(Victoria Pride parade 2017/Victoria Pride Society)

This weekend is for celebrating who you are as a person whether it’s watching the pride parade cheering on your favourite Roller Derby team or chill on the beach and listen to good music!

Here are 19 events happening in and around Victoria this weekend!

Saturday, July 7th

The James Bay Community Market

What: 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. We also have a vast array of farm-fresh products from farm-fresh meats to seasonal veggies and fruits.
Where: The Corner of Menzies and Superior Street
When: 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free admission

Power Tools for Living Workshops – Accomplishment Coaching

What: This four-hour workshop will introduce you to the growing and dynamic world of coaching and give you a hands-on experience of powerful tools to apply to the projects in your life, allowing you to achieve results beyond what you currently believe are possible.
Where: Chateau Victoria Hotel
740 Burdett Avenue
When: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: $135


What: Victoria Pride Society’s Pride in the Word is one of Canada’s largest Pride festival literary events. Each year it showcases both some of the proudest and most talented writers from Victoria and across the country and is always a great time.
Where: Ambrosia Catering & Event Centre
638 Fisgard Street
When: Starts at 6:30 pm
Cost: $13

Paparazzi Pridetacular Pride

What: Alma B Itches, YVR hostess of Shequel & Sanctuary, joins a bevy of YYJ beauties including Hentrietta Dubet, Noah Fence & the new MR & Miss Gay Vancouver Island. After the show, hit the floor to dance to DJ ronnyb’s Pride Anthems and get ready for more performers to hit the Pride Spotlight Stage!
Where: Paparazzi Nightclub
642 Johnson Street
When: Starts at 11 pm
Cost: $10 cover charge

Goldstream Farmers Market

What: Here, Langford’s inner creativity is released in the form of locally-grown and locally-processed agricultural products and artisan crafts.
The Market supports and promotes a sustainable and vibrant local agricultural industry and artisan community by providing an outlet for the farmers and artists of Langford and West Shore. Local musicians and entertainers provide atmosphere throughout the day and non-profit groups share their community stories.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park
When: 10 – 2 pm
Cost: Admission is free!

Eats & Beats at the Beach

What: Don’t miss the best beach party of the summer!
The 4th Annual Eats & Beats at the Beach happens Saturday, July 7, 2018. Nothing says summer like a party at the beach with your toes in the sand and a cold one in your hand.
Celebrate summer on Colwood’s breathtaking ocean beach with live music, great local food, and FREE fun stuff happening on sand, sea and sky.
Where: Esquimalt Lagoon
2903 Ocean Blvd # 2901
When: 1 pm – 8 pm

Comedy Night for Critters

What: Another Fun Comedy night ! Hold this date and come out for a tone of laughs!
Where: Hecklers Comedy Club
123 Gorge Rd East
When: Be there for 7:30 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Roller Derby Pride Double Header! Pride Mashup & A Team

What: Happy Pride, Victoria! It’s their annual Pride Double Header, and they want to share it with you! Come out and watch our pride teams, the Glitter Bombs and the Rainbow Riders, remind everyone that derby is FUN! These teams are comprised of current Eves, former Eves, and friends of the league who love derby and pride and each other!
Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre
1151 Esquimalt Rd
When: 5 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $15 at the door

Pericles: The Hopeful Mariner

What: Shakespeare’s Pericles launches onto the high seas of the Mediterranean, full of music, magic, and pirates. Both fugitive and castaway, Pericles’ fate depends on an ultimate test of faith: before he can reclaim his family, his kingdom, and even the favor of a Goddess, he must endure the death of those he holds most dear.
Where: Camosun College
3100 Foul Bay Road
When: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

alt pride: festival of resilience

What: alt pride is an alternative pride organizing collective that hosts a series of events that centre the voices and experiences of those largely left-out of mainstream pride movements. Their events are prioritized to be free, accessible, intersectional, and family-friendly. Typically, alt pride kicks off with a march and festival on the saturday before Victoria Pride. This year, however, they will be honouring their capacities and spoons and doing what they can and doing it fabulously. They will only be having a festival, they believe that resistance can be done in many forms, and they hope to do that through a community oriented way. While they still see the value of protest and resistance through marches many of us are disabled/neurodivergent/chronically ill/mentally ill and they believe one big festival is the best way to resist while being accessible; our communities are resilient and we show that everyday by existing.
Where: Fernwood NRG
1240 Gladstone Avenue
When: 11 am – 5 pm


