There are many great opportunities for Victoria Public Market as a venue for dynamic off-site events.


With over 3000 square feet of open concept event space, Victoria Public Market is a unique venue that features polished concrete floors, rugged concrete pillars, high ceilings with exposed metal ducting, and black metal gates, all of which combine together for a perfect blend of contemporary and industrial. This urban space is a blank canvas that can be completely transformed to create an atmosphere that is intimate or grand. Victoria Public Market is ideal for all types of special events including corporate events, fundraisers, fashion shows, weddings, private parties and more.


Conveniently located on Douglas Street, one of the main thoroughfares in and out of the city, in the iconic Hudson’s Bay Building, Victoria Public Market is one block North of City Hall and one block East of Canada’s oldest Chinatown. We are a short five minute walk from the waterfront on Store Street, and a ten minute walk from the Inner Harbour. The Market is easily accessible by car, bus and bike.


    • 3000 square feet of open concept event space, available for use after Market hours
    • Capacity: 350 people (Possibility for more if Market tenants are open, and Fire Department approval is obtained), 216 people seated without a dance floor, 180 seated with a dance floor
    • Onsite Market Representative
    • Community Kitchen – kitchen can be used for culinary staging, cooking, gathering or storage during your event
    • Small Stage – flexible and movable stage that can be placed in different locations
    • Tables and Chairs – existing in the Market and are included in the rental
    • Audio Visual System Featuring:
      • Full high definition projection system with multiple connections for laptops, iPads and tablets, and a 10’ projection screen
      • Audio system throughout entire facility for proper balance and coverage for all presentations
      • Versatile stage sound system. Professional quality for clean, crisp audio reproduction
      • Wireless microphone
      • Audio connections to allow users to play their own music


    Venue rental rates through to December 31st, 2018:
    Main Market Space $1500 +GST
    Community Kitchen $125 +GST
    Audio Visual $145 +GST
    Cleaning $170 +GST
    Security $30 per hour, per guard +GST
    Additional Tear Down Time $170 +GST, per hour


    Rental of the Market includes the use of the entire main Market space, as well as the use of the existing tables and chairs, and an onsite Market representative. Other charges to expect would be for use of the Community Kitchen, Audio Visual System, security, and cleaning. All dishware, glassware, décor, etc will all need to be rented and brought in by the occupant.
    The tables and chairs that are provided are what is existing in the Market. We have a total of 16 large metal tables (3’x6’), 9 wooden tables (2’x4’), 50 metal tables and 45 wooden chairs.
    The Market is available to be booked for private events after closing, any day of the week. The Market closes at 6pm Monday – Saturday, and 5pm on Sundays and holidays. Events must end no later than midnight, and tear down completed no later than 1am.
    No. The Market is a blank canvas for you to personalize how you like. It is the responsibility of the occupant to set up the event, tear it down, and put the Market furniture back to its original location.
    Set up can begin when the Market closes, at either 5pm or 6pm, depending on the day. Earlier set up will be at the discretion of Market Management. Tear down needs to be complete no later than 1am, or additional charges will apply.
    The Market features a two-bay loading bay located on the Herald Street side of the building, that directly accesses the Market.
    No. Because the Market operates 7 days a week, we are unable to offer storage for events as all spaces are occupied and need to be open for business the following day. All rentals, décor and equipment must be removed from the venue by at the end of the event.
    Yes. You will require a BC Special Event Permit to be on location during your event, and we require a copy of the license to have on file.
    Yes. While the Market has several tenants that are able and willing to cater private events, you are more than welcome to bring in a Caterer as well.
    Yes. Live bands are allowed to play in the Market until 11pm, at which time you can switch over to house music. Unfortunately drums are not allowed to be played in the Market, as the sound travels too much through the building and disturbs our neighbours upstairs.
    Yes. We work exclusively with Paladin Security. It is Market policy that one guard be on site for every 100 people in attendance at your event.
    Street parking is available around the Market, and is free after 6pm Monday – Saturday and all day Sundays and holidays. We also have a City of Victoria parkade close by on Fisgard Street, as well as the surface lot at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
    Yes. You are welcome to use candles during your event as well as they are inside a glass container that is taller than the flame.