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Things to do in and around Victoria this weekend: April 8-9


Congrats, you made it to the weekend! Here’s a weekend digest of what’s on in and around Victoria this weekend including ceremonies marking 100-years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

“Salute to Vimy” commemoration at Fort Rodd Hill

  • What: Parks Canada is hosting a special “Salute to Vimy” commemoration at Fort Rodd Hill.  There will be tons of activities for the family.
  • When: Saturday, April 8th – 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites – 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road

Victoria Symphony presents: Our Canada

  • What: Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday! A concert exploring our country’s rich literacy community and connection to music.
  • When: Saturday, April 8, doors open at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Alix Goolden Performance Hall
  • Tickets: purchase online or buy at the Royal McPherson Box Office.

11th Annual Elk Lake “Take a Kid Fishing” Derby

  • What: Fishing derby begins at dawn. Every kid wins a prize! $1,000 for the largest bass and trout
  • When: Saturday, April 8,
  • Where: Elk Lake and Beaver Lake
  • Registration Fee: $10/child, $25/adult. Tickets available at Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas Street

Vimy 100 at the Bay Street Armoury

  • What: Check out the performances and exhibits from over 30 military units and organizations. A 2:45 pm a music and narrative event will take visitors from the beginning of the First World War, the Battle of Vimy Ridge to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in 1936.
  • When: Sunday April 9 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Where: The Bay Street Armoury, 713 Bay Street

Victoria Kids Consignment Spring Sale

  • What: Selling gently used items for babies, toddlers, and kids. Over 15,000 items will be for sale. Cash, interact, visa and master card accepted. Half price sale on Sunday.
  • When: Saturday April 8 from 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday April 9 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Where: City Centre Park, Langford
  • Admission: FREE

Metchosin Hall Arts and Crafts “Spring Fling”

  • What: Local crafters selling affordable quality products from jewelry, wooden garden boxes, children’s toys, delicious treats, beauty products and more.
  • When: Saturday April 8 from 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Where: Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Road
  • Admission: FREE

Millstream Garage Sale

  • What: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Baked goods and drinks are available for purchase.
  • When: Saturday April 8 from 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Where: Millstream Elementary School, 626 Hoylake Road
  • Admission: FREE

Spring into Summer Craft Sale & Market

  • What: Presented by the Juan de Fuca Arts and Craft Guild. All items for sale are handmade locally. Chocolate, jewelry, pottery, quilting, baked goods and more. Rainbow Kitchen will be open.
  • When: Saturday April 8 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Where: Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Road
  • Admission: FREE

Vancouver Island Pet Expo

  • What: Variety of pet related exhibitors selling pet products, supplies, accessories and more. There will be representatives from breeder clubs, veterinary, medical services, pet adoption agencies and more. First 100 people through the door on both days receive a free goody bag.
  • When: Saturday April 8 from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday April 9 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Where: Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road
  • Admission: $8/adult day pass, $6/ senior and student day pass, $12/adult weekend pass, $9/senior and student weekend pass

Victoria Cherry Blossom Festival

  • What: Afternoon of hands-on activities, tours, poetry and performances in celebration of spring. Learn about the history of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival and explore the art of Haiku poetry.
  • When: Saturday, April 8 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street

Mompreneur at the Market

  • What: Showcasing local talented Mompreneurs, Mom Bosses and Boss Babes selling their creations from handmade artwork, accessories, jewelry, clothing, toys, treats and more.
  • When: Sunday April 9 from 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Where: Victoria Public Market, 1701 Douglas Street
  • Admission: FREE

The Fashion Exhibition

  • What: Produced by Concept-Couture. Enjoy a 5-star runway while sipping bubbly and exploring pop-up shops by local retailers, designers and beauty experts.
  • When: Saturday April 8 from 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Where: Crystal Gardens, 713 Douglas Street
  • Tickets: available online

FREE Zumba Fitness Class

  • What: Zumba class open to the public, taking place in centre court on the lower level.
  • When: Saturday April 8 from 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Where: Goodlife Fitness, The Bay Centre

Goddess Yoga

  • What: Namaste! GoodLife Fitness Victoria Bay Centre is holding an exclusive afternoon of yoga in support of Goddess Run. The event is by donation, and ALL proceeds will go to the BC Cancer Foundation!
  • When: Sunday April 9 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Where: Goodlife Fitness, The Bay Centre


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