Public Events at Government House

The Lieutenant Governor is also pleased to host several special events open to the public throughout the year on the grounds and inside Government House. The extensive gardens and woodlands are open from dawn to dusk throughout the year and the House as the center of ceremonies, receptions and diplomatic meetings.

All public events to be held in 2022 will be subject to the current public health guidelines in place at that time. Depending on current conditions, some events may not take place. 

Platinum Jubilee Concerts in July

Free outdoor concerts held at the Government House bandshell held over three nights in July. Find the 2022 schedule below, and more details here.

Thursday, July 7, 2022 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

HEADLINER: Tight Hair Disco– Bring your dancing shoes for the pounding beats and high energy vocals of Victoria’s all disco ensemble.

OPENING: Ukrainian Cultural Centre Performers – A riveting cultural performance; viewing recommended with a side of traditional Ukrainian food, on sale this night only, courtesy of the Victoria Ukrainian Cultural Centre.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

HEADLINER: Lateshift – Formally known as Rukus, this golden oldies dance band returns to Government House with the hits of the 50s, 60s, and beyond.

OPENING: Anishinaabe Mitchell Sisters – Featuring the voices of sisters Sandee Mitchell and Nancy Potvin with sweet folk melodies.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

HEADLINER: The Chris Millington Band – A dedicated dance band playing popular songs and grooves to get you out of your seat and onto the dancefloor.

OPENING: The Southern Vancouver Island Girl Guides – Campfire songs and fun for all ages.

New Year’s Day Levée

On January 1st, the Lieutenant Governor opens the doors to Government House for the annual New Year’s Day Levée. Her Honour greets the public and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and music such as the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums. The New Year’s Day Levée has been a tradition among Vice Regal houses since British Columbia entered Confederation in 1871.

Hallowe’en

Government House takes on a spooky vibe for Hallowe’en, inviting trick-or-treaters to step inside for candy and refreshments.