Wednesday, April 17, 2024

There are two carnivals happening in and around Victoria this month


Grab those mini donuts and buckle in for some family fun, Greater Victoria!

If you missed the carnival at Mayfair Shopping Centre in April, don’t fret—West Coast Amusements (WCA) returns to the capital region over the next two weekends.

From May 13th to 15th, WCA is bringing more rides, games and fun as part of Esquimalt Buccaneer Days, happening at Archie Browning Sports Centre and Bullen Park.

The well-known event celebrated since 1966 faced cancellation and more modified schedules in the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with a carnival, the Buccaneer Days Parade is back and cruises down Esquimalt Road this Saturday, May 14th, closing off the road to traffic between Dominion and Admiral Roads from 9:45 a.m. to noon.

At the Sports Centre and neighbouring park, event-goers will also enjoy a pancake breakfast, children’s pirate den, dance, marketplace, food vendors and more, according to organizers.

The carnival is open on Friday from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with tickets available online here.

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Following Esquimalt Buccaneer Days, WCA is moving its carnival over to the Luxton Spring Fair in Langford to celebrate Victoria Day weekend, with tickets and hours found online here.

From Thursday, May 19th to Sunday, May 22nd, event-goers will also be able to visit the Luxton Fair Grounds to view antique farm equipment, tour a heritage museum and shop around vendor booths.

Organizers say grounds admission is free all weekend and open Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday from 3 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 11 p.m.

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days

  • When: Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th
  • Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre & Bullen Park, Fraser St., Esquimalt
  • Carnival Tickets: Online here

Luxton Spring Fair

  • When: Thursday, May 19th to Sunday, May 22nd
  • Where: Luxton Fair Grounds, Marwood Ave., Langford
  • Carnival Tickets: Online here

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