Arts and Cultural Events

In 2012, the City and the community presented the following Victoria 150 events from May to November.  

Projects with an asterisk (*) were funded by the City of Victoria, while others were made possible by the 150 People and Places grant program.


Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Open House
and Preview of the 2012 Ryder Hesjdal Tour de Victoria
May 12, 1 p.m.
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
Visit this free celebration of the new, permanent display Cycling History of Greater Victoria: 1890 - 2012 and previews of the forthcoming Ryder Hesjdal Tour de Victoria, Victoria International Cycling Festival events and the Bob Cameron Law Cycling Series.

Saga of the Salty Seas
Story Theatre Company
May – June
Victoria Elementary Schools
Bringing history to life, Story Theatre will visit elementary schools in Victoria, telling tales from Victoria's maritime past in celebration of the 150th anniversary.

Chalk One Up for Maritime History
Maritime Museum of British Columbia
May 19 – September 1, 10 a.m. – noon
Various Locations
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia has a large collection of fascinating photos encompassing the 150 years of our heritage. Ian Morris, a local artist well known for his chalk artistry, will recreate one photo each week in a variety of locations throughout the downtown core, beginning on the Victoria Day weekend and continuing until Labour Day. Look for inspired artwork that is beautiful, interesting, and unexpected, and will add immensely to the spirit of the City's 150th anniversary celebration. Join the Museum on August 2 for a presentation by noted local author and historian, Danda Humphreys.

* Victoria Day Parade 150 Anniversary Edition
May 21
The 2012 parade will encompass the theme of 150 years and will be bigger and better than ever in honour of the occasion! Look for the City's own Victoria 150 parade entry and hundreds of other thematic and celebratory entries in everyone's favourite parade.

Intrepid Theatre
May 24 – September 2, Whenever You Press Play
Downtown Victoria
In honour of the City of Victoria's 150th Anniversary, Intrepid Theatre invites you to experience Victoria's past and present with new eyes. Press>Play is a series of four, free site-specific audio monologues for the solo listener accessible by cell phone or digital music player at various downtown locations. This unique immersive theatre experience draws you into a new world as you follow characters down laneways, around street corners, and eavesdrop on passing conversations. Let the voice of local playwrights and the sounds of Victoria musicians guide you into an interactive dramatic world as you explore the hidden treasures, overlooked beauties and mysteries of the city and its colourful history. These sound plays – without a stage or actors – explore the boundaries of theatre and encourage you to unlock your imagination and experience a symphony of stories and soundscapes. The project launches on May 24 as part of Intrepid Theatre's Uno Fest, North America's longest running solo performance theatre festival. It will be available throughout the summer, concluding at the end of the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival.

Youth Arts Festival
City of Victoria Youth Council
May 27, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Centennial Square
The City of Victoria Youth Council Youth Arts Festival highlights the spectrum of artistic talents of young people in Victoria across three broad areas: performance arts, visual arts, and crafts. The event profiles and celebrates the talents of youth in Victoria in a free and exciting, family friendly and age inclusive event.

Visions of Victoria
Ground Zero Print Makers
May – October
Various Locations
Visions of Victoria is a series of en plein air printmaking and open studio events culminating in the creation of a portfolio album of 20 etchings, linocuts, and serigraphs, featuring contemporary interpretations of historical Victoria by artist members of Ground Zero Print Makers Studio. The album will be launched and exhibited at the Xchanges Gallery in October. Legacy albums will reside in public collections at the University of Victoria and Greater Victoria libraries and the City of Victoria. The plein air events feature GZPS members making studies on site with mediums such as monoprint, linocut, etching or screenprint. The public is invited to view, share, and discuss works in progress and site significance with the artists. During open studio events at the Chinatown GZPS studio, visitors can observe the printmaking process as the artists develop and print their images.

Concert for Seniors
Arion Male Voice Choir
May – October
The Arion Male Voice Choir will produce a concert for seniors to bring history and music alive to retirees.


Cycling Through Time in Victoria
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
June 1 – 23, The Bay Centre, 1250 Douglas Street
June 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairmont Empress Grounds
Enjoy a look back in time at bicycles and cycling in Victoria's past. Victoria has a long history of cycling, including Sunday rides through Beacon Hill Park, and as home to bicycles racers and racing. On June 24, enjoy a look back at bicycles and cycling in Victoria's past through a unique display of photos and more.

