Celebrate 150 years with the City of Victoria

The city is hosting tons of fun activities to mark its 150th anniversary

• History2Life Family Festival, July 29

 

Go back in history with a time-travel scavenger hunt. Take in historical vignettes by the Pioneer Players, and meet roving characters in a performance troupe called History2Life. Hear music, dance and other stories with a focus on the city’s past.

The festival takes place at Centennial Square between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit www.    victoria.ca/history2life.

• Public ceremony and  community celebration, Aug. 2

From 11 a.m. to noon, come to Centennial Square for a ceremony led by Mayor Dean Fortin and other special guests. Canada Post’s Victoria 150 commemorative envelope will be unveiled.

Immediately following is free cake and refreshments, plus costumed performers. Record a message for the digital time capsule, or add an archival photo to the “living wall.”

Other activities include tours of city hall, kids games, live music and interactive displays. www.victoria.ca/150forward.

• City United! Anniversary celebration and concert, Aug. 6

The City of Victoria is teaming up with the United Way to host a celebration and concert on B.C. Day.

From noon to 6 p.m., go to St. Ann’s Academy for crafts, face-painting, a cooking demonstration, chapel tours and a mystery carnival attraction. Food vendors and bicycle valet parking are available. www.   victoria.ca/cityunited.

Then, starting at 7 p.m. Juno-award winner Digging Roots perform at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. Jon and Roy open the show.