The weekend has arrived!
There’s plenty to do in the city today, including a puppy meet and greet, a venue to watch Game of Thrones, a job fair to attend, a memorial run, and more.
Your weekend plans are set with these 13 things to do in and around Victoria.
Head down to the West Shore to participate in this family run and walk in honour of West Shore RCMP Cst. Sarah Beckett, who died in the line of duty in April, 2016, when a drunk driver hit her police cruiser.
Registration fees and fundraising money will be donated to the Constable Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship which goes to youth education and raises awareness for traffic safety issues and community service provided by police.
– Package pick up/Business Pavilion opens at 8:00 a.m.
– Race begins at 10:00 a.m.
– Race ends at 1:00 p.m.
- Where: Belmont Secondary School, 3041 Langford Lake Road
Come meet some of Victoria’s most eligible adoptables from Flirting with Fido Animal Rescue at Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.!
Even if you aren’t ready to adopt just yet, these puppies love some social time in between their naps.
- When: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Where: Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., 2010 Government Street
Come see the story of how “Big Country” Bryant Reeves impressed the NBA and was a star player for the Vancouver Grizzlies for years before mysteriously disappearing from the public eye immediately after his last game.
17 years after controversial Vancouver Grizzlies NBA star Bryant ‘Big Country’ Reeves leaves town, super-fan Kat Jayme goes on a mission to find her childhood hero and tell the story of this forgotten legend.
- When: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Where: The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street
Interested in being a part of the country’s newest soccer organization, Canadian Premier League?
Now’s your chance to meet staff from Victoria’s Pacific FC and chat about available positions in different departments, like production crew, servers, bartenders, ticketing, technical operator, game day activation crew, field day manager and more.
- When: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Where: Darcy’s Pub, 1127 Wharf Street
Head down to the Robert Bateman Centre for the first public opening day of their new exhibition, Plumage: The Majestic Art of Birds!
The day will include Bird Bingo, a scavanger hunt, a competition to win a Robert Batmen print, and more! Admission will be by donation all day.
- When: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Where: Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville Street
The annual Camosun Comic Arts Festival at Camosun College has returned!
The one-day event is a celebration of the artistic and literary impact of comics and graphic novels created locally, nationally, and internationally. Conference attendees will hear, see, and experience the process of visual storytelling, and discuss the medium with the students, teachers, professional creators, publishers, and other fans.
- When: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Where: Camosun College, 3100 Foul Bay Road
It’s the final day of the Paper Street Theatre Improv festival continues!
To celebrate its fourth year, instead of bringing in four companies, the Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival is bringing in four directors! This year’s festival features the Four Corners Collective: artistic directors from improv companies in Calgary, Red Deer, Victoria and Portland. Each night audiences will enjoy ensemble shows directed by the Four Corners Collec as well as feature sets by these accomplished artistic directors.
- When: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Where: Intrepid Theatre, 1609 Blanshard Street
Don’t miss the 20th annual Band of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, presents Spring Concert!
The Band of the 5th is a unit of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve and is the only Army Brass-Reed band on Vancouver Island. It’s been in Victoria since 1864, making it the oldest continually-operational band west of Thunder Bay.
- When: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Where: Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road
Check out this exciting new pop-up drag brunch event at the iconic Fairmont Empress’s gorgeous ballroom!
The brunch will feature food, cocktails mixed up by bartenders on-site, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and more! Proceeds from the brunch also go towards Canadian Pride initiatives.
- When: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Where: Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government Street
Start your Sunday at the Church of the Treasured Find. The Vic Flea is the Sunday morning hangout for local buyers and sellers of all things rare and desirable. Find vintage, repurposed, refreshed and handmade treasures for house and garden. Come check out the treasures that draw the crowds every week and talk with the old timers about local history and other weird stuff.
- When: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Where: 411 Gorge Road East
Have you ever wanted to start keeping bees but didn’t know where to start? Would you like to see improved fruit production in your garden along with the potential of having your own honey?
In this workshop learn the basics of how to start your first colony. The lesson will cover the various parts of the hive and what is involved in setting up and maintaining your colony in your first year. You will also learn of the potential challenges involved and ways to mitigate them, and the favourite plants that honey bees are attracted to.
- When: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Where: The Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Road
Bosley’s on Burnside is hosting a Car Wash and BBQ for Flirting with Fido as part of their Pet Appreciation month!
Come and get your wheels squeaky clean, grab some grub, and raise some money for the dogs in their care.
- When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Where: 491 Burnside Road East
Fans of Game of Thrones can catch the final season premiere at the Yates Street Taphouse tonight!
- When: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Where: The Yates Street Taphouse, 759 Yates Street