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If you have been looking to get back into some in-person events this weekend is packed with opportunity!

Events include sports events, comedy shows, literary festivals and more. 

While we are finally able to get back to all the events we love with our family and friends, just remember to follow both physical distancing and vaccination guidelines set by the BC Health officials and event coordinators.

Here are 18 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, October 2nd-3rd:

Attend the Victoria Royals home opener game

This Saturday, the Victoria Royals take on the Vancouver Giants in their first regular season game after a nearly 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Guests are required to show proof of full (two dose) vaccination by providing their vaccine passport plus ID.

Those that are 12 and over will also be required to wear a mask at all times.

  • When: Saturday, October 2nd; puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • Tickets: Available online and at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre box office

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: Graham Clark: 7 p.m., Saturday and Comedy Here Often? The Late Show: 10 p.m., Saturday, October 2nd
  • Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Victoria Festival of Authors

After last year’s remote event, the Victoria Festival of Authors will be returning with a hybrid event!

This year, the festival will have both in-person and online events for you to enjoy. 

This year, the event will host thirty authors. There will be seven in-person events, however, all in-person programming will be live-streamed for free!

You can view the schedule of events here

  • Where: Online!
  • When: Friday, October 1st to Sunday October 3rd. View the schedule here

Attend the Shelbourne Memorial Trees Anniversary Event

This Saturday, The District of Saanich, the City of Victoria and the Memorial Avenue Committee will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the planting of the London Memorial Planetrees on Shelbourne Street.

The trees were planted to honour the fallen soldiers and nurses in the First World and Boer Wars who were from British Columbia.

The event will unveil images of the new gateway signs and a commemorative tree will be planted. 

You can join Saanich, Victoria and the Memorial Avenue Committee virtually for the ceremony via the District of Saanich’s Facebook page

A recording of the event will also be available on District of Saanich’s YouTube channel.

  • When: 1 p.m., Saturday October 2nd

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

Fatso Peanut Butter’s ‘Trashure Hunt’

On October 2nd, join Fatso Peanut Butter and Kwench Co-Working Space for their ‘Trashure Hunt’, which aims to help clean up Victoria!

To participate, get a reusable bag (or two) and fill it up with garbage from around your neighbourhood. 

Once you have filled the bag, bring it down to Kwench Co-Working space in exchange for a jar of Fatso Nut Butter and a coffee!

There will also be other prizes to win! 

  • Where: Trash drop off will be outside Neighbourly Cafe, 2031 Store Street
  • When: Trash drop off between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday October 2nd

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.

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.

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!

Try some of Victoria’s best cocktails

Reddit user u/westcoastwanderer has been on the hunt, asking for the public’s recommendations of the best cocktails in the city.

From this list, along with recommendations from industry professionals, we have created a quick guide to some local favourites. 

You can see the list here!

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