Annual Events

Esquimalt is known for hosting amazing community events and activities.

Here are a few ideas, but know that there is always something new to explore! Join us throughout the year for a host of amazing cultural experiences.

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days in May 

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days festivities have always been well attended, with over 20 community organizations taking part, which allows our community to work and play together, have a great time, and instill a feeling of accomplishment and pride in our community. This fun-filled weekend is loaded with events for all ages, including a midway, dance, beer garden, rugby tournament, sky divers, kids play zone, races and parade. Neighbours from Victoria, Oak Bay, View Royal, Saanich and all other communities are invited to join in the festivities. For more information, go to:

Buccaneer Days Parade 2015 (with thanks to Brenda and Brian McCarthy)

Memorial Park Music Fest in June and July 

Grab your shades, sunhats, and the whole family! Join us again for Memorial Park Music Fest - six glorious summer evenings in Esquimalt for free live outdoor music performances Tuesday nights June 26th - August 7th, 2018 in historic Memorial Park. This year, we'll create more amazing memories with our incredible lineup of old favourites and new performers. Stay tuned to the event calendar for details! For more information, go to:

Bard Across the Bridge  

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Esquimalt RibFest

Esquimalt RibFest is all about family, community, volunteers, kids, participation, and fun! With these ingredients, Esquimalt Ribfest offers a weekend of the best ribs in the country, amazing local entertainment, delicious beer and cider from local craft brewers, free kid’s games, local arts and vendors, for guaranteed Family Fun.

Esquimalt Celebration of Lights in December 

Dino Fiorin, a long time resident of Esquimalt, and past President of the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce had a dream to create a family affair and “light up Esquimalt”. In partnership with Esquimalt Neighborhood House, the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce, Country Grocer and Esquimalt Lions, the project was launched in December, 2006.
In the first year, the Celebration of Lights began as a wonderful, free community event with “Xmas in the Town Square” and continued on to the light up event and entertainment in the Esquimalt plaza. As the event grew and expanded it became necessary to move it to the Archie Browning Sports Centre.
In 2007, the first Celebration of Lights parade added to the festivities, and a lighting contest was added in 2008. Whether you light up your balcony, home, business or street, everyone is encouraged to embrace the spirit of the season. Come on out to Esquimalt and enjoy an evening of fun and excitement! 
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