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15 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, June 17th-19th


This weekend is Father’s Day!

Which means it’s time to take extra special care to show your dad how thankful you are for everything he does.

This year, dads will have the chance to go skiing, take in the views from high heights, try some beers and spirits and more!

If you want some special events to take your dad to this weekend, you can check out our list here!

You don’t have to limit your celebrations to Sunday, however. 

Here are 15 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, June 17th-19th:

‘Meat’ball Sub Pop-Up

On Friday, Working Culture Bread will be having their first summer pop-up featuring a fresh made-to-order ‘meat’ball sub on a toasted sesame hoagie. 

It’s vegetarian and a vegan option will also be available! 

  • Where: 2506 Douglas Street
  • When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday June 17th

Fridays at the Station

Langford Station has a whole new look and it is sure to be the new place to be!

The station turned community hub will feature cold drinks, delicious food and plenty of shopping every Friday throughout the summer. 

The weekly pop-up summer series is hosted by Victoria Beer Society who will also be on site serving up cold sleeves and flights of craft beer each week.

  • Where: Langford Station, 720 Station Avenue
  • When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., every Friday from May 20th to August 26th

James Bay Market

The James Bay Market has been in operation for 28 years. Visitors can still support local farms, food producers and craft vendors when they visit the James Bay staple.

  • When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from May 7th to September 24th
  • Where: Corner of Menzies and Superior Street

Goldstream Farmers Market

Everything at the Goldstream Farmers Market is homemade, handmade or home grown. 

Vendors offer local fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads and goodies, unique and quality crafts and textile creations. There is also live music, a water park and food trucks.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from May to October
  • Where: Veterans’ Memorial Park, Langford

Sooke Country Market

From April to October, you can find farm fresh veggies, crafts, baking, art and more at the Sooke Country Market. 

The market is located in John Phillips Park, near the Sooke district hall.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from April 23rd to October 8th
  • Where: Memorial Park, John Philips, Sooke

Victoria Lions Bottle Drive

The Victoria Lions Club will be hosting a bottle drive on Saturday to raise funds to support Broadmead Care’s New Home for Nigel House Project. 

Stop by the bottle drive with your bottles and cans this weekend to show your support. You can learn more here.

  • Where: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday June 18th
  • When: 3955 Quadra Street, Lumberworld Parking Lot

Moss Street Market

Summer 2020 marks the 31st season of the Moss Street Market. The family favourite offers local and organic produce, handmade crafts, artisan clothing as well as community education.

Moss Street Market now offers an online market with delivery and pick up options. The organization also runs a Winter Market (November through April).

  • When: 10 2 p.m., every Saturday May through October
  • Where: 401 Moss Street, Sir James Douglas school grounds, surrounding boulevards and Porter Park

North Saanich Farm Market

2022 marks the 15th year of the North Saanich Farm Market!

The market is made possible by the love and work of many local growers, crafters, bakers, vintners and brewers and the dedicated volunteers and board. 

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays from June 5th to October
  • Where: 10990 West Saanich Road

Peninsula Country Market

The Peninsula Country Market has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts.

  • When: 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanich Fairgrounds
  • Where: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays from June 4th to October 8th

Metchosin Farmers Market

This summer, take a relaxing drive into Metchosin country, where the sheep and cattle graze and the rolling hills beckon.

Buy your fresh vegetables, breads, jams, salsa, baked goods and gifts (or crafts) for your loved ones.

  • When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays from May 8th to October 30th
  • Where: 4450 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin Municipal Grounds

Sidney Farmers Market

The Sidney Farmers Market is back with artisans, baking, clothing, health and beauty, entertainment and more!

Check out their website weekly for updated vendor lists.

  • Where: Outdoor parking area of Mary Winspear Centre
  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays from May 8th to September 25th

Sign up to volunteer at pride

With Pride Month underway, now’s your chance to connect with the community and be part of one of the capital region’s most exuberant and inclusive events.

There’s just over a week to go until the Victoria Pride Festival makes its triumphant return, and to pull it all together, volunteers are needed now more than ever.

Victoria Pride Society (VPS) says it takes around 200 volunteers to create a safe, positive, and inclusive festival. Currently, VPS is in need of volunteers for June 25th and 26th.

Organizers are recruiting for various positions, including beverage service and merchandise assistants, as well as set up and take down crews and Parade crowd control assistance!

Those interested in volunteering with VPS, who align with the society’s vision, mission, and values, are encouraged to apply online here.

Check out the new Walmart at Hillside Centre

(Ethan Morneau)

Life just got a little easier for residents of Victoria, as a brand new addition has officially opened its doors at Hillside Centre—and it’s a big one!

Shoppers can now peruse the all-new Walmart Supercentre, the chain’s first store in Victoria and third in the capital region, next to existing locations in Saanich and Langford.

Boasting a 145,000 sq. ft, two floor space formerly occupied by Sears, shoppers will find Walmart on Hillside Centre’s north side facing North Dairy Road.

  • Where: 1644 Hillside Avenue, Hillside Shopping Centre
  • When: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m, daily

Play Little Free Library Bingo

If you have driven or strolled around the Greater Victoria area, you’ve most likely noticed the Little Free Libraries (LFLs) along your route. 

LFL’s are miniature outdoor libraries stocked full of titles ready to be explored, operating under the principle of ‘Take a Book-Leave a Book’. These book boxes are created, decorated and maintained by members of the community or local community organizations.

In order to encourage locals to get outdoors, explore their own neighbourhoods and try a new book the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) has brought back ‘Little Free Library Bingo’!

Premade and customizable bingo cards can also be downloaded on the GVPN’s website, with options for general and kids. If you aren’t sure where your closest LFL is, the GVPN has provided a Little Free Library Map.

Try McDonald’s new summer McFlurry flavour

McDonald’s is ready for the sunshine, taking to social media on Tuesday to announce a new McFlurry flavour to headline their summer menu.

The new Kit Kat McFlurry is a mix of creamy vanilla soft serve swirled with pieces of crispy wafer and creamy milk chocolate.

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