18 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, October 2-3

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If you are looking to return to some events in person, this weekend is filled with opportunities!

Events include sporting events, comedy shows, literary festivals and more.

While we can finally get back to all the events we love with our family and friends, remember to follow both the physical distancing and vaccination guidelines set by BC Health officials and event coordinators. .

Here are 18 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, October 2-3:

Catch the Victoria Royals home opener

This Saturday, the Victoria Royals face the Vancouver Giants in their first regular season game after an almost 2-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Guests are required to present proof of full vaccination (two doses) by providing their vaccination passport and ID.

People 12 years of age and over must also wear a mask at all times.

  • When: Saturday October 2; the puck falls at 7:05 p.m.
  • Or: Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, 1925, rue Blanshard
  • Tickets: Available in line and at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Center box office

See a comedy show at Hecklers

After being closed for almost two years, Hecklers is back to serve your comedy needs. Every Saturday evening, enjoy a comedian followed by The Late by Comedy Here Oftent ?.

  • Or: 123 Gorge Road East, Hecklers Bar and Grill
  • When: Graham Clark: 7 p.m., Saturday and Comedy here often? The Late Show: 10 p.m., Saturday October 2
  • Tickets: $ 20. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Victoria Authors Festival

Following last year’s remote event, the Victoria Festival of Authors returns with a hybrid event!

This year the festival will feature in-person and online events for you to enjoy.

This year, the event will welcome around thirty authors. There will be seven in-person events, however, all in-person programming will be streamed live for free!

You can consult the calendar of events here.

  • Or: In line!
  • When: From Friday October 1 to Sunday October 3. See the schedule here.

Attend the Shelbourne Memorial Trees Anniversary Event

This Saturday, The District of Saanich, the City of Victoria and the Memorial Avenue Committee will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the planting of the London Memorial Planetrees on Shelbourne Street.

The trees were planted in honor of the soldiers and nurses who fell in combat during the First World War and the Boer War, who were originally from British Columbia.

The event will unveil images of the new bridge signs and a commemorative tree will be planted.

You can reach Saanich, Victoria and the Memorial Avenue Committee virtually for the ceremony via the Saanich District Facebook page.

A recording of the event will also be available on Saanich district YouTube channel.

  • When: 1 p.m., Saturday October 2

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

Peanut Butter Fatso Garbage Hunt

On October 2nd, join Fatso Peanut Butter and Kwench Co-Working Space for their ‘Trashure Hunt’, which aims to help clean up Victoria!

To participate, get a reusable bag (or two) and fill it with the garbage from your neighborhood.

Once the bag is full, bring it to the Kwench co-working space in exchange for a jar of Fatso nut butter and a coffee!

There will also be other prizes to be won!

  • Or: Waste disposal will be outside the Neighborly Cafe, 2031 Store Street
  • When: Garbage disposal between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday October 2

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

Take a tour of Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch tours are back! Tours are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday with tickets purchased in advance. The proceeds of the banknotes finance the restoration projects of the castle in progress.

For more information on tickets, prices and to book your tour, visit the Craigdarroch Castle website here.

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

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.

To see the Malahat Skywalk website for ticket information.

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 menu to allow suggestions to be easily accessible and appreciated by all!

Go running!

Whether you are a seasoned runner or a beginner, location has a huge impact on the quality of your running experience. Pick a cool 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!

Try a spicy pumpkin drink

Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks Canada!

Fall menu favorites such as Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew are once again available for your enjoyment.

Try one of Victoria’s best crispy chicken sandwiches

Victoria is full of restaurants putting their own creative twist on the Crispy Chicken Sandwich!

Reddit user u / beesmadehoney78 is looking for the public’s help in finding Victoria’s best Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Click on here to see the list!

Try some of Victoria’s best cocktails

Reddit user u / westcoastwanderer is looking for recommendations from the public best cocktails in town.

From that list, along with recommendations from industry professionals, we’ve created a quick guide to some local favorites.

You can see the list here!

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