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August is here!

Which means the summer fun is in full swing. 

Although there is no heat warning in effect, the temperatures are still forecasted to reach 29°C in Victoria!

This weekend, get outdoors, stay cool and take part in one of the many festivals the city is offering.

If you are camping, remember there is currently a campfire ban in effect on Vancouver Island.

Ready for some fun in the sun?

Here are 23 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, August 5th to 7th:

Cool off in the summer heat

To help the public get through the heat, municipalities across Greater Victoria are setting up cooling stations to help residents keep comfortable

The misting stations can be found using this interactive map online and fountains can be found here.

Free-B Film Festival

A free movie festival is coming to Beacon Hill Park this month, giving you the perfect opportunity to gather with your friends for a feature under the stars.

On Fridays and Saturdays throughout August, you are invited to the park’s Cameron Bandshell to enjoy some B-movie classics and nostalgic cinema.

Attendees to the event are invited to bring blankets, snacks and treats!

On Friday, August 5th, Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla will play. On Saturday, August 5th, visitors will enjoy The Muppet Movie!

  • Where: Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park
  • When: 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays throughout August

Afropiano Rooftop Xperience

This Saturday, the Afropiano Rooftop Xperience is taking over the rooftop of Canadian Brewhouse and Grill!

The event will feature music, DJ Malik, food and games, with lots of African foods to be purchased. 

General Admission includes 2 drink tickets.

  • Where: 3500 Uptown Boulevard #117, Canadian Brewhouse and Grill
  • When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, August 6th
  • Tickets: $26.48 each or $30 at the door. You can get your tickets here

Malahat Skywalk Summer Saturdays

The Malahat Skywalk are celebrating their one year anniversary with their new ‘Summer Saturdays’ series!

On Saturdays in August, the Malahat Skywalk will be open late, with live music and  discounts on tickets after 5 p.m. 

This weekend, you can enjoy the musical stylings of Jaimey Hamilton. 

You can see a full list of entertainment here

  • Where :901 Trans-Canada Hwy, Malahat Skywalk
  • When: 9:30 a.m to 8 p.m., August 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Sunrise Yoga in the Gardens at Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Start your day off with a relaxing yoga session on the Oak Bay Beach Hotels’ Seaside Garden Terrace. Partial proceeds from each ticket bought will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island.

Each class is 60 minutes in length, and can be booked online in advance. When booking a class, guests are asked to indicate whether they will be bringing their own yoga mat, or would like to use a hotel provided one.

  • When: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturdays, until August 27th
  • Where: 1175 Beach Drive
  • Price: $25 per ticket. You can book your spot here.

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

Moss Street Market

Summer 2022 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 a.m. to 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

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

Moss Street Market

Summer 2022 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 a.m. to 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

Sidney Summer Car Show

Hot on the heels of Victoria’s Northwest Deuce Days, the largest car show in downtown Sidney is returning to town this Sunday, August 7th!

Hosted by the Torque Masters Car Club, the annual Sidney Summer Car Show will showcase nearly 400 custom vehicles, from classic restored vehicles to immaculate newer models and more on Beacon Avenue, from 5th Street all the way down to the waterfront.

Besides the unique vehicles, spectators can also explore a range of side street displays, equipment and service vendors, food vendors, live music, and purchase fundraising raffle tickets for the Jumpstart charity program.

  • When: Sunday, August 7th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Sidney, Beacon Avenue between 5th Street and the waterfront

Cadboro Bay Festival 

More fun in the sun is coming to Saanich, with the return of a festival in Cadboro Bay filled with music, food and tons of free activities. 

The family-friendly Cadboro Bay Festival will take place at Cadboro-Gyro Park on Sunday, August 7th.

The beachside event will include a variety of hands-on activities, bouncy castles, information displays, arts and crafts stations, Hand Drum Rhythms, and food vendors. 

Three local bands, Rock of Ages, Cookeilidh and Tune Raiders, will also perform throughout the afternoon.

World-class sand sculpting artists will be working onsite, creating giant works out of just sand and water. 

  • Where: Cadboro-Gyro Park, Sinclair Road
  • When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, August 7th
  • Admission: Free

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.

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

Register to Do the Loop!

This September, join the Threshold Housing Society as they fundraise to open doors for youth and prevent adult homelessness, with their exciting ‘Do the Loop’ event!

This weekend, you can register to be a part of the Threshold Housing Society’s ‘Do The Loop!” event. 

From September 18th to 26th, grab your running shoes, jump on your bike, or assemble a team of friends, and circle the City of Victoria’s unique 25km border. 

Participants are encouraged to fundraise $25 for 25km – all event proceeds will go directly towards the Threshold Housing Society.

Ready to Do the Loop? You can register online here

Check out this remote Vancouver Island pub

The Scarlet Ibis Pub, located in Holberg, is the most remote pub on Vancouver Island. 

The Scarlet Ibis sits in the middle of a long logging road connecting Port Hardy and Cape Scott Provincial Park, in a town of under 100 people. 

The pub has great views from their patio as well as their own Lager. 

They also serve Pale Ale brewed by Longwood Brewery, with a part of their profits going toward the maintenance of the trails in Cape Scott Provincial Park!

  • Location: E Hardy Way, Holberg
  • Hours: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday

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