28th Jul, 2009

The Dragons are Coming!

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Still wondering where to go and what to do for your vacation in August? Come to Victoria’s inner habour and watch the Dragon Boat races on the weekend of the 14th, 15th and 16th of August. Beginning at 1:00 pm on Friday the 15th, local Taoist priests will “awaken the dragon” in an ancient Chinese ceremony. Accompanied by prayers. incense and chanting, the area is cleansed and prepared for the races and the racers. The ceremony culminates in “awakening the dragon” by painting red dots on the ‘blind’ figurehead of each craft.

You won’t want to miss the races the next morning – over 90 teams from all over North America. Races begin at 8:30 and continue until 4:30 pm. That evening one of the most popular and hilarious events of the weekend takes place – the “Paddlers Air Band Contest”. Come out and watch the Air Bands compete for their 10 minutes of fame. According to event organizers, each act generates “oodles of YouTube worthy material.”

Races continue on Sunday, 8:30 to 4:30 with the Silk Road Tea Breast Cancer Suvivor’s Cup race held at noon. Final races begin at 1:00 pm and continue to approximately 4:15. Awards to the winners following the close of racing.

Be sure to book into the Admiral, and request one of our Best View rooms – the race course goes from Laurel Point, right next door to us, to the Wax Museum – from the best view on the balcony of the third floor, you’re sure to have a spectacular view of all the proceedings!

Elsewhere around town, the Fantasticks at the MacPherson opens August 4 and runs until the 16. Tickets at the Royal and MacPherson boxoffices.

The Island Comedy Festival begins August 14 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. All proceeds to charity.

August 3rd everyone is invited to the first Capital Festival BC Day celebration on the St. Ann Academy grounds. A full day of free entertainment for the entire family. While you’re enjoying the indoor and outdoor entertainment be sure to see history in the “Take a Letter Miss Jones” exhibt, also at St. Ann’s Academy.

And don’t forget the free concerts at the Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park – every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays beginning at 1:30 pm.

All these events (except the comedy festival) are within walking distance of the Admiral Inn’s home away from home accommodations at 257 Belleville St. Dragon boats are just outside our door, the St. Ann’s Academy is a 10 minute walk, and the MacPherson Theatre is also just 15 minutes away on foot through some of the most beautiful and historical parts of the downtown core. Be sure to book your summer vacation with us for a wonderful and memorable stay!

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