Victoria Spring Getaways

March 7 – 15 – Victoria Beer Week
Whether you’re a beer geek or a beer newbie, Victoria Beer Week will fill your hop longings. With multiple beer-related events, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of craft brews, speak with brewers and ask industry experts questions. Plus, check out the pairing dinners to explore the full range of beer’s potential.

 

March 9 – 22 – Belfry SPARK Festival
For the seventh year, Belfry’s yearly SPARK Festival is attracting internationally renowned shows. Many of these fantastic presentations have been or currently are on tour. While many of the shows are ticketed, the festival also features a collection of free events, including readings and open Q&As.

 

March 13 – April 11 – Victoria Film Festival
This annual independent film festival is known for attracting high quality films. Each year it’s showings feature a wide range of ideas and lifestyles.

 

March 19 – 22 – Kizomba & Semba Festival
DJ Vasco from Paris and Joelle from Quebec are combining forces for a multi-day dance festival extravaganza.  (more…)

Seattle Spring Getaways

March 1 – 31 – Dine Around Seattle
Eat your local heart out. Dine Around Seattle is Seattle’s biannual dining promotion offering great deals at local, independent restaurants. Each participating restaurant will feature 3-course prix-fixe menus including an appetizer, entree and dessert.

 

March 15 – St. Patrick’s Day Dash
There’s a little Irish in everyone at the St. Patrick’s Day Dash. For the 31st year, this family friendly event invites you to run, walk, jog or crawl. Costumes are highly recommended. (Yes, there is a costume contest.) Plus, several of the local pubs will be showing off their Irish pride with green decorations, Irish food and beer.

 

March 21 & 22 – VegFest
Calling all veggies lovers. This vegetarian food festival will feature a large selection of free food samples, cooking demonstrations, talks from nutrition experts and free health checks.  (more…)

Nanaimo, Tofino & Ucluelet Spring Getaways

Nanaimo BC Skyline

March 1 – April 19 – The Upper Island Music Festival
Founded in 1927, this yearly festival attracts over 2,000 entries, primarily from within the Nanaimo area. Performances range from piano and brass to strings, vocal and dramatic art and dance.

 

March 14 – 22 – ArtSplash!
In conjunction with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, ArtSplash! Features a large collection of work from emerging and established artists. The mediums and sizes of pieces will vary. All art will be on display at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.
 

March 14 – 27 – Pacific Rim Whale Festival
Throughout the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet and around the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, it’s an all-out celebration of life on the coast! This annual festival features grey whales and marine life education, inspirational talks and interpretive walks, children’s fun for the small and culinary events for the tall, First Nations cultural workshops and more – come and experience a coastal tradition!  (more…)

Victoria Beer Week 2015

Food-and-beer pairings in Seattle

9 days of micro-brew goodness kicks off tomorrow in Victoria, BC.

 

March 7 – 14, Victoria Beer Week will showcase a wide array of BC craft breweries. With a focus on education, this unique multi-day event will include seminars, tastings and educational movies.  (more…)

2015 Pacific Rim Whale Festival

March 14 – 22, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival marks the arrival of spring and the much-anticipated grey whale migration.

Grey Whale

As winter thaws in the Northern Hemisphere, the water’s frigid temperatures mellow. For Vancouver Island surfers, it’s a manageable cold. For the more than 20,000 grey whales that are migrating from Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, it’s a refreshing spring bath.

The whales’ arrival is marked each year by a weeklong festival known as the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. In it’s 29th year, this multi-day extravaganza features a wide variety of events that revolve around eating, drinking and learning. Folks, this is a party.

Originally, the festival was started by a group of concerned citizens. It was designed to raise awareness about the eco-system and protect the (then endangered) grey whale population.

Today, the focus on education remains. But, the festival also celebrates the revitalized grey whale population that thankfully no longer faces a rather imminent threat of extinction.

Discover what’s happening at the festival:  (more…)