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17 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, March 11th – 12th

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The weekend has arrived and believe it or not, but we’re nearing the mid-point of March!

With a packed weekend chock-full of events, Greater Victoria is in for a treat as many of us look forward to filling our weekend with fun activities (and don’t forget to adjust your clocks).

From collaborative theatre workshops to farmhouse markets and hometown hockey, here are 17 activities happening in and around Victoria this weekend:

An Introduction to Lichens

This workshop introduces participants to noticing, identifying, and understanding the amazing lichens that surround us in our urban and suburban ecosystems.

Build your knowledge around how to identify lichens, what a lichen is, common lichen species in Lekwungen Territory, what a lichen can tell us about the environment, lichen ecology, and discuss the ethics of collecting fallen lichens for various uses.

Will take place both indoors and outdoors with the possibility of microscope work.

  • Where: Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street
  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Theatre Directors Workshop

This power-packed directors theatre workshop is sure to serve every person involved in ‘the page to stage’ process of our craft.

  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Neon Steve & Friends

NEON STEVE – Steve Robertson, professionally known as Neon Steve, is Canada’s top-selling Bass House artist and is in the top 10 worldwide.

As a regular on the club and festival circuit at home in Western Canada, and 10 year resident at Shambhala Music Festival, Steve has also played at notable fests including: Burning Man, ADE, Breakfest, Beatherder & Envision, and played in 15 countries worldwide.

  • Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates Street
  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 9 p.m.

John Lee Trio 

Raised in Nanaimo BC, multi-instrumentalist John Lee continues to be one of the highest acclaimed jazz artists nationwide.

After showing great interest in music at a young age, Lee developed into a virtuoso by his late teens.

Lee moved to Boston in 2010 to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was mentored by Ralph Peterson Jr and Dave Santoro. Lee relocated back to his west coast motherland in 2016 and began his professional career.

  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street
  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Crafted Farmhouse Market

Crafted Farmhouse Market is back for another year at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, BC on March 10th and 11th.

Enjoy a unique shopping experience featuring 60+ handmade artists, local live music, food trucks, mini makers and a licensed sip and shop with Hoyne Brewing & Deep Cove Winery.

  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue
  • When:
    • Friday, March 10th – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 11th – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Victoria Royals vs Prince George Cougars 

The Victoria Royals will host their final two-game set of the season this coming weekend, hosting the Prince George Cougars Friday and Saturday night.

The puck drops at 6:05 p.m.

  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 6:05 p.m.

Mike McKenna Jr. & John Gogo perform live

East meets West! East coaster Mike McKenna Jr. and West coaster John Gogo will share the stage for an evening of powerful songs and stories!

  • Where: Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street
  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 7:30 p.m.

Hecklers: Live Stand-up Comedy

Featuring the best comics from Canada and Beyond. Comics as seen and heard on Just for Laughs, Comedy Central, HBO, CBC, The Comedy Network and more!

  • Where: Hecklers Bar and Grill, 123 Gorge Road
  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Twonie Project Send-off and Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

The Twonie Project starts this Sunday! Cheer Michael and Angela along as they depart on their 10-year round the world motorcycle adventure.

  • Where: Lakeview Christian School, 729 Cordova Bay Road
  • When: Sunday, March 12th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dance Temple w/ Lila

Welcome to Dance Temple Victoria! Join us at Edelweiss Club for a community ecstatic dance session: sacred space for authentic expression.

  • Where: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street
  • When: Sunday, March 12th, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Drag Brunch at JR Slims

Bring down your besties, family members and everyone in between to have a delicious meal and mimosa or just come to check out some of Victoria’s greatest drag performers!

  • Where: JR Slims, 1245 Wharf Street
  • When: Sunday, March 12th, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday Art Lecture Series

Beginning with Greco-Roman and Hellenistic images, followed by early Christian and pre-modern sculptures and portraits, Dr. Young illustrates the Western perception of Age. Included are contemporary political and pop culture images which underscore Canadian perspectives.

  • Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street
  • When: Sunday, March 12th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Spring forward and mark the start of Daylight Savings Time by discovering Downtown Victoria during a free neighbourhood walking tour.

  • Where: 1 Centennial Square
  • When: Sunday, March 12th, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Drag Sunday

Victoria’s most sought after weekly drag show! Hosted by the legendary Shelita Cox, with rotating headliners and appearances

  • Where: Paparazzi Nightclub, 642 Johnson Street
  • When: Sunday, March 12th, 8 p.m.

‘The Nat King Cole Songbook’

Victoria Symphony is delighted to present ‘The Nat King Cole Songbook‘—and you’re invited.

On Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th, join VS Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin along with beloved Canadian jazz artist Denzal Sinclaire for this poignant tribute.

Featuring the songs of Nat King Cole such as ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Nature Boy’, and ‘Mona Lisa’, audiences can look forward to hearing the music they’ve been falling in love with – and falling in love to – for decades.

Victoria Symphony presents The Nat King Cole Songbook

  • When: 
    • Saturday, March 11th – 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, March 12th – 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
  • Tickets: Tickets for the Saturday show can be purchased online here, and for the Sunday show here

Welcome Day Celebration and Newcomer Expo

This FREE all-ages community event showcases newcomer initiatives and brings our local community together around diversity and inclusion.

  • Where: École Victor-Brodeur, 637 Head Street
  • When: Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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