Festival Investment Grants Support a Return of the Festival Season

The City is supporting 41 festivals with $321,200 in Festival Investment Grant funding and up to $129,500 of in-kind contributions to usher in the return to festival season in Victoria. 

“Grab your sun hat and festival chair, after the long pandemic hiatus it’s going to be a great summer for arts and culture events in Victoria,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. I am thrilled to see the exciting line up of culturally-diverse, family-friendly events, from dance and theatre to music and community performances. There is something new to attend every week.” 

This year’s Festival Investment Grant recipients include the BC Black History Awareness Society, who in August will present The Function Festival, a new two-day arts festival celebrating Canadian and international BIPOC musicians.   

Victoria Pride Week is back in full swing with a week of events, including their full Pride Parade and Festival in MacDonald Park on June 26.  

Victoria Symphony also returns with Symphony in the Summer, for a week-long cerebration of music culminating with their grand finale over two days on the Legislative Lawn in July. Then in November, first time recipient to the grant program, the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria is hosting their annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival, this year focusing on a multicultural program that builds connections among communities through cinema.  

The Festival Investment Grant program, now in its 24th year, has seen more than $3 million in grants go to nurture the development and sustainability of high-quality annual festivals and celebrations. 

The pursuit of arts, culture and tourism opportunities is a key goal of the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan. 

Watch for the online City Vibe guide, coming in May, for a complete list of upcoming family-friendly events festivals around the city.  

Learn more about Festival Investment Grants at victoria.ca/FIG. 

Full list of Grant Recipients for 2022:  



Africa-ISSAMBA Fest 

African Art & Cultural Community Contributor Society 

May 28 & 29 


Caravan Stage Virtual Rogues World Premier 

Caravan Stage Society Inc 

June 14 - 19 


East West Mural Fest 

Esquimalt Community Arts Hub 

August 13 - 27 



Belfry Theatre (in partnership with Fernwood NRG) 

June 24 & 25 


Festival Mexicano (16th Annual) 

Mexican Canadian Community Association of Victoria 

July 9th & 10th  


Flamenco Festival 

Flamenco de la Isla Society 

July 16, July 19 - 23 



Greater Victoria Folk Festival Society 

June 4 & 5 


Free-B Film Festival  

Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival  



Fringe Festival 


Intrepid Theatre 

Aug 24 - Sept 5 


Garden City Grooves 

Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society 

November 24 - 26 


Highland Games & Celtic Festival (159th) 

Victoria Highland Games Association 

May 14 - 22 


Lights of Wonder 

Downtown Victoria Business Association 

December 16 - 31 


Mabuhay! Celebrating Philippine Culture 

Victoria Filipino Canadian Association 

June 11 & 12 


One Wave Gathering 

Pacific Peoples' Partnership Association 

September 3 - 25 


Out There Art Festival 


Alter Arts Society 

September 2 - 5 


OUTstages Festival 


Intrepid Theatre 

February 3 -13 


Pacific Baroque Festival 

Victoria Conservatory of Music 

March 16 - 20  


Peek Fest 


Impulse Theatre Society 

November 1 - 20 


Pride Festival 


Victoria Pride Society 

June 24 Jul 1 


Rendez-vous Victoria 

La Société francophone de Victoria 

June to August  


Selkirk Waterfront Festival 

Burnside Gorge Community Association 

May 28 


Ska & Reggae Festival  

Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society 

June 22 - 26 




Theatre SKAM 

July 6 - 10 


St Patrick's Day Fleadh 

Greater Victoria Festival Society 

March 13 - 16 


Summit Park Pumpkin Festival 

Alter Arts Society 

Nov 1 


Sunset Ceremony - A Musical Celebration Recognizing the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 

Victoria Military Music Festival Society 

May 21 - 22  


Symphony in the Summer Festival 

Victoria Symphony Society 

July 25 - August 1  


TD Art Gallery Paint-In 

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria  

July 23 


TD Victoria International JazzFest 

Victoria Jazz Society 

June 24 - July 3 


The Function Festival 

BC Black History Awareness Society  



UNO Fest 


Intrepid Theatre 

April 26 - May 14 


Vancouver Island Blues Bash/Harbour Blues 'n Roots Festival 

Victoria Jazz Society 

Aug 25 - 28 


Victoria Bicycle Music Festival 

11680943 Canada Foundation, doing business as The Folk Foundation 

August 14 


Victoria Day Parade (122nd), Santa Light Parade (40th) 

Greater Victoria Festival Society 

May 21 - 23; November 26 


Victoria Dragon Boat Festival 

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society 

August 12-14 


Victoria Festival of Authors 

Victoria Festival of Authors Society 

September 28 -October 2 


Victoria Film Festival   

The Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival   

February 4 -13  


Victoria International Jewish Film Festival  

Jewish Community Center of Victoria 

November 5 - 8 


ViVa! Victoria Latin Festival 

Here In Canada 

August 6 


Wonderment (7th Edition) 

Garden City Electronic Music Society 

July 29 - August 1 


World Accordion and Tango Festival 

BC Accordion and Tango Society 

Nov 16 - 20