festival 150

Welcome to insanity in BC’s capital.

This year BC celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the colony of British Columbia.

This weekend is a huge hoopla in the Inner Harbour around BC Day on Monday. Festival 150 events began on Friday, but today and tomorrow are BIG days. There is a festival market, other artisans, a local talent stage, etc. etc. 

The biggest event today is Symphony Splash. The Victoria Symphony Orchestra plays a free concert from a barge in the Inner Harbour beginning at 4 p.m. with opening acts and then the symphony at 7:30 till 10 p.m. followed by fireworks. Every year this happens, but with the 150th celebrations, it’s a LOT more nuts. Usually a crowd of 40,000 turns up. In my first year out here, I went down with friends and it was beyond words spectacular. I’m still not going tonight though.

Tomorrow, there is a huge stage set up in front of the Parliament Buildings on the front lawn, and beginning at noon is a native ceremony and dance, a display by the Snowbirds and other acts until 4 p.m. when it’s Colin James, followed by Burton Cummings, followed by Sara McLachlin and finishing with Feist.

I plan on going down during the day tomorrow to check out the markets, etc. but I’ll avoid the worst of the crowds in the evening.