(Image / Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site Facebook)

Welcome to the weekend, Victoria!

There’s plenty to around the island today, like massive community water fights, lots of outdoor festivals, delicious food truck events, and more!

Without further ado, here are 17 things to do in and around Victoria today.

Saturday

Sarah Beckett Memorial Park Fundraiser

Join the Cherish Summer Splash and West Shore Rotary Club for day of fun activities al in support of the Sarah Beckett Memorial Park!

The fundraiser will feature fun water games, a Langford Fire Dunk Tank, a pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch, and more! Entrance fee into the fundraiser is completely by donation, with 100% of the money raised going towards the memorial children’s park.

  • When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Cherish at Central Park, 917 Avrill Road

Water Gun Wars!

Want to prove your might in the field of battle and beat the heat? Victoria’s largest water gun battle is once again happening at Fort Rodd Hill! Participants can try to storm the Fort, test their aim with target practice, and check out cool displays from the Fort’s community collaborators.

  • When: Saturday, August 17, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road

9th Annual Central Saanich Family Festival

The 9th annual Central Saanich Family Festival is this Saturday, and it promises to be one of the best ones yet!

While the Peninsula Country Market takes place every Saturday in the summer, this weekend’s event will be bigger than ever, including a complete transformation of the Saanich Fairgrounds for the massive family festival!

There will be inflatable bouncy castles, live performances by local musicians, 70 vendors showcasing locally made products, baked goods, food, and more!

  • When: Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s Cross Roads

BC Shaver + Hobbies Grand Opening at Hillside Centre

Formerly located on Fort Street in downtown Victoria, the popular shop has now opened their doors within Hillside Shopping Centre – so now it’s easier than ever to get your favourite hobby fix!

To celebrate, they are holding their very own grand opening this weekend, from August 16th to 18th, where on top of the incredible deals they always house, they’ll have door-crasher prizes, raffle draws, giveaways and even double rewards for the launch of their new loyalty program!

  • When: Friday, August 16th to Sunday, August 18th – open all mall hours.
  • Where: Hillside Centre, Unit 77A, 1644 Hillside Avenue

Free-B 2019: Jurassic Park

Head down to the Cameron Bandshell at Beacon Hill Park for a free outdoor screening of Jurassic Park!

Paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

  • When: Saturday, from 8:30 p.m.  to 10:40 p.m.
  • Where: Cameron Bandshell at Beacon Hill Park, Chestnut Row

Pet-A-Palooza Victoria

The social event of the year for dogs and their people! This free and pet friendly festival is not one to be missed! The event will be held at a new location – Bullen Park.

Some events include:

  • Yoga With Adoptable Puppies
  • RUFF MUDD – YYJ’s first ever mud run with your dog!
  • Running Of The Bulls
  • Swag Bags
  • Treat Tasting Station
  • The Puppy Stampede
  • Wiener Dog Races
  • Photo Booths
  • Over 90 of the leading pet related exhibitors
  • When:
    • Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Bullen Park, 1150 Lyall Street

Beach Food

Head to the beach in Colwood every Friday and  Saturday for lunch or dinner from your favourite local food trucks with free, live, local music from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s a casual beach event where friends and family enjoy great food and music in the fresh ocean air, relax on the beach, play in the waves and watch the sun go down over the ocean.

  • When: Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Colwood Waterfront at Esquimalt Lagoon Beach

2019 P&R Truck Centre Daffodil Cup

Don’t miss the 2019 P&R Truck Centre Daffodil Cup taking place at Western Speedway this tonight!

NSRA & Wayne’s Trucking Winged Sprint Cars will compete in the Open Wheel Weekend as they race for the coveted Daffodil Cup Trophy.

  • When: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Western Speedway, 2207 Millstream Road

Comics 101

Have you been looking to write your own comics, but aren’t sure where to start? Look no further, this introduction to comics workshop has you covered!

This one hour workshop, hosted by Kimberly Edgar at the Greater Victoria Public Library, will introduce you to the basics of comic making: what materials to use, how to break a story into 3 panels and how to put it all into action!

  • When: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street

Lighthouse’s 21st Birthday Bash!

Come help celebrate Lighthouse Brewing Company’s 21st birthday in Victoria!

The brewery will be celebrating with games, food, music, prizes, and of course, beer! The event is family friendly and open to all ages.

  • When: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Lighthouse Brewing Company, 836 Devonshire Road

Victoria Gem & Mineral Show

Western Canada’s largest Gem show continues its three-day run in Victoria today!

The fifth annual Victoria Gem & Mineral Show will bring together over 45 of the top gem, mineral, and jewelry vendors from across Canada and showcase a range of unique gems, fine crystals, rare fossils, handmade jewelry, and more. Plus, there will be hourly door prizes!

  • When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. &  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road

Fireworks at Butchart Gardens

Every summer since 1977, Butchart Gardens have put on a brilliant weekly fireworks display, and this year is no different.

Butchart Gardens summer hours are 8:45 am to 10:00 pm, but the gardens remain open for an hour after the admissions gate closes.

Access to the fireworks and subsequent events are included in general admission. So you can explore the Gardens to your heart’s content before settling in for the show.

  • When: Saturday – fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. (see full schedule)
  • Where: The Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue

Buzz on location: Food truck frenzy at Westshore Town Centre!

Have your eats, and do some shopping too! Westshore Town Centre’s got you covered this summer! Happening  you can join them for a day full of foodie fun – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Along with the extensive list of food trucks joining Westshore Town Centre that day, there will also be family-friendly activities including a bouncy castle, free face painting and musical entertainment.

Plus, Westshore Town Centre is giving away a $100 gift card to their very own Fairway Market, and the delicious eats don’t stop there!

Even better? Victoria Buzz will be joining Westshore Town Centre live on location for the fun-filled day, so stop on by, grab some delicious eats and enter to win a prize or two!

  • When: Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Westshore Town Centre, 2945 Jacklin Road – Parking lot near Tim Horton’s

Kre8 Smash Ultimate Tournament

A massive Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament is coming to Victoria on Sunday, and the gaming event will be hosted by two voice acting stars, Tracey Moore — voice of Princess Peach and Sailor Moon — and John Stocker — voice of Toad!

The event, called Kre8 Smash Ultimate Tournament is being held at the Fernwood Community Centre, and will feature a Nintendo Switch grand prize, plus a $500 pot bonus for elite competitors.

When: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Avenue

Beckwith Big Band Brunch – 3rd Annual

Head over to Beckwith Park for a spectacular outdoor brunch performance!

Listen to a 16-person band as they perform songs from a diverse range of musical genres. The concert is entirely by donation and also features complimentary refreshments.

When: Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Beckwith Park, 857 Beckwith Avenue

Sunday Sessions: Live On the Patio

Head down to Canoe Brewpub’s gorgeous outdoor harbourside patio for some live music!

Today’s performers is local singer songwriter, Adrian Chalifour. Chalifour is a solo artist, member of Towers and Trees, and contest on The Launch television program.

When: Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street

Sunday Sunset Skate Series

Head down to the Lambrick Park Lacrosse Box for an evening of sunset rollerblading!

Kick off your weekend to some sweet tunes, graceful rollerskates, and sunsets! All ages are welcome and rollerblades can be rented on site.

When: Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Lambrick Park Lacrosse Box