24th Jul, 2009

More summer vacation suggestions

If you’re into Shakespeare, then you won’t want to miss one or more of the Shakespeare under the Stars offerings of The Tempest or Much Ado about Nothing. Located on Camosun College’s Landsdowne campus, this summer favourite runs from Tuesday to Thursday until August 16. Tempest is Wednesdays and Fridays, Much Ado is Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are $14.00 for students and seniors, $17.00 for adults. Children under 12 free. And if you think kids won’t like Shakespeare, think again. They love it! Camosun Campus is located just outside the downtown Victoria core, about 10 minutes drive from the inner harbour and the Admiral Inn.

Is dancing more your thing? Always wanted to emulate, if not surpass, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire? Try wandering by Centennial Square on Mondays until the end of August for free workshops in ballroom dancing. Sponsored by the Ballroom Dance Society of Victoria.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is holding their summer series of concerts at the Alix Goolden Hall. overe 30 performances from rising young stars, conservatory faculty and internationally known musicians. Not just Classical, the conservatory features a variety of musical styles to suit every taste.

If you’re here for a weekend getaway, then check out the variety of farmers markets and the Government street market which features artisans, craftsworkers and treasures of all kinds, as well as great street food and music. Farmers markets vary on day and time, but the Government Street market runs Sunday afternoons.

Last but certainly not least – be sure to be on the Inner Harbour on August 2. That’s when our 20th – yes, it’s been running for 20 years! – Symphony Splash takes place. This year’s guests include pianist Christine Wong and tenor Josh Lovell. The official events start at 4pm with the Vic High R&B band leading off, but we all know that the party starts long before that! The evening winds up with the traditional fireworks display to the accompaniment of the 1812 overture, and if this year is typical, it includes real cannons (fired from a safe location well away from the ochestra and the crowds). And encore with the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipe and Drum Band is also part of the evenings entertainment.  The Admiral is only a short (less than 5 minutes) walk away from the symphony, and by sitting on our balconys, you can enjoy the entire concert in relaxing comfort. Be sure to book early for this popular event!

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