Canada Day sunrise at the breakwater (James Hutcheson)

It should come as no surprise that the 153rd Canada Day celebrations will look a lot different than they have in the past.

This means no living flag, no major fireworks displays, and no concerts with large congregations.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do on this national holiday!

Here’s a list of 10 events to help you celebrate Canada Day in and around Victoria this week:

Canada Day Live from the Mary Winspear Centre

Victoria Buzz has partnered with the Mary Winspear Centre along with the Town of Sidney, Sidney BIA, and Peninsula Celebrations Society to proudly present Canada Day Live from the Mary Winspear Centre: A Virtual Celebration.

Not only will the virtual celebration include performances by the talented Michael Kaeshammer, Ryan McMahon, Caleb Hart, Sunny Shams and Edie Daponte, but the video will also feature so much more!

Victoria’s Canada Day 2020

The City of Victoria – Local Government in partnership with Canadian Heritage are excited to present Victoria’s Canada Day 2020!

This year’s celebration will be streamed on the City of Victoria Facebook page and will feature musical performances and special guest appearances.

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 7 p.m.
  • Where: City of Victoria Facebook page

Canada Day Patio Party

Enjoy a physically distanced patio party on the Irish Times Pub’s newly expanded patio!

This Government Street staple will have live music with Calvin & Charlie from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and a special Tragically Hip tribute with The Temps from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Irish Times’ Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. will also feature a plethora of drinks and eats to help you celebrate!

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
  • Where: Irish Times Pub, 1200 Government Street

Canada Day HIP FEST

This musically oriented event takes a combo in-person and virtual approach, with a 25-person limit for an in-person patio party and a much larger online event.

Sunset Labs and Hip Check—a cover band for Tragically Hip—are hosting this Canada Day special concert as a fundraiser for Sunset Labs whose business has been hit hard by COVID-19.

The virtual party will be a high-definition, multi-camera, interactive broadcast that’s sure to have attendees dance the evening away in their living rooms!

Canada Day Celebration

Another iconic Government Street bar is inviting patrons to head back and check out their expanded patio seating this Canada Day!

Bard and Banker is offering brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Revel in live music with Gina Hosie from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Vinyl Wave from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Celebrate with Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and again from 9:00 pm to close!

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Where: Bard and Banker, 1022 Government Street

Canada Day Dinner & Drag

Heron Rock Bistro is throwing a Canada Day party like no other, featuring drinks, dinner and drag.

Hosted by local drag icon Vivian Vanderpuss, this event does have a limit of up to 50 guests, so attendees are asked to reserve their bookings ahead of time.

A $90 all inclusive ticket gets you a pre-dinner cocktail, three-course dinner, and the drag show.

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heron Rock Bistro, #4-435 Simcoe Street

Canada Day at the Gallery of Nature

Join the Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature to celebrate the launch of a brand new project, collect a free sketchbook, and be the first to see a brand new Robert Bateman exhibit!

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, 470 Belleville Street

Canada Day Patio Party

Patios are clearly all the rage this summer, and for good reason, as everyone keeps Dr. Henry’s mantra of “fewer spaces, bigger spaces” in mind during the pandemic.

To celebrate Canada Day, the Penny Farthing Public House is debuting their brand new patio space and inviting patrons to enjoy poutine and a pint for $15.

Their happy hour specials run from 3-6 p.m. and late night happy hour after 9 p.m.

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Where: Penny Farthing Public House, 2228 Oak Bay Ave

Canada Day Trivia and Celebration

Head over to the Yates Street Taphouse and Celebrate Canada with Sixty Watt Trivia and Driftood Brewery.

Don’t forget to wear red and white because they’ve got free drinks to give away to the patriotic! The Canada Day Trivia will include a Bonus Mini Round that is all Canada trivia to celebrate the day.

Teams are limited to six people per table, and everyone is reminded to try and bring their own pencils.

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Yates Street Taphouse, 759 Yates Street

Celebrate Canada Day on the Waterfront

Tug Eatery at Mermaid Wharf is featuring quintessential Canadian dishes, including poutine and maple syrup glazed wings.

Head over to the Mermaid Wharf and ring in this very special day.

  • When: Wednesday July 1, 12 p.m.
  • Where: Tug Eatery, 100-407 Swift Street


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