Hidden Falls, Sombrio Beach (Kayleen VanderRee)
It’s the freakin’ weekend! From markets to beach parties to kid fairs, there’s something for someone of all ages! Here are 22 amazing things happening in and around Victoria this weekend!

Saturday, August 11th

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!

Dragon Boat Festival

What: Traffic in Victoria’s Inner Harbour is about to get busy this weekend, as contestants try to row, row, row to victory. The fun begins Friday with free live bands all afternoon and the Lights of Courage Ceremony at 8:30 p.m. The rest of the weekend will see teams race through Victoria’s Inner Harbour, culminating in the finals on Sunday. Where: Ship Point, Victoria Inner Harbour When: Friday, August 10 at 1 p.m. to Sunday, August 12 at 8 p.m. Live Stream: If you can’t make it out, you’re in luck: starting at 3:30 p.m., Victoria Buzz will be live-streaming races 66, 67, 68, and the Guts and Glory race (time permitting).

14th Annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day

What: This free, family friendly event is a day full of musical entertainment, speakers from around the province, demonstrations, workshops, vendor tables full of Pagan and Pagan friendly goods and services as well as great food! Come, join with us to celebrate and Share the Harvest! Where: Sooke Region Museum When: 10 am – 4 pm

India Mela 2018

What: Come join to the India Mela. Enjoy the Indian culture. food, dance, music, multicultural performances, bouncy castle and much more!! Where: Centennial Square When: 11 am – 7 pm Cost: Free!

Chase The Bear Live In Victoria W/ Guests

What: A summer rock show? On a non-festival weekend? In Victoria ?!?! Prepare everyone! They are proud to host a Night of Loud Electric Rock! Chock full of all of the attitude, and swagger of the “Golden Years” in the modern day. Where: Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad St When: 8 pm Cost: $10

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 am – 2 pm Cost: Free!

Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow

What: Victorians are invited to head out to Lochside Drive during the August-long weekend to watch a thrilling sky spectacle! From remote control planes to paper airplanes, we’ve all been enamored by flight at some point in our lives. Concession is cash only! Bring lawn chairs; a cooler full of goodies is acceptable too! Where: Lochside Drive, between Martindale Rd & Island View Rd. When: On both Saturday and Sunday10 am – 4 pm Cost: Admission by donation.

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 learn how to make  BBQ Beef Sliders Where: Victoria Public Market 1701 Douglas Street #6 When: 12 pm – 12:30 pm Cost: Free!

Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays in Colwood

What: Great food and live music by the ocean! We want to encourage people to get out and active in the fresh air and enjoy our beautiful seaside community. Pull up a log and have dinner at the beach with live local music, followed by a stroll along the beach or a splash in the ocean. It’s an easy-going event in the most beautiful rustic setting Where: Esquimalt Lagoon 2903 Ocean Blvd # 2901 When: 5 pm – 7 pm

Live Music at VDBF

What: This year’s entertainment stage is bigger and better than ever! We have 3 bands everyday starting at 2pm in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. Come down to Ship Point to enjoy the sunshine, drinks, and some amazing local bands. The New Souls, Younger Than Yesterday, and The Soul Shakers are back by popular demand! This year we’re also excited to have UVic Battle of the Bands winners Author with Sunburn! Where: Ship Point 812 Wharf St When: 2 pm – 8 pm Cost: Free!

Roller Derby Double Header! Hard Cores and A-Team

What: Wondering what this “roller derby” thing is all about? Come check it out on the cheap with our exhibition games! Admission is by donation, but you’re still guaranteed to get the same great action as their regular season games. Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre 1151 Esquimalt Rd When: 5 pm – 9 pm Cost: Admission is by donation

Free-B 2018: Shakespeare in Love

What: “Shakespeare in Love” is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the witty, sexy and timeless tale behind the creation of the greatest love story ever told. A young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is out of cash and ideas, he meets his ideal woman and she inspires him to write one of his most famous plays. Where: Cameron Bandshell @ Beacon Hill Park When: 9 pm – 11 pm Cost: Free!  

