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11 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—April 13th and 14th

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With a hop, skip and a jump, we’ve arrived at the weekend, Victoria!

It’s predicted to be a little sunny this weekend, so make sure you soak in some much-needed rays between marvelous events happening around the city.

Some highlights include the Pacific FC’s home opener game at Starlight Stadium, the much-anticipated Island FanCon, a massive youth entrepreneur market, and more!

Plus, tune into Intrepid Theatre’s ‘Incoming Festival’ if you haven’t already! It launched on Thursday, April 11th and will run until Saturday, April, 20th.

For all of this and more, here’s 11 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—April 13th and 14th:

Island FanCon

Keepers of book lore, TV series obsessors, comic book collectors, and everyone in between—this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Langford’s inaugural Island FanCon event is coming to City Centre Park this weekend, from Saturday April 13th to 14th, featuring big-name visitors, workshops, cosplay galore and much more.

Their celebrity guests feature ‘The Mountain’ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson from Game of Thrones and Mandalorian star Emily Swallow!

Jess Darrow from Encanto, Jon Cor from The Flash, UFC star Forrest Griffin and more will also be present!

Take a look at the daily schedules to find your must-try workshops and experiences. Day passes are $32 or you can get a weekend pass for $55—tickets can be purchased here.

  • Where: City Centre Park, 1089 Langford Parkway
  • When: 
    • Saturday, April 13th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (10 a.m. open for VIP)
    • Sunday, April 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. open for VIP)

Intrepid Theatre: Incoming Festival

Returning for its second year, Intrepid Theatre is thrilled to present their Incoming Festival, a new festival with brand new performances promised to inspire, shock and excite.

It will take place from Thursday, April 11th to Saturday, April 20th at Metro Studio Theatre, located downtown!

The festival will feature a mix of local and touring artists, including some people that regulars may recognize and others that are making their debut!

Ticket prices vary by show, so you can purchase individual tickets or buy their three-day pass.

Similar to other Intrepid Theatre shows, Incoming Festival will offer their “Pay-What-You-10” tickets—which means that 10% of show tickets will be only $10.

(Ingrid Hansen / Photo by Helene Cyr)
  • Where:
    • Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street
    • Intrepid Studio, #2 1609 Blanshard Street
    • Festival Hub, #2A 1609 Blanshard Street
  • When: Thursday, April 11th to Saturday, April 20th—showtimes vary

Lime Cordiale at Capital Ballroom

Don’t miss the opportunity to miss an iconic award-winning Australian pop-rock band, Lime Cordiale, at Capital Ballroom for two back-to-back shows!

Known for their clever lyrics and catchy hooks, members of Lime Cordiale are thrilled to bring more of their infectious melodies to North America for their headline tour.

The tour follows the release of their newest single, “Pedestal”—attendees can expect to hear it come to life on stage as well as previous hits.

Tickets are $29.50, you can find Saturday’s here and Sunday’s here.

  • Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates Street
  • When: 
    • Saturday, April 13th at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
    • Sunday, April 14th at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Sculpture Splash

This marvelous event celebrating the beauty of sculpture is being put on by the Township Community Arts Council (TCAC) in collaboration with the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild (VISG)!

Sculpture Splash show and sale kicked off on Thursday, April 11th and will run until Sunday, April 14th—so there’s still plenty of time to check it out if you’re unable to on Friday.

This event is free for the public to attend!

  • Where: Gorge Park Pavilion, 1070 Tillicum Road, Esquimalt
  • When: Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kidovate Market Day at the Bay Centre

This Saturday, April 13th, over 200 middle and high school youth will be taking over the Bay Centre to present what they’ve spent months making and repurposing. 

The market is filled to the brim with unique and exceptional talent, and most importantly, you’ll be supporting local young entrepreneurs!

This exciting day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—plenty of time to take in everyone’s work and find some new goodies to take home.

Known as ‘Kidovate,’ attendees will get the chance to learn about what these intelligent minds have been up to and the dozens of business decisions they’ve had to grapple with to get there. 

Gavin working on preparing his Dhalia tubers for Kidovate 2024 (Courtesy of Dr. Claudia Smith)
  • Where: Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street
  • When: Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doris and Judy Together

Stunning vocalists Diane Pancel and Kim Greenwood are thrilled to present “Doris and Judy – Together” at Hermann’s Jazz Club!

This double-tribute for Doris Day and Judy Garland will feature Ashley Wey on piano, Ryan Tandy on bass, Barrie Sorensen on saxophone and Jon Miller on drums.

Together, the musicians will showcase a mix of energetic Broadway duets, soulful ballads, enchanting harmonies, and powerful solo performances!

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or in person.

(Hermann’s Jazz Club / Facebook)
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street
  • When: Saturday, April 13th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Pacific FC Home Opener Game

Pacific FC’s home opener officially kicks off this weekend—and you’re invited.

This Saturday, April 13th, the club will face the Halifax Wanderers in a Coast-to-Coast matchup—a rematch of the first-ever Pacific FC match, won by Pacific FC with a score of 1-0.

In fact, Pacific FC have won every home opener match in their history, outscoring their opponents 6-1 all-time. The proof is in the stats—this is a game you don’t want to miss.

You can grab your tickets for the home opener online here—but don’t wait, they’re selling fast!

(Pacific FC)
  • Where: Starlight Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway
  • When: Saturday, April 13th at 4 p.m.

Sin City Illusions at Royal Theatre

Join Sin City Illusions at the McPherson Playhouse for an evening packed with magic!

Featuring two of Canada’s best award-winning performers, Jason Verners and Chris Yuill, this show is sure to amaze the whole family.

Ticket prices will vary depending on seat selection, but they start at $30.

  • Where: McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square
  • When: Saturday, April 13th at 7 p.m.

Music Bingo at Fernwood Inn

The Island Hoppers Jump Rope Team are hosting a fundraiser Music Bingo night at the Fernwood Inn!

Support their program and enjoy a fantastic evening of laughter with pals, great food and catchy music.

Tickets are just under $27 and can be purchased here.

  • Where: Fernwood Inn, 1302 Gladstone Avenue
  • When: Sunday, April 14th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

The Portuguese Kids at Victoria Event Centre

Don’t miss The Portuguese Kids as they perform a full show fueled by audience suggestions!

Their brand new show, iMPROVISITAS will be performed with an additional special guest, Mike Rita—a comedian from Toronto.

Whether you’re Portuguese or not, they invite you to come and have a good time with them and share in endless laughter!

Tickets are $35 if purchased in advance and $40 at the door.

  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
  • When: Sunday, April 14th at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)

Celebrate Earth Month

April represents many things: a new beginning, the blooming of flowers or disappearance of snow, and honouring community in a number of ways!

Plus, as many of you may already know, it is also Earth Month—the time to celebrate the natural beauty we enjoy every day being on this planet.

There are many ways in which we can do this too, including going for a spring walk, helping the Victoria Green Team with invasive species removal, beach cleanup and more!

If you have time this Sunday, take the time to look into how you would like to participate, or just take a moment to enjoy the outdoors.

Full article: 5 eco-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Month in and around Victoria this April

(TJ Watt – Ancient Forest Alliance)

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