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5 markets in and around Victoria to peruse before summer’s end

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Grab your reusable bags and be prepared to pack them full!

Summer is here and the markets are ready for you once again. Vendors, musicians, volunteers, farmers, and more have been working exceptionally hard to keep this community-driven tradition alive.

Take a break from your busy week or start your weekend off right with this collection of markets—prime hubs for creativity and local collaboration!

Here is a quick summer guide to some of the hotspot markets happening in and around Victoria this summer:

Esquimalt Farmers Market

The Monday and Thursday Esquimalt Farmers Markets are in full swing, both offering fun-filled entertainment and browsing opportunities for all ages!

Monday’s market is in Gorge Park from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until mid-September; and Thursday’s market is at Memorial Park from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..

The last two Thursday night markets on September 19th and 26th will go from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You’ll find a huge selection of featured farm-fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, jewelry, clothing and much more.

Plus, they’ll have rotating weekly food trucks and nightly musical performances!

  • Where: 
    • Monday: Gorge Park, 1070 Tillicum Road
    • Thursday: Memorial Park, 1200 Esquimalt Road
  • When: 
    • Monday: Now until September 16th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday:
      • Now until September 12th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      • September 19th and 26th from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Oaklands Sunset Market

The community of Oak Bay is thrilled to invite everyone back for another year of Oaklands Sunset Market!

It’s set to occur every Wednesday night at the Oaklands Community Centre until August 28th, where you’ll find over 50 local food and artisan vendors, live music and more.

There are also 8 diverse selections of food trucks available, including Churros and Mor, Greek n Go, Hazel’s Ice Cream and others!

There’s no better way to spend a summer evening.

  • Where: Oaklands Community Centre, 1-2827 Belmont Avenue
  • When: Every Wednesday until August 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sidney Street Market

Thousands of people flock to Sidney for this beloved street market, which has become a community staple for the vendors and atmosphere as well as the surrounding businesses.

The Sidney Street Market takes place on every Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until September 5th.

Grab a bite to eat, sway to the live music and find something unique to take home!

  • Where: Beacon Avenue, Sidney
  • When: Every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until September 5th

Oak Bay Night Market

From now until September 11th, every second Wednesday of the month will bring a transformative and lively market to the streets of Oak Bay!

The Oak Bay Night Market is the perfect chance to stroll the historic village and take a look at what the artisans are showcasing, including wood turned bowls, hand made greeting cards, glass art, paper casting, fabric arts, jewelry, toys, fresh made soaps and cosmetics and preserves.

Plus, they have live music, a magician, face painting and balloon animals—so you can bring the kidlets knowing they’ll be entertained!

  • Where: Oak Bay Village
  • When: Every second Wednesday of the month until September 11th

Peninsula Country Market

The Peninsula Country Market began in 1991 and has become a community gathering place for locals and visitors alike every year!

Spend every Saturday until October 12th shopping local artisan goods, fresh produce and indulging in one of their many food options.

Additionally, they have a variety of live entertainment and activities, including a new educational activity in their kids zone!

  • Where: Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road
  • When: Every Saturday from 9 am. to 1 p.m. until October 12th

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