18 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, August 14-15
The weekend is here!
After a long week at work, you deserve to have fun, take a break and recharge your batteries.
Slowly but surely we are seeing more and more community events being announced. With new outdoor markets, animal gatherings, and live music, how can you choose?
Before planning your weekend, be sure to check the weather forecast and air quality. With the current heatwave and forest fire smoke that should remain throughout the weekend, it will be important to take this into account when determining your weekend plans.
Here are 18 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, August 14-15:
The biggest outdoor animal festival is back! Bring your four-legged friend to the Pet Palooza event to taste treats, find new accessories and toys, and get loads of free gifts!
- Or: 1140 Lyall Street, Bullen Park
- When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday August 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday August 15
- Admission: Free!
Dragon Boat Festival
This year the Canada Dry Dragon Boat Festival is a little different! Due to the pandemic, the 2021 festival will not include dragon boat races, but there will be many other community events to participate in.
The theme of the 2021 event is “The Spirit of the Dragon – Resilience”. The theme, which will run through all events, celebrates a united community that has persevered over the past year.
Events include a Battle of the Bands event taking place via TikTok and Instagram as well as a Lights of Courage campaign. Attendees can purchase a colorful lantern for $ 2 at Fairways Markets, write a message of hope on its label, and add it to the lantern display, either at Ship’s Point when you visit our festival celebrations on the 14th and 15th. August, or at their local Fairway Market.
The event honors those who fight cancer, those who fought it and those who got lost in the fight against it.
$ 1 from each lantern sale will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation.
For more information on this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, you can visit their website. The highly anticipated dragon boat race will be back in 2022.
- Or: Victoria city center
- When: Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15
Sooke Country Market
Visiting Sooke Country Market is a perfect Saturday morning activity. Browse vendors selling everything from fresh produce, jewelry, gardening supplies, and more.
Check list of sellers.
- Or: John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point Road
- When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays until October 9
Moss Street Market
2021 marks Moss Street Market’s 30th operating season. If you prefer contactless pickup, you can visit the Moss Street Market Online to collect your order.
Check list of sellers.
- Or: 1330 Fairfield Road
- When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Saturday to October
Watch a movie at the drive-in!
No, you have not been transported in time, it is very real! Legacy Drive-In has announced the hours for its open-air theater at Westshore Motorsports Park.
This weekend, learn about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Mission: Impossible, and Downsizing from the comfort of your car while enjoying food in Cie Burger Westshore
Tickets must be purchased in advance and clients are recommended to arrive 30 minutes before show time to ensure they get the best seat.
- Or: Westshore Motorsports Park (formerly Western Speedway) 2207 Millstream Road
- When: The Great Gatsby: 10 p.m., Friday August 13, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: 9:30 p.m., Sunday August 15
- Price: $ 30 / car. Tickets can be purchased here.
The NPNA Pop-Up Market
The NPNA is a pop-up market in North Park. Spend this Sunday for food, art and more. Live music groups will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
- Or: 1014 Caledonia Ave, Royal Athletic Park
- When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday August 15
- Admission: Free!
Down to earth market
If you love both art and gardening, this event is for you! This weekend, 16 local artists will showcase their original paintings, sculptors, mixed media works, prints, weavings, ceramics and more.
- Or: 1096 Place Derrien, Down-to-earth gardens and nursery
- When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday August 15
- Admission: Free!
Sidney Street Market
Sidney Street Market is back! After an extended absence from COVID-19, the market is back in a new location at the Mary Winspear Center. While you’re at it, be sure to check out The glory of the bakehouse for delicious brownies.
- Or: Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
- When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Sunday until October 10
Metchosin farmer’s market
Visit the Metchosin Farmer’s Market for fresh vegetables, bread, jams, salsa, baked goods and more!
- Or: Metchosin Municipal Land, 4450 Happy Valley Road
- When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays until the end of October
Attend Silent Disco Yoga at Sea Cider
This summer, attend a very unique yoga experience at Sea Cider, a silent disco yoga class. Enjoy a free cider tasting after the class!
- Or: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd, Saanichton
- When: Most Sundays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
- To book: Buy your tickets in line
Try a new workout class
Fitness classes are back!
As restrictions ease, training classes finally reopen and return to normal capacity.
If you’re interested in trying something new but want to try out different workouts before committing to big bucks, we’ve got a list of 15 deals for new members at local fitness studios!
Take a trip to Vancouver Island
British Columbia was recently named Canada’s # 1 Vacation Destination! Which means we are envied by the rest of Canada for our beautiful views, nature and relaxing environment.
Plan a stay on our own island with this list of 10 unique Airbnb getaways here at home!
Admire the view of the Malahat Skywalk
The Malahat Skywalk is open and they saw over 5,000 visitors on their first weekend!
The attraction features an observation deck 250 meters above sea level, a cafe, shops, and an elevated 600-meter TreeWalk and nature trail.
The Skywalk offers panoramic views of Mount Baker, Finlayson Arm, the Saanich Peninsula and the islands of two countries.
See it Malahat Skywalk website for ticket information.
Discover an island distillery (or several!)
The creators of the “Islands Passport” have added a brand new addition, the “Distillery Passport”. Passport includes free flight and offers at 37 distilleries across British Columbia, 14 of which are located on Vancouver Island alone!
The Distillery Passport costs $ 47.99 and can be purchased in line.
- Or: Vendors across Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and throughout British Columbia!
- When: Available July 21 at 9 a.m., and usable until June 2022.
- To buy: Take yours in line today!
Try some of Victoria’s local favorites
On a local subreddit, r / VictoriaBC, user fyrite asked the audience to share their favorite local foods, the must-haves, the ones people can’t live without.
Victoria delivered, and over 300 recommendations were posted on the thread.
Fyrite took the recommendations and created a mass spreadsheet and map to allow suggestions to be easily accessible and appreciated by all!
Read a book and help raise funds!
This year’s Victoria Literacy Connection fundraiser is Book Bash! The event means that your reading can help donate money to worthy literacy causes.
To participate, visit the event website to register and download your pledge form and journal reading. Once you’ve determined your commitments, start reading and recording your progress! In September, donations will be used to help free literacy programs.
Whether you are a seasoned runner or a beginner, location has a huge impact on the quality of your running experience. Pick a cool August morning, or step out of your running shoes later in the day when things get colder. If you don’t know where to go for your run, we’ve created a list of 10 scenic routes just waiting for you to explore!
Apply to participate in a Netflix reality show
Netflix is currently hosting its biggest casting ever, allowing audiences to apply to be a part of some of its most popular reality TV series.
To apply, all you need to do is record and submit a 1 minute video of yourself.
If you’re ready for your big break, visit the Netflix Reality site to apply!