The sun’s out and so are we! This weekend has a plethora of incredible activities in store for everyone who’s tired of staying indoors.
So without further ado, here are 17 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend:
Rediscover the city you love with the return of Be a Tourist in Your Own Home Town.
From discounts on the hottest local spots to an extensive list of free offers, now is a better time than ever to take advantage of all of the perks of being a tourist – without breaking the bank!
- When: March 1 to 3
- Where: All around Victoria!
- Tickets: VIP cards are only $15 and available for purchase online and at all 7 Victoria Save On Foods locations, the Bay Centre, or Destination Greater Victoria.
BC’s largest programming competition, Battlesnake, is returning to Victoria for its 2019 competition this Saturday! Battlesnake gives teams just one day to to test their skills and develop an artificial intelligence snake that goes head to head with other teams’ creations until only one is left standing during a typical game of ‘snake’.
- When: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Where: The Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
With International Women’s Day on the horizon (March 8th), we can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend than to indulge in some serious gal-pal time and celebrate all things lady! On top of this, you can support a great cause – the expo is once again proud to offer their Coat Check fundraiser for the Victoria Women’s Transition House.
- When: Saturday, March 2 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road
- Tickets: $8 for general admission for one day, $12 for weekend pass and can be purchased online here
This Saturday, you can help local women and youth in need by signing up or donating to the United Way’s Period Promise. The event collects donations for individuals who are homeless or living in poverty who may have difficulty accessing hygiene necessities.
- When: Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Where: Hillside Shopping Centre – North East parking lot by Shelbourne Street and Dairy Road, 1644 Hillside Avenue
This workshop will focus on winter food plants. Learn how to identify, and prepare native and introduced species that are edible during the winter. The health benefits of eating wild food and sustainable harvesting practices will also be highlighted. There will be a demonstration on how to prepare a locally harvested item.
- When: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Where: The Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Rd
In celebration of Victoria Beer Week, join Sean Hoyne of Hoyne Brewery Co. for an afternoon of delicious beer and food pairing! Relax in a long-table setting as Brewmaster, Sean guides you through the history of his beers, right inside the brewery. Enjoy each brew with carefully selected pairings from Food for Thought Catering.
- When: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Where: #101-2740 Bridge St
Bring your friends and family & join the Rotary Club of West Shore at the Langford Legion for Fresh East Coast Lobster with all of the fixings! The Tom Morrissey Band is back and will be providing musical entertainment throughout the evening. There will be a silent auction, balloon pop, dessert auction & the popular Screech-In ceremony.
- When: 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Where: Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave
Come check out some great local talent and vote for the act you like the best. There will be a concession with popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, pop and more. There will also be a silent auction with lots of items for you to bid on. All proceeds for this fundraiser go towards the missions trip of Encounter Church to Costa Rica.
- When: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Where: Encounter Church, 521 Craigflower Rd
With this year’s hockey season coming to a close, the Victoria Royals are gearing up to end things with a bang! The first 1,000 people to arrive at Saturday’s game will receive a free Don Cherry bobblehead. The Royals will also be wearing special Don Cherry-inspired jerseys on Saturday to help support organ donation in Canada.
- When: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St
Are you ready to see a totally tubular show filled with bodacious dancers? How about attending the most righteous party of the year?! This dance show will feature performers from all different levels from beginner to professional. There will be dancing with music spun by DJ Chris Poynter, a photo booth, interactive activities, Go Go dancers and incredible food.
- When: 7 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.
- Where: Passion and Performance, #202-3301 Douglas St
A Night Of Bowie is a celebration of Bowie’s extensive list of memorable hits, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on his peak years from the early ’70s to the early ’90s. Since the early 80’s, Victoria-based musician, Syl Thompson and his band, Ground Control, have been paying tribute to David Bowie’s music with respect and pride. Thompson embodies Bowie’s musical style and persona; in fact, he has been acclaimed as providing the most credible and realistic Bowie experience in North America.
- When: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Where: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave
Start your Sunday at the Church of the Treasured Find. The Vic Flea is the Sunday morning hangout for local buyers and sellers of all things rare and desirable. Find vintage, repurposed, refreshed and handmade treasures for house and garden. Come check out the treasures that draw the crowds every week and talk with the old timers about local history and other weird stuff.
- When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Where: 411 Gorge Rd E.
This entertaining and comprehensive homebrewing workshop is led by Clay Potter, Moon’s brewmaster, in conjunction with BrewVic.
- When: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Where: The Moon Under Water Brewpub, 350B Bay St
Spruce up your wardrobe this winter by accessorizing with sea glass – also known as “mermaid tears”! Create your own sea glass necklace, bracelet, earrings, or other one-of-a-kind jewelry at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Using locally sourced material, the workshop leader will guide you through the process, connecting each piece to stories and histories of local areas around Vancouver Island.
- When: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Where: Maritime Museum of BC, 634 Humboldt St
Dig into a heapin’ plate of food prepared by Jones Bar-B-Que along with delicious craft beer at this family friendly, outdoor event. They’ve also got a premium add-on item of a Dinosaur Beef Bone if you’re feelin’ extra hungry!
- When: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Where: Jones Bar-B-Que, 1725 Cook St
Learn all you need to know to set up your own mason bee home. This workshop will cover all the ways we can promote pollination with the Blue Orchard Mason Bee. Take a look at all the different types of bee housing, from paper tubes, cardboard tubes, routed wooden blocks, composite trays, bamboo, drilled blocks and more. The workshop will also touch on other native bees that take over when the mason bee dies.
- When: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Where: The Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Rd
Come cheer for the runners of the 6th annual Wounded Warrior Run BC. The entire team will be running from the Afghanistan Memorial to the BC Legislature with Rear-Admrial Auchterlonie, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacfic and Mayor Lisa Helps. In addition, there will be a number of Veterans and First Responders running in with the team. Upon arrival at the BC Legislature we will be greeted by the Naden Band and several of the 13 Greater Victoria Mayors.
- When: 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Where: Behind the BC Legislature building along Superior St
When a body turns up at Craigdarroch Castle, it’s up to a vintage cast of colourful cliché characters to discover who did it, how it was done, and who’s next. Inspired by one of the best selling authors of all time, Agatha Christie, this fully improvised mystery will have you on the edge of your tweed-covered seat until the final reveal.
- When: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Where: Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Crescent
Fairfield Gonzales Reconciliation Circle is pleased to present an evening with Earl Claxton Jr. Earl will present to our community on native plants and their Indigenous uses as food and medicine. You’re invited to the event to share in his knowledge and to understand more about the importance of native plants to Indigenous communities and to the local ecosystem.
- When: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Where: Garry Oak Room, Fairfield Community Place, 1335 Thurlow Rd
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