Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. So get ready to end the season with a bang at the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival!
From August 30th to September 3rd — yes, that’s five whole days! — there’s no other place you’ll want to be.
There’s a lot more to this event than you might think, and the Downtown Victoria Business Association wants to make sure you have all the deets for a great time.
So grab a lawn chair, sit back and relax, and check out 10 things to know about your next highlight of the summer!
1. Talent from around the world
There will be acts not only from across Canada, but from the US, England, and even as far as Australia, like JP Koala!
You’ll have the chance to go on a world tour right from the comfort of our gorgeous downtown.
2. Three different venues
Check out acts in Bastion Square, Centennial Square, and Market Square this year. Different views, performers, and seating areas will meet any and all of your needs.
Each location offers a unique experience, so be sure to check them all out! Why not try out a new spot each day?
Centennial Square will have two stages, and all locations are accessible. Make sure to check out the schedule here.
3. Great for all ages
The Buskers Festival is a perfect outing for every member of the family, from kids to grandparents, and even your furry friends!
4. World famous performers
This year’s line-up is guaranteed to impress.
Mat Ricardo has been perfecting his unique routine during his 30 plus years as a performer, and is ready to give you a show you will never forget.
And Mr F is an award-winning performer from France. As a Cirque du Soleil artist, he’s bound to bring fun, excitement, and energy to the stage.
These acts and many more will make you never want to leave your seats (except during a standing ovation, of course!).
5. Environmentally friendly
In 2017, the DVBF promised to keep their event carbon neutral, and they delivered! This year they’re highlighting sustainability again and will continue to keep this festival green.
Created by Synergy, the DVBA is offering a free Green Guide to help events like this one stay environmentally friendly.
Low impact, big entertainment — what could be better?
6. Washrooms and water refill stations
Not ready to leave just yet, but in need of a pit stop? Don’t worry!
Each venue is equipped with public washrooms and there will be water refill stations located in Market and Centennial squares — just make sure to bring your own bottle!
7. Tasty treats
If you’re watching shows at the main stage in Centennial Square, be sure to stop by the local food vendors right on site.
With food trucks, washrooms, and water stations, you’ll be set to stay all day.
8. Artisan market in Bastion Square
There are lots of reasons why Bastion Square is an awesome place for the Buskers Festival. Not only are there gorgeous views and built-in seating, but there’s an artisan market you can check out between shows.
The market is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and features arts, crafts, jewelry, and much more!
9. Volunteer opportunities
In need of volunteer hours, or just want to get more in touch with your community?
There are lots of different volunteer positions available for this event. You can work as a festival guide, as part of the green team, or in a variety of other roles.
Enjoy the acts and help the festival run smoothly, all at the same time!
10. Kid-friendly activities in Market Square
While the festival itself is great for kids and adults alike, Market Square is the place to be with your little ones. During the festival, there will be hula hoops, bubbles, and face painting by donation.
Check out DVBF’s Facebook page and website for more information, along with previews of the acts. This event is always a hit, and with collaboration from the DVBA and key sponsors, Tourism Victoria, the City of Victoria, and the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria, this year is no exception.
Hope to see you out there for a fantastic five days of fun!
- When: August 30th – September 3rd
- Centennial Square – This is the main hub of the event where the main stage is located and a stage on the grass area along Douglas Street plus a variety of food vendors. Please bring your own chairs or blankets for seating.
- Market Square – This breathtaking, heritage site will feature a kid-friendly area with face painting by donation, hula hoops and bubbles.
- Bastion Square – With an artisan market, one of the most breath-taking backdrops around and built in seating this is a must see location!
- Admission: FREE!