The sun is shining, and there’s no lack of outside activities this weekend! Get some fresh air into your lungs while you enjoy any of these events happening in and around Victoria this weekend!

Saturday, May 5th

Annual Times Colonist Book Sale

What: Whether you’re an avid bookworm, or a novice reader looking to test the literary waters, one event is poised to bring people together amid hundreds of thousands of stories, poems, biographies, and more!
Where: Victoria Curling Club
1952 Quadra Street
When: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: hardcovers $3; soft covers $2; pocket books and children’s books $1.

Fairfield Artists Studio Tour

What: The Fairfield Artists Studio Tour is an annual self-guided tour that provides art-lovers an opportunity to meet local artists, tour their studios and view their work while exploring the beautiful neighbourhood of Fairfield.
The artist map/brochure will guide you to all of the studios and provide information about our talented artists.
Where: Fairfield
When: 11 am – 4 pm

Summer Crop Plant Sale

What: It’s on! Full steam ahead. The warmth is here and with it, the freedom to plant all of your favorite foods for the summer!! They will be adding Basil, Peppers, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Potted Strawberries, Beans and more to our Selection. And don’t worry, they will have a fresh batch of your favorite Tomato varieties ready to go home too.
Where: Mason Street City Farm
1015 Balmoral Rd
When: 10 am – 2 pm

Generations United

What: Join your hosts the Community Connectors for an afternoon of intergenerational connection. Intergenerational learning provides social, emotional, and educational benefits to the members of our community while also forging a strong sense of connection and purpose across the ages. We will define the challenges facing the younger and older generations in our community, then set out to define how connections between the two can enrich each others’ lives. You will be invited to partake in a series of activities that exhibit opportunities for such connection, then encouraged to take these activities forward to your community.
Where: Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Road
When: 1 pm – 4 pm
Cost: Free!

IMBY (In My BackYard)

What: IMBY! Drawing from the local burning man community, come see Centennial Square filled with interactive fun, art and performances. And the event finale is a live fire show at 9:15pm! All ages welcome. Produced by the Kindle Arts Society.
Where: Centennial Square
When: 12 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Free

Electric Pineapple Paint Party

What: Paint your way into spring at our Electric Pineapple Paint Party. Olivia will guide you step-by-step in painting your own pop art pineapple that’s ripe for your walls. We’ll be offering tropical themed cocktails and appies throughout the night to help get those creative juices flowing.
Where: McTavish Academy of Art
1720 McTavish Road
When: 6 pm – 9 pm

A Native Mystical & Spirit Fair

What: Come to those who know for health and wellness.
This one-of-a-kind event brings to you Professional Native Practitioners who are gifted, caring and knowledgeable. This awesome opportunity showcases our Spiritual gifts within the Native Community to the Metaphysical community at large.
Where: Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living
111 Superior St
When: 11 am – 5 pm

Grand Opening of Elements Casino Victoria

What: Celebrate all day long with entertainment acts including Tom Cochrane, The Underground Circus, show girls, a Songhees Nation welcoming ceremony, magicians, illusionists, a Lions dance, Soul Shakers with some funky R&B dance music, and many more.
Where: View Royal Casino
1708 Island Highway
When: Party starts at 10 am

2nd Annual Garden Sale

What: Come for this fun and creative garden event, where you can stock up on everything from annuals, veggies, perennials, garden tools and even one of a kind up-cycled garden decor. A fantastic opportunity to grab some lunch, outfit your garden and do some good in your community.
Where: St. Aidan’s United Church
3703 St. Aidan’s Street
When: 10 am – 2 pm

Free The Fuzz

What: Greater Victoria Law Enforcement Officer will camp out on scaffolding for three days while members from local Law Enforcement agencies collect donations below to Free the Fuzz.
Where: Uptown
3440 Saanich Rd
When: All weekend!

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.
Where: The Corner of Menzies and Superior Street
When: 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: Admission is Free!

9th Annual Family Sport & Recreation Festival

What: This free event is your pre-summer destination for introducing kids to new activities and sports, and for parents to learn more about keeping kids engaged in healthy activity. Brought to you by the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and PISE, this festival features over 30 activities for kids and families to try, including rock climbing, tennis, obstacle courses, adapted sports, golf and much more.
Where: PISE
4371 Interurban Rd
When: 11 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 6th

Annual Times Colonist Book Sale

What: Whether you’re an avid bookworm, or a novice reader looking to test the literary waters, one event is poised to bring people together amid hundreds of thousands of stories, poems, biographies, and more!
Where: Victoria Curling Club
1952 Quadra Street
When: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: hardcovers $3; soft covers $2; pocket books and children’s books $1.

Comicbook Superheroes Exhibit:Up Up and Away, Comicbook Superheroes & Our Culture

What: This fun and educational exhibit shows how comicbook superheroes emerged in the 1930’s and how they reflected our history, culture and values through the WW 2 years, post-war Boom, the 1960’s and 1970’s. On display will be superhero comic-books, action figures and art work.
Where: Sidney Museum
2423 Beacon Ave
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Admission by donation

Writers’ Refuge ~ Day-long Writing Workshop

What: A full day for those who long to write – skilled or inexperienced – to dive deep into writing practice.
The morning begins with muffins and hot drinks, introductions, followed by unique prompts to inspire spilled ink. Participants have the opportunity to share selected pieces of their freshly generated work for supportive feedback.
After lunch (provided) participants have the afternoon to work on a project, continue working on one of their new pieces or refresh themselves by the Salish Sea at Saxe Point Park.
The afternoon concludes with readings of chosen pieces to receive encouraging feedback.
Where: Write Your Way In
1210 Greenwood Avenue
When: 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Intro to Furniture Painting

What: Jump start your furniture painting with a comprehensive, hands-on workshop on techniques and paint properties (chalk-style & mineral pigment). What you will learn: properties of furniture painting; best practices & preparation; distressing methods; creating buttery finishes; waxing; tools: brushes, sandpapers, waxing, distressing. Take homes: instructional handout, practice board with notes, a large wood candle holder, colour samples.
Where: ReLoving Furniture
101-751 Goldstream Avenue
When: 9 am – 11 am
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Wonder Sunday

What: See, think, activate! Join Join us in the galleries for lively presentations with themes inspired by our current exhibitions.
Where: Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street
When: 1 pm – 3 pm
Cost: Included with admission

City of Gardens Quilt Show and Sale

What: Get your sew on! Come and enjoy the art of quilting — over 250 quilts on display, guild store, demonstrations, fundraisers, merchant mall, live music and refreshments.
Where: Pearkes Recreation Centre
3100 Tillicum Rd
When: Ends at 4 pm
Cost: Weekend pass is $8

Torch Run for Special Olympics

What: The annual Law Enforcement Torch run will be taking place on Sunday May 6, at 9AM. This is a family event and everyone is welcome to come out and run/walk the 5-km route along the Galloping Goose Trail.
The run will begin in the parking lot of Uptown Centre where Free The Fuzz event is being held. There is a pancake breakfast after the run by donation.
Where: Uptown
3440 Saanich Rd
When: 9 am – 10 am
Cost: $20 to register to run
Pancake breakfast by donation

Restoration Fair– Old English Car Club

What: The Old English Car Club, South Island Branch is holding a restoration fair, aimed at old English automobiles. There will be displays, parts for sale, vendor’s booths. and vehicles for sale. Displays of English cars and motorcycles will be there for your enjoyment. A food vendor will be open for your hunger pangs.
Where: Saanich Historical Artifacts Society
7321 Lochside Dr
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Admission is $4

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