(Team 4 Hope)

It’s starting to feel a lot like summer! All the good weather means so much more to do in and around Victoria! Whether it’s celebrating African Culture or coming out with Victoria Buzz at our Family Fun Run and Touch-A-Truck, there’s something for everything this weekend!

Saturday, May 26th

African Cultural Week & AfriCa Fest

What: Africa Cultural & Fashion Week’s Mission is to bring people together by preserving our African Roots through unique and beautiful cultural garments.
May 26 will be all about cultural awareness and bringing the community together as one.
The highlighted elements will be focused on Music (DJ), Rhythms, Food & Cultural awareness!
Where: Greater Victoria Library, Central Branch Courtyard
735 Broughton St.
When: 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: This is a FREE by donation event but, food and crafts will be on sale

The James Bay Community Market

What: The James Bay Market is a vibrant community farmers market located at the corner of Menzies and Superior Street in the heart of James Bay. You will still find yourself surrounded by a bounty of fresh local produce and farm goods, beautiful and unique artisan crafts and fresh ready-to-eat foods.
You will love the fine handcrafted wood items, whimsical home décor and naturally crafted body products. We also have top-quality traditional baked goods, speciality sauces and seasonings and dried soup mixes. Hungry? You will find prepared food you can eat right on site in our picnic area. We also have a vast array of farm-fresh products from farm-fresh meats to seasonal veggies and fruits.
Where: The Corner of Menzies and Superior Street
When: 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: Admission is free!

Fairfield Repair Cafe

What: Have something needing repair? Bring them out to this event and we will fix them for free. This is an event for anyone with something needing repair, or just want to learn how to fix. Also those who want to help repair or volunteer in some other way are invited. So come out and save your money, save your favourite items, save our landfills and save the world! They can typically repair most things including furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc. Sometimes, they even have specialized expertise to fix hearing aids, computers and help you work your cell phone.
Where: Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
1330 Fairfield Road
When: 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: Free!

Amaryllis’ SPCA Bake Sale

What: This Annual event started 6 years ago (when Amaryllis was only 7) because she wanted “to do something to help the animals”, and every year since, Amaryllis, her family and friends bake up a storm and the community comes together to help animals in need. So far they’ve have raised over $7100!!
Come and load up on yummy treats for everyone in your family…even the 4 legged ones. We will have sweet treats as well as yummy home baked artisanal bread. All funds raised will go directly to the SPCA Victoria branch to help take care of animals.
Where: SPCA Bake Sale
1724 Kings Rd
When: 10 am – 3 pm

Happy Birthday Robert!

What: This May marks Robert Bateman’s 88th birthday and the 5th anniversary of the Robert Bateman Centre! To celebrate, all admission costs will be by donation on May 26th!! Join one of the 45 minute Public Tours at 10:00am or 2:00pm where one of their tour guides will lead you through the gallery sharing all the hidden stories behind Robert’s art. A special guided Curatorial Tour of our current temporary exhibit Bateman’s Beginnings will begin at 12 noon for those looking to experience Robert’s impressionistic past. Don’t forget to sign the birthday card for Robert!
Where: The Robert Bateman Centre
470 belleville Street
When: 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: Admission is by donation!

Vic West Fest

What: Come on out and meet fellow neighbours, while enjoying the festivities! There’ll be plenty of activities, music, food, and a beer garden- planned for later in the afternoon! Children’s Activities Run 2-6PM, and the Beer Garden runs 5:30-9PM
Where: Bamfield Park
521 Craigflower Rd
When: 2 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Free!

Cool Aid’s Homecoming 50th Anniversary Gala

What: Homecoming is designed as a reception and mingling event with a variety of areas to explore and hang out at “Cool Aid House” they are creating under a big, see-through, heated tent, including some very special “rooms” for the occasion. After wandering down the red carpet, grab a drink and nibbles in the kitchen, relax in the living room and enjoy the fresh air on the patio. As well as stand-up spaces, plenty of seating and tables will be available in a variety of configurations for eating and relaxing with friends old and new. Heaters will be ready in case of any nippiness in the air.
• Delicious catering and a full beverage service, included in the ticket price
• Live Music
• Beautiful harbour views in our clear, heated BIG tent. Sunset and star views
• Auction items themed for your home including some big ticket items
Where: Ship Point
Inner Harbour
When: 6:30 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Stand UP for this Ability