Open Air Band Jamboree
Greater Victoria Concert Band
June 2, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (approx.)
Market Square, 560 Johnson Street
Enjoy the unique shopping experience of Market Square or sit and enjoy some lunch while listening to the sounds of an open-air Band Jamboree, hosted by the Greater Victoria Concert Band. The GVCB will be joined by other local concert bands to perform celebratory music befitting the anniversary of our city. Featuring a wide selection of musical styles, this afternoon of free live music will have something for everyone.

Sturdy Roots, Strong Foundations: Artistic Renderings of Heritage Trees
Society of Friends of St. Ann's
June 5 – August 2, Dawn to Dusk
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street
Are you an artist yearning to depict living history in the City of Victoria? If so, this is the competition for you! The Society of Friends of St. Ann's Academy is inviting artists of all ages to portray the historic trees of St. Ann's. During the period June 5 - August 2, 2012, you are invited to complete a colour rendering of one or more of the historic trees on the grounds. Exact details of media, as well as guidelines for joining the competition will be available on the Society's website. Entry and registration for a juried show are available from the Society after March 31, 2012. Any questions may be forwarded to The Society of Friends of St. Ann's Academy's project coordinator.

* HIWEST: First Nations Artist Forum
June 7, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Legacy Art Gallery,  630 Yates Street
The theme for this year's forum is First Nation's Women in the Arts. The event features a panel discussion with five Aboriginal female artists and includes First Nations entertainment and refreshments.

North Park Neighbourhood Festival
North Park Neighbourhood Association
June 16, Noon – 5 p.m.
Franklin Green (Cook Street at Mason Street)
Enjoy this free family event featuring local musicians, cultural entertainment, food vendors, a children's play area and a market with art, local produce, crafts and more! In recognition of Victoria's 150th anniversary, this year's festival will feature heritage walks through North Park, one of Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods.

Bike Ride 150th Anniversary Edition
Theatre SKAM
June 16 - 17 and 23 – 24, 3:30 p.m.
Cecelia Ravine Park, Galloping Goose Trail
Participate in Theatre SKAM's annual mobile feast of live performance! Audiences ride their bikes from show to show, taking in new, independent and local performance work along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. With bike decorating, local food and surprise bursts of entertainment, Bike Ride has something for the whole family. This year, new work commissioned by Theatre SKAM will uncover the unique stories and heritage of the built, hidden and geographic histories of the Trail and the neighbourhoods surrounding the Selkirk waterfront. Bike Ride is presented during the Victoria International Cycling Festival in celebration of the City's 150th anniversary.

Ross Bay Cemetery Tour - City Fathers Since 1862
Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria
June 17, 2 p.m.
Meet at Oregano's in Fairfield Plaza
To mark the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Victoria, this tour will use costumed actors to tell the stories of some of the most notable mayors of the past, including the first, Thomas Harris, the 300 lb. butcher who broke the mayor's chair when he sat on it.

Chinatown Night Market - "The Awakening of the Water Dragon"
Victoria Chinese Commerce Association
June 20, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Victoria Chinatown
The theme for this Night Market is “The Awakening of the Water Dragon.” It celebrates the roots of the Dragon Boat Festival and the Year of the Water Dragon. Enjoy an artistic re-enactment of the folklore origins of dragon boating and the Chinese dragon. The theme will include an emphasis on the 5th day of the 5th month Festival and celebration of the year of the Dragon, and will showcase local artists, dancers, musicians, and performing groups. The public will be invited to display their designed dragons for all to enjoy.

Fernwood 150: A Photographic Legacy Project
Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
June 22, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and June 23, 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Cornerstone Café, 1301 Gladstone Avenue
Fernfest in Fernwood Square brings together local artists, performers, artisans, bike-lovers, families, teens, businesses and neighbours from across Victoria in celebration and support of Fernwood's unique community identity, history, and personality. Visit the Cornerstone Café to see a piece of this neighbourhood's history at Fernwood 150: A Photographic Legacy Project. This project chronicles the past 150 years of Fernwood in photographs in honour of Victoria's sesquicentennial. The exhibition will be displayed all weekend and afterwards will become a permanent fixture in Fernwood NRG's Neighbourhood Outreach office.

