Find Your Summer Groove with Free Concerts and Festivals in Centennial Square

Downtown Victoria is the place to find your summer groove! Enjoy free lunchtime and evening concerts, and a variety of outdoor festivals and events in Centennial Square this summer.

Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts

Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. to enjoy free Summer in the Square Lunchtime Concerts, a range of live music from July 2 to September 11, 2014. Bring your lunch and some sunscreen and soak up some sun and free tunes. From folk, world beat and jazz to baroque and blues, there’s something for everyone. This is the 15th year that the City of Victoria has hosted free lunchtime concerts in Centennial Square for the community to enjoy.

Eventide Music Series

Join us Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. from July 3 to August 14 for the Eventide Music Series. Eventide (pronounced “even-tide”), is the old name for “evening”, and was chosen to reflect the timing of the concerts in Centennial Square. This free, new concert series highlights Victoria’s eclectic local music scene featuring sounds that may or may not be described as “idiosyncratic, post angular, electro gypsy shoegaze, with a twist of twee folk, and psychedelic freak-space pop”. The Eventide Music Series is presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association, the City of Victoria and CFUV Community Campus Radio.

Outdoor Festivals and Events

Centennial Square is also home to a variety of free outdoor festivals and events that celebrate music, dance and culture. Some of these events include the 30th Annual TD Victoria International Jazzfest, ROMP! in the Square, Symphony in the Summer, Victoria India Mela, and Festival Mexicano, as well as giant chess and free hip hop lessons. The City supports these festivals and events by way of its annual Festival Investment Grant.

For event details, pick up a print copy of CITYVibe, Victoria’s guide to festivals and outdoor eventsat City Hall and venues around town, or download the free iPhone app from the iTunes App Store (search for “cityvibe”)or view the guide online at: www.victoria.ca/cityvibe