Cultural Events

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.

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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 13th - July 28th 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!

Esquimalt Lantern Festival in September

The Esquimalt Lantern Festival was a regular event for a number of years, and after a few years’ hiatus it was resurrected in 2009 to great success. Over the past three festivals, hundreds of school children and residents built their own lanterns at workshops held at Macaulay Elementary, the local library, the Esquimalt Market and at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre. The event regularly hosts over 2000 participants.
Attendees take part in a lantern walk along the West Bay Walkway, winding along a lantern lit path to Barnard Park, then return back to Capt. Jacobson’s where they enjoy lantern installations, local live music and entertainment.

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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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