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August Guide: Major Events & Festivals in Greater Victoria

Published Jul 10, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Here's everything you need to know for August 2019 in Greater Victoria. From the Symphony Splash, to free outdoor movies, to cool & unique festivals, these are things to do that the entire family will enjoy.

I. Love. Victoria.

And Victoria in August is absolutely no exception! How could it be, with all the amazing community events, free entertainment, and high flying shows?

Here we highlight the major annual events, but you can also visit our full calendar of events for a snapshot of everything that's happening around Victoria, Saanich, Sidney, Westshore, and beyond.

Now, the line up of the biggest August events you need to know about (all family friendly).

1. Symphony Splash

Start the month with a bang (literally)! Symphony Splash is one of the most popular events in Victoria. Gather at the inner harbour by foot, kayak, or boat and watch the spectacular free concert by Victoria Symphony. As the sky darkens the music builds, and as it reaches its crescendo the cannons explode and the sky erupts into fireworks! To get a good spot you'll want to get there early, but not to fear, there is the Splash Family Zone in front of the Empress Hotel to keep the kiddos preoccupied from 1-4pm with a bouncy castle, games, face painting, crafts, and more.

When: Sunday August 4th with activities from 1pm-10pm
Where: Inner Harbour
Price: Free
Learn more.

2. Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Check out the exciting dragon boat races, right in Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour! Teams race 470m from Laurel Point towards the Empress Hotel, in an intense display of strength and teamwork. You can also enjoy live bands at the FREE Outdoor Stage! This year's entertainment stage is bigger and better than ever, with popular local bands like The New Souls, Younger Than Yesterday, and The Soul Shakers. Enjoy the sunshine, drinks, and all in a family-friendly environment.

When: August 9th-11th, entertainment starting at 2pm daily
Where: Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Price: Free
Learn more.

3. Star Gazing at Fort Rodd hill

Escape the city lights and enjoy the stars from within the walls of Fort Rodd Hill. Join Parks Canada staff and local experts from the Royal Astronomical Society for a night of astronomy and galaxy exploration. Peak through large telescopes and witness this year’s Perseid Meteor Shower. Take part in special presentations, participate in hands-on activities and join a night photography tutorial.

When: Friday August 9th at 8pm
Where: Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
Price: $3.90 Adults | $3.40 Seniors | Free 17 & Under
You can also make it an overnight stay for extra fees!
Learn more.

4. Victoria's Largest Little Airshow

Pilots from all over BC and the US will be entertaining you with their scale models, WW1 and WW2 aircrafts, aerobatics and even turbine jets! If you can tear your eyes away from the flying you can also enjoy huge static displays, kids activities, concession, and raffles. Bring your lawn chairs! 

When: Saturday & Sunday August 10th-11th from 10am-4:30pm
Where: Michell Airpark, Saanich
Price: Free / By Donation
Learn more.

5. Cadboro Bay Festival

Enjoy an afternoon at the picturesque Gyro Park with a variety of hands-on activities, bouncy castles, live music, arts and craft stations, food, and fun for the entire family. You can watch world-class sand sculptors create giant works of art using just sand, water and a whole lot of creativity!

When: Sunday August 11th from 11am-3pm
Where: Cadboro Bay Beach & Gyro Park
Price: Free
Learn more.

6. Fireworks at Butchart Gardens

Every Saturday throughout the month you can experience a jaw-dropping firework show in the renowned Butchart Gardens. Fireworks begin at dusk but arrive early to lay down a blanket in the viewing area and then walk through the beautiful gardens. There's live music on the lawn, carousel rides, and lots of tasty treats to keep everyone happy. 

When: Every Saturday in August
Where: Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay
Price: Adults $33.10 | Youth (13-17) $16.55 | Child (5-12) $3 | Under 5 Free
Learn more.

7. Free Outdoor Movies

While July brought quite the line up, there's still plenty more to look forward to. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your blankets, and watch a film under the stars.

At Beacon Hill Park presented by FREE-B Festival:

Fri August 9                Legally Blonde
Sat August 10             Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Sat August 17             Jurassic Park
Fri August 23              Mrs. Doubtfire
Sat August 24             Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

At Bullen Park, presented by Esquimalt Parks & Rec:

Wed August 7             How to Train Your Dragon 3
Wed August 21           Aquaman

8. Outdoor Markets 

The wonderful atmosphere of outdoor markets, does it get much better? Find a unique gift, a new piece of jewellery, or maybe just snack on some mini donuts while you wander the street.

Night Markets:

Wednesdays             Oak Bay Night Market (4pm-8pm)
Wednesdays             Oaklands Sunset Market (4:30pm-8:30pm)
Thursdays                 Esquimalt Summer Market (4:30pm-7:30pm)
Thursdays                 Sidney Street Market (5:30pm-8:30pm)
Fridays                      Ship Point Market (6pm-10:30pm)

Farmers Markets

Saturdays                  Peninsula Country Market (9am-1pm)
Saturdays                  James Bay Community Market (9am-3pm)
Saturdays                  Goldstream Farmers Market (10am-2pm)
Saturdays                  Moss Street Market (10am-2pm)

9. Live Outdoor Concerts

The wonderful atmosphere of outdoor markets, does it get much better? Find a unique gift, a new piece of jewelry, or maybe just snack on some mini donuts while you wander the street.

Fridays                       The Breakwater Barge (5pm-9pm)
Tuesdays                    Free Folk Evening Series at Beacon Hill Park (6pm-8pm)
Fri-Mondays               Free Afternoon Concerts in Beacon Hill Park (1:30pm-3:20pm)

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Comments (1)

July 18, 2018, 4:11 p.m. Flag

Wow! What a great list for August. I'll need to take the full month off work to attend all this awesomeness!


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