September is upon us and school is back in full swing, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! We’ve picked out a few fun-filled events to tickle your fancy this weekend, from markets to open mics.
Make sure you stay safe, and keep in mind Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for Greater Victoria at around 11 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, warning that the region will be impacted by wildfire smoke for 24 to 48 hours.
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 eight things to do this weekend!
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
The Bubble Bus Co. will be on-site pouring complimentary Babes Honey Farms “Bee Line Sparkling Honey Drink” samples at the Bay Centre’s Government Street entrance.
With two options, Mermaid Tears and Currantly Hipp on tap, stop by the Bay Centre for a Random Act of Comfort and sip, shop, and stay local.
- When: Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: The Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street
For a Cash donation to the Crime Stoppers program, shred all of your personal documents in a secure shredding machine and protect yourself from identity theft!
- When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Where: Tillicum Centre, 3170 Tillicum Road
Everything is different for now, even The Esquimalt Ribfest.
On Saturday, there will be a drive-through “Virtual Ribfest” to keep the giving spirit of Esquimalt alive. Enter off of Lyall St into the Curling Rink parking lot to be greeted by Pat the Ribfest Pig and Ribfest volunteers to make a donation.
For a donation of $10 or more, you can get a free bottle of BBQ sauce (limited supply) from one of our Ribbers. To help you get the ribs on, Country Grocer has sponsored $3 off coupons for a family pack of pork or beef ribs. Then, after you grill up those delicious ribs take a picture and enter into our rib dinner contest. Post your awesome rib dinner to the Esquimalt Ribfest Facebook page and you will be entered into a draw for one of 6 rib dinners for 2021.
- When: Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Where: Curling rink parking lot, enter off Lyall Street. There is a Country Grocer nearby.
It’s recommended 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
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
People in the Victoria area have a new run and easy way to shop local from the comfort of their own homes. A dozen great vendors mainly based in the Westshore will be presenting unique items from cookies to cake pops to fairy gardens to leather goods and more. RSVP “Going” in the Facebook event to see live vendor videos and promotions!
- When: Saturday at 9 a.m. through to Monday
- Where: Online through Facebook
Local blues tribute band McKinley Wolf takes the stage at the Loft Pub! $10 cover gets you a fun night of music from the masters. Tables pre-book in groups of four or six and will be spaced out for COVID-19 safety.
- When: Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Where: The Loft Pub, 229 Gorge Road East