Monday Magazine’s annual Summer Guide

Take a weekend away - what's on Up Island

Nanaimo

From rare haute couture to daily-wear, fashions from the 1940s-50s will be featured in the Nanaimo Museum’s summer exhibit. The exhibit presents 25 garments that reflect how WWII changed society. Rationing to Ravishing: The Transformation of Women’s Fashions in the 40s & 50s is on to Aug 23. The museum is open daily, 10am-5pm. nanaimomuseum.ca

Vancouver

Enjoy some world-class literature while working on your Vancouver tan at Bard on the Beach (June 4 to Sept. 26). This year, presentations at the annual Shakespeare Festival include Comedy of Erros and King Lear on the main stage, and Love’s Labour’s Lost and Shakespeare’s Rebel on the Howard Family Stage. bardonthebeach.org.

Qualicum beach

The Seaside Cruizers Father’s Day Show ‘n’ Shine is back in Qualicum Beach (June 21). Mentioned by Oprah as one of the 10 best things to do on Father’s Day, this free event is celebrating its 22nd anniversary and features more than 600 cars, live music, dancing and a pancake breakfast. seasidecruizers.com.

Qualicum bay

The Mid-Island Bluegrass Society presents the third-annual Lighthouse Bluegrass Festival in Qualicum Bay (June 26 to 28). This event features multiple instrument-specific workshops, and most performers are British Columbians. lighthousebluegrass.com.

Vancouver

If you’re looking to explore a new culture then check out Indian Summer Festival (July 9 to 19) in Vancouver, showcasing South Asian music, dance, food and films. The event is put together by a non-profit organization to inspire dialogue and showcase riveting performances. indiansummerfest.ca

Nanaimo

If it’s competition you crave, look no further than the 13th annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival (July 10 to 12). This event also raises money for the fight against cancer. More than 30,000 spectators flock to Nanaimo’s waterfront to watch teams from across North America race. nanaimodragonboat.com

Comox valley

Big-name acts like Kris Kristofferson and Walk Off the Earth make their way to the Comox Valley for the Vancouver Island MusicFest (July 10 to 12). islandmusicfest.com

Nanaimo

This year’s Salt Spring Island Lavender Festival (July 12) comes with an Italian theme and includes many dancers and singers along with workshops and demonstrations. There’s even lavender gelato. sacredmountainlavender.com

Parksville

World Champion sculptors gather for the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition at Parksville beach (July 10-Aug. 16). Sculptors have 24 hours over three days to construct their design from sand and water. Fireworks and kid’s competition included. parksvillebeachfest.ca

Ucluelet

The small town of Ucluelet explodes during Ukee Days (July 24-26), featuring logging sports, beer gardens and live entertainment. ukeedays.wordpress.com.

Duncan

Join music lovers from all over in the 31st Islands Folk Festival celebration of music, featuring all the best elements of a homegrown folk festival. The main festival site will be open to the public at 3pm on July 24. 2015 festival performers include Fred Eaglesmith, Shari Ulrich, Dustin Bentall and more. Produced by the Cowichan Folk Guild and hosted by Providence Farm, just outside Duncan. islandsfolkfestival.ca

Nanaimo

The famous World Champion Bathtub Race is back in Nanaimo (July 23 to 26). The Marine Festival starts on July 23 and concludes with the race. Those interested in competing are still able to register on their website, bathtubbing.com.

Nanaimo

Another great outdoor festival is the Coombs Bluegrass Festival (July 31 to Aug. 2). Newcomers can find out what bluegrass is all about, while avid fans and musicians can take part in various workshops. chrco.org

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

International, Disney and Hallmark films set to be filmed in Victoria in 2019

Local and international production companies working out film locations in town

MATHIEU POIRIER: Exciting changes in store for Great Canadian Beer Fest

Annual celebration of craft beer expands to include more breweries from around the country

BEHIND BARS: Tag team ‘tenders driving the Barts’ bar

Matt Chaffe and Curtis Kidd keep locals and tourists cool during the summer season downtown

Roller skating fever taking over Greater Victoria

Roller Skate Victoria offers workshops, summer camps and more

Learn about a life of luxury at Victoria’s historic Point Ellice House

New political exhibit part of grand reopening at the House this weekend, July 20-21

WATCH: Hot rods flock to Victoria for Northwest Deuce Days

RECAP: Crowds roll out for four-day festival

Local drag artists take over Caffe Fantastico every month

Novice and experienced performers alike take to the stage for an accessible, all-ages show

Esquimalt Ribfest in need of volunteers for September weekend

The three-day celebration of barbecue, music and more happens Sept. 6 to 8

Fashionable ode to the sea goes Friday at Fort Common

Local sustainable fashion retailers to strut their latest as part of ocean conservation fundraiser

Brentwood Bay brings $5 concerts every Wednesday evening

Variety of music on offer: picnics, good vibes and family friendly

Schitt’s Creek and its stars among Canadians with Emmy nominations

Co-creator Eugene Levy thought they had chance for one nomination, ‘then they kept rolling in’

Most Read