Victoria, BC’s Arts, Events and entertainment listings Aug. 23 – 29

Listings for music, galleries, words, events and more.

Xome is returning to the 10th annual Victoria Festival of Noise Fri., Aug. 24 at Open Space.


Thurs. Aug 23

Blood and Guts – They’ve got pointy teeth and sharp claws, and they don’t eat tofu. Join CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists to learn more about animals that make their living by eating meat. See live raptor demonstrations. All-ages drop-in at the tents at Beaver Beach. 11am-2pm at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Free. 250-478-3344.

Poly 101 – Learn about a lifestyle that could be right for you. 7pm at Camas Books and Infoshop at (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Fri. Aug. 24

Family Forest Tea Party – Bring the whole family for a tea party in the woods. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for an interpretive tea tasting featuring some of our local plants. A short guided walk to see some of the plants growing in their native habitat will precede the tea–sampling. 1-3pm at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). $7+HST/person or $10+HST/family: pre-registration required. 250-478-3344.

SAT. Aug. 25

103rd Cobble Hill Fair – Hop up-Island for the old-fashioned country fair and exhibition that has delighted visitors with agricultural displays, livestock and family entertainment since 1909. Children’s games, hay bale toss, Blacksmith demonstrations, performers and more. 10am-4:30pm at 3550 Watson (Cobble Hill). $6 adults/$4 seniors and kids/under 12 free. 250-217-1491,

Victoria Dahlia Society – See the 66th Annual Flower Show. Enter flowers, learn about bulbs, buy cut flowers and more. (Also runs SUNDAY 11am-5pm). SATURDAY 9:30am-5:30pm at Westshore Town Centre (2945 Jacklin). Free. 250-592-8905,

We Believe – Join Victoria AM and Woodwynn Farms for a day of family fun, featuring entertainers Daniel Lapp, Ashbury West, Tanya Gillespie, wandering puppets and more. KD Cook-Off with celebrity chefs and judges. Free parking, but no alcohol, liquids, smoking or pets. 10am-6pm at Woodwynn Farms (7789 West Saanich). Tickets $10/$20 per family. 250-885-1511,

BEACON HILL B MOVIES -The Victoria Film Festival returns with their annual Free-B Film Fest in the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. This week: War Games, starring a youthful Mathew Broderick who hacks into a military computer and almost starts WWIII. SATURDAY, 9pm.

Sun. Aug. 26

Birding in Uplands Park – Join VNHS Birder Goeffre Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park in a bird walk from Cattle Point through Uplands Park. 8am at Cattle Point (Oak Bay) by first boat launch. Free. 250-595-8084.

Sunday Afternoon: 1862 – Join the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria for an afternoon of songs, dances and games from Victoria’s past. Food vendors will be on site, or bring a picnic lunch. Noon-5pm at Centennial Square. Free. 250-475-7123.

AFTERNOON CREAM TEA FUNDRAISER FOR INDIA – Enjoy an afternoon cream tea and life music at the Community House, with freshly baked scones, homemade jam and other treats. 1-4pm at Metchosin Community House (4430 Happy Valley). $12.

Mon. Aug. 27

MOVIE MONDAY – Screening Love That Boy. Here’s a quirky Canadian love story featuring a socially inept overachiever named Phoebe. The great Ellen Page has a supporting role. By donation. 6:30pm MONDAY in the 1900-block Fort. 595FLIC.

The Earth from Above: An Astronaut’s Perspective – Join astronaut Julie Payette for an all-ages special illustrated presentation that will feature images and video footage from Payette’s space flights, and a question-and-answer period. 7pm at UVic’s University Centre Farquhar Auditorium (Ring Road). Parking $2.25. Tickets free, but must be reserved by calling 250-721-8480.

Tues. Aug. 28

Greek Fest – Join more than 30,000 people to celebrate the food, music and heritage of the Mediterranean in the 11th-annual all-ages event, to Sept 3. Continuous live music and folk dancing. Proceeds go towards the Saanich Fire Department’s Hot Lunch Program for kids. 11am-10pm at Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). Free. 250-479-9391,

WED. Aug. 29

MAYFAIR MOVIES -Mayfair hosts its Drive-in Movie Series, projected onto a three-storey inflatable screen. This week: The Goonies. WEDNESDAY, 9:30 pm at the corner of Blanshard and Finlayson.




Thurs. Aug. 23

Victoria Fringe Festival – 11 days of comedy, drama, dance, spoken word, musicals and physical theatre at various venues around town. Full schedule at

Fri. Aug. 24

Scottish Ceilidh Dance- Learn jogs, reels and strathspeys as dancers lead you through easy Scottish country dances. 7;30pm at Dance Victoria Studios (2750 Quadra). By donation.

Singe Festival- Where’s My Flying Car?!, space-age spoken word monologue with Missie Peters (7pm) and The Life and Death of Dave Morris (9pm) at the Fort Cafe. $11/$20 double-header. Through Sept. 2.

Sat. Aug. 25

Noise Festival Sights -The 10th annual Noise Festival hosts a screening of Kick That Habit by Peter Liechti. With shorts. 2pm at Open Space (510 Fort). Free.




THURS. Aug. 23

Crashing Into Things – With Cock on a Mountain Top, White Lodge and Bruce Butcher. 9:30pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $6.

FRI. Aug. 24

Festival of Noise – With Xome, Citadel, Winters In Osaka, Rusalka, Chefkirk, Potier, EARS and Taskmaster. 8pm at Open Space. $15.

Freak Heat Waves -With The Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness and guests Lake Country. 10pm at The Castle Video Bar and Nightclub (1900 Douglas). $7.

SAT. Aug. 25

Victoria Summer Choir – Directed by Maestro Simon Leung. 7:30pm at Alix Goolden Hall. $20.

Maureen Washington – With Miles Black, Ross Taggart, Mike Allen, Chris Davis, Rod Murray, Ken Lister and Kelby MacNayr. 7:30pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club. $TBA.

Georgia Murray – Sweet singing sensation with violinist extremist Kytami at the Canoe Brewpub (451 Swift). $5 after 9pm.

Afternoon recitals – 4pm through July and August at Christ Church Cathedral (930 Burdett). By donation.

Abombanation – With Dangler, Last of the V8 Interceptors. 10pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $8.

Festival of Noise -With Sick Buildings, The Rita, GRKZGL, Quebec LePink, 13Hz, Mass Marriage, Cathartech and Sistrenatus. 8pm at Open Space(510 Fort). $15.

Sun. Aug. 26

The O’Brien’s – Enjoy the unmistakable harmonies of a family band as the O’Brien’s perform original songs along with some favourite covers. After open stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (111 Hillside). $5.

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