Classic Bike Rally
Victoria International Cycling Festival
June 24, Noon – 7 p.m.
Legislature Lawn
Victoria is the cycling capital of Canada. Bikes have been part of the city's culture since its founding. Join hundreds of other cycling enthusiasts on the lawn of the legislature to see some classic bicycles that were ridden in Victoria over the past century-and-a-half. Speak with experts about the history of the bicycle and how it pertains to the growth of Victoria. This family-friendly event includes activities for children.

Ross Bay Cemetery Tour - City Fathers Since 1862
Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria
June 24, 2 p.m.
Meet at Oregano's in Fairfield Plaza
Ross Bay Cemetery's oceanfront setting is a fitting place of final repose for seafarers. To help mark Victoria's 150th anniversary, maritime historian Ron Armstrong will recount some of the stories linked to ships and their captains who were here in the period around 1862.


Cameron Kidd and Tara Hurst
July 1 – August 31, Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
120 - 560 Government Street
Souvenir is a pop-up gallery located on Victoria's historical Government Street. Artists will be selected to produce their own interpretation of souvenir objects. These objects will include elements of photography, drawing, print-making, screen-printing, painting, ceramics, textiles, metal work, sculpture and design. As a point of historical reference, the project pays homage to Emily Carr's handmade ceramic pottery which utilized local materials and displayed motifs of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Emily's handmade ceramic sculptures were hand formed using clay from the cliffs along Dallas Road and were sold to tourists and locals alike. Souvenir will address issues of re-appropriation, craft in contemporary art, the commoditization of Canadian culture and highlight current production of art and design objects.

Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tour
Congregation Emanu-El
July 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street
Come enjoy a tour of the oldest synagogue in continuous use in Canada. Built in 1863, it will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013. The synagogue was built with tremendous contributions from many of Victoria's citizens, and this remarkable history will soon be told by an outdoor sculptural display created in honour of Victoria's 150th anniversary. If you've never visited a synagogue or are curious to see inside Victoria's Jewish gem, come for a special guided tour.

Canada Day Lawn Party at Ross Bay Villa
TLC – The Land Conservancy
July 1, Noon – 4 p.m.
Ross Bay Villa, 1490 Fairfield Road
Celebrate Canada Day with a visit to the 147-year old home of Francis Roscoe, MP for Victoria in the 1870s. Tour the house interior and see the beautifully restored dining room, drawing room and newly completed oilcloth in the front hall. View fascinating exhibits on the restoration project as well as the families who called Ross Bay Villa home. Visit the grounds, plant sale and outdoor heritage exhibits free of charge. $12 for Cream Tea and Guided Tour. ($7 for tea or tour only.)

Raven Baroque at St. Ann's Academy Chapel
Raven Baroque
July 12, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street
Enjoy hits from 1600 - 1750 played by 12 musicians in period costume. Enjoy Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli in a free concert at the historic beautiful chapel of St. Ann's Academy.

Raven Baroque Summer Celebration
Raven Baroque
July 14 and 28, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue
Listen to a morning concert of classical hits from the 1600s on the south lawn at Christ Church Cathedral. Bring a blanket or chair.

Dwelling: A Local Photography Exhibition
Tara Nicholson
July 14 and 28, 10 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Downtown Victoria Buildings
This large-scale projected slideshow of photography is produced by young artists within Victoria under the creative direction of Victoria artist Tara Nicholson. Collected during months of photo-walks, over 40 talented artists have produced images describing Victoria's overlooked landscapes, hideouts and hidden vistas. This unique exhibition will be projected onto buildings within the downtown core. Come out to enjoy the night air while watching local art, and see the Victoria's history through a unique lens.

Chinatown Night Market - "Festival of the Karaoke Stars"
Victoria Chinese Commerce Association
July 18, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Victoria Chinatown
The second Night Market theme is “Festival of the Karaoke Stars” which focuses on live music with live performances of the finalists of their Karaoke YouTube Contest. Please visit the website to find contest entry details as well as more information about this exciting event.

Victoria International Buskers Festival
Victoria International Buskers Festival
July 20 – 29, Noon – 10 p.m.
Downtown Victoria, Empress Hotel Lawn
International street performers from around the world gather on event stages across downtown Victoria for this free, family-oriented festival. There are jugglers, magicians, escape artists, acrobats, comedians and more. Also be sure to join us on Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. at the Fairmont Empress lawn location as we help Victoria celebrate its 150th anniversary with Avante Garde, a special show highlighting local Francophone history.

