Damian Graham, here playing drums at Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub, opens the Oak Bay Arts and Culture Days with a free concert Aug. 8 with his trio at Willows Beach Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

August is all about the arts in Oak Bay

Arts and Culture Days presents three weeks of visual, musical and cultural entertainment

Looking for entertaining activity in Oak Bay during the month of August?

It’s not hard to find, as Oak Bay Arts and Culture Days is showcasing the vibrant, diverse culture within the community.

The three-week celebration kicks off Aug. 8 with a free concert at Willows Beach Park featuring the Damian Graham Trio. This family friendly evening will also feature StoryWalks, face painting and everybody’s favourite, free cake!

If you’re looking for a thought-provoking event, the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria brings travelling exhibition I’ve Not Always Been Canadian to the foyer of the municipal hall from Aug. 12-30. Reflecting on the evolving nature of Canadian identity, this exhibition weaves personal stories and photo journalism to facilitate a greater understanding of the nation’s cultural, ethnic and religious diversity.

While all events are free of charge, some do require advance registration, such as Storytime is a … Drag! Presented in partnership with Staches and Lashes Collective, Victoria’s favourite Drag Queens and Kings will take over the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library on Monterey Avenue on Aug. 17 for a sparkly afternoon of storytelling, song, crafts and games – perfect for kids aged 5-8.

Whether it’s beachside concerts, community dances, photography exhibitions – the Bowker Creek Brush Up Art Show and Sale on Aug. 11 is included – or outdoor movies, there’s something for everyone. A full list of all programming and events can be found at oakbay.ca/parks-recreation.

– Rae Porter, Monday contributor

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