What’s Happening in Victoria

Recently seen around town  (unless otherwise noted, photos are by Kim Zinke, and can be reused under CC license NC-SA 2.0)


Inspiration and what’s happening

There’s no excuse to be bored around here!  Here’s my collection of go-to places for inspiration and to find out what’s happening around Victoria.

Sort the list by clicking in the heading, or enter in a search term to filter out by: activities, attractions, events, food & beverage, mass media, official sites, social media.
Official sitesCapital Regional DistrictThe CRD delivers services for neighouring communities of Victoria.
ActivitiesChatterblockList of local camps and classes.
EventsChatterblockLocal family events.
Mass mediaCHEK TVLocally owned and produced news.
Official sitesCity of VictoriaInformation about the city, services, and programs.
EventsCity of VictoriaCity Vibe is a free guide to City-sponsored festivals and outdoor events downtown. Available online and iPhone app. (Great resource wish they kept updated year-round)
ActivitiesContinued LearningContinued learning guides list courses, ranging from an evening to a couple of months, from Camosun College, Royal Roads University, University of Victoria.
Mass mediaCTV Vancouver IslandCTV affiliate and local news and stories. Click on “news” to find out what’s going on in Victoria and the island.
Mass mediaCVV MagazineAn exclusively online magazine showcasing arts, culture, and entertainment. You’ll find multimedia coverage of everything from local theatre to food to fashion… and everything in between.
ActivitiesCVV MagazineEven though this article "150 things to do in Victoria" was written in 2012, most of the activities listed are still current.
Official sitesDowntown Victoria Business AssociationA wealth of information about happenings in the downtown area. There’s an events calendar, self-guided walking tours, public market listing, cruise ship schedules, social hubs, and much, much more.
EventsDowntown Victoria Business AssociationA listing of events happening in the downtown area.
Social mediaFacebook Interest ListHello Victoria! is my collection of favourite local pages. If you subscribe to the list, it will add it as a link to your Facebook interests section.
EventsGreater Victoria Bed & BreakfastsThe events calendar lists festivals, concerts and theatre, exhibitions, sporting events, country fairs, community events and more.
EventsHarbour LivingDedicated to promoting events, groups, and organizations that work hard to make Vancouver Island the very special place that it is. You can also look up movie listings, free stuff to do, and activities in other areas of the island.
EventsMass MediaEvent listings posted in the Times Colonist, Victoria News.
ActivitiesMeetupSearch for groups of your neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something.
Mass mediaMonday MagazineA social voice in Victoria’s political and cultural communities, and provides the capital city with captivating features, energetic covers and must-read stories.
AttractionsMunicipalitiesPark & trail information and guides provided by CRD, Esquimalt, Victoria, West Shore.
AttractionsMunicipalitiesList of indoor & outdoor recreation centres provided by CRD, Esquimalt, Victoria, West Shore.
EventsMunicipalitiesEvent listings from CRD, Esquimalt (+ special events), Victoria.
ActivitiesMunicipalitiesSeasonal activity guides list courses, ranging from an evening to a couple of months, for Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, West Shore.
Official sitesMunicipalitiesInformation about the services and programs for Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Metchosin, Oak Bay, Saanich, Sidney, Sooke, View Royal.
EventsPlay in VictoriaProvides community groups and organizations an alternative platform in which to communicate, market, and promote their events, fundraisers, news, and general items of interest. Besides events, you can also look-up concert and theatre listings.
Food & BeverageStreet Food AppFind out hours & where your favourite food truck is today. Or search for the closest truck to you. View online or download the app.
Mass mediaTimes ColonistThis newspaper’s blend of local news and informed commentary make it a must-read for Victorians who want to know what is happening in the capital and on Vancouver Island. Look for the Thursday issue for in-depth arts & entertainment profiles and upcoming events.
EventsTourism VictoriaA list of events and festivals in the area.
AttractionsTourism VictoriaA list of popular attractions, parks & gardens, and things to do in the area.
Official sitesTourism VictoriaFind hotels, restaurants, things to do, local events, and travel information.
AttractionsTripAdvisorFind out what your peers rate as the top things to do in Victoria. The scenic marine route is my favourite!
Food & BeverageUrbanSpoonPeer reviewed restaurant listings. Find your restaurant by cuisine, neighbourhood, or price. View online or download the app.
EventsVictoria BuzzEvents happening in the Greater Victoria area.
Mass mediaVictoria NewsA community newspaper covering city news, community events, and issues. Links to neighbouring community newspapers (Oak Bay, Saanich, Sidney) are near the top of the page.
ActivitiesVolunteer VictoriaConnecting volunteers and community agencies. You can search for volunteer opportunities.
EventsWebVictoriaA list of local movie theatres. For movies playing, click on what’s playing where.
Mass mediaWebVictoriaList of all local radio stations


Where do you go to find out what’s happening?  Tell me about them in the comments below.