Historic Alexander Cup
CPR Lawn Bowling Association
July 25, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cridge Park, 720 Belleville Street
Join members of the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club in celebrating the resurrection of the historic C.P.R. Alexander Cup. First presented in 1926 for a competition between the Canadian Pacific Railway Lawn Bowling Clubs of BC, this challenge trophy was last awarded in 1940. Drop by for a free afternoon tea and cheer on the home team who will be playing the Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club.

* History2Life Family Festival
City of Victoria
July 29, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Centennial Square
We invite you to take a step back in time to participate in the History2Life Family Festival in Centennial Square! Gather your family and friends to experience a fun, interactive and creative afternoon of celebrating Victoria's history through art, music, crafts and activities.  (Note: Due to a lack of registration in the fort building competition, this event now focuses on bringing "History2Life".)


Oaklands Sunset Series: Heritage Celebration of Victoria
Oaklands Community Centre
August 1, Market 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. / Play 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Oaklands Community Centre, 1 - 2827 Belmont Avenue
Oaklands Sunset Series presents “Letters to Fort Victoria”, a Farmer's Market and outdoor Dinner Theatre summer evening event. Come browse the market, enjoy decorative dress from the early 1860s, and relive the excitement and celebration of the founding of our great city. Ticket price includes catered dinner by local culinary artists and the live theatre presentation written, directed, and performed by UVIC's Phoenix Theatre students. Tickets sold only at Oaklands Community Centre.

Modern - An Exhibition
Monique Genton
August 1 - 29
The Artist's Corner at Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street
Victoria artist Monique Genton explores the relationship of landscape and the built environment in four new works, rendered on plexiglass, featuring Victoria's mid-century architecture. This work celebrates a more recent aspect of Victoria's history while paying homage to an iconic period in architectural design.

* 150th Anniversary Public Ceremony
City of Victoria
August 2, 11 a.m. – Noon
Centennial Square
Join the Mayor, Victoria Council and special guests for the official 150th anniversary ceremony on Spirit Stage in Centennial Square. Canada Post's Victoria 150 Commemorative Envelope will be unveiled.

* 150Forward Community Celebration
City of Victoria
August 2, Noon – 6 p.m.
Centennial Square
On August 2, the City of Victoria celebrates 150 years of incorporation. Celebrate Victoria's proud history and bright future at 150Forward, a free afternoon community celebration in Centennial Square immediately following the official ceremony on Spirit Stage. Experience a journey through time, interact with creatively costumed performers and enjoy refreshments and cake, and settle in for the afternoon festivities. The main stage show will entertain with performances that chronicle Victoria's history, showcase diverse cultures, and highlight current day and beyond. Contribute to the time capsule and anniversary greetings, take part in interactive fun and much more. Come celebrate 150 glorious years!

Integrate Arts Festival
Off the Grid & Ministry of Casual Living
August 3 - 4, Noon - 11 p.m.
Bastion Square, Centennial Square, venues around town
Victoria's 6th Annual Integrate Arts Festival (formerly called Off the Grid Art Crawl) will take place August 3 and 4 with an official art crawl, outdoor visual projections and various other art and music events throughout the festival. Victoria's art galleries, artist-run centres and arts organisations invite the public to explore art exhibitions and meet local artists, curators, musicians and volunteers that make Victoria's cultural scene the diverse and vibrant entity that it is. An online map will be available.

Amelia Street Heritage Block Party
Amelia Street
August 4, Noon - 8 p.m.
Amelia Street (between Cormorant Street and Pandora Avenue)
A one-day celebration of local music, literature, visual arts and food, taking place on Amelia St, drawing attention to the history of this special pocket of North Park neighbourhood and downtown Victoria. The entertainment will consist of visual artists, bands and solo performers, authors and storytellers who can shed light on the history of downtown Victoria, and Amelia Street in particular. Collaboration with Amelia Street business owners and historians will result in visual presentations on the history of each building on the street that attendees can browse throughout the event. Admission is by donation.

3rd Annual Serbian Days
Serbian Community
City of Victoria Playing Field (TBA)
August 4 and 5, Noon
Events include a soccer tournament named “Victoria Euro Cup” with participation of the local soccer teams consisting of players from Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Italy and Scotland. This unique concept of grouping players based on their ethnic backgrounds and/or countries of origin, will create an exciting atmosphere that provides a platform for people throughout the community to express their ethnic pride. There will also be Serbian food and Balkan music to enjoy.

