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FRIDAY September 9

Esquimalt Ribfest

  • What: Annual rib cook-off! Ribbers will smoke ribs, chicken and beef to compete for various titles. Selection of beer and cider from local breweries. Kid zone includes bouncy castle, games and crafts. Portion of funds raised will go towards the Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable fund. Admission FREE or by donation. Event from 1:00-10:00pm
  • Where: Bullen Park, Esquimalt
    • 2:15pm Preston McCool
    • 3:30pm Hank Angel
    • 4:45pm Tyler Harvey
    • 6:00pm The Push
    • 8:30pm The Sutcliffes

Great Canadian Beer Festival

  • What: BC’s #1 beer event with over 60 breweries to choose from. Tickets $40. Food trucks on site. Festival from 3:00-8:00pm
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park

SATURDAY September 10

Paddle for Health

  • What: Paddle your way for a good cause past Cattle Point into Cadboro Bay to Gyro Beach then back to Willows Beach. This event to benefit Vancouver Island Families Living with Childhood Cancer. *Please not all loaner kayaks/paddle boars have been allocated, you can still registers if you own a kayak or paddle board.
  • Where: Willows Beach, Oak Bay
    • Paddlers Arrive 8:30am
    • Launch 9:30am
    • BBQ 12:00-2:30pm

Vancouver Island Corn Maze

  • What: Back for its second year, the corn maze is bigger and better, with a British Columbia theme. The maze is more than 14 acres in size with 10 kilometres of trails. The grand opening is September 2nd, and is open Thursdays through Sundays.
  • Where: Pendray Farms in North Saanich | 9537 West Saanich Rd

Harvest on the Harbour – A Night Under the Stars In support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

  • What: A spectacular evening with dinner, dancing, entertainment, silent auction and inspirational stories from families during their time with BC Children’s Hospital. Tickets available, $95/person or $85.50/person for a table of 10.
  • Where: Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, 100 Harbour Road

Esquimalt Ribfest

  • What: Annual rib cook-off! Ribbers will smoke ribs, chicken and beef to compete for various titles. Selection of beer and cider from local breweries. Kid zone includes bouncy castle, games and crafts. Portion of funds raised will go towards the Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable fund. Admission FREE or by donation. Event from 11:00am-10:00pm
  • Where: Bullen Park, Esquimalt
    • 12:00pm Gary Preston and the Kingsmixers
    • 1:15pm Brandon Issak
    • 2:15 Monkey Wrench
    • 3:30pm Lauren Webb
    • 4:00pm Ribber Judging Contest
    • 5:00pm The Midnights
    • 6:15pm Jason Buie Band & Friends
    • 8:15pm The Boom Booms

Cars, Rods & Rides Car Show

  • What: Open car, truck and motorcycle show. Featuring Van Isle Model A & b Fords. 50/50 tickets, prizes and draws throughout the day. Vendors on site. Event from 8:00am-2:00pm.
  • Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre, Esquimalt

Great Canadian Beer Festival

  • What: Tickets SOLD OUT.
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park

Superhero Night

  • What: Superhero’s wil be present at this event, kids 12 and under wearing their favourite superhero costume will get in FREE. Featuring Lordco Demo Series, NEXX Financial Claimers Cras, Wilsons Transportation Bus Race and Marlin Motors Hornet Cars. Grandstands open at 4:30pm, Fan Fest begins at 6:00pm (time permitting.
  • Where: Western Speedway

TICKETS: $15/adults, $10/senior, military and youth (14-18 years), $7/kids (7-12 years), $35/family pass (2 adults, 4 kids), $49/triple pass (6 admissions, 6 hot dogs, 6 drinks)

Victoria International Chalk Art Festival

  • What: Canada’s largest street painting festival featuring some of the world’s top street painters, including 3D chalk art. Children’s activities and live entertainment.
  • Where: Ship Point and The Bay Centre

One Day – FREE Community Event

  • What: Outdoor community event for all ages. BBQ lunch and refreshments, activities, live entertainment. Children’s Fun Zone featuring inflatable castle, face painting, mini golf and more. Event from 10:00am-3:00pm.
  • Where: Topaz Park

Royal Bay Beachpark

  • What: For the first time in over 100 years the public will have access to the Royal Bay’s waterfront. Family activities include FREE kayak and paddle board rentals, bouncy castle, face painting, local food trucks Frescoast, Wannawafel and Flody’s Diner will be serving up delicious food. Live music by Shaky Ground. The new beach volleyball courts will be open for use. Event from 12:00-5:00pm.
  • Where: Corner of Latoria Boulevard and Metchosin Road

Art Studio Grand Opening

  • What: Create an autumn animal print at the new art studio opening in the Westshore. Refreshments available and make are to enter to win artsy prizes including a Make & Take Workshop.  Event from 1:00-4:00pm. Watercolour Art Kits available to purchase, $12 each.
  • Where: Centennial Centre, 2805 Carlow Road

SUNDAY September 11

Esquimalt Ribfest

  • What: Last day to enjoy smoked ribs, chicken and beef. Selection of beer and cider from local breweries. Kid zone includes bouncy castle, games and crafts. Portion of funds raised will go towards the Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable fund. Admission FREE or by donation. Event from 11:00am-9:00pm
  • Where: Bullen Park, Esquimalt
    • 12:00pm Lazy Mike & the Rockin’ Recliners
    • 1:15pm Paul Black
    • 2:30pm Soul Shakers
    • 3:45pm Big River (almost Johnny Cash)
    • 5:00pm 50-50 draw, Ribber awards and People”s Choice
    • 5:15pm Dallin Paul
    • 6:15pm Bill Johnson Blues Band
    • 7:30pm Paul Deslauriers

Paws for Cause

  • What: Join BCSPC to raise funds and walk to fight animal cruelty. Registration at 10:00am, walk begins at 11:30am. day includes BBQ, kids zone, doggie games and prizes.
  • Where: Clover Point, Dallas Road near Cook Street

Victoria International Chalk Art Festival

  • What: Canada’s largest street painting festival featuring some of the world’s top street painters, including 3D chalk art. Children’s activities and live entertainment.
  • Where: Ship Point and The Bay Centre

Sunday Funday

  • What: Selection of vendors selling anything from local produce, jewellery and more. Live entertainment. Market open from 11:00am-3:00pm.
  • Where: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson

9th Annual Vining Street Party on the Plaza

  • What: Community celebration, Mayor Lisa Helps will officially begin the party at 12:20pm. Activities for all to enjoy, live entertainment, food, charitable silent auction, local artisans, along with face painting, hulu hooping and craft fair for the kids. Event from 12:00-6:00pm.
  • Where: Victoria High School Grounds