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Not sure how it happened, but somehow it’s the first weekend of September!

As we transition from summer into fall, there are still plenty of markets to enjoy, music to partake in and safe, outdoor events to explore.

As you head out to activities and events, please follow the restrictions and guidelines that these businesses require to keep their employees and patrons safe during the pandemic.

As always, wash your hands, wear masks, practice physical distancing, and stay home if you feel sick or show symptoms!

Without further ado, here are 12 things to do this Labour Day long weekend!

Jojo Mason live at Mary Winspear Centre

For 604 Records recording artist JoJo Mason, the past three years have been an incredible journey. Now, with five Top 10 tracks under his belt, the BC-based two-time CCMA Rising Star Award nominee is ready to hit the ground running once again, and he’s more than excited to see what’s on the horizon.

Mary Winspear Centre will be taking all measures to provide a safe, sanitized and comfortable concert setting, following current regulations provided by the provincial government and Worksafe BC.

  • When: Saturday & Sunday – shows start at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Sunset and Bioluminescence Paddle Tour

Enjoy a sunset and bioluminescence tour in the Brentwood Bay area, and paddle back to the kayak ramp under an almost full moon.

As this is an evening paddle, you will need a waterproof flashlight or headlamp (waterproof flashlights available to rent when you register through South Island SUP).

  • When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: South Island SUP, Gonzales Bay

Saturday Moss Street Market

One of Victoria’s largest weekly summer farmer’s markets is back for its 29th year at a new and expanded location to help vendors and customers practice proper physical distancing. Enjoy fresh, local produce, delicious food and handmade goods.

  • When:  Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Sir James Douglas school grounds and Moss Street and Thurlow Road boulevards

Goldstream Farmers Market

The Market supports and promotes a sustainable and vibrant local agricultural industry and artisan community by providing an outlet for the farmers and artists. If you grow it, make it, or bake it,  sell it at Goldstream Farmers Market in the heart of downtown Langford.

  • When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Veterans Memorial Park

Summer Sunrise Yoga

Take part in a Sunrise Yoga on Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s Seaside Terrace every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, beginning July until September 30.

Each class will be taught by Spa Manager, Tina Lyons. Teaching yoga for over 10 years, Tina offers a breath-focused Hatha/Vinyasa moderate style of yoga suitable for all yogis.

The drop-in fee is $15 per person which is donated to a different charity each month.

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel will be donating proceeds raised in August to Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

  • When: Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Oak Bay Beach Hotel, 1175 Beach Drive

The Butchart Gardens

No matter the season, The Butchart Gardens are sure to put on a show.

  • When: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with viewing until 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue

Miniature World

Often called “The greatest little show on earth,” Miniature World is a one-of-a-kind Victorian experience. The perfect activity for the young and young at heart, this little museum brings everything from historical battles to childhood fantasy lands to life in miniature.

  • When: Daily (except closed Monday)10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Miniature World, 649 Humboldt Street

Snapshots of Canada Exhibit

Canada’s triumphs, failures and sacrifices are on display at Sidney Museum in a new travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History and Canada’s History Society. Showcasing unforgettable images and thought-provoking texts, Snapshots of Canada will be presented from July 16 until December 24, 2020.

Admission is by timed entry, and can be booked through our website. Admission is by donation. Exhibit text is English/French bilingual.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Sidney Museum, 2423 Beaon Avenue

Rock Painting at Saxe Point Park

Join Esquimalt Community Arts Hub on Sunday, September 6th from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Saxe Point Park for an outdoor rock painting session.

This event is BYOR (bring your own rock)!

They will have some painting supplies on-site, however due to COVID they strongly encourage you to bring your own paint brush.

Please bring washed rocks, ready to paint. You can either take your rock home to resin and hide, or you can send your masterpiece with their team to seal and hide.

  • When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Saxe Point Park, Esquimalt

All-ages Open Mic at Ma Miller’s Pub

Join host Carla Olive every Sunday from 3-6 p.m.!

It’s recommend that you bring your own instrument for the time being, and they are doing their part to sanitize all equipment/mics.

This is an all-ages Open Mic! Kids are welcome until 8 p.m. daily.

  • When: Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Ma Miller’s Pub, 2903 Sooke Lake Road

Christie’s Pub Monday Night Trivia

Christie’s Pub hosts Sixty Watt Trivia with four rounds of brain-teasing questions. Sponsored by Hoyne Brewery, topics can range all over movies, music, sports, science, geography and possible things found in a hardware store …who knows!

  • When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Christie’s Carriage House Pub, 1739 Fort Street

Summer Sunset Pop-Up Market at Royal Beach Market

Royal Beach Seaside Village in Colwood is hosting a pop-up market that serves as a preview of a planned future retail site in the City. A dozen different vendors from Colwood, Westshore and the surrounding area will be out with local goods and services.

  • When: Monday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Beach, lower lot, Metchosin Rd.