What: This comedy show shines the spotlight on all abilities – especially the ability to make you laugh. A few performers have experience but most will be making their Stand Up comedy debuts – all are talented and funny! Showcasing participants in Kirsten Van Ritzen’s Stand Up comedy class, her session was open to everyone and focussed on finding the humour in challenges everyone face – whether a physical disability, a mental health struggle, or anything that makes us feel different. If that doesn’t sound hilarious … these awesome folks will prove you wrong!
Where: Hillside Coffee & Tea
1633 Hillside rd
When: 7 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $10

Victoria Literacy Connection Invites You to Retro Bash for Literacy

What: Featuring the lively 60s and 70s tunes of the 6 piece Palamos Project Cover Band, the Retro Bash for Literacy will be a lively dance fun-raiser for the Victoria Literacy Connection.
Free snacks, cash bar, door prizes will make this a fun evening. The Victoria Literacy Connection is the merger of Literacy Victoria and the Victoria READ Society.
Where: Oaklands Community Centre
1-2827 Belmont Ave
When: 7:30 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!


What: Here is the story to the virgins among you: Jeff Lebowski, who insists on being called “the Dude,” is a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money –resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiralling into the Los Angeles underworld. If it’s your first Movie Under the Maltworks, you HAVE to try Phillips’ special cask
Bring your own chair and blankets! Rental chairs are limited. 19+ event
Where: Philips Brewing and Malting Co.
2010 Government St
When: 9 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!


2018 Mighty Metchosin Garage Sale

What: Sale both days and Auction on Saturday. Come and browse through the big tents for furniture, electronics, sporting goods, yard goods, tools, house wares, collectibles, antiques and “mystery stuff”. Be sure to participate in the silent auction inside the Community House for a chance to get some of the choicest donations. Items will be auctioned off on Saturday.
Where: MCA & Metchosin Community House
4430 Happy Valley Rd
When: 9 am – 3 pm

St. George’s Spring Fair

What: St. George’s Annual Spring Fair is a wonderful day for the whole family! There will be a bouncy castle, scavenger hunt, cake walk, bottle toss, and of course, The Amazing Dog Show (bring your canine friend and show-off their skills!). They’ll also have some great sales, including our annual Plant Sale (beside the Community Garden behind the church), Book Sale (in the Lower Hall), and Bake Sale (by the food in the parking lot). For the hungry, they’ll be selling hot dogs and our Ismaili friends will have their wonderful samosas.
Where: St. George’s Anglican Church – Cadboro Bay
3909 St. George’s Lane
When: 10 am – 2 pm

Coffee & Conversation

What: Join MLA Rob Fleming for the second installment of “Coffee & Conversation.” A chance to talk about what matters to you in Victoria-Swan Lake! Come out to catch up, share your thoughts, your ideas and dive into all things community.
Where: Gorgeous Coffee (Victoria, British Columbia)
103-300 Gorge Road W
When: 10 am – 11:30 am

Summer Plant Sale!

What: You’ve been enjoying your luscious spring greens and are about to bite into your first crunchy snap pea of the season… and it’s time to get serious about planting those hot summer bbq stunners! We’ve got an abundance of eggplants, hot & sweet peppers, zucchini, summer & winter squash, fennel, beans, basil, cucumbers, and edible flowers & culinary herbs galore! We even have purple sprouting broccoli and winter leeks for the keeners in the crowd who want to get a jump on fall & winter gardening!
Where: Mason Street City Farm
1015 Balmoral Rd
When: 10 am – 2 pm

Spaw Day

What: Warm weather makes us want to be outdoors! We are kicking off the season with our first Spaw Day of the year! Nail trimming by donation from Diamond Dogs Grooming in support of Flirting with Fido dog rescue! All donations go directly to Flirting with Fido and they will be bringing a number of their adorable adoptable doggies to meet!
Where: Bone & Biscuit (Victoria, British Columbia)
#105 – 3571 Blanshard Street
When: 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: By donation!

