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12 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—April 20th and 21st


Happy weekend, Victoria—it should be a wonderful one!

No excuses for boredom this weekend, with a rich mix of different events from dance parties to market shopping, you’re bound to find something that interests you.

Don’t miss out on special events such as Disney Trivia, End of Days House Show Tour, and a dog adoption event in Nanaimo!

Earth Day is right around the corner as well, so make sure you take the time to do something to appreciate the earth and lessen your environmental impact.

For all of this and more, here’s 12 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—April 20th and 21st:

Celebrate Earth Day with Greater Victoria Green Team

Team up with the Victoria Green Team and other community members to help out the local ecosystem!

The Greater Victoria Green Team is a program of the charity Green Teams of Canada, and they plan a series of activities to both foster connections between participants and have a positive impact on the environment.

April is jam-packed full of meet-ups to partake in, including removing invasive species and planting native species.

Their full list of activities and registration (including their two events for this weekend) can be found here.

(Greater Victoria Green Team)

No Walk in the Woods Exhibit

There’s a new exhibit at the Maritime Museum in downtown Victoria titled, No Walk in the Woods: The History of the West Coast Trail. 

It opened on April 11th and will be available to view until October 26th.

Come along to the Maritime Museum in downtown Victoria and follow the rain-soaked path from the tragic wreck of the S.S. Valencia, that led to the creation of the lifesaving trail, to the stories of adventurers who brave the modern-day West Coast Trail.

General adult admission is $10.

  • Where: The Maritime Museum of BC, 744 Douglas Street
  • When: From now until October 26th during museum hours

Intrepid Theatre: Incoming Festival

This is your last chance to check out Intrepid Theatre’s second annual Incoming Festival—presenting an array of brand new performances promised to inspire, shock and excite.

Their final day will feature Epidermis Circus, LESS + MORE and Baby Tyler’s Puppet Experiments.

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: Saturday, April 20th—showtimes vary

Night Market at The Mint

Get ready for another sensory feast at the Mint Night Market, hosted at The Mint restaurant this Saturday!

At 5 p.m., The Mint transforms into a vibrant hub featuring local vendors with goodies such as pottery, prints, stickers, jewelry, knitted goods, herbal goodies and trendy clothing.

There will also be live music!

  • Where: The Mint, 1414 Douglas Street
  • When: Saturday, April 20th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saanich Earth Day Festival

Saanich has decided to organize a special Earth Day festival, and you can get involved!

Just behind Municipal Hall this Saturday, attendees are invited to gather and celebrate our planet, fight against climate change, and learn about everyday ways we can lessen our impact on the Earth as a community and as individuals.

There will be live music, food trucks, vendors and activities for the whole family!

Click here for more information and workshop registration.

(Saanich Parks, Recreation & Community Services / Facebook)
  • Where: Just behind Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Avenue
  • When: Saturday, April 20th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pineapple Express at Quadratic Sound

Quadratic Sound invites you to dive into the tropical groove of Pineapple Express, where reggae meets dubstep and drum/bass euphoria!

There will be multiple featured DJs, including Yung Fungus, Kreampuff, Mambo, DUBNANA, and headliner Hey It’s Pablo.

Tickets are just under $23, and non-members must pay a $5 membership fee—the memberships last a year!

  • Where: Quadratic Sound, 655 Queens Avenue
  • When: Saturday, April 20th from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Vintage Emporium at the Ross Bay Villa

Lovers of all things retro, this is for you!

Head over to the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum and experience history come to life at their Vintage Emporium.

There will be a variety of vendors featuring vintage, antique and other such goods!

Plus, attendees are encouraged to wander amidst the gardens nestled just across from the iconic Ross Bay Cemetery.

(File photo)
  • Where: Ross Bay Villa, 1490 Fairfield Road
  • When: Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4/20 at Herald Street Brew Works

Join the crew at Herald Street Brew Works for a danktastic 4/20 vibe with local bands, Baby Boy & Earthly Delights, and the Frolickers!

“It will be both cliche, but really fun,” said The Earthly Delights

“There will be songs you definitely know—one’s that are very closely knitted with 4/20 and cannabis culture—and also you’ll probably be able to spot the most notable stoners from pop culture gracing the stage.”

Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the door.

  • Where: Herald Street Brew Works, 506 Herald Street
  • When: Saturday, April 20th at 8 p.m.

Spring Fling Adoption Event in Nanaimo

If you’re up for a road trip to Nanaimo, the organization From Stray to Stay is hosting a Spring Fling Adoption event at Bosley’s University Village this Saturday!

They’ll be bringing all of their adorable adoptables for people to meet and snuggle with in hopes of finding future families.

There will also be a BBQ available for a minimum donation of $5.

If you’re thinking of adopting, reach out to From Stray to Stay Dog Rescue for the application form.

  • Where: Bosley’s University Village 505-503 Fifth Street, Nanaimo
  • When: Saturday, April 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

End of Days House Show Tour

Looking for a thrilling night of fantastic vocals and fabulous drag?

Singer, Songwriter, and Drag Queen Flamy Grant with Derek Webb will be performing live in St. John the Divine Church this Sunday!

This is one of their only two stops in Canada on their End of Days tour.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance as the location will only be announced to ticket holders!

  • Where: Location to be revealed (confirmed with venue that it’s happening)
  • When: Sunday, April 21st at 8 p.m.

School’s Out at Victoria Event Centre

Treat yourself to a much needed end-of-semester celebration with your pals at the Victoria Event Centre (VEC)!

This evening of celebratory fun will feature Hot Pot, Head with Feet, Anteater Eater and Luna Land.

Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the door.

  • Where: VEC, 1419 Broad Street
  • When: Sunday, April 21st from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Disney Themed Trivia at The Mint

Disney and Pixar fans, this is for you!

The Mint is hosting a trivia night specifically tailored for all of the Disney and Pixar lovers out there—so come with a team of up to six, or try it solo, and prove your knowledge superior.

There will be three rounds of trivia and the questions range from easy to extremely tough. There’s lots of prizes to be won!

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

  • Where: The Mint, 1414 Douglas Street
  • When: Sunday, April 21st at 7 p.m.

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