What: Where you can be fierce, be sexy, be anything you want to be! The night is full of paws-ibility! Costumes encouraged, body+ and pants optional!
Brought to you by the PLURRRRRR collective, profits from this event will be split 50/50 between the Rainbow Refugee Society and putting some in their kitty so they can keep throwing shows!
Where: Copper Owl
1900 Douglas Street
When: 10 pm – 2 am
Cost: $15 at the door

Clown Workshop with International Clown Facilitator Zuma Puma

What: Come for a weekend introductory course focusing on the key principles of Clowning: Self-research, Connection, Presence,
Humanity, Self-expression, Play, Authenticity, Honesty, Risk-taking, Intuition, Listening, sensitivity to the audience, flow and freedom on stage, authentic humor and much more.
Where: Island Circus Space
3-625 Hillside Ave
When: 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Free Cooking Demonstrations

What: Each week The Victoria Public Market offers a free Cooking Demonstrations brought to you by Mike Haddow from GoodLife Fitness. Cooking demos begin at noon in the Community Kitchen, and are open for everyone to attend!
Today, you’ll be making Argentinian Steak with Chimichurri
Where: Victoria Public Market
6 – 1701 Douglas St
When: 12 pm – 12:30 pm
Cost: Free!

Colwood: Peter Rabbit

What: The free outdoor event is a fun way to watch a movie and help support Coastal Community’s Young Entrepreneur Program. The Young Entrepreneur Program is an educational program designed to help students explore the world of business.
Concession in support of Coastal Community’s Young Entrepreneur Program.
Where: Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre
1767 Island Hwy
When: 8 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Free

Family Party in the Park

What: This is a FREE family friendly community event, a good ol’ fashion party in the park. There will be bouncy castles, snacks, games, and more. It’s time for some summer fun!
Where: Cadboro-Gyro Park
Sinclair Rd
When: 2 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Free!

Water Fight!

What: Join as they commandeer a section of Elk/Beaver Lake for a mulit-church water fight! Young ones (and brave parents) in Kindergarten – Grade 5 will be provided various ways with which to run around and soak each other: water guns, water balloons, sponges, and a few surprise creative challenges! Ages will be divided in the park, so that older kids do not have to hold back!
Where: Elk Lake and Parking” on Google Maps
When: 2 pm – 3 pm
Cost: $2 / family

Sunday, July 8th


What: There will be all kinds of ethnic dance groups in colourful costumes; arts and crafts and games; multicultural cuisine, and folk music and song.
Where: Centennial Square
When: Starts at 11 am
Cost: Free!

25th Annual Victoria Pride Parade

What: Watch over 100 colourful groups & floats, or march yourself with local businesses, non-profits, the LGBTQ2* community & their allies in Victoria’s biggest parade of the year. Follow the end of the parade to MacDonald Park in James Bay for the Victoria Pride Festival! Festival opening ceremony starts at 12:30pm!
Where: Downtown Victoria
When: Starts at 11 am

Sidney Sculpture by the Sea

What: The Sidney BIA, in collaboration with the Mary Winspear Centre, the Sidney Museum, and the Vancouver Island Sculpture Guild, is pleased to announce Sidney Sculpture by the Sea, a two-month contemporary sculpture display that features more than 30 artists and close to 100 pieces of art.
Where: Mary Winspear Centre & The Sidney Museum
When: 10 am – 4 pm




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