Here are some May events taking place in Victoria.
At the Inn
Open for Breakfast 7am – 11am
Coffee & Pastries 11am-11:30am
Happy Hour 2pm – 5pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Sunday Brunch (a La Carte) 11am-2pm
Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday May 14th 11am to 2pm
AURA Restaurant and Terrace Ballroom
Let Chef Ito and his team do the cooking this year, and treat mom to our fantastic Mother’s Day brunch buffet.
$62 Adults｜$31 kids aged 6-11｜Under 5 free
Plus tax and automatic gratuity of 18%
Reservations are recommended
Artist in Residence
We are delighted to welcome Tanta DeSteffany Pennington back to the Inn for the month of May. Using a vocabulary of hard-edged cell shapes and ethereal forms, Tanta investigates the edges between her internal voices and the real world.
On display in our marble lobby.
Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada
April 12th to October 1st
Royal BC Museum
Explore the story of the young man who, in 1980 inspired a nation and established himself as a hero through his courage, hope and determination.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
From the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia. Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind the world’s engineering marvels.
“Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”
April 21st to May 6th
Langham Court Theatre
A slightly updated and highly suspenseful version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale. Dr. Henry Jekyll’s experiments create his alter-ego Mr. Hyde, a villainous creature set free to perform evil acts
James Bay Public Market
Saturdays beginning May 6th 9am to 3pm
At the corner of Menzies and Superior
Listen to live music as you browse this local market and discover handmade arts and crafts, homemade baked treats, fresh flowers, and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
May 2nd 5pm to 9pm
Nourish Kitchen & Café, 225 Quebec St.
With a glass of wine in hand, browse a unique selection of works and wares from local artisans in this gallery style evening. Just around the corner from the Inn.
May 5th to 14th 8pm
Swept along by the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, we follow discarded silent movie star Norma Desmond as she draws Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis into her fantasy of returning triumphantly to the big screen.
Tasting Room Day at the Market
May 6th 11am to 4pm
Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, 1701 Douglas St.
Sample some of Victoria’s finest beer, wines & ciders, purchase your favourites to take home! Find tasty treats and local artisan goods at this vibrant market.
Victoria Tartan Parade
May 13th 11am
Government Street from Centennial Square to the BC Legislature
A parade that celebrates the Victoria Highland Games. It ends on the lawns of the BC Legislature where pipe bands will play, the highland fling will be danced and the caber tossed.
35th Annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour
May 13th and 14th 10am to 4pm
Listen to soothing classical music as you stroll through ten hand-picked peaceful and enchanting, private gardens. Passes are $30.
Alice Munro Stories
April 18th to May 14th
A unique performance of two of Alice’s short stories, told word for word, that celebrate her exceptional language and the audience’s imagination.
Stars on Ice
May 16th 7pm
Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Kurt Browning, Patrick Chan and Elvis Stojko headline a cast that includes winners of 22 of the last 26 Canadian Men’s Championships.
May 17th to 27th
An eleven day festival bringing innovative solo artists to Victoria stages. Performances include theatre, circus, comedy, dance, opera and multi-media. Please pick up a festival schedule at the Front Desk.
Ballet Victoria Presents: Beauty and the Beast
May 19th and 20th
A timeless tale of a spell, a declaration of love, and a magical rose is interpreted by Ballet Victoria.
154th Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Clan Torchlight Ceremony: May 20th 8pm, BC Legislature grounds
Highland Games and Celtic Festival: May 20th to 22nd, Topaz Park
The festival that includes Scottish piping and drumming, Celtic Music, Highland and Irish dance, athletic competition, beer gardens, food concessions, and more! Admission rates apply.
Cheese and Meat Festival
May 20th 3pm to 9pm
Explore the tastes and textures of cheese and meat charcuterie, while pairing them with wine, cider, beer, and mixed drinks. Attend seminars and have the opportunity to purchase your favourites.
Island Farms Victoria Day Parade
Date: Monday May 22nd Start time 9am
Parade Route: Along Douglas St. from Finlayson (Mayfair Mall) to Belleville St.
Celebrate Victoria Day at the 119th annual, capital city parade featuring Canadian and American marching bands, hundreds of floats, cultural shows and festive clowns.
Festival de la Francophonie (Victoria French Fest)
Dates: May 25th to 28th 11am to 6:30pm/Sun until 5pm
Location: Centennial Square
Celebrate the diverse and rich French-Canadian heritage by enjoying traditional food, music and cultural events. Family hockey game at 3pm on Sunday.
Swiftsure International Yacht Race
May 25th to 29th
Inner Harbour and Clover Point
Ships Arrive:Thurs May 25th Inner Harbour
Pancake Breakfast: Sat May 27th 8am Clover Pt.
Race Start: Sat May 27th 9am Clover Pt.
Weekend Market: May 26th 5pm to May 28th
Bites, Brews, Bards on the Barge
Friday May 26th 5pm to 9:30pm
Relax on the Breakwater Barge and listen to local musicians while enjoying a bite from one of Victoria’s finest food trucks and sipping on a cold brew.
Beacon Hill Park
Open: Dawn to dusk daily
Stroll through Victoria’s beautifully landscaped, 200 acre city park with its picturesque bridge over the duck pond, and pay a visit to the brand new baby goats at the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm.