Take part in Canada Day celebrations, stroll the Butchart Gardens and bring a blanket to catch the fireworks show, celebrate Pride, and watch movies under the stars! There is tons to do this month in Victoria. Here are our top picks for all family events in July!
Celebrate Canada Day with the arts as part of the annual Gorge Canada Day Picnic! Meet artists and watch them work in a range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry and textiles. Take in free musical entertainment plus food and refreshments available for purchase. Make a day of it!
Where: Gorge Waterway
When: July 1, 9am to 4pm
Celebrate our country Monday, July 1 for a Canada Day celebration featuring local musical performances, multi-cultural programming, food, and activities, including the Coast Capital Savings Living Flag on the lawns of the BC Legislature.
Where: BC Legislature
When: July 1
June 29 to August 31, see a live performance from the outdoor stage on the Concert Lawn. Nestled amidst lush trees, the stage plays host to a variety of performers, from talented bands to ballet and more. All the entertainment is included with admission to The Gardens.
Where: Butchart Gardens
When: Open Daily
Grab your shades, sunhats, cowboy hats, and the whole family! Memorial Park Music Fest is back - 7 glorious summer evenings in Esquimalt for free live outdoor music performances Tuesday nights June 18-July 30 in historic Memorial Park. This year, they'll create more amazing memories with their incredible lineup of old favourites and new performers.
Where: Esquimalt Recreation
When: Tuesdays, July 2 to 30
This year’s Downtown Buskers Festival is taking place July 3 – 7, 2019. The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival (DVBF) is a FREE five-day family-friendly community festival that showcases quirky and unique street talent from around the world.
Where: Downtown Victoria
When: Wed-Sun, July 3 from 9am to 7pm
Play in the Park and have dinner on Thursday, July 4th at Centennial Park from 5:30-8:30pm. Sidney and Peninsula Kiwanis Club are providing a BBQ by donation.
Where: Centennial Park
When: July 4 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
7. Oaklands Sunset Market - Weekly outdoor market starting July 3
8. Picot Night Market in Fernwood Square - Food trucks, drinks, and kids activities
9. Esquimalt Farmers Market - Winner of "Best Market in BC" two years in a row
10. Sidney Street Market - Over 150 local vendors
11. Ship Point Market - Local finds in Victoria's inner harbour
12. Oak Bay Night Market - Each market also offers local music, a magician, face painting and balloon animals
13. Moss Street Market - Perfect place for local and organic produce and foods, handmade crafts, and more
14. James Bay Community Market - Live local music by some of the area’s most talented musicians will entertain you throughout the day
Victoria's favourite floating music venue is opening for another season of good times, good tunes, good food and good drinks every Friday night of the summer, until end of September.
The Barge opens at 5PM with music from 6PM to 9PM and closes at 9:30PM. All ages are welcome! There are food trucks, local beer, cider & wine as well as local bands.
Where: Ogden Point
When: Friday, June 21
Watch over 100 colourful groups & floats, or march yourself with local businesses, non-profits, the LGBTQ2* community & their allies in Victoria’s biggest parade of the year.
The parade has an 11am start time this year at Government Street & Pandora, then follows Government, right onto Bellville, ending at MacDonald Park where the Pride Festival kicks off!
Festival opening ceremony starts at 12:30pm, and the festival brings to its community over 150 vendors, main stage performers, kid, child and teen catered fun, and the always-popular beer garden antics.
Where: MacDonald Park
When: July 7, 11am to 6pm
Check out our blog put together by the local ChatterBlock staff that showcases all of the outdoor movies this summer. There are lots on the list for July! Grab some popcorn and a blanket and catch your favourite blockbusters under the stars.
Various times and locations around the city
Vegtoria Veg Fest returns to Victoria this summer as B.C.'s largest outdoor veg fest. This is their third annual event and they are looking forward to bringing you even more vegan food, vendors, speakers and entertainment! More details will be released about this years event as it gets closer.
Where: Centennial Square
When: July 20 from 11am to 6pm
Cheer on your local baseball team and grab some mini donuts or pizza! The HarbourCats have a ton of games coming up in July at Wilson's Group Stadium and Royal Athletic Park.
Where: Wilson's Group Stadium and Royal Athletic Park
When: July 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 20, 21, 28, 30, 31
We hope you find some fun family activities to experience with your loved ones here in Victoria during the month of July. For more events and activities please visit our complete list and check out what's happening on any day or month coming up!
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