Victoria International Six-a-Side Cricket
Victoria & District Cricket Association
August 4 – 11, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Beacon Hill Park
Teams from around the world are on display at Beacon Hill Park playing a fast-paced version of cricket. With only six players per team (the usual is 11), teams from Australia, New Zealand, England, the United States and Victoria will produce spectacular action in matches that last a little over an hour. Come and enjoy a Victoria tradition of cricket in Beacon Hill Park.

James Bay Market Celebrates Victoria's 150th Anniversary
James Bay Community Market
August 4, 11, 18 and 25
James Bay Community Market (Corner of Menzies and Superior Streets)
James Bay Community Market is located outdoors in the heart of Victoria's historic James Bay neighbourhood. The market runs from May through October and features a great selection of handmade, homemade, and homegrown products and produce. Live music and local cultural events are held throughout the market season. Stop and explore the eclectic variety of local vendors, artisans, food, farmers, and musicians. Stroll the streets of one of Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods to see the beautifully preserved and restored architecture for over 100 of the City's oldest homes and historic buildings. We're only a two-minute walk from Victoria's Inner Harbour.

* 150th Anniversary Original Composition of Music
for Symphony Splash
Victoria Symphony
August 5
Victoria Inner Harbour
Harmonious Interest is a work by composer Chan Ka Nin and celebrates the spirits of the Gate of Harmonious Interest in Victoria. It represents "To work together with one heart and to help each other achieve harmony."

* 150th Anniversary Composition by Tobin Stokes
Victoria Symphony
August 5
Victoria Inner Harbour
This Inner Harbour Overture composed by Tobin Stokes uses the sounds of Victoria's iconic Inner Harbour including the Coho's horn.

* City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert
City of Victoria
August 6, Noon – 9 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy Historic Site, 835 Broughton Street and Beacon Hill Park, Cameron Bandstand

To celebrate the City of Victoria's 150th and the United Way of Greater Victoria's 75th anniversaries, the City of Victoria and United Way are teaming up to present the City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert. Spend the afternoon on the grounds of historical St. Ann's Academy and enjoy interactive, creative excitement for the whole family, including a wide range of live music and entertainment, crafts, cooking and gardening demonstrations, and physical fun that celebrates the culture and values of our community. Juno award winners "Digging Roots" will headline a free concert at the Cameron Bandshell starting at 7 p.m., featuring their unique blend of blues, roots rock and hip hop. City United! is presented in association with the Provincial Capital Commission.

Raven Baroque at St. Ann's Academy Chapel
Raven Baroque
August 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street
Hits from 1600-1750 are played by 12 musicians in period costume. Enjoy Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli in a free concert in the historic beautiful chapel of St. Ann's Academy.

Raven Baroque Summer Celebration
Raven Baroque
August 11, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue
Listen to a morning concert of classical hits from the 1600s on the south lawn at Christ Church Cathedral. Bring a blanket or chair.

Raven Baroque at Market Square
Raven Baroque
August 12, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Market Square
Take in a sheltered, outdoor concert at the historic Market Square courtyard listening to Baroque hits from the 1600s performed by 12 musicians in period costume.

Musical Bouquets for Emily
Emily Carr String Quartet
August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Emily Carr House, 207 Government Street
Experience this classical chamber music concert series at Emily Carr House. The Emily Carr String Quartet will perform in the intimate setting of this historic house. The concerts will feature a wide variety of music and readings from Emily Carr's journals.

Chinatown Night Market - "The Night of the Sevens"
Victoria Chinese Commerce Association
August 22, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Victoria Chinatown
The “Night of the Sevens” is the theme of the third Night Market. This is the Chinese version of Valentine's Day a day for lover's and best friends. The festival has its origin in Chinese folklore dating back more than 1,500 years. The legend features a weaver maid (with six older sisters), who led a lonely life working at her loom throughout the year. Her father, the Heavenly Emperor, felt sorry for her and allowed her to marry a cowherd from across the Milky Way. During this Market, couples and families will be able to create and display their Chinese Valentines.

Aladdin: The Secret Voyage
Story Theatre Company
August 23 - September 1, 11 a.m.
Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street
This production is a magical retelling of the traditional stories from "Arabian Nights", including a magic carpet, an enchanted island and a wonderful sea voyage.

The Great Beanstalk Conspiracy
Story Theatre Company
August 23 - September 1, 11 a.m.
Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street
This production is a modern twist on "Jack and the Beanstalk", taking our hero on an adventure to where the giant is hoarding air, water and the ability to produce power. Surely the giant can learn to share?

