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This weekend, things are cooling down, but that doesn’t mean summer is over!

It’s not too late to enjoy some of the new events popping up around Victoria. 

This weekend, there are an abundance of in-person music and comedy events. How will you choose which one to attend? 

Here are 21 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, August 21st-22nd:

Take a Tour of Craigdarroch Castle

Tours of Craigdarroch are back! Tours are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday with tickets purchased in advance. Proceeds from tickets fund the ongoing castle restoration projects.

For more information on tickets, prices and to book your tour, visit the Craigdarroch Castle website here.

Participate in the Salish Sea Lantern Festival 

The Salish Sea Lantern Festival is an annual celebration of art, culture, light and community. Pick up a lantern kit, design it and hang them up in your business or house. 

Visit the website for more information. Fish icons indicate community lantern displays which will be up throughout Saturday, August 21st. Jellyfish icons show where you can pick up jellyfish lantern kits. 

  • Where: Visit their website for an interactive map. 
  • When: Everyday until Saturday, August 21st

Watch Pirates of the Caribbean outdoors in Sidney

This weekend, the Sidney‌ ‌BIA‌ ‌and‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌Winspear‌ ‌Centre‌ ‌presents their ‌‘Free‌ ‌Movie‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Park’‌ ‌event,‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌showing‌ ‌of‌ ‌Pirates‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Caribbean.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

The‌ ‌showing‌ ‌will‌ ‌take‌ ‌place‌ ‌at‌ ‌Iroquois‌ ‌Park‌ ‌with‌ ‌plenty‌ ‌of‌ ‌seating‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌grass‌ ‌to‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌the‌ ‌show.‌ ‌Guests‌ ‌are‌ ‌recommended‌ ‌to‌ ‌come‌ ‌early‌ ‌as‌ ‌space‌ ‌is‌ ‌first‌ ‌come‌ ‌first‌ ‌serve‌ ‌and‌ ‌to‌ bring‌ ‌a‌ ‌blanket‌ ‌to‌ ‌sit‌ ‌on.‌ ‌ ‌

Starting at 7 p.m., attendees will be able to enter the park and get settled. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. 

The free, weather permitting event will also have food available by Star Cinema Concession.

  • Where: Iroquois Park, Sidney
  • When: 7 p.m. entry, 8 p.m. movie starts, Saturday, August 21st
  • Price: Free!

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 a.m. to 2 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 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through October

Enjoy an outdoor concert in Beacon Hill Park

This weekend, attend an outdoor concert at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. 

The outdoor performance venue, also known as The Stage in the Park is located in the middle of Beacon Hill Park, off Arbutus Bridge way and has recently re-opened for summer concerts. 

The Bandshell includes 12 benches providing seating for over 500 spectators, as well as picnic tables and space for attendees to bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. 

See below for this weekend’s lineup: 

The Kelby MacNayr Swing Rhythm Kings

  • Genre: 1930’s Swing
  • When: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday August 21st

Madrona Drive

  • Genre: Indie Folk/Rock
  • When: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday August 22nd

Attend a Comedy Here Often? event

Comedy Here Often? is hosting a Rifflandia style, four night comedy festival featuring live comics at multiple venues across Victoria including the Victoria Events Centre, Hecklers, Canoe Club, and Hermann’s Jazz club. Tickets can be purchased here.

Friday, August 20th:

Chris Griffin/Chris Gordon

  • Where: Victoria Events Centre, 1415 Broad Street
  • Early show: 7:30 p.m.
  • Late Show: 10 p.m. 
  • Price: See website for rates

Creatures of the Night Comedy Show

  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street
  • Showtime: 10:30 p.m.
  • Price: $20

Saturday, August 21st: 

Jane Stanton/Sophia Johnson

  • Where: Victoria Events Centre, 1415 Broad Street
  • Early Show: 7:30 p.m.
  • Late Show: 10 p.m.
  • Price: See website for rates

Local Showcase Hosted by Katie Ellen Humphries

  • Where: Hecklers Bar & Grill, 123 Gorge Road East
  • Early Show: 7 p.m.
  • Late Show: 10 p.m.
  • Price: $15

Sunday, August 22nd:

Dave Merheje/Dan Duvall

  • Where: Victoria Events Centre, 1415 Broad Street
  • Early Show: 7:30 p.m.
  • Late Show: 10 p.m.
  • Price: $25

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: The Hangover: 10 p.m., Friday August 20th, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: 9:30 p.m., Sunday August 21s5
  • Price: $30/car. Tickets can be purchased here

Attend an outdoor concert in Langford

Every Sunday in August, Langford will be holding an outdoor concert series in Veteran’s Memorial Park. This Sunday, performers include Elvis and the Tupelo Katz

  • Where: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Langford
  • When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday August 22nd
  • Price: Free!

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 a.m. to 2 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.

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!

Read a book and help fundraise!

This year’s Victoria Literacy Connection fundraiser is Book Bash! The event means your reading can help donate money to worthy literacy causes. 

To participate, visit the event’s website to register and download your Pledge Form and Reading Log. Once you determine your pledges, get reading and log your progress! In September, donations will be used to help free literacy programs. 

Go for a run!

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out, location has a huge impact on the quality of your running experience. Pick a cool August morning or break out the running shoes later in the day when everything cools down. If you’re not sure where to go for your run, we have created a list of 10 scenic routes just waiting for you to explore!

Apply to be on a Netflix reality show

Netflix is currently holding their biggest casting call ever, allowing the public to apply to be a part of some of their most popular reality TV series.

To apply, all you have to do is record and submit a one minute video of yourself.

If you’re ready for your big break, visit the Netflix Reality website to apply!

By a Raffle Ticket to support back to school

Sidney accountants, Hughesman Morris Liversedge, are back with their annual fundraiser to support children in their return to school.

This year, a raffle will be held with all proceeds from the event will continue to go toward classroom supplies and field trips for Sidney Elementary School.

Prizes for the raffle include 3 gift boxes, with two valued at $375 and first prize valued at $750. 

The baskets feature goodies and gift certificates from local Saanich Peninsula businesses. 

Raffle tickets cost $5 each or three for $10. They can be purchased at Hughesman Morris Liversedge’s office (9768 Third Street) or online via their website.

The draw will be held on September 3rd!

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