Decades Of Rock Fundraiser

What: Come and dance the night away to music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with Decades Of Rock and help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 and other fun raffles. Grilled To The Mac food truck will be onsite serving up some delicious food so come with an appetite.
Where: 676 Kittyhawk Air Cadet Squadron Hall
1979 De Havilland Way
When: 5:30 pm – 12 am
Cost: Tickets are $15

Victoria Flying Club Community Day Open House

What: The Victoria Flying Club invites aviation enthusiasts young and old to its ramp at the Victoria International Airport on Saturday, May 26th for its annual Community Day and Open House. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour this modern day historic 80 year old facility and learn about the rich history and planes that have made their home there. Several Flight Instructors will be ready and available to share the joy of flight with visitors in the Redbird FMX flight simulator or on a Discovery Flight. Vintage and modern planes will be open for viewing on the ramp, some even for sale. Career-minded individuals can bring their questions and talk with Flight Instructors about study plans.
Where: Victoria Flying Club
101-1852 Canso Rd
When: 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, May 27th

Victoria Buzz 1K Family Fun Run at Touch a Truck

What: This May, we’re inviting you to a one-of-a-kind, 2-in-1 family-friendly event that you won’t want to miss.
When you bring your kids out to the annual Touch a Truck event, you’ll also have the opportunity to register for the first ever Victoria Buzz 1K Family Fun Run!
This year, we’re partnering up with Touch a Truck and BC Children’s Hospital to bring you a 1K run at the event – keeping it short and sweet so that everyone can take part!
Besides offering a healthy, family-friendly contest, the fun run is aimed at raising funds for the BC Children’s Hospital.
You’ll also have the opportunity to win amazing prizes when you register for the run! Plus, once you raise $100, you’ll automatically win a free Touch ATruck t-shirt, and additional entries to win prizes for every consequent $100 raised.
Where: Panorama Recreation
1885 Forest Park Drive
When: 11 am – 3 pm
Cost: Register here!

Oak and Orca Bioregional Fair

What: This free, family-oriented, rain-or-shine event is an opportunity for people to engage with like-minded community, to learn, and to have fun. Engage with our knowledgeable staff, learn about our tried-and-true, hands-on approaches to education, and play in our beautiful yard!
Where: Oak and Orca Bioregional School
2738 Higgins Street
When: 11 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free!

Fort Street Rollout

What: The Fort Street Roll Out will take place from 11am – 2pm and will feature live music, family activities, interactive stations, safety ambassadors, photo station and free bicycle rentals.
The Roll Out will feature activities on each block with a “passport” designed to encourage walking and cycling on the corridor. Visit stations to get a stamp and enter to win one of four new bicycles and other draw prizes thanks to our partners at Fabulous Fort, the DVBA and PARC Retirement Residences.
Where: City of Victoria – Local Government
1 Centennial Square
When: 11 am -2 pm

2018 Selkirk Waterfront Festival

What: This fun-filled multi-cultural family event offers something for everyone. Enjoy exciting activities in the Family FUN Zone, world cuisine in the international food court, and unique arts and crafts in our colourful street market. There will also be live music and dancing!
Where: Burnside Gorge Community Association
471 Cecelia Road
When: 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free!

The Village Block Party (Cook Street Village)

What: Over 150 businesses, artisans & makers, community groups, and food & beverage vendors, live music on the Main Stage throughout the day, and an all ages licensed area
Where: Cook Street Village
On Cook Street (Oscar St. – Chapman St.)
When: 10 am – 5 pm

Picot Spring Market at Sea Cider

What: Grab some friends and a picnic blanket, come down to eat, enjoy some cider and a fantastic selection of some of Victoria’s finest artisans and small businesses. Enjoy your lunch and cider on the tables or as a picnic in the orchard. Stay to enjoy the music, scenery and great company.
Where: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
2487 Mt. St. Michael Road
When: 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: Free!

The Singles Scavenger Hunt

What: Muster at the Fountain Lake sign pictured, located by the parking lot on Douglas St.
Leashed dogs and halflings welcome! Don’t struggle for childcare!
Please bring a writing implement and appropriate footwear.
Rain or shine.
You will work together to find items AND ELIGIBLE SINGLES while strolling the trails of Beacon Hill Park.
Where: Beacon Hill Park
Circle Dr
When: 3 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Free!

For more things to do, check out our events page!





















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