Sunday, August 12th

Mash at the Mint

What: We Mash again! It’s the news quiz where being fun and funny is better than being right. It’s the panel show where the points are fake but the laughs are real! Two teams of comedians compete in the silliest news quiz on earth! This month featuring: Ryan Bangma, Alan Smithee, Ryan Steele, Alexandra Forman, Evan Mumford and your host Drew Farrance! Where: The Mint Restaurant 1414B Douglas Street When: 7:30 pm – 10 pm Cost: $7 – $10

Torque Masters Auto Extravaganza

What: Own a set of snazzy vintage wheels and can’t wait to show it off? Torque Masters Car Club is hosting their annual Summer Car Show this Sunday and it’s the largest one in Sidney. Although pre-registration has ended for this year, you can still sign up at the event to be a part of this parade of the city’s finest old cars, trucks, and motorcycles, showing off a history of automobiles right here on the island. Where: Beacon Ave and side streets When: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cadboro Bay Beach Festival & Sand Sculptures

What: Enjoy an afternoon at the picturesque Gyro Park, with a variety of hands-on activities, bouncy castles, information displays, arts and craft stations and food and fun for the entire family. Watch world-class sand sculptors create giant works of art using just sand, water and a whole lot of creativity. Where: Cadboro Bay When: 11 am – 3 pm Cost: Admission is free!

Victoria’s Kids Market

What:  A Pop Up Market for kids & youth to showcase their creations, baking skills and business services. Swap tables for kids to trade in / sell their items. Looking for someone to babysit? Walk your dog? Take care of your lawn? Come out and support a local Kidpreneur !!! Where: Cadboro Bay Village Cadboro Bay Road When: 1 pm – 4 pm

Tide Pool School

What: A low tide of 0.3m presents an amazing view of the diversity of low intertidal marine life. Biologists of Friends of Uplands Park and the Georgia Strait Alliance will present the challenges for life here, the tides and zonation in this rocky ecosystem. Respect for and preservation of the Kitty Islets marine life will be a focus. Specimens will be discussed. For part of the program, you will be able to use a small net and container to catch creatures, watch and ID them and then return them to the same place. Where: Kitty Islet Oak Bay When: 10 am – 11:30 am Cost: Donations appreciated!

August Monthly Beach Cleanup

What: They will supply buckets and gloves, but everyone is welcome to bring their own because we often run out! If you have a truck to help us bring back debris to Atlas Junk Removal Victoria, let us know! Snacks supplied by Whole Foods Market! Where: Sombrio Beach When: 11 am – 1 pm

The Q! Centre Market

What: A weekly summer event, located in front of the Juan de Fuca Library in Colwood. A market filled with local Artisans, Local Goods, Food Trucks, sweet treats, musicians and more! Where: Juan De Fuca Library 1759 Island Hwy When: 11 am – 3 pm Cost: Free

An Evening with Elephants

What: Learn about elephant conservation and the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants in a special presentation by World Elephant Day founder, Patricia Sims. Event includes the award-winning 30-minute documentary Return to the Forest narrated by William Shatner. Where: Robert Bateman Centre 470 Belleville Street When: 7 pm – 8:30 pm Cost: $10

Government Street Pilot Closure

What: Government Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Fort Street and Yates Street every Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm, until the end of September.  These trial pedestrian mall experiences are a partnership between the City of Victoria and several of the businesses on the street. Where: Government Street When: 12 pm – 5 pm

FREE Child Car Seat Clinic

What: Are you using the right car seat for your child? All children must use a child seat or a booster seat that is appropriate for their weight and age until their ninth birthday. Join Esquimalt Fire Rescue and the BCAA to learn more at a FREE child car seat clinic. Food provided by the Esquimalt Lions Club. Please bring your car seat manual and vehicle owner’s manual if possible. Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre parking lot 527 Fraser St. When: 1 pm – 3 pm Cost: Free! For more things to do, check out our events page!              

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