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From the first day of the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival to picnics in gardens, here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today.

Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

A favourite summer event is returning to the city today!

Head downtown to explore the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival! The festival is a FREE five-day family-friendly community event that showcases the unique talent of street performers from Victoria and across the world. If you can’t make it today, don’t worry, performers will be playing downtown until Sunday night!

  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Throughout downtown Victoria

Picnic in the Gardens

Grab a basket and a blanket and enjoy a picnic at the Gardens at HCP!

Every second Wednesday the gardens extend their hours and invite the community to have a picnic, explore the grounds, and visit the local arts vendors, local musicians, and more! Admission tonight will also be by donation.

  • When: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Road

Two Gentlemen of Verona 

The classic Shakespeare comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona, is starting its Victoria run tonight!

The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival presents their interpretation of a rollicking “la dolce vita” rom-com that celebrates youth, impulsivity, bad decisions, and unexpected endings — plus, ‘Steve’ the dog will join the cast on stage!

  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Camosun College Landsdowne Campus, 3100 Foul Bay Road

VEC Workparty!

Join the non-profit community space, the Victoria Event Centre (VEC) for another community work party!

In exchange for some free drins, people can help with maintenance tasks around the centre that are suitable for a range of interests and skill levels — pick up a paintbrush, screwdriver, hammer, or a coffee/pint, and help make the centre look as good as it can be!

  • When: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street

Wilde About Sappho, A Pride Reading by Local Queer Writers

Celebrate Pride Week by joining City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton for Wilde About Sappho, A Pride Reading by Local Queer Writers at Victoria City Hall!

Wilde About Sappho is a celebration of poetry, fiction and spoken word by LGBTQI2S writers from Greater Victoria. Mayor Lisa Helps will join the range of speakers, including Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate, Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Canada’s decriminalization of same-sex relationships.

  • When: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square