There’s so much to do to celebrate the first weekend of June!

Here are 25 things to do in and around Victoria!

Saturday, June 2nd

Wakanda Summer Gala

What:To wrap up the end of the annual AfriCa Fest & African Cultural Week, we’re bringing the kingdom of Wakanda to Victoria, BC. Celebrate the beauty of the African continent with great food, Fashion, music, and dance.
African born Designers from living on the Island and various parts of Canada are coming together to showcase their creations.
Join us for this unforgettable night and enjoy one of the biggest African fashion show in Victoria!
This event is for everybody regardless of ethnicity. If you love fashion, if you love culture, if you love to explore creative ideas, you are an epicurean, love dance and music, This night is for you.
Where: White Eagle Polish Hall
90 Dock Street
When: 6 pm – 12 am
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Goldstream Farmers Market

What: Goldstream Farmers Market – Strawberries are starting to appear, as well as early tomatoes, fabulous greens, farmgate meat and, of course, talented crafters and artisans offering stone art, bracelets, textile art, dream catchers and body care products – all grown or made locally. And face painting for the kiddies!!
The playground waterpark is open and there will be wonderful music (as always).
Where: Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue
When: 10 am – 2 pm

Government House Garden Party

What: The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, cordially invites you to attend a Garden Party in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Featuring music by The Commodores Big Band at the Government House Bandshell, a crown making craft station for kids and light refreshments.
In the spirit of an English garden party, wear your hats, gloves and finery!
Where: B.C. Government House
1401 Rockland Avenue
When: 2 pm – 4 pm
Cost: The event is free!

Stanley Cup Finals

What: With wall to wall tv’s you will catch every second of the action as the Loft will be showing the entire Stanley Cup finals.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights look to make history vs the Washington Capitals as the first team in NHL history to win the cup in their first year.
The Capitals look to make a little history of their own as future hall of famer Alexander Ovechkin looks to hoist the Cup after 13 years with the Caps.
Where: The Loft Pub
229 Gorge Road East,
When: 5 pm – 7:30 pm

Fireworks at the HarbourCats game

What:The fireworks go just 10 or 20 minutes after the final out. The pyrotechnics take place after the game versus the Wenatchee AppleSox.
It’s a FANTASTIC show!
Where: Royal Athletic Park
1014 Caledonia Ave
When: 6:35 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Roller Derby! Belles of the Brawl & Margarita Villains

What: Both the Margarita Villains and the Belles of the Brawl will be taking the track tonight, and they’re out for glory. First up, Belles of the Brawl square off against the Strait Shooters from Port Angeles, WA. You won’t want to miss this cross-border rivalry! Then at 7:30pm the Margarita Villains take on the Island Smash-up from Vancouver Island.
They’ll have cold beer & cider, a 50/50 raffle, half-time entertainment and much more! Fun for the whole family!
Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre
1151 Esquimalt Rd
When: 5 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

World Oceans Day

What: World Fisheries Trust will once again be partnering with the Township of Esquimalt to host a celebration of community, conservation and all things ocean related! This free community event will feature something for everyone: a silent auction, guided canoe trips along the Gorge, live music by local musicians, food trucks, children’s activities and a wide variety of local vendors
Where: Gorge Park
Esquimalt
When: 11 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free!

Kids Mega Sale

What: You’ll find clothing, toys, books and larger items for babies and children as well as maternity clothes. The sale is cash only and please bring your own bags.
Where: Pearkes Recreation Centre
3100 Tillicum Rd
When: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Straight Outta Wakanda: The Summer Gala Afterparty

What: This is the OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY to the Wakanda Summer Gala event! The gala is “bringing the kingdom of Wakanda to Victoria, BC to celebrate the beauty of the African continent with great food, fashion, music, and dance” – and that’s where we come in!! If you are attending the Wakanda Summer Gala, stay back for the best music STRAIGHT out the motherland! They are bringing all the afrobeat vibes and more, there will be something for everyone!
Where: White Eagle Polish Association
90 Dock Street
When: 9 pm – 1 am
Cost: Get your tickets here!

