Expect Several Boatloads of Fun at the 2017 Oak Bay Tea Party

May 24, 2017

oak bay tea partyWho wants to attend a carnival that has a spectacular airshow, a colourful parade, a hilarious bathtub race, and dazzling fireworks, all set in the picturesque scenery of Vancouver Island? Shooting Star does, for starters! Hold on to your hats because there could almost be too much fun in Victoria on the first weekend of June. It’s time for the 2017 Oak Bay Tea Party

It’s a Huge Celebration

The Oak Bay Tea Party is an annual family community event that provides a venue for service groups like the Kiwanis and Lions to fund raise for their various community projects. This year’s bash will be held from Saturday June 3rd through Sunday June 4th at Willows Beach, Victoria, BC, and is promising to be mega-fun. It not only marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, but also the Tea Party’s 55th year.

Rides and Games in the Sunshine

Already glorious sunny weather has descended on British Columbia and we’re set for an AMAZING time. Think of the views from the Ferris Wheel overlooking stunning Oak Bay!

The Shooting Star gang will be opening the midway at Willows Park (corner of Beach Drive and Dalhousie Street, beside the Kiwanis Tea House) at 4:00pm on Friday June 2nd. Opening night is Wristband Night, so get your wristbands for unlimited rides at discount prices. 

Saturday is Mad Hatter Day! The midway opens at 10:00am and goes until 10:00pm.

And on Sunday, you can get your fill of carnival thrills from 10:00am until 7:00pm.

There will be LOADS of amusement rides to choose from! From the Merry-Go-Round to the Ferris Wheel to the Sizzler, you and your family will have the time of your life. Don’t forget the Bumper Cars. Crashing and spinning into others will make everyone laugh hysterically!

Plus we have all the classic midway games to amuse all generations and strengthen bonds in friendly competition.

Events Not to be Missed

The 2017 Tea Party is jam packed with awesome events.

  • Fireworks! 10:00pm on Saturday June 3rd, make sure you have your folding chair or picnic blanket set up because the sky is going to light up in a major way.
  • Bathtub Race: This has become the classic defining event each year. There are no words to describe the sight of real bathtubs racing in the water. At 1:00pm on Sunday June 4th, get ready to cheer and laugh as contestants try to navigate their bathtubs to the finish line at Willows Beach.
  • The Annual Parade. On Saturday you can watch the annual Oak Bay Tea Party Parade. Many local organizations will be there with their colourful floats, and kids of all ages will be riding decorated bikes, scooters and tricycles. The parade starts at Windsor Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday June 3rd and will proceed through the streets to Willows Park for the ribbon ceremony.
  • Airshow: At 2:00pm on Sunday, be mesmerized by the spectacular airshow. The unbelievable aerobatics and skydivers will leave you breathless.
  • There will be bands, bands, BANDS all day Saturday and into Sunday.
  • Plus… a sea rescue demonstration, kayak rides, the Mayor’s Floating Teacup Race, the list goes on and on.

Did We Say Food?

Shooting Star’s food vendors are right now ordering the best and freshest burgers, fries, hotdogs, candy floss, ice cream, lemonade, Mexican delights, and of course, those delicious mini-donuts!

Meanwhile, before the midway opens, the Esquimalt Lions are hosting a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am until 11:00am.

So, what are you waiting for? Victoria locals are already scoping out their firework watching spots. If you’re coming from the mainland, reserve your ferry spots NOW! Hurry! You don’t want to miss a second of all the fun at the 2017 Oak Bay Tea Party!

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