition and festival is the highlight of the summer in Parksville and nearby Qualicum Beach. With sand sculpting, live music, food and events for the entire family, this festival is a must – especially if you’re renting one of the beautiful EMR Parksville properties nearby! 

Implosion / Explosion

Where: Phillips Backyard – 2010 Government St. 

When: Aug 13th & 14th

It’s been three years since Phillips has hosted one of its Backyard events so this year, they’re going all out! In August, Implosion / Explosion will feature St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Charlotte Day Wilson with exciting musical guests plus incredible food and experiences all weekend. If you’re staying in Victoria, you won’t want to miss out on the party of the summer!  

Salsa in Season  

Where: Victoria Community Food Hub

When: August 18th

No matter what the season, salsa is always delicious. If you want to up your salsa making game, join chef Karina Gomez to learn how to create a perfectly balanced salsa made with local ingredients grown right here on the Saanich Peninsula. You’ll be able to try your salsa with some rice and bean tostadas and a salad made from local ingredients while you hear about the farmers and farms where all the ingredients came from. 

Music by the Sea

Where: Victoria International Marina

When: until August 5th

If you are looking for an upscale way to spend a summer evening, Music by the Sea at the Victoria International Marina is a great option! With a unique mix of classical and jazz chamber music played by a resident company, you can’t go wrong spending a warm summer evening here! Take the opportunity to have a relaxing evening walk through downtown to the Marina when you’re staying at a rental right downtown Victoria!

Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival 

Where: Ship Point – 800 Wharf St. Victoria

When: August 25th – 28th

If you’re looking for a foot-stomping good time over this late August weekend, you won’t want to miss the Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival right on Wharf St. downtown Victoria. This weekend festival features local, regional and international jazz and blues musicians who are going to light the stage up with incredible performances. With both free and ticketed performances to attend, check the line up to plan your weekend!  

Arts & Music in the Gardens

Where: The Gardens at HPC 

When: August 6th & 7th

For over 25 years, the Gardens at HPC has been the venue for this lovely, summer arts and music festival. With nine acres of demonstration gardens all immaculately tended, the HPC gardens are an idyllic place to host this festival and an easy drive from Sidney and Victoria properties. This year, there are over 50 artists whose works will be displayed and three stages where you can enjoy the talents of our local musicians with the backdrop of a truly stunning garden space. 

Victoria Fringe Festival

Where: various locations

When: August 24th – Sept 3rd

For more than three decades, the Fringe Festival has been delighting the public with an eclectic mix of live performances. Over the week of the festival you can find spoken word, drama, musicals, comedy, theatre for kids of all ages and more! With incredible venues across the city, and lively local performers, when you’re staying downtown Victoria the Fringe is a summertime must!