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Although you wouldn’t be able to tell from looking outside at the gloomy weather, it’s finally April!

We are staying optimistic, however, and hoping for some sunny skies. 

This weekend, there are still plenty of things to do indoors. Check out Victoria Beer Week, catch a hockey game and eat some delicious food.

Here are 9 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, April 1st-3rd:

Victoria Beer Week

Victoria Beer Week launches today, Friday April 1st and will be running 15 events throughout the week until Saturday, April 9th. 

Come down and mingle as you celebrate craft beer and taste delicious food from local vendors.

Events will take place at various locations across Victoria including The Powerhouse, Moon Under Water, Victoria Public Market and more!

You can view all the events here. Get your tickets ASAP!

  • Where: Various locations across Victoria
  • When: Friday, April 1st to Saturday, April 9th

Check out a Peninsula Panthers game

Tonight, check out the Peninsula Panthers as they take on the Oceanside Generals in game six!

Currently, the Panthers lead the best of seven series 3-2!

  • Where: 1885 Forest Park Drive, Panorama Recreation Centre
  • When: Puck drops at 7:30 p.m., Friday April 1st

Take a Tour of Ross Bay Villa

Tours at Ross Bay Villa are back!

Every Saturday,  take a journey back in time to Ross Bay Villa Historic Museum, a volunteer-led restoration project and museum located in Fairfield.

On your tour, you will stroll past heritage apple trees and blooming plants and step into one of only a few 1860’s homes still standing in the city. 

Masks and vaccine passports are mandatory to enter the house.

  • Where: 1 p.m. every Saturday afternoon
  • When: 1490 Fairfield Road
  • Tickets: $5 per person. Tickets must be booked ahead of time here

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: Kevin Banner: 7 p.m., Saturday, Comedy Here Often? The Late Show: 10 p.m., Saturday, March 26th
  • Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Attend a film festival

This weekend, attend the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, one of the largest festivals in the world!

Every year, over 400 entries are submitted to the festival, and a collection are carefully selected to play in theatres around the world. 

On Sunday, April 3rd the spirit of the outdoors will arrive at the University of Victoria. 

Get your tickets to enjoy screenings of epic journeys, monumental adventures, scenic

locations, cultural exploration, passion and determination, fear and exhilaration, and so much more!

You can view the trailers here.

  • Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria
  • When: 7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd
  • Tickets: Contact the UVic Ticket office at 250-721-8480 or online here.

Check out Esquimalt’s new library

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On Thursday, March 31st, the doors to the Greater Victoria Public Library’s (GVPL) relocated branch on Park Place opened—following a long road of planning and construction. 

According to township officials, the new 10,000 sq. ft library is “a true community living room with a modern design and décor” and replaces the former branch at Esquimalt Municipal Hall.

Designed by D’AMBROSIO architecture + urbanism and developed by Aragon Properties, lead architect Franc D’Ambrosio says the space offers a “truly urban attitude towards libraries.”

  • Where: #101 503 Park Place
  • When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday

Eat some delicious vegan food in Victoria

If you are vegan, or like to opt for plant-based options, Victoria is the perfect place for you to dine.

Across the city, an abundance of restaurants and stores share their delicious vegan recipes and products, with more being introduced all the time.

In addition, many restaurants and eateries that are not entirely vegan offer a variety of vegan options and treats.

You can see our list here!

Reunite with an old breakfast favourite

After almost two years of waiting (patiently), McDonalds has announced McGriddles have returned to their breakfast menu!

According to the fast-food chain, chicken McGriddles, bacon, egg & cheese McGriddles, sausage egg & cheese McGriddles and sausage McGriddles are available now at participating restaurants across the country.

Reunite with your old breakfast favourite this weekend!

Try Tim Horton’s new plant-based breakfast sandwiches

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Tim Hortons is stepping up its breakfast menu.

The company has announced they’re adding two new items made with a plant-based alternative, joining a variety of other fast-food restaurants to expand their menu options to include more meat alternatives. 

The Harvest Breakfast Sandwich and Harvest Farmer’s wrap are available at participating restaurant locations now!

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