Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and that means the City of Victoria will be presenting 11 days of events leading up to and including Canada Day on July 1.
There will be more than 100 free performances across two stages at Victoria’s Inner Harbour, complete with family-friendly activities, multicultural performances and local food vendors. And don’t forget about the spectacular evening fireworks to cap off Canada Day!
The festivities will kick off on National Aboriginal Day (June 21) with Ship Point playing host to many of the activities leading up to July 1. The all-ages venue will also feature craft beer and cider service for the adults, before switching to a craft soda station for the family on Canada Day.
Headlining this year’s main stage on the Legislature Lawn will be Tegan and Sara on Friday, June 30 and the Arkells on Saturday, July 1. Additional performers will include The Funk Hunters, Delhi 2 Dublin, En Karma, Carmanah, De Temps Antan, Dirty Mountain, Stella Swanson and the Rosie Joyfuls, Valdy & The Salt Spring Children’s Choir, among others.
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The two-day main stage performances will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Friday) and 3 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. (Saturday). Then fireworks will light up the night sky above Victoria’s Inner Harbour at 10:20 p.m., accompanied by music compiled by DJ Boitano.
Don’t forget to take part in the Living Flag on the Leg lawn at 2 p.m. with 4,000 free red and white T-shirts available to the public. Organizers hope to attract up to 5,000 participants for this years’ photo.
Other highlights include a family fun zone and Flavour of Canada international food village.
The Federal Government provided $400,000 to the City of Victoria, in partnership with the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee, through its Canada 150 Fund to host official events on July 1.