August 7 – 11 – Doe Bay Fest
Generally speaking, the Doe Bay Resort and Retreat is a quiet and tranquil place. But once a year, this picturesque destination explodes with creative energy in what is known as Doe Bay Fest. This five-day festival features an extensive line-up of musicians, local cuisine and activities. (View the full musician lineup here.)
August 8 – 23 – Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
With performances scheduled on both Lopez Island and Orcas Island, the seventeenth annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival includes an impressive lineup of musicians. Eleven different performances will feature more than 15 musicians. (more…)
August 9 – 27 – Arts & Music in the Gardens 2014
Since 1979, the Horticulture Center of the Pacific’s spectacular gardens have showcased thousands of plants and landscaping techniques. During their annual fundraiser, Arts & Music in the Gardens, this creative hub bursts with energy as artists, musicians and vintage car owners gather throughout the grounds to show off their best stuff. Over 60 different artists – including some of Victoria’s emerging talent – will display their art. Victoria’s finest musicians will be performing live. And back by popular demand, vintage car owners will be showing some of their beautiful automobiles on the Lower Field.
August 15 – 17 – 20th Annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
For the last 20 years, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival has brought the Victoria community together for a healthy dose of competition. This annual festival features exciting dragon boat races right in Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour. But, competition isn’t the only star. Traditional ceremonies, such as the Eye Dotting Ceremony give insight into the rich history of this sport; tastes from around the world can be found at the Forbidden City Food Court; and a beer garden provides the perfect spot to relax, unwind and celebrate. (more…)
August 8 & 9 – Seattle Street Food Festival
Nosh away at the Seattle Street Food Festival where some of Seattle’s best restaurant and food truck chefs will be throwing down. Over 100 vendors are scheduled to be dishing up their cuisine, ensuring there’s something for everyone. Additionally, there will be a beer garden and live music.
August 11 – 13 – Mariners vs. Blue Jays at Safeco Field
We know the Blue Jay love runs strong north of the border. What better way to catch your Blue Jays live than at a Blue Jays vs. Mariners game in Seattle. It doesn’t get much closer than that for those living in Victoria and Nanaimo! As an added bonus, Kenmore Air passengers can enjoy a 10% discount when traveling from or to any Kenmore Air terminal by UBER with the promo code: KENMOREAIR10 (more…)
July 26 – 27 – Summer Breeze Arts Tour
Gabriola Island is an artist hub where creativity and collaboration abound. During the Summer Breeze Arts Tour, enjoy a self-guided excursion through the working studios and galleries of the island’s professional artists and artisans.
August 7 – 28 – Summertime Music Series
Each Thursday throughout the month of August, Discover Downtown Nanaimo invites you to enjoy lunch and live music at the Summertime Music Series. Held in Lois Lane, just down the China Steps, these free, outdoor concerts are a fun, family-friendly affair. They feature a variety of artists including: Mark Crissinger and Alex Hicks. (more…)
Clad in pirate gear, Frank Ney raised his sword and launched Nanaimo’s first bathtub race. The year was 1967. The vessels were bathtubs strapped to pontoons and powered by engines hooked, sometimes precariously, to the back.
Why in the world would Ney, Nanaimo’s mayor at the time, think up such an event?
It was to celebrate Canada’s centennial birthday. The event was (and still is) in keeping with the city’s fun loving and quirky atmosphere. It highlights their harbour. It gets folks attention. And, it encourages dressing like a pirate – something Ney was very fond of doing.
Thus, the International World Championship Bathtub Race was born. (more…)