This summer has been absolutely gorgeous, so make sure to relish every last second of it and take advantage of all of the August things to do in Victoria. Escape the heat by checking out sporting events and festivals on the water, view fashion shows to get ideas on how to update your wardrobe for fall or soak in some arts and culture at fairs and farmers markets. Whether you are an adventurer, fashionista or a foodie, there are plenty of fun ways to wrap up your summer in Victoria.
Enjoy the End of Summer in Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Downtown Victoria
This month, there are an incredible number of festivals and events to experience and explore, especially around Victoria’s Inner Harbour. As a result, you will be able to simultaneously have fun, enjoy scenic views of sparkling water and stay cool. From August 14 through 16, you can watch about 100 dragon boat teams race each other on a 500m/1,640 ft. course, for free, during the 21st Annual Dragon Boat Festival. However, viewing the races themselves is not the only thing to do during the festival. On the first night there is an eye dotting ceremony, where eyes are painted on the dragon faces adorning the boats to “awaken the dragon” as well as a lantern lighting ceremony. Throughout the festival there will also be live music from a variety of genres and dancing ranging from traditional Esquimalt dances, to Chinese dances and to even belly dancers.
Near the end of the month, you can also catch the latest locally produced clothing designs at Victoria’s Fashion Splash, an outdoor fashion show. The show is accompanied by the Ship Point Night Market, which will be open from the evening of Friday, August 21 to afternoon of Sunday, August 23. The market will be full of handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories created by Victoria designers and will also feature live music and food trucks. This a great opportunity to stock up on fall fashions or discover out what will be “hot” in the coming year.
If you are looking for more things to do in downtown Victoria, make sure you do not miss the Snowbirds (the formation flying team of the Royal Canadian Air Force) while they are in town. They will be visiting the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney on August 11 to chat with guests and performing aerial displays over Clover Point on August 12 as a part of an free event for C.H.I.L.D.
Likewise, check out the 29th Annual Victoria Fringe Theatre. According to the festival website, Fringe features “an eclectic mixture of spoken word, drama, musicals, dance, comedy, magic, theatre for young audiences and more.” There are close to 50 fun and hilarious plays presented at 11 different venues downtown, so you are sure to find something that will tickle your funny bone.
Head Up to Oak Bay for More Fun in the Sun
To soak up more arts and culture, head east to Oak Bay for their inaugural Arts and Cultural Festival. The festival kicks off with a welcome ceremony performed by the Songhees First Nation and is full of other fun activities that are perfect for the whole family. Learn to eat (and perhaps cook) like a local on a heritage picnic or culinary arts tour and explore the arts on a summer gallery walk or at music and movie nights. Visitors to the festival can also partake in a tweed ride, a vintage car festival, Songhees Island cultural boat tours and the Oak Bay Village Night Market.