History in Layers
Alison Bigg
August, 24 hours a day
Lower Johnson, Various Locations
A visual art display involving microphotography of iconic local landscapes created by local artist Alison Bigg. Surfaces around Lower Johnson Street vividly recount their history through the language of tiny details: overlapping layers of paint, dirt, glass, metal, masonry, wooden or clay bricks, moss and graffiti; the contrast of stark modern colours against the subdued and tactile textures of the old. Captured in a series of back-lit 24” x 36” transparencies, and displayed in store-fronts around this area, startling close-ups of fragments of surfaces suggest tales of time whose scope is limited only by the viewer's imagination.

Mad Mayor's Tea Party: An Animated Short
Victoria College of Art
Location TBA
Look for the launch of this original animated short film created by the faculty and students of the Victoria College of Arts. "High Times at the Empress" is a look at what happens when visionary former mayors are invited to High Tea for the 150th anniversary of the Capital City. In the ensuing shenanigans, stories are shared, comical encounters between old rivals and associates resumed and resolved, key events and accomplishments illustrated, and the question -- who exactly is hosting this thing? -- is finally resolved. Watch for details on the release of this fun and irreverent look at Victoria, with a special showing that includes a red carpet event featuring costumed performers from Theatre SKAM.


Burnside Gorge Heritage Day
Burnside Gorge Community Association
September 8, Noon – 3 p.m.
Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Road
Celebrate history in Burnside Gorge, one of Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods. Enjoy a heritage-themed barbecue and guided walking tours of 100-year old+ dwellings in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood. Learn about the families and households of our community in 1911 and celebrate our history.

The Best Rockland Has to Offer
Rockland Neighbourhood Association
September 8, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Rockland, Various Locations
Celebrate the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary in one of the City's most historically significant neighbourhoods. Activities include Langham Court Theatre's 150 Years of Fashion, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Open House, a book launch and a historical display. Enjoy Craigdarroch Castle's kids' events, a Hallmark Society historical architectural display, self-guided architectural walks, a Vintage Car Club of Victoria display and music on the lawn of Government House.

Vining Street Block Party
September 9, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Victoria High School Plaza
The Fifth Annual Vining Street Block Party celebrates the vibrant community of Fernwood in Victoria and honours the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary. Festivities include live music, a community barbeque, children's activities, heritage appreciation activities and more.

Chinatown Night Market - "Autumn Moon Lantern Festival"
Victoria Chinese Commerce Association
September 12, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Victoria Chinatown
The theme of the summer's final Night Market is the “Autumn Moon Lantern Festival.” Victoria's Chinatown will be ablaze with lanterns hung for this enchanting festival. Visit their website to get details about entering their Lantern Making Contest or just come to the market and visit the lantern craft table to create a lantern to hang in the public lantern display area. Look for the ever-popular Chinese moon cakes to be prominent at this festival.

Discovering Victoria: A Visual Inquiry
Pandora Arts Collective
September 13, 20 and 27, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road
Join Pandora Arts Collective for a three-part series of workshops on “Discovering Victoria.” Each will be a visual inquiry -- searching and researching your own Victorian experiences and creating visible responses. Their skilled art educators offer a stimulating, fun, and gentle art time for all levels. Register for one or more workshops by September 6. Suggested $5 donation at the door.

James Bay Day
James Bay Community School, Community Project and New Horizons
September 15, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego Street
James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street
James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan Street
Join family and friends for a vibrant community celebration with 150th anniversary flavour. The day begins with a community breakfast at the community school and progresses with a wide range of activities throughout the neighbourhood. James Bay's rich history takes centre stage, focusing on community development, health, education, recreation and sport.

International Day of Peace Celebration
Campaign to Establish a Department of Peace
September 21, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Victoria City Hall Antechamber
In recognition of the UN International Day of Peace and Global Ceasefire, Victoria celebrates this day with millions of people world-wide. There will be inspiring messages from young people and seniors, and songs performed by the very popular Gettin' Higher Choir.

Victoria 150 Taiko Concert
Uminari Taiko Ensemble
September 29, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street
Join us at the St. Ann's Academy auditorium for an evening of Japanese cultural entertainment featuring the dynamic sounds of Uminari Taiko, Vancouver Island's premier Japanese drumming ensemble. This concert celebrates the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary, Uminari Taiko's 10th anniversary and Victoria's Twin City relationship with Morioka, Japan. In addition to Taiko, the concert will also include Japanese folk dancing (odori) by the award-winning Furusato Dancers, beautiful koto (Japanese harp) music by recording artist Satomi Edwards and traditional Japanese folksinging (minyo) by Rina El-Nahas. Admission is $7 in advance; $10 at the door.

