This month brings about several much anticipated festivals, meaning there will be no shortage of September things to do in Victoria. Spend a day enjoying the sparkling waters of the Inner Harbour while checking out classic boats or admiring creative chalk drawings. Likewise, you have the opportunity to sample delicious food and beverages during fairs or wine and beer festivals. However you choose to spend the last days of your summer, both your calendar and stomach are sure to be full.
Sample Some of Victoria’s Finest Libations
Taste some of the best hops in town as well as the best grapes from all over the world at two unique festivals. On September 11 and 12 is the Great Canadian Beer Festival, featuring 62 different brewers and even more unique beers to try. In case you get hungry, the festival will also have several different food trucks with pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, Caribbean food, perogies and Filipino food. Then, toward the end of the month, on September 25 and 26 you can sample fine wines at the Victoria Wine Festival. In addition tasting wines from about 100 different wineries, you can attended seminars to learn about wines from different regions like Spain, Australia, California or learn how to quickly pair wine with food.
Take in the Stylings of Local Artists
In addition to the culinary arts, you can also enjoy the performing and visual arts this September. The Vancouver Island Blues Bash will be music to your ears if you enjoy everything from classic jazz to groovy and rocking blues. Plus, the free performances on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons (the festival is September 5-7) are sure to have you dancing in the streets. However, if you prefer to have a larger variety of genres to listen to, check Rifflandia while the festival “takes over” the town with multiple staging featuring a mix of local and international artists. Make sure you don’t miss the BreakOut West Festival, which allows a few lucky Western Canadian musicians will also get to show off their talents, you never know, you may be listening to the next big thing.
As you venture around the city, plan on passing through Victoria’s downtown to view the incredible drawings from local and world famous artists gracing the streets during the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival. For a truly breathtaking experience, head over to the special 3D chalk painting area by the Bay Centre to see amazing images that pop right out of the sidewalk and seem real enough to touch. Likewise, stop by the outdoor stage found at the intersection of Government and View Street to watch First Nation singers, dancers and drummers will be performing traditional songs and dances.
Soak Up Summer While Preparing for Fall
Take advantage of the last few weeks of sunny summer days by spending time on the water during the Victoria Classic Boat Festival, the three-day festival draws in over a hundred boaters and boats from all over the world. Here you can admire everything from yachts, to workboats, to classic wooden boats, taste incredible food, listen to live music and entertainment, discover more about the vessels in the festival through demonstrations and displays. As part of this celebration of the Northwest’s maritime culture you will also have the opportunity to watch the sail boats and schooners go head-to-head as they race around the Inner Harbour to see who can complete the course the fastest.
However, just because summer is over does not mean the fun has to end. Get ready for fall with the the Saanich Fair where there is a variety of entertainment to be had. Check out all kinds of furry friends, such as llamas, alpacas, draft horses, donkeys, mules, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens as well as arts and crafts projects. Fill up on tasty fair food or just watch other people indulge themselves during pie, watermelon, cupcake and ice creaming eating contests or enjoy live entertainment with musical performances by Jesse Roper and the Honeymoon Suite or local dance troupes. Or, get in the Halloween spirit with an after-dark guided Lantern Tour at Fort Rod Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse. You will get to experience what life was like from 1897-1956 at the Fort as you watch costumed re-enactors go about daily activities around the garrison and explore the historical buildings. This is the perfect way to spend a Saturday evening doing something different with your friends or family and learn a little more about Victoria’s history.
Looking for more fall fun, such as apple picking, pumpkin carving or hay mazes? Or do you want to scare yourself a little with more spooky or nighttime activities to help celebrate Halloween? Check back in for more ideas on how to get the most out of your fall.