With its spectacular shoreline and stunning viewscapes, Oak Bay has long inspired many of BC’s well-known artists. Emily Carr would retreat to her summer cottage here and today many other notables such Amos, Taylor and Rasmussen call the growing arts and culture district of Oak Bay home.

On the Arts and Culture Trail!
Curated with Oak Bay’s Arts Laureate, our trail features the popular Gallery Row, seasonal public art as well as year-round exhibits, film, live theatre, art classes and delicious culinary creations, all on an easy to follow map. (Download map here) Whether exploring by bike, car or on foot, the Oak Bay Arts and Culture Trail creates memorable adventures for locals and visitors alike!

Oak Bay proudly holds onto its colourful heritage with its traditional gardens, Edwardian architecture, and of course, a touch of tweed. Our heritage map tells the story and leads the way through Oak Bay’s colonial history, while the area’s deepest roots can be discovered on a cultural tour with a Songhees First Nation guide by boat cruise or on foot.

Painted Pianos Oak Bay
Painted Pianos Oak Bay

The avenues of Oak Bay are about to get a little more musical in the summertime. The public painted piano program is one that brings joy and energy to our beautiful community. Each year, four to five new pianos are purchased and painted by local artists. They are then placed in chosen locations along the coast, in the parks, and around Oak Bay Village. 

For over 50 years, Oak Bay has celebrated the first weekend in June with the Oak Bay Tea Party. The parade kicks off early on the Saturday morning, and is led all through Oak Bay to its final destination, Willows Beach. Don't miss the mayor of Oak Bay, as they usually lead the parade (and toss a couple of kilos of candy along the way).

Every year as the cooler sea air sets in, Oak Bay Village welcomes the oncoming holidays with a grand Light Up festival.

Family activities start at 2 PM with a bouncy castle, street games, craft stations and lighted trucks. Onstage entertainment begins at 3 PM. Plus enjoy roasted chestnuts, letters to Santa, and thousands of lights on buildings, trees and lampposts throughout the Village.

Each August during Oak Bay’s Art & Culture Festival, Bowker Creek becomes alive with artists and art enthusiast. Over 40 artist come down, set up their easels, display their art, and paint away – providing demonstrations and insight into how their create their art.

More than 2000 spectator come through this beautiful event along the creek. It’s a wonderful event to explore your creative side, ask questions of the artists, and take home some art!

Oak Bay Collector Car Show
Oak Bay Collector Car Show

Every year Oak Bay Avenue is filled end to end with a classic Collector Car Shows from days gone by. Tailfins, V8's, Batmobiles, and Model T's. There's enough rumble to set off the city's Ritcher scale. 

From June through to September, Oak Bay Village closes down its street and is transformed into a European style street market. You'll find a wide range of fresh and local produce and hot-n-ready street food available. There is live music (watch out for people dancing in the street!), a magician, pop-up theatre, face painting and balloon animals.

ArtsAlive Oak Bay
ArtsAlive Oak Bay

Find an art surprise around every corner in Oak Bay with our ArtsAlive outdoor public art program. Each year the Arts Laureate of Oak Bay and Oak Bay Parks, Rec, and Culture organize a public outdoor sculpture program of up to 14 new pieces of art brought into Oak Bay from all across the country. Each piece unique, each piece with a story, each piece incredible. Find them all along the avenues, the beaches, the parks, and just about around every corner.