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The weekend has arrived following a short week. Here are 13 things to do in and around Victoria.

Saturday

The Hottest Days of Summer – Hillside Shopping Centre

What better way to kick off the month of July than a weekend full of family-friendly fun, delicious eats, and awesome sales?

Hillside Shopping Centre’s Hottest Days of Summer event features an exhilarating Extreme Dual Slide (open all weekend!), a market featuring 20+ local art and craft exhibitors, fabulous festive food including candy apples, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones, face painting for the kids PLUS kid’s activities by Canadian Tire Jumpstart and more! These activities are taking place in the parking lot located off Hillside Avenue.

  • When: Friday, July 5th to Sunday, July 7th | 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day.
  • Where: Hillside Shopping Centre, 1644 Hillside Avenue

The One Night Only Concert Series ft. Jesse Roper

Tonight marks the start of Phillips Brewing & Malting Co’s One Night Only Concert Series!

Why wait all summer for The Phillips Backyard Weekender when you could be having a blast in The Phillips Brewery Backyard? The massive and beloved loading-bay-turned-main-stage kicks off early than ever this year, right in the heart of downtown Victoria. The concert series kicks off with talented local musician Jesse Roper!

  • When: Saturday, July 6th, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., 2010 Government Street

Yes and Yesteryear: An Improvised Jane Austen at Emily Carr House

Victoria’s Emily Carr House is the perfect locale for some improvised Victorian-era comedy!

Join Paper Street’s cast of landed gentry as they attempt to improvise their way through the conventions and manners of proper society and all the unforeseen complications such constraints provide. Tickets also include complementary lemonade and cucumber sandwiches.

  • When: Saturday, July 6th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Emily Carr House, 207 Government Street

Other events to check out on Saturday:

Phenomacon 2019

Vic West Fest 2019

Trash Games For Charity

Pacific FC v Cavalry FC

Roller Derby Pride Double Header! Hard Cores & Villains

Sunday

Victoria Pride Parade 2019

The two most exuberant events in town – the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival – are officially a quarter of a century old, and will be celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in style this year!

For this year’s pride parade, join thousands of people as they walk down Government street in celebration of love and the LGBQT2 community.

If you can’t make it downtown but still want to watch the parade, don’t worry, we have you covered! For the first time ever, Victoria Buzz will be livestreaming the entire uproarious affair on our Facebook page, in partnership with the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA), Sitka Law Group, and You Move Me.

  • When: Sunday, July 7th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Starts at the corner of Pandora and Government

Victoria Pride Festival 2019

While the Pride parade is a community favourite event, the festivities don’t stop there!

After the parade, head down to MacDonald Park for a free-for-all-ages party that features two stages of music and entertainment, a cash-only beer garden (ATMs on site), multiple food trucks, a giant vendor area, and a kids’ camp!

  • When: Sunday, July 7th, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: MacDonald Park, 212 Niagara St

Saanich Strawberry Festival

The 53rd annual Saanich Strawberry Festival has returned today! The festival is a FREE family event that highlights strawberries in all their delicious glory.

What started as a celebration of the municipality’s agricultural roots has now grown into a vastly popular yearly festival that feature a range of family-friendly activities like face painting, arts and crafts stations, bouncy castles, live entertainment, and more.

  • When: Sunday, July 7th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Elk/Beaver Lake Park, 5267 Pat Bay Highway
  • Admission: FREE!

Other events to check out on Sunday:

The Showdown Comedy Night

39th Annual Volksfest 2019