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Happy Thursday, Victoria!

From learning about and handling snakes to discussing rum-running throughout BC history, here are 5 things to do in and around the city today.

Sidney Street Market

Thursdays in the summer can only mean one thing, it’s time for the Sidney Street Market!

Open every Thursday night until the end of August, join nearly 5,000 people as they walk the streets of Sidney browsing local baked goods, produce, jewelry, live music, and more.

  • When: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Snake Day!

Head down to Elk/Beaver Lake for a free, interactive, and educational day about snakes!

Presented by the CRD and the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, now’s your chance to touch a snake, watch snake shows, listen to educational seminars, and more!

  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Beaver Beach, Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Ukulele for Beginners with Avram Devon McCagherty

If you’ve ever wanted to try playing the ukulele but didn’t know where to begin, now’s your chance!

Head down to Tapestry Music Victoria for an adult beginner ukulele lesson, taught by local musician Avram Devon McCagherty, founder of Victoria’s The Stomp Club, The Dixie Sweethearts, and The Capital City Syncopators. Feel free to bring your own ukulele or try one supplied from the store.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tapestry Music Victoria, 772 Bay Street

Esquimalt Farmers Market Outdoor Season in Memorial Park

Don’t miss  Esquimalt’s huge seasonal outdoor Farmer’s Market!

The market helps support local growers and producers who use environmentally sound farming practices and helps build connections within the community. And of course, the food is tasty, local, and fresh!

  • When: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Memorial Park, 1230 Esquimalt Road

Tea & Talks: For the Whales Stuck on a Dry Dock

Head down to the Maritime Museum of British Columbia to learn all about alcohol prohibition and the rum-running life of early 1900s Canada!

Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educational presenters will have you viewing unique historical artifacts and discussing maritime history all over tea and refreshments.

  • When: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humboldt Street