Arts & Culture

Victoria is the regional centre for arts and culture. The City of Victoria works to create and support a community that is a natural draw for artists, festivals and events.

Arts and Culture Master Plan

To guide its vision and role in supporting arts and culture, the City developed Create Victoria, a five-year Arts and Culture Master Plan. This document identifies initiatives to increase cultural opportunities in the City.

CityVibe - Everything you need for a fun-filled summer in Victoria!

Get ready for a spectacular summer.  The 2024 CityVibe guide will be available on May 27. It includes a sizzling line-up of almost 200 concerts, festivals, arts programs, public markets and family-friendly events.  

Victoria is the place to be this summer and it’s all happening over the course of 88 days between June and September. Check out one of 26 festivals and celebrations, all which include free programming. Grab a picnic and choose from over 130 free concerts or pick from a series of free community arts programs, all while enjoying Victoria’s beautiful downtown and neighbourhoods. 

Music in Victoria

A vibrant local music scene is fundamental to a community’s culture. Visit the Music in Victoria page to learn more about music programming, our musician’s roster and the Victoria Music Strategy.

Annual Grant Programs

The Festival Investment Grant program provides support to organizations producing festivals and celebrations that deliver significant economic impact, vitality and vibrancy within the city of Victoria, particularly the downtown core.

The Cultural Infrastructure Grant program supports safe and accessible cultural spaces, which are an essential part of our community.

Special Events and Film Permits

If you want to host a special event at one of Victoria’s outdoor venues, or film in the city, you may require a permit. Visit the pages below for more information.

Email: culture@victoria.ca 
Phone: 250.361.0246

Statistical Analysis of Arts and Culture Sector

A statistical analysis of Victoria’s arts and culture sector based on custom data from the Statistics Canada Census 2021 is now available. 

The analysis examines professional artists and cultural workers separately; their numbers, occupations in the industry, demographics and incomes. The City will use this statistical data to inform its planning processes and how it supports cultural community development with local artists and cultural workers.