Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend, everyone!
There’s plenty to do in and around town! Join Victoria Buzz in Colwood for GableCraft Home’s West Commons grand opening, take part in one of the many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, get up close and personal with exotic reptiles, and more!
Without further ado, here’s 14 things to do in and round Victoria this weekend.
TheCrafted Farmhouse Market is back once more, and this year’s lineup of carefully curated vendors is promised to impress!
Held at the Mary Winspear Centre in beautiful Sidney by the sea, this event showcases the best of the best of modern and vintage goods from local-makers in Victoria.
- When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney
It’s no secret how much everyone loves the west coast – and for good reason! Victoria remains one of the island’s most popular places to call home, and beautiful Colwood is no exception.
GableCraft Homes’ Grand Opening of their West Commons show homes is happening this weekend and you could be among the first to walk through their two brand new homes. Stop by and say hi to the Victoria Buzz crew, grab some good eats and enter to win some sweet prizes!
- When: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Where: 3549 Ryder Hesjedal Way, Colwood
Join the critically acclaimed Bachand siblings for a remarkable night of music and celebration to help ring in St. Patrick’s Day!
The folk music siblings have won two Irish Music Awards and are sure to bring an authentic sound to their performance. Their concerts usually sell out quickly so pick up your tickets soon!
- When: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Where: Oak Bay Recreation Centre – Upper Lounge, 1975 Bee Street
Paper Street Theatre’s 4th annual Improvathon has continues
Come down to Intrepid Theatre to watch as improv comedians flex their skills for the remaining hours of this comedy marathon. Entrance is by donation and all funds raised will go towards the theatre and its improv festival next month! The event is also live streamed online for viewers at home.
- When: Ongoing until 10:00 p.m.
- Where: Intrepid Theatre, 1609 Blanshard Street
Learn everything you’ll need to know about growing your own food in this veggie-growing crash course!
The lesson will cover garden site selection, timing, starting seeds, diseases and pests, and more! Don’t forget to purchase a ticket before you arrive.
- When: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street
Ever wanted to try out dragon boat paddling for FREE?
The Fairway Gorge Paddling Club is offering free dragon boat outings during this open house, and will match newcomers with experienced paddlers! All you need to do is sign a waiver to participate.
- When: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Fairway Gorge Paddling Club, 2940 Jutland Road
Fans of contemporary dance won’t want to miss Internal Rhythms, a performance inspired by the movement of a conductor and the romantic period of orchestral music.
Internal Rhythms marks the sixth fully independent work created by the local dance company, Broken Rhythms Victoria Society.
- When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:0 p.m.
- Where: Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street
Learn to craft and maintain your own beautiful bonsai tree at this workshop!
The lesson costs $50 per participant but after you learn all your trimming and care basics you’ll get to choose your own tree to take home with you.
- When: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Where: Garden Works, 1916 Oak Bay Avenue
The 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Family Fun Day has arrived!
Throw on something green and head down to Market Square for live music and Irish dancers, food vendors, an Irish Crafting Station, Irish-themed vendors, balloon art, face painting, a bouncy castle, and more!
- When: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Where: Market Square, 560 Johnson Street
Don’t miss your chance to see Safari Jeff for FREE as he makes his way to the island as part of his North America tour.
With two shows a day, Safari Jeff also performs exciting and educational live shows that feature rare and beautiful reptiles plus full multimedia displays and more. The interactive experience will bring audiences up close and personal with captive-born exotic animals and environmental messages.
- When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
- Where: Westshore Town Centre, 2945 Jacklin Road
Don’t miss the BC’s U18 Curling Championship finals!
Watch the best youth curlers in the province compete for the championship title at the Juan de Fuca Curling Centre.
- When: Boy’s finals begin at 10:00 a.m., Girl’s finals begin at 2:00 p.m.
- Where: Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, 1767 Island Highway
Learn what it takes to be a wildlife photographer at this fun afternoon program at the Royal BC Museum!
The event will feature discussions, examinations of various photographs/photographers, and delve into their backstories. Located on the second floor.
- When: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Where: The Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
Get ready for some Irish Jigs by the sea!
Join the Victoria Accordion Club for the Shoal Centre’s Seniors lunch program. Throw on something green and feel free to dance to your favourite Irish tunes!
- When: 2:15 p.m.
- Where: Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive
Finish your St. Patrick’s Day Weekend celebrations off with a bang in one of the most Irish venues in town, Irish Times!
Sunday’s festivities include a performance by Qristina Bachand, Guinness on special in the afternoon, live music, live dancers, and more!
- When: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
- Where: Irish Times, 1200 Government Street