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Happy Mother’s Day weekend, Victoria!

The weekend is jam packed with fun things to do today, like a range of outdoor festivals (including Esquimalt Buccaneer Days), the Times Colonist’s massive book sale, FREE video games, a FREE professional photo shoot, and so much more.

While this list is long it doesn’t include our 11 events to treat your mom to in Victoria this Mother’s Day weekend. Check it out if you’re looking for things to do with your mom and Saturday or Sunday!

Without further ado, here are 15 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend.

Saturday

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days

The highly anticipated Esquimalt Buccaneer Days is back for both Saturday and Sunday!

Come check out the adrenaline-pumping rides, classic carnival games, tasty snacks, live music and dancers, police K9 demonstrations, pirate themed activities more!

  • When:
    – Saturday, May 11th, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
    – Sunday, May 12th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre, 1151 Esquimalt Road

Quadra Village Day

The community favourite Quadra Village Day returns!

Visitors can expect a range of fun free activities for kids and adults, live music, food, dancing, and more!

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Road

Victoria Etsy Artisans Spring Mother’s Day Event

Bring your mum and come find the perfect gift for her and yourself at this island Etsy Artisans market!

Local vendors and crafters will be showcasing their one-of-a kind products, food, and more.

  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Tillicum Centre, 3170 Tillicum Road

2019 Times Colonist Book Sale

Come check out the massive annual Times Colonist Book Sale, which raises funds for education and literacy programs across Vancouver Island every year!

Come find the perfect book finds for the insanely low price of 3$ hardcovers; $2 softcovers; and $1 pocket books and children’s books $1.

  • When: Saturday, May 11th & Sunday, May 12th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Curling Club, 1952 Quadra Street

Carter & The Capitals 

Come check out this high energy five-piece funk group from Edmonton, Alberta, perform in Victoria tonight!

Known for their signature, hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, the Capitals fuse the most danceable elements of the pop and funk genres. Plus, the performance will be a return for the band’s lead singer who is from Victoria!

  • When: 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Where: Lucky Bar, 517 Yates Street

Oak Bay Village Spring Nosh

Head down to Oak Bay for this community-favourite mini food fest!

Oak Bay Village is celebrating spring’s arrival with a mini food fest. Check out fresh flavours and seasonal bites while enjoying live music, a beverage garden, and more.

  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Oak Bay Village, 2020 Oak Bay Avenue

Dove Real Beauty photoshoot

International personal care brand, Dove, is looking for everyday models for a one-off photoshoot in Victoria, and every woman and non-binary individual is invited to participate!

Shoppers at Uptown’s Walmart Supercentre will be invited to have their photo taken by a professional photographer in front of a beautiful backdrop and for every photo taken, Dove will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network.

  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Walmart Supercentre, Uptown Shopping Complex, 3460 Saanich Rd

FREE Video Game Day

Epic Games & More is giving away FREE video games today for the first 300 guests who visit their store!

Guests can pick up a game for the platform of their choice, but what they receive will be completely random, with a mix of uncommon and rare games available and potentially other bonus items in the gift bags.

  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Epic Games & More, 2612 Quadra Street

Spring Organic Plant Sale

The Compost Education Centre is hosting its 16th annual all-organic spring plant sale!

The event features local farmers offering a wide variety of organically grown vegetable, flower, and herb seedlings to get you off to a successful start this growing season.

  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Compost Education Centre demonstration site, 1216 North Park Street

Kids Mega Sale

The Vancouver Island Multiple Births Association massive bi-annual consignment is here!

Come explore tons of clothing, books, toys, shoes, potties, bouncy chairs, cribs, strollers, and more at Pearkes Recreation Centre.

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Open to VIMBA members at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Where: Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road

Oaklands Street Party and Garage Sale Day

The Oaklands Street Party returns!

The day family-friendly event will feature live music, food trucks, kid activities, a beer garden, and highlights the 50+ garage sales that will be happening around the neighbourhood this weekend.

  • When: 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Block Party is centred at 1441 Haultain Street

Sunday

24th Annual Royal Roads University Mother’s Day Paint-in and Craft Fair

Head down to Royal Roads University for a beautiful day full of activities at Hatley Park and gardens.

Take a stroll in the heritage gardens, watch painters capture the views on canvas, enjoy family entertainment, main-stage performances, children’s crafts, local artisans and vendors, free entry to the Hatley Park museum and more.

  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road

Mother’s Day: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Sing-Along

Grab your mom and warm up those vocal cords, it’s time for a Mother’s Day Mamma Mia sing-along!

Head downtown and watch the hit movie while you sing along to your favourite Abba tunes at this 19+ event.

  • When: 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street

Beginner Birding Basics Guided Walk

Calling all bird lovers!

Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to learn what to look for, and how to use binoculars and field guides. This is a great time of the year for birding, as courtship and territory disputes fill the air with song.

  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park – meet at the Nature Centre, 4100 Metchosin Road

Bastion Square Market Days

Bastion Square Market Days has returned to Victoria!

This little market is filled with local vendors and is the perfect spot to pick up something truly unique.

  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Bastion Square Public Markets