"Victoria in 1862" Symposium
Victoria Historical Society
September 29 and 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oddfellows Hall, 1315 Douglas Street
Historians present a range of fascinating talks on the subject of Victoria in 1862. Subjects include "First Nations," "Arrivals in 1862," "The Chinese Presence," "Policing in 1862," "Bridges & Transportation," "Breweries & Saloons," "The Effects of the Civil War on Victoria," "Buildings from 1862" (a talk and tour), as well as a tour of Ross Bay Cemetery. Registration is required. Lunch is included and a historically themed breakfast is planned.

Rattenbury: The Opera
Other Guys Theatre
September 29 and 30, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fairmont Empress Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 721 Government Street
Other Guys Theatre proudly presents acclaimed tenor Richard Margison in a concert performance of Tobin Stokes' new chamber opera, Rattenbury, based on the true story of Victoria's famous architect. Well known for his grand Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel, Rattenbury's tumultuous life story is truly operatic in proportion. His incredible ambition and misfortunes include his connection to the sinking of the Titanic and his role in the gold rush, and his sordid fall from grace resulting in the murder of one, suicide of another and death sentence for yet another. Concert performances will be presented under the baton of Maestro Arthur Arnold, Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony.

Ross Bay Cemetery - Victoria 150 Anniversary Tour
Old Cemeteries Society
September 30, 2 p.m.
Meet at Oregano's at Fairfield Plaza
This tour coincides with the anniversary symposium. A team of storytellers and actors will provide glimpses of the life and times in Victoria around 1862.

Fairfield Community Fete
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
Fairfield Gonzales Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road
This community celebration and community-engaged art practice recognizes and celebrates Victoria's 150th anniversary of incorporation.

The Ghosts of the Plaza
Rosie Bitts and Sarah Smith
September and October
Downtown Victoria, 
Windy Autumn nights give way to haunting tales of a historic hotel and its chequered past. Join a cast of vibrant artists, performers and musicians, as they bring the Speakeasy Spirits and troubled Ghosts of the Plaza to life! Since 1910, the building standing at 1415 Government has elicited moments of both the grandeur and the grotesque; this production is not for the faint of heart. True stories of suicide, suspense, and the supernatural are told alongside the narrative of an eclectic hotel and its numerous reinventions. Dress warm and be prepared to be both spooked and spellbound.


International Day of Non-Violence
Campaign to Establish a Department of Peace
October 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Road
In recognition of the International Day of Non-violence and Gandhi's Birthday, an observation of the day will feature faith leaders offering their teachings on nonviolence, conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

A Courthouse, A River and a Button Blanket Dance:
A Creative Exploration of the First Nations Relationship to Bastion Square
Peter Morin
October 12, Time TBA
Bastion Square
This new performance artwork includes music, dance and projection mapping technology which addresses a specific Legislative period in Victoria's history referred to as the Potlatch Ban. This multi-disciplinary, community-engaged project by Open Space Gallery's Aboriginal Curator Peter Morin intends to raise awareness about this difficult time in history, while working together to transform the past into a new pathway for our shared communities.

The Royal Theatre Sings
Pacific Opera Victoria
October 7, Noon – 4 p.m.
The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
The Royal Theatre Sings showcases this iconic, historical venue for the performing arts in Victoria. The public is invited "behind the scenes" to see first hand the preparations for opening night of Macbeth. Meet the people who make the magic of performance theatre happen. Enjoy lectures, tours, a photographic exhibition, and interactive opportunities for the kids. It's a free, fun, educational day for the whole family.


Diversity HQ
Blanshard Community Association
November 24
Blanshard Community Centre, 901 Kings Road
Hillside Quadra community members are encouraged to submit photos of people in the neighbourhood that reflect the theme of diversity. 150 photos will be selected in honour of the City's 150th birthday and will be creatively arranged at the Blanshard Community Centre. This project will create a visual message that diversity is embraced in the City's Hillside Quadra Neighbourhood and that all are welcome within the Centre. The photo display will be unveiled at a community celebration on November 24 with food and refreshments. Get your camera ready and see you then!