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11 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—March 2nd and 3rd


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Has anyone else been craving the weekend since Monday? If so, great—we can all celebrate together!

This weekend presents Victoria residents and visitors alike with a lot of unique and wonderful opportunities—including the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, a Naked Bungy Jump for mental health, a burlesque and drag show for body-positiveness, and much more.

As we near International Women’s Day next week, there are many different events popping up in celebration of women such as the Victoria Women’s Expo—so, be sure to stay tuned and check it out!

Don’t forget that the blossoms are out too, take a moment to wander and take in their beauty.

Without further delay, here’s 11 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—March 2nd and 3rd:

18th Annual Naked Bungy Jump for Mental Health

Leave your fears with your discarded clothing for an unabashed jump for mental health!

Hundreds of people are expected to simultaneously share their commitment to mental health and wellness by taking a 150-foot plunge during the 18th annual Naked Bungy Jump for Mental Health.

You have to be 18-years-old or older to participate and you can register your spot here, which requires a $55 deposit. Participants who raise $200 or more jump for free and your $55 deposit will be refunded. Spectators will pay $15.

You can donate directly to the fundraiser or your favourite jumper on the Canada Helps website.

Embrace the chilly morning air and happy jumping!

  • Where: WildPlay Nanaimo, 35 Nanaimo River Road
  • When: Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd—time of your jump will depend on time slots available

Go Cherry Blossom Gazing

As the weather continues to warm up, Victoria’s beloved collection of cherry blossom and plum blossom trees are reaching their full peak.

Already we’ve seen some early washes of floral colour from our early bloomers and the vibrancy will only continue to grow as we dive deeper into spring.

If you’re looking to find your own special spot, the City of Victoria features an interactive map that lists all of the trees and their blossom dates.

For now, we’ve chosen some of our favourite spots around town to see the blooms.

Full article: Here’s where to find the best cherry blossoms in and around Victoria (PHOTOS)

(Clarence Street / JR Andres)

Victoria Women’s Expo

The Victoria Women’s Expo is an annual two day event that takes place on March 2nd and 3rd at Pearkes Recreation Centre.

There will be a collection of local exhibitors where attendees will have access to a wide variety of booths that can be enjoyed by women of all ages.

An adult all-day pass is just over $9 and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • When: Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Community favourite exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has officially returned to the Royal BC Museum as of Friday, March 2nd and will run until early June!

This exhibit uses the power of photography to raise awareness around animal advocacy and environmental conservation while showcasing some of the world’s best nature photography.

Grab your family and friends and see what was worthy of display this year up!

(An American bison dashes through deep snow in Yellowstone National Park -Wyoming, USA / Max Waugh)
  • Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
  • When: Kicked off on Friday, March 1st and runs until June 2nd—during museum hours

Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface

Check out the exhibition, Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV)—a projected video/interactive, augmented reality installation by City of Victoria Artist in Residence, Kemi Craig.

Craig’s installation is made in collaboration with Hololabs, specializing in digital media, and it’s curated by Steven McNeil, the AGGV Chief Curator and Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

Afroquatics draws inspiration from the African spiritual practices of Orisha and this world of expert free divers in West Africa, as well as underwater worlds imagined by many artists and storytellers of the African diaspora.

(City of Victoria)
  • Where: AGGV, 1040 Moss Street
  • When: Open until Sunday, May 26th during gallery hours

Spring of Hope Concert

A Spring of Hope benefit concert, is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre and will feature the unique talent of virtuoso violinist, the “Ukrainian Paganini”—Vasyl Popadiuk.

Popadiuk has been described as a prodigy since childhood, having mastered the violin at the age of 6! He’s headlined many music festivals in Canada, Ukraine, and Europe, and has been the nominee for the “Person of the Year” award, and is an honored artist of Ukraine.

Tickets are $50 for adults and free for children under 12-years-old—you can purchase them here. All proceeds will be donated to the Maple Hope Foundation.

(Vasyl Popadiuk)
  • Where: Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3277 Douglas Street
  • When: Saturday, March 2nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Black History Month: AACCCS-ISSAMBA Centre

The Black History Month’s grand finale will include a special performance from Mamadou Diabate himself with Percussion Mania on Saturday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Event Centre!

Diabate is an award-winning balafon player and has released 14 CDs with his own compositions and 2 others with authentic music of the Sambla and Tusia peoples (both world premiere).

Both a world-renowned musician and an advocate for youth, he also built a primary school where poor children are taught free of charge in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Tickets for this can be purchased here!

(World-renowned balafon player, Mamadou Diabaté)
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 415 Broad Street
  • When: Saturday, March 2nd from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Meet the Makers Monthly Market

Join the Market Collective for their “Meet the Makers” spring market series at the Bay Centre on the first Sunday of the month from February through April!

This is your chance to meet and support talented local artisans, designers, and crafters from over 40 different vendors.

This event is free to attend and the first 100 attendees get a free spring floral bouquet! Plus, you can enter to win a $500 gift card to the Bay Centre.

  • Where: The Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street
  • When: Sunday, March 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Victoria Shows Love Benefit Concert

Victoria Shows Love, a group of local people working to bring a refugee family to Victoria, is hosting a benefit concert and silent auction to continue raising funds.

The event will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at the St. Philip Anglican Church from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will feature local musicians and artists that have donated their pieces to the auction.

Tickets to this event are $25 and can be purchased here.

(File photo)
  • Where: St. Philip Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Road
  • When: Sunday, March 3rd from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Retromania at the Vic Theatre

The fans have spoken, and due to audience demand, the Vic Theatre has arranged for a memorable round of movies and are ready for the excited crowds!

This edition of Retromania has been coined the “Equal Sequels Edition” and will feature sequels worthy of their predecessor.

It will kick off on Sunday, March 3rd with Terminator 2: Judgment Day at the Vic Theatre with Aliens: This Time It’s War following on Sunday, March 17th.

You’ll be able to read a brief synopsis for each film as well as purchase tickets through the Vic Theatre’s website.

  • Where: 808 Douglas Street
  • When: Terminator 2: Sunday, March 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Bite Me at VEC

The Victoria Event Centre (VEC) invites you to join them and Lusty Lugnuts for a fun evening as a dozen performers take on diet culture while celebrating food and our bodies through drag and burlesque!

Produced by Tawdry Toolbox Productions, it will feature Holly Shirt, Stevie O’Brian, Ghost of Judith, Gulabi, Sappho Fire, Ginger Tart, Venus Scales, Emerald Bryony, Fei Liu, Mr. E. Monster, Serra Moanie and Luna Lush!

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

  • Where: VEC, 1415 Broad Street
  • When: Sunday, March 3rd at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.)

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