Don't miss the best beach party of the year!

Eats & Beats returns to the Colwood waterfront on Saturday July 15, 2017 from 1pm to 8pm. It's a free summer event that will have you dancing on the beach to live local bands and enjoying the eats from a dozen favourite local food trucks.

Tons of active adventure fun

Take advantage of the opportunity to flex your muscles on our Eats & Beats climbing wall and go for a paddle with West Coast Outdoor Adventures. They'll have kayaks and stand up paddle boards, as well as Hobie Eclipse pedal boards - no paddle required!

Watch amazing driftwood art come to life as talented local Vancouver Island artist Alex Whitcombe of Drifted Creations crafts a creature right before your eyes.

Don't miss the side-splitting act by Jonny Flash, danger comedy stunt juggler, featuring a dangerously tall unicycle, skillful juggling and a cheeky Irish accent.

The beach and ocean alone bring hours of outdoor fun for all ages - but you can also watch the navy fire boat put on a display, get your caricature done, your face painted, your balloon pirate sword or favourite critter, create your own beachy art, wander along a story walk and swing by the Greater Victoria Public Library outreach vehicle to pick up a great summer read and use their wifi hotspot.

Upping the fun factor

The Ocean Community Cruiser and KiSS Summer Fun Patrol will ramp up the energy, along with some crazy antics by your favourite local mascots: Harvey the Harbour Cat from the Victoria Harbour Cats Baseball team, Marty the Marmot from the Victoria Royals Hockey team and Rocky Racoon from the Victoria Shamrocks Lacrosse team.

Bringing the beats

Get ready for cool summer tunes by some of the most talented local musicians. 

1:00 pm - SweetLeaf will up the energy with their sweet summer reggae beats. 2:30 pm - Ange Hehr will have you singing along to all your favourite popular tunes. 3:30 pm Maita Cienska, Spoken Word by Victoria's Youth Poet Laureate. 4:00 pm - Dug Nugget brings the foot stomping fun of ruckus folk music.5:00 pm Jonny Flash, Comedy Stunt Juggler. 5:30 pm - The County Line rocks a modern country vibe with blazing guitars. 6:30 pm Jonny Flash, Comedy Stunt Juggler. 7:00 pm - Vince Vaccaro - singer & songwriter whose influences include Bruce Springsteen, Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, and Adam Granduciel.

        

Serving up the eats

There's something for every taste! Deadbeetz, Unplugged FoodieCHOLO TACO, Mai Mai's, JUSU JuiceGrilled to the Mac, Hungry RoosterRoad Treasure Treatsthe Red BarnBQ,Greek on the Street, Discovery Coffee, and more to come!

*Please note: Ocean Boulevard will be closed to through traffic between 9am and 9pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Parking will be available along the lagoon on either side of the event location.

Getting to Eats & Beats

Walking and cycling to this event is encouraged! Bike parking will be available onsite on Ocean Boulevard. Bike racks are also available at the Colwood Transit Exchange at West Shore Parks & Recreation, right next to the Park & Ride where you can jump on a shuttle to the site. 

B.C. Transit makes it easy to get to get to the event. Simply take transit to the Colwood Transit Exchange (Routes #50, #52, #53, #61) then hop on a complimentary shuttle to the event. For more information visit http://bctransit.com/victoria/schedules-and-maps

A shuttle bus will run between the Park & Ride at Island Highway and Ocean Boulevard and the event. 

Vehicle parking will be available along the lagoon, but Ocean Boulevard will be closed to through traffic. Vehicles will be able to enter EITHER from Ocean Boulevard at the Highway OR by Lagoon Road off Metchosin Road.

Park at Royal Bay for a 20 minute beach walk. There will be parking available by the beach at Royal Bay, just off Metchosin Road at Latoria Boulevard. From there, it's a pleasant  20 minute walk along the sand beach to the event midway along the lagoon. This is a good option for healthy folks who want to get some exercise AND enjoy the Eats & Beats event. (It is likely too long a walk on the sandy beach for little ones or anyone with health or mobility issues.)

There will be several spaces designated for people with disabilities. A valid parking pass must be displayed.

Building community while showcasing Colwood

The Colwood waterfront is a unique and beautiful feature that sets us apart from other communities. What other city is home to miles of pristine, accessible oceanfront complete with an iconic lighthouse, a historic castle and breathtaking views of the mountains and city, not to mention a national bird sanctuary?

Hosting events at the waterfront is one way to foster community pride and showcase the incredible lifestyle and potential Colwood offers. The ‘Eats & Beats’ event is a first step toward bringing new energy to our waterfront. The City is also working on signage and other enhancements that fit with the natural beauty of the area while increasing enjoyment and providing wayfinding and storytelling about our history, environment and community. 

We want people to love spending time in Colwood.