The James Bay Community Market

What: You will love the fine handcrafted wood items, whimsical home décor and naturally crafted body products. We also have top-quality traditional baked goods, speciality sauces and seasonings and dried soup mixes. Hungry? You will find prepared food you can eat right on site in our picnic area. We also have a vast array of farm-fresh products from farm-fresh meats to seasonal veggies and fruits.
Where: The Corner of Menzies and Superior Street
When: 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free

Boat for Hope Victoria

What: Children with special needs and their families are treated to a day of pirate adventure on the high seas at Boat for Hope, a fundraiser in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity. The annual event, which takes place in Victoria’s inner harbour, brings together the local boating and business community to create an unforgettable experience for kids who may otherwise never be able to enjoy such an adventure due to mobility, financial and other challenges they face in their day-to-day lives. For the hundreds of kids who participate every year, the day is a wonderful opportunity to get out on the water (with marauding pirates never far away) and enjoy a BBQ in the park.
Where: Inner Harbour
When: 10 am – 1 pm

Time’s Arrow: An Improv Show that Travels Through Time

What: The spaces around us are rich with history and ripe with future possibilities. Spaces are defined by wonderful, terrible, forgettable, sublime individual and collective experiences, yet we exist in them for only one moment at a time. Time’s Arrow invites you to take a walk through the spaces of the past and future using stories from the audience to explore the layers of life piled in a single location. Every performance will be completely improvised and unique, based on that evening’s stories from the audience.
Where: Intrepid Theatre Club
1609 Blanshard Street, Suite 2
When: 8 pm – 9:30 pm
Cost: $15

FREE Admission to Celebrate Access Awareness Day!

What: Celebrated annually, Access Awareness Day is a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness about disability, accessibility and social inclusion. Join us for FREE admission to our drop-in programs at Panorama Recreation Centre and Greenglade Community Centre.
Where: Panorama Recreation Centre
1885 Forest Park Drive
When: 6 am – 10:30 pm
Cost: Free

Murray Hatfield Magic Show

What: Come for an evening of cutting edge illusions, magic, juggling and comedy! Proceeds from the show go towards local physically challenged children from our community to get life changing orthopedic surgeries and burn treatments regardless of their ability to pay! Featuring Canada’s favourite magical duo Murray Hatfield & Teresa, who will be performing jaw dropping illusions with a dash of mischief and mayhem, and incredible guest performer Aaron Gregg, a master juggler!
Where: Mary Winspear Centre,
2243 Beacon Avenue
When: 4 pm – 7 pm

Lobsterfest

What: The evening will include fresh lobster flown in for the event, live entertainment by Shaky Ground, cash bar, silent and live auctions, and lots of fun – all emceed by Forbes & Marshall.
Where: Mary Winspear Centre
2243 Beacon Avenue
When: 6 pm – 10 pm

Deep Cove Winery Grand Opening

What: You are invited to a rare destination experience. Discover our exclusive venue, unique terroir, and our vision to strengthen the Islands sustainable wine identity through the crafting of world-class wines.
Come for a day in the sun sampling our opening line up of wines, live music on the Vineyard Terrace with the Eryn Sharpe Trio, and cheese selections from Charelli’s Cheese Shop & Delicatessen.
Where: Deep Cove Winery
11195 Chalet Road
When: 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: Free!

North Park Neighbourhood Festival

What: The North Park Festival and the Victoria Harbourcats home-opener is a free, fun, family-friendly, all-ages event with a wide range of activities including music, pop-up theatre, beer gardens, food trucks, local businesses and fireworks at dusk! Bring the whole family down!
Where: Royal Athletic Park
1014 Caledonia Ave
When: 12 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Free!

Sunriver Estates Community Yard Sale

What: 75+homes participating in this neighbourhood-wide sale!
Yard sale items, crafts, food truck & hotdogs, baked goods and more.
Bring your small bills & big smiles!
Where: Address for the GPS is 2350 Sunriver Way, Sooke
When: 8 am – 2 pm

The Oak Bay Tea Party

What: The annual Oak Bay Tea Party is back for its 56th year running, and this year promises to be a blast as always.
Where: At Willows Beach in Oak Bay
When: Saturday, June 2 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and
Sunday, June 3, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 3rