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17 things to do in and around Victoria this May long weekend—May 18th-20th


Happy Victoria Day long weekend, Victoria!—who doesn’t love extended days off?

Whether you’re hoping to fill your days down to the hour or just take it easy, we’ve compiled a list of fun-fueled activities happening around the city for you to check out at your desired pace.

Community favourites such as the Victoria Day Parade, Luxton Spring Fair and Highland Games have returned for another year, so load up the family and spend the weekend running between Midway rides and/or Scottish and Celtic events.

There are many other isolated things to do as well, such as the Fruit Beer weekend at Small Gods Brewing, Interstellar at IMAX, a pop-up opera, a pottery tour and much more.

Without further delay, here’s 17 things to do in and around Victoria this May long weekend—May 18th to May 20th:

Fruit Beer Weekend at Small Gods Brewing

Small Gods Brewing is hosting their first ever Fruit Beer event and you’re invited!

Get the first sips of summer and try from their selection of refreshing, fruity craft beer—there will be nine different beers on tap, including a couple of guest taps from Whistle Buoy, Brassneck and Luppolo.

$7 full pour, $5 fruit pie features and 15% off mix and match flats of fruit beer.

  • Where: Small Gods Brewing, 9835 Third Street, Sidney
  • When: Kicked off on Friday, May 17th and runs until Monday, May 20th during brewery hours

Go On a Spring Walk

One of the best ways to enjoy the warming weather and budding flowers is embarking on a nature walk or two.

Plus, it’s the perfect long weekend activity!

Luckily, Victoria offers a number of prime walking locations that satisfy every nature need—whether it’s ocean views, flowers and/or wildlife you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone.

To celebrate the essence of spring and the increasing appearances from our pal, the sun, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite spots for you!

Full article: 7 refreshing spring walks to take as Victoria’s weather warms

(Photo by Travis Devonport Photography )

Luxton Spring Fair

Start your Victoria Day long weekend early at the Luxton Spring Fair in Langford!

It kicked off on Thursday, May 16th and runs through until Sunday, May 19th—here guests will be treated to an array of carnival rides, Antique Farm Equipment Displays, vendors for shopping and more.

Admission to the grounds is free and the midway wristbands are $47 a day—early bird sales are $37 and are offered until 11:59 p.m. the day before the event.

(Luxton Fairgrounds / Facebook)
  • Where: Luxton Fairgrounds, 1067-1019 Marwood Avenue
  • When: Kicked off on Thursday, May 16th and runs through until Sunday, May 19th
    • Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

161st Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival

This is the longest continually running Highland Games & Celtic Festival in North America, and it will take place on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th at Topaz Park.

From near and far, attendees gather in anticipation of the rich mix of family-friendly entertainment and activities in celebration of Scottish and Celtic arts and culture!

Featured events include pipe band competitions, Scottish Highland dancing competitions, Heavy Events, Scottish country dancing, fiddling performances, Scottish/Celtic and folk music bands and more.

Bringing the family? Tickets are free for children 12 and under and there is a large free entertainment area for the kids!

Tickets for adults, seniors and youth come in weekend or day-passes and those can be purchased via Eventbrite.

(Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival / Tricia Barker)
  • Where: Topaz Park (Topaz Avenue, Finlayson Street and Blanshard Street)
  • When:
    • Saturday, May 18th 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 19th 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

IMAX: Interstellar

Catch an epic sci-fi drama on the big screen!

As described, Interstellar is set in a dystopian future where humanity is embroiled in a catastrophic blight and famine, the film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humankind.

The film came out in 2014, and is directed, written, and produced by Christopher Nolan and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.

Tickets are $16 for adults and can be purchased here.

  • Where: IMAX Theatre in the Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
  • When: Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th at 7:15 p.m.

Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour

If you’re looking for an excuse to go on a road trip, this may be it!

The 35th annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour is a combination of adventure, art and a treasure hunt for both pottery lovers and supporters of the arts.

It will take place over Victoria Day long weekend, Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, and is a free, self-guided tour.

Attendees will get to dive behind the scenes and take a look at where the art happens, providing both an opportunity to meet the artists as well as learn about their techniques and processes.

If you wish to learn more about each artist and their work, you can visit the Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour website.

Gordon Hutchens small vase (Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour)
  • Where: A tour of eight studios on Denman Island
  • When: Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Langham Court Theatre

Alan Ball’s hilarious comedy, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is set to come to life on the Langham Court Theatre stage until Sunday, May 19th!

The story follows five very different bridesmaids who find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom, hoping to escape the wedding reception and the bride—who they all realize no one really likes.

Tickets are $26 and can be purchased here—this is your last chance to catch it!

  • Where: Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Court
  • When: 
    • Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 19th at 2 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks Game 6 Viewing Party in Victoria

Vancouver Canucks playoff viewing parties continue to pop up across BC, with a massive one now being held at Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (SOFMC) for Game 6 of their series against the Edmonton Oilers.

The viewing party will be a ticketed event with profits from ticket sales going to the Moose Hide Campaign, a non-profit organization helping raise awareness about gender-based violence on Vancouver Island and across the nation.

Doors will open one hour prior to puck drop at 4 p.m. this Saturday, with a tentative 5 p.m. face-off time for the Canucks’ road game.

Here are some things to know: 

  • Entry is available at Gate 1
  • Only a limited section of the arena will be open for the event. Follow signage and staff for directions to available seating.
  • Food and beverage offerings will be available at Concession 1
  • The Kids Zone will be open for families, plus keep an eye out for the Victoria Royals’ Marty the Marmot

Tickets are just $10 and are available at

(Vancouver Canucks / Twitter)
  • Where: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • When:  Saturday, May 18th, doors open at 4 p.m. (puck-drop is at 5 p.m.)

Watch the CF Snowbirds at Comox Air Show

What better way to celebrate the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 100 years of service than a Comox Air Show?

This free event will be held at 19 Wing/CFB Comox, with the gates opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the public are invited to come and enjoy aerial displays, tour static displays, and meet the personnel of 19 Wing Comox.

The event will feature military displays, food trucks, a Kids Zone, and more.

Aerial performers will include the CF Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demo Team, CH-149 Cormorant, and CP-140 Aurora, as well as the CC-130 Hercules performing a Search and Rescue para-drop.

(File Photo)
  • Where: 19 Wing Comox
  • When: Saturday, May 18th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Swan Lake at McPherson Playhouse

Witness the epitome of classical ballet with this performance of Swan Lake at the McPherson Playhouse!

It kicked off on Friday, May 17th with a 7:30 p.m. showing and will present the final show this Saturday at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $34 and can be purchased here.

(Swan Lake / McPherson Playhouse)
  • Where: McPherson Playhouse, 805 Broughton Street
  • When: Saturday, May 18th at 2 p.m.

Pop-Up Opera at Royal BC Museum

Join Pacific Opera Victoria as they take over the Royal BC Museum galleries this Saturday!

You’ll find Camila Montefusco and Nicole Ross in unexpected spaces, sharing with us the joy of opera.

The pop-up performances are as follows:

  • 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Stonehenge exhibition gallery
  • 2:20 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. in the Natural History Gallery
  • 2:40 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. in Old Town

No separate tickets are required—they’re included in your admission or membership!

(Royal BC Museum / Facebook)
  • Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
  • When: Saturday, May 18th at varying times (see above)

Book Signing at Indigo: Sonia Nicholson

Stop by Indigo Books in Mayfair Mall for a special book signing with Sonia Nicholson!

She’ll be signing copies of her Paris romance, Provenance Unknown, where readers are transported to the beauty of France.

No tickets or registration required.

(File Photo)
  • Where: Indigo Books, Mayfair Mall, 3147 Douglas Street
  • When: Saturday, May 18th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

House of Love at Quadratic Sound

Party with lovers of house music at Quadratic Sound this Saturday!

Your hosts, House of Love, will be guiding you on a journey through sub genres of house music, that will jack your body, nurture your soul.

Admission is $20, plus a one-time $5 membership fee for non-members.

  • Where: Quadratic Sound, 655 Queens Avenue
  • When: Saturday, May 18th at 10 p.m.

Concert With Victoria Choral Society

This Sunday, the Victoria Choral Society is thrilled to present The Houses Stand Not Far Apart by John Estacio and Golden Harvest by Larysa Kuzmenko.

The concert will feature soloists Betty Waynne Allison (soprano) and Nathan McDonald (baritone), and an informative talk with composer John Estacio.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

  • Where: The Farquhar at UVic, Jamie Cassels Centre, 3800 Finnerty Road
  • When: Sunday, May 19th at 2:30 p.m.

Victoria Day Parade

The Greater Victoria Festival Society is delighted to present the much-anticipated Thrifty Foods 124th Victoria Day Parade, in beautiful British Columbia’s capital city.

Taking place on Monday, May 20th, from 9 a.m. onwards, this iconic parade begins at Mayfair Mall (Douglas and Finlayson) and continues along Douglas Street finishing at the intersection of Douglas and Humboldt Street.

The Victoria Day parade is known to feature marching bands, community and commercial floats and cultural performances—and this year is no exception!

(Victoria Day Parade / Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)
  • Where: Parade begins at Mayfair Mall (Douglas and Finlayson) 
  • When: Monday, May 20th
    • Parade: 9 a.m.
    • Performances at Parliament: 10:30 a.m.
    • Gordy Dodd’s festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral Bell Ringers

On Victoria Day, Christ Church Cathedral will be opening up their bell tower to the public!

The bell ringers will be doing their thing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you’re welcome to watch for as long as your heart desires.

There’s 71 steps to get up to the ringing chamber.

(Christ Church Cathedral)
  • Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue
  • When: Monday, May 20th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Multi-Book Signing and Author Event: Munro’s Books

Munro’s Books visitors are in for a treat this holiday Monday!

There will be three local authors with their books to purchase and get signed: Collin Varner’s 50 Keystone Flora Species of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest and 50 Keystone Fauna Species of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest; Taryn Eyton’s Backpacking on Vancouver Island; and Dave Doroghy and Graeme Menzies’ 111 Places in Victoria That You Must Not Miss!

The event is free to attend, and will take place outdoors if the weather allows, otherwise they’ll shift it indoors!

(Backpacking on Vancouver Island by Taryn Eyton)
  • Where: Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street
  • When: Monday, May 20th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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