The weather forecast is looking gloomy, Victoria, but that doesn’t mean your weekend has to be. 

This weekend, there are still plenty of things you can do to have a good time. 

Check out some indoor entertainment such as a small music performance or comedy show or get outside for a boat show or pottery sale to enjoy the end of September. 

Here are 19 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, September 25th-26th: 

West Shore Parks & Recreation Pottery Sale

If you love pottery, come to the West Shore Parks and Recreation Pottery sale to buy from a variety of handmade items from local potters. 

Part of the proceeds from the event will fund new equipment in the pottery studio. 

Cash is recommended for all pottery purchases. 

Although this is an outdoor event, the coordinators please strongly recommend and appreciate mask wearing during attendance. 

  • Where: 2805 Carlow Road, Centennial Centre Parking Lot
  • When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, September 25th

Jeff Bryant’s ‘The Great Unknown’ 

Musician Jeff Bryant returns to the Belfry Theatre after a long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic with his show ‘The Great Unknown’. 

The show is a solo acoustic performance of original songs that explore themes of loss, love and hopefulness. Bryant is on a mission to explore playful, creative curiosity. 

  • Where: 1291 Gladstone Avenue, Belfry’s BMO Studio Theatre
  • When: 8 p.m., Saturday, September 25th
  • Price: $20+GST/ticket

BC Boat Show

The BC Boat Show is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend, with vessels of all kinds and sizes at the Port Sidney Marina. 

Everything from paddle boards, kayaks and inflatables, to power and sailing vessels of every size will be on display for the public to view. 

Professional brokerages will also be bringing in a large inventory of luxury vehicles for visitors to the event to tour. 

Masks are mandatory and proof of vaccination is required to attend the event.

  • Where: Port Sidney Marina, 9835 Seaport Place
  • When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday September 24th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 25th and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday September 25th
  • Tickets: $10 per adult, $8 per seniors and students. Kids 16 and under free with a paying adult. You can purchase tickets online here or at the gate.

Luxton Fall Fair

The Luxton Fall Fair is back for the 2021 season! 

The event is brought to you by The Metchosin Farmers Institute and Luxton Fair Committee. 

Visit the fair for entertainment, vendors, food and rides from Midway!

Parking for this year’s fair can be found off Sooke Road across from Ronald Road. You can view the fair’s website for a map and further details. 

  • Where: 1040 Marwood Avenue
  • When: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday September 24th, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday September 25th and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday September 26th 
  • Admission: By donation. Wristbands and tickets can be purchased for rides. 

See a comedy show at Hecklers

After being closed for nearly two years, Hecklers is back to fulfill your comedy needs. Every Saturday night enjoy a comedian followed by Comedy Here Often?’s The Late show.

  • Where: 123 Gorge Road East, Hecklers Bar and Grill
  • When: Phil Hanley: 7 p.m., Saturday and Comedy Here Often? The Late Show: 10 p.m., Saturday
  • Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online here.

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

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.

Fall Fairfield

The annual Fall Fairfield is back! This free, family-oriented event is a celebration of community and the harvest season. 

There will be live entertainment from the lək̓ʷəŋən Traditional Dancers, Charles Appleton & Emily Stewart, Dead Deer in a Ditch, Lelolai, and Bučan Bučan.

There will also be over thirty local vendors, workshops, food and snacks as well as a community art project and activities for the kids to enjoy. 

  • Where: Porter Park, 1351 Fairfield Road
  • When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 26th

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

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 staycation 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 on 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!

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 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!

Try a pumpkin spice drink

Pumpkin spice is back at Starbucks Canada!

Fall menu favourites such as the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew are once again available for you to enjoy.

Try one of Victoria’s best crispy chicken sandwiches

Victoria is full of restaurants putting their own creative spin on the crispy chicken sandwich!

Reddit user u/beesmadehoney78 has been on the hunt, asking for the public’s help in finding Victoria’s best fried chicken sandwich.

Click here to see the list!

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