BC Day Events in Victoria — Celebrate August Long Weekend

Published Jan 30, 2017

Don’t you just love summer festivals?! Nestled nicely between Canada Day and Labor Day is my favourite long weekend festival—BC Day (or Civic Holiday)! It’s not quite as big and flashy as its July and September cousins, but it’s still packed with tons of great activities for the family and it doesn’t get anywhere near as rowdy downtown.

There’s tons of great BC Day events taking place in Victoria this year, from the official city celebrations on the 4th to the always spectacular Symphony Splash on the 3rd. Check out our listings below for tons of great ways to enjoy the August long weekend with your little ones this year.

BC Day Events in Victoria

Celebrate BC Day

Latin Grammy Award winner Alex Cuba will headline the Sounds of BC main stage at this summer’s Celebrate BC Day in the provincial Capital. The Cuban Canadian singer-songwriter brings an energetic performance with songs in both Spanish and English.

Earlier in the afternoon, Juno-nominated Bobs & Lolo will delight youngsters with their energetic musical acts seen on Treehouse TV and which are guaranteed to get the audience clapping, snapping and tapping.

Celebrate BC Day features free, family-friendly entertainment and activities at the picturesque St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site on Humboldt Street in Victoria on BC Day, Monday, Aug. 4 from noon to 9 pm.

Date: Monday, Aug. 4
Time: noon to 9 pm
Location: St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street

Celebrate BC Day

Victoria Symphony Splash

The annual Victoria Symphony Splash is a spectacular event that sees Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour transformed into an outdoor concert stage. Symphony Splash 2014 will take place on August 3rd, 2014! Victoria Symphony Splash is the largest annual outdoor symphony event in Canada, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs, and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony.

The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with bells, cannons, and fireworks.

The Victoria Symphony Splash Family Zone will feature plenty of activities and music for the entire family. Open from 1–4 p.m., the Family Zone will include:

  • Face painting
  • The popular instrument petting zoo
  • Colouring contest
  • Hands on art activities and crafts by Royal BC Museum and the Robert Bateman Centre
  • Games and activities with Sportball including a bouncy castle
  • Clowns

Drop by and play the violin, listen to some music, watch a magic trick, play in the castle and have your face painted. What a perfect Sunday afternoon!

Date: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Location: Victoria Inner Harbour

Symphony Splash

14th Annual Free-B Film Festival

It’s the opening weekend of the annual Free-B Film Festival, so get ready to curl up under the stars and enjoy free films on the 20-foot-wide inflatable screen. The first screening will take place on the Legislature lawn on August 1st!

Enjoy the liveliness of the Inner Harbour while watching the official kick-off film to the 14th Annual Free-B Film Festival! Chairs are not allowed on the lawns, so please bring your blankets.

Friday August 1: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989 – Rated PG – 90 min)
Legislature Lawn

Saturday August 2: The Italian Job (1969- Rated G – 99 min)
The Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park

Date: Aug. 1–2, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. showings
Location: Various; see listing


Ceremony of the Flags

More than 200 cadets, ages 12 to 18, will parade the Legislative buildings for the annual Ceremony of the Flags, to perform precision drills choreographed to music and culminating in a sunset ceremony at which the national flag will be lowered and the legislature will light up.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: B.C. Legislature building


BC Long Weekend Market

The Ship Point Marketplace will be running for BC Long Weekend. Come on down, bring your family and friends and enjoy the Music, Food, Art, and so much more!

This weekend is also one of the busiest in Victoria. The harbour fills up with over 120 artisans and crafts people. Musicians and street performers entertain hundreds of people every day along the causeway area. First nation carvers and artists fill the South causeway under the Welcome to Victoria sign.

Date: Aug. 1–4, 2014
Time: See listing
Location: Victoria Inner Harbour

BC weekend market

Victoria Architecture Splash

Celebrate before the Symphony Splash with a free walking tour, taking in the ‘splashes’ of wonderful surviving Victorian era architecture in our city.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Victoria Inner Harbour

architecture Splash

Harbour Ferry Ballet

The Victoria Harbour Ferry is in its 22nd year of performing The Harbour Ferry Ballet on the waters of Victoria’s inner harbour. The ballet that began in 1993 as a 10 minute performance to entertain guests and locals and to showcase the agility of the sweet little pickle boats and has become an icon of the City’s harbour, alongside the Empress Hotel, the Parliament buildings and the hub of tourist activity, the Causeway.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Victoria Inner Harbour


Jumpship Mountain Bike Contest

JumpShip showcases the world’s best freeride mountain bike riders competing in Downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour before a crowd of thousands. It will bring mind blowing skill and fearless competitiveness to a new level as riders will battle for cash and personal pride in the heart of Canada’s most beautiful city.

The Inner Harbour is the bustling, vibrant, center of the action in Victoria. Filled with tourists all summer long, it presents a competition venue unlike any other. With live music, outdoor lifestyle expo and beer gardens there will be something for everyone, whether a fan of cycling or not.

Date: Aug. 2–3, 2014
Time: All day
Location: Victoria Inner Harbour


For even more family-friendly BC Day long weekend activities, check the events page on ChatterBlock.

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