Ballroom Dancing in Centennial Square, every Monday night, 7-9:30
WITH ITS RELIABLY TEMPERATE, sunny days and an abundance of talented local performers and creative organizers, Victoria doesn’t have to struggle to earn its place at the top of the list of cities where high-quality, free summer entertainment can be found. The epicentre of the city’s huge array of curated offerings seems to be Centennial Square.
There are free lunchtime concerts Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 1:00pm, every week throughout the summer. There are too many bands and musicians to name, but some highlights include: July 18 with The Aerialists, a contemporary Celtic band; July 30 with “Symphony in the Summer” featuring Victoria Symphony players; and August 20 with Mildly Wild, a Jazz/Pop/R&B band.
If you’re keen to do more than just listen to music, there’s “Ballroom Dancing in the Square” with instructors from the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society every Monday night from 7-9:30pm, July 8-August 19. Each week, you’ll get a one-hour beginners’ ballroom dance lesson in a different style—jive, waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, samba, mambo—followed by a social dance accompanied by a live band or DJ. And if you have a passionate nature, try “Tango Thursdays” from 6-9pm, with a beginner lesson followed by social dancing. There are two Thursday evenings where swing dancing will switch out for tango: July 4 and August 1. All ages, bodies and abilities are welcome at these free dance events, and no partner or previous dance experience is necessary.
“Board Games in the Square” offers more sedentary Victorians two classic diversions—chess and Scrabble— every Sunday afternoon from 1-5pm, through September 29. And if you’re keen to create, you might want to join in on “Crafternoons in the Square,” happening on select Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15pm. On August 6, you’ll find a hands-on workshop for making fresh floral crowns. On July 16 and August 20, hand-lettering on wooden signs will be offered so you can create your own home décor accent piece using carbon-transfer stencils. All supplies for these craft workshops are included, but space is limited, so arrive early to secure a spot.
For more information on these and other free events happening in Victoria this summer, see victoria.ca/cityvibe.