The weekend is finally here!

It’s time to slow things down after the busy week with some live music, farmers markets and spirits from distilleries right here at home. 

Isn’t that what island life is all about? 

Now that you’re ready to enjoy a peaceful weekend, here are 14 things to do in and around Victoria on July 24th and 25th:

Enjoy some Live Music

(Brentwood Bay Village Emporium/Facebook)

If you’re looking to enjoy some music outdoors this weekend check out the Summer Saturdays Live Outdoor Music Series. This weekend, the free event kicks off with John MacAurthur at 11:00 a.m, followed by Anne Schaefer at 1:00 p.m. and Mike Preston at 3:00 p.m. 

  • Where: Brentwood Bay Village Empourium, 7103 West Saanich Road
  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday July 24th

Sooke Country Market

Visiting Sooke Country Market is a perfect Saturday morning activity. Browse through the vendors selling everything from fresh produce, jewelry, gardening supplies and more. 

Check out the list of vendors. 

  • Where: John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point Road
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturdays until October 9th

Moss Street Market

2021 marks Moss Street Market’s 30th season in operation. If you prefer contactless pick up, you can visit the online Moss Street Market to pick up your order.

Check out the list of vendors. 

  • Where: 1330 Fairfield Road
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturdays through October

See a movie at the drive-in!

No, you haven’t been transported back in time, this is real! Legacy Drive-In has announced showtimes for their outdoor theatre at Westshore Motorsports Park. 

This weekend, see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Mission: Impossible and Downsizing from the comfort of your car as you enjoy food by Westshore Burger Co. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance and it is recommended patrons arrive 30 minutes before showtime to ensure they get the best spot. 

  • Where: Westshore Motorsports Park (formerly Western Speedway) 2207 Millstream road
  • When: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: 10:00 p.m., Friday July 23rd, Mission: Impossible: 11:00 p.m., Saturday July 24th and Downsizing: 9:30 p.m., Sunday July 25th
  • Price: $30/car. Tickets can be purchased here

Sidney Street Market

The Sidney Street Market is back! After a prolonged COVID-19 absence, the market has returned to a new location at the Mary Winspear Centre. While you’re there, be sure to check out Glory Bakehouse for some delicious brownies. 

  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
  • When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Sunday through October 10th

Metchosin Farmers Market

Visit the Metchosin Farmers Market for fresh vegetables, breads, jams, salsa, baked goods and more!

  • Where: Metchosin Municipal Grounds, 4450 Happy Valley Road
  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sundays until the end of October

Attend Silent Disco Yoga at Sea Cider

This summer, attend a completely unique yoga experience at Sea Cider, a silent disco yoga class. Enjoy a complimentary cider tasting after the class!

  • Where: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd, Saanichton
  • When: Most Sundays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • To book:  Buy your tickets online

Try a new workout class

Fitness classes are back!

As restrictions ease, workout classes are finally re-opening and going back to regular capacity.

If you are interested in trying something new but want to try out some different workouts before committing to a lot of money we have a list of 15 new-member deals at local fitness studios!

Take a stay-cation on Vancouver Island

BC was recently named Canada’s #1 staycation destination! Which means we are envied by the rest of Canada for our beautiful views, nature and relaxing environment. 

Plan a staycation on our very own island with this list of 10 unique Airbnb getaways right here at home!

Take in the views on the Malahat Skywalk

The Malahat Skywalk is open and they saw over 5000 visitors in their first weekend!

The attraction includes a viewing platform 250 metres above sea level, cafe, shops and a 600m elevated TreeWalk and nature trail. 

The Skywalk offers scenic views of Mt. Baker, Finlayson Arm, the Saanich Peninsula, and islands in two countries. 

View the Malahat Skywalk website for ticket information.

Visit the animals at Beacon Hill Children’s Farm

After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm has re-opened for the summer. 

COVID-19 safety protocols are in place and the farm will be viewing only at this time. The daily public goat stampede will also not be running. 

Check out an Island Distillery (or a few!)

From the creators of the ‘Islands Passport’ comes a brand new addition, the ‘Distillery Passport’. The passport includes a complimentary flight and deals at 37 distilleries across British Columbia, with 14 of them located on Vancouver Island alone!

The Distillery Passport is $47.99 and can be purchased online.

  • Where: Vendors across Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and throughout  BC!
  • When: Available July 21st at 9 a.m., and can be used until June 2022.
  • To buy: Grab yours online today!

Try some of Victoria local’s favourite meals

On a local subreddit, r/VictoriaBC, user fyrite asked the public to share their favourite local dishes, the go-tos, the ones people can’t live without. 

Victoria delivered, and over 300 recommendations were posted to the thread.

Fyrite took the recommendations and created a mass spreadsheet and map to allow the suggestions to be easily accessible and enjoyed by everyone!

Apply to Adopt a Highway

After a year-long hiatus in the province’s ‘Adopt a Highway’ program due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BC has announced they have reopened applications for those who want to get involved. 

The program is designed for groups and individuals to upkeep their “highway” by performing litter removal, landscaping, and reporting invasive species found along the roadway.

Those interested can find the steps to apply here

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