(Craigdarroch Castle)

It’s pumpkin month, everybody! Welcome October with some great things to do right here in Victoria on Thursday, October 1st.

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 five things to do today, Thursday October 1st:

One-man Frankenstein at Craigdarroch Castle

Victor Frankenstein created a monster. The terror and fear that monster inspired is legendary. But do you know the real story? Do you dare listen to it in the upper reaches of Craigdarroch Castle on a dark October night?

Actor Jason Stevens makes a rare non-Christmas appearance in the Craigdarroch Castle dance hall with his interpretation of this classic gothic horror story. If you’ve been delighted by Jason’s one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, you won’t want to miss his gripping take on Frankenstein.

Please note: Frankenstein takes place in the Castle’s dance hall, located on the fourth floor (there are 87 steps and no elevator in the Castle).

2020 Esquimalt Farmers Market Fall Markets

Esquimalt Farmers Market heads into the fall season with a new time and location. For the final eight weeks of the season, you can see local growers and producers with terrific goods and services made with environmentally sound practices. There will be food trucks on hand too!
  • When: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Just outside the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser Street), in the lacrosse box

Submersive Socials at The Mint

Ever wanted to get to know the humans behind Submersive Tribe better? Do you have some burning questions for us, or perhaps you’re just looking for something social, cozy and groovy to do with your Thursday nights this winter? The Mint Victoria and Submersive Tribe have teamed up to bring you a weekly showcase of the freshest local talent and friends of Submersive every Thursday night! Tell your friends, The Mint on Thursday nights is the place to be for underground electronic music in Victoria.
  • When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Where: The Mint, 1414 Douglas Street

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike

Victoria Festival of Authors, sponsored by the Greater Victoria Public Library, hosts a conversation with writers John Barton, Lorna Crozier, Kyeren Regehr and Madeline Sonik. With strong voices and distinct styles, their works span the range from poetry to prose, memoir to fiction. Join them for a panel moderated by Darrel J. McLeod that will be as intriguing as the works are diverse. Darrel will facilitate a free-ranging discussion on a variety of topics beginning with style, structure, form, and their relationship to content.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Online via Eventbrite

Jeremy Hotz at Mary Winspear

Canadian-born comedian Jeremy Hotz brings his international success to Greater Victoria for a handful of shows. With stellar performances at the Montreal Comedy Festival: Just For Laughs and his sold out Canadian theater tours, as well as performances all over the United States, Europe and Australia, Jeremy continues to grab audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy.
    • When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, book tickets online

Natasha van Netten Art Show at the Victoria Event Centre

Natasha van Netten’s haunting paintings of whales will be on display at the VEC from October 1st to November 30th! Paintings are for sale; see details on the Facebook Event for prices and photos. Van Netten says her paintings focus on oceanography, marine biology, and other scientific fields.
  • When: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street

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