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5 things to do in and around Victoria this Friday, June 21st

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Happy summer solstice and cheers to the near-weekend!

This Friday brings us many fun and community-focused events, one of which being National Indigenous Peoples Day—a day of commemoration meant to spread hope, awareness, and appreciation.

As you are looking at our list of things to do, consider also supporting organizations in and around Victoria that provide ongoing support for our Indigenous neighbours, including the the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Other incredible events happening in the city this Friday include a multitude of festivals! Take your pick from the beloved JazzFest, AfriCA Fest and/or Ska & Reggae Festival.

Here’s 5 things to do in and around Victoria on Friday, June 21st:

41st annual TD Victoria International JazzFest

This year will mark the 41st annual TD Victoria International JazzFest—the longest running multi-day music festival on Vancouver Island!

From Friday, June 21st to Sunday, June 30th, get ready for ten incredible days of high-caliber artists performing in both outdoor and indoor venues.

Not only will there be a number of unbelievably talented headliners performing in popular venues across Victoria, there will also be several free shows, workshops and pop-ups happening throughout the week too.

Friday will bring audiences a performance from Four-time GRAMMY award-winning legend Booker T. Jones at the Royal Theatre—tickets start at just over $59.

Plus, Kristina Helene at the Fathom Lounge, with a minimum cover charge and no minors.

  • Where: At a number of venues in and around Victoria!
  • When: Friday, June 21st to Sunday, June 30th

Ska & Reggae Festival

Back and bigger than ever, this will mark the festival’s 25th annual year—a monumental achievement promised to bring a stacked cast of performers that you won’t get anywhere else.

This five day celebration, from June 19th to 23rd in the heart of downtown Victoria, presents impressive debuts and favourites from around the world to showcase the power and beauty of Jamaican rooted music and culture.

Check out the Friday, June 21st lineup, here.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for their iconic 25th year! For more information on the coming lineup, visit the Victoria Ska & Reggae website.

  • Where: Locations differ by performance!
  • When: Friday, June 21st—first performance at 2 p.m.

AACCCS-Issamba Center: 11th annual AfriCA Fest

Join the AACCCS-Issamba Center as they celebrate their 11th annual AfriCA Fest—a vibrant three-day festival that honours African and Caribbean culture.

It will run from Friday, June 21st to Sunday, June 23rd at Centennial Square, and attendees will be immersed in the diverse and rich heritage through music, dance, art and food!

An array of performances awaits you, from soulful melodies of the Sahara to the high-energy beats of West African drums, you’ll have the opportunity to experience it all.

Highlights include some electrifying performances from headliner MamaKaffe from Ivory Coast and Waahli from Montreal; a marketplace with plenty of authentic African crafts, textiles and artwork for sale; and culinary delights featuring dishes from many different African countries.

You can learn more about the Isaamba Centre on their website!

  • Where: Centennial Square
  • When: Friday, June 21st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Evening of Moongazing

Get ready for a magical evening as the summer solstice and full moon collide in harmonious promise!

On Friday, June 21st, this month’s full moon will rise at around 9:55 p.m. and shine bright until it sets at 5:12 a.m.

The June full moon is commonly known as the ‘Strawberry Moon’—which according to NASA, stems from the relatively short window for harvesting strawberries in parts of the US.

Other names include Flower Moon, Hot Moon, Hoe Moon and Planting Moon.

  • Where: Anywhere with a good lookout point!
  • When: Friday, June 21st—moonrise is at 9:55 p.m.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is on Friday, June 21st, and will bring plenty of activities, as well as the perfect chance to support local Indigenous businesses in and around Victoria.

For those who may not know, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebration of Indigenous culture and resiliency—which greatly differs from National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in September, as that is a day of mourning the past and ongoing harms of colonialism.

It is a commemoration meant to spread hope, awareness, and appreciation!

We’ve compiled a list of how and where you can celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, including local Indigenous-owned businesses and celebrations happening in and around the city.

Full article: Here’s how you can join Greater Victoria in honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day

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