Victoria Harbour Arts Festival
The Causeway Day Market and the Ship Point Night Market give both locals and visitors the opportunity to share their craft in the heart of Victoria.
GVHA is in constant search of inspired artists, musicians, jugglers and food vendors that will develop an already renowned pedestrian market into an even greater arts and entertainment experience.
Original, self-made artwork is permitted for show and/or sale. Artists are encouraged to create their art while on the Causeway to display the creative process and skilled workmanship behind it.
We welcome Monteverdi to Metallica so long as it’s kept unplugged. Individuals and ensembles are invited to apply to perform at the Causeway. Busking venues are scattered all along the Inner Harbour available for two-hour sets.
Family-friendly performances have become a staple of the lower Causeway’s daily events. Forty-five minute show slots are available at the centrally located world class Jugglers’ Pitch, which has built-in seating on the lower Causeway and great views from the Government Street wall.
- Food Vendors
When visitors to the Inner Harbour want to fully enjoy the entire Causeway experience, they need a quick and easy way to eat. There are four designated venues for food vendors in the Inner Harbour.
GVHA reserves the Lower Causeway in the Inner Harbour for 24 full-time visual artists, 24 full-time musicians and 9 full-time street performers. There is also 1 full-time musician venue at Fisherman's Wharf and 1 full-time venue on the Broughton Street Pier. All full-time licensees are guaranteed venue availability between 10:00am and 11:00pm. Visual artists and vendors are assigned a permanent venue location, whereas performers collectively schedule their daily and weekly venue rotation.
The option for annual licensees to be on the Causeway seven days a week during designated hours is available. If a licensed artist or performer can only attend certain days of the week or is aware of days they may be absent, that venue becomes available to other artists/performers with weekly licenses, on waitlist or by invitation.
Ship Point Night Market
- Single Night $45
- Two Nights $80
- Mid June to mid September
The 2017 Ship Point Night Market runs from mid-June to mid-September. The market takes place every Friday and Saturday night from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm, except for August 12 & 13 due to the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival and Harbour Days Markets (see below). The Night Market features a variety of hand-made, high-quality goods as well as food vendors.
Night Market licenses are issued on a weekend to weekend basis and no preference to seniority or locale is given.
Set-up begins at 4:00 pm and the market begins at 6:00 pm. All displays, tents, tables, and other necessary equipment must be supplied by the participant. GVHA recommends that all participants bring their own lighting (100w) and 25 foot extension cord in order to stay visible during the later hours.
Completed registration forms and payment must be received one week prior to the desired weekend of attendance.
Harbour Days Market
- Per Weekend (3 days & 3 nights) $262.50 - $350 (GST included)
|Events||Dates||Cost||Set Up||Take Down|
|Swiftsure Race Weekend||May 25–26||$160||Fri 9:00am||Sat 10:30pm|
|Canada Day||June 29 - Jul 2||$350||Fri 4:00pm||Tue 11:00pm|
|Buskers Festival (Weekend 1)||TBD||$250||Fri 4:00pm||Sun 9:30pm|
|Buskers Festival (Weekend 2)||TBD||$250||Fri 10:00am||Sun 9:30pm|
|BC Day Weekend*||Jul 29–Aug 1||$315||Fri 4:00pm||Mon 5:00pm|
|Labour Day Weekend*||Aug 31 - Sept 3||$315||Fri 4:00pm||Mon 5:00pm|
* BC Day weekend corresponds with the Victoria Symphony Splash which attracts thousands of locals and tourists. On Labour Day weekend, Classic Boats fill the harbour adding to the festivities. Throughout the Harbour Day Markets, vendor tents can be left up overnight with security provided.
Ogden Point Marketplace
The Ogden Point Marketplace is new as of 2014. Seven 10x10 spots will be located between Piers A & B, where the ships dock. This location services the disembarking cruise ship passengers as well as those arriving back from their visit to Victoria or places further afield.
This is a great opportunity for vendors as cruise ships come in almost daily, and sometimes 3 or 4 will dock in a day in the busy season.
This is a hand-made items market. Artists have the opportunity to showcase their designs and artwork to travelers from all over the world. Having your own website will assist in increasing revenue even in the off season. Tents will be provided.
The Cruise ship schedule varies. See the schedule here. The best time to set up is approximately 3 hours after the ships arrive and then stay until they leave.
The Commissionaires provide security during the Victoria Harbour Arts Festival and Ship Point Night Market. The Inner Harbour is monitored to ensure that licencees are free to conduct business in a safe environment.
Applications & Juries
In order to participate as a musician, juggler, or an artist at the Victoria Harbour Arts Festival, an application form must completed and submitted to Greater Victoria Harbour Authority with a brief curriculum vitae.
Artists are asked to provide a description, sample or images of the type of artwork wished to be displayed. An outline of performance type, length and repertoire is required from all performing applicants; sample scripts or audio/video recordings may be included, but are purely optional. Dates for performers and musicians will take place April 2016. Artists will be juried the third week of May 2016.
Juries for annual license applicants are conducted by representatives appointed by Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to evaluate both the merit of the applicant and how he/she will fit into the established market atmosphere. Application forms are available in the left-hand menu of this page.
Completed application forms are to be returned to the Victoria Harbour Arts Festival Coordinator or to the GVHA office.
In Person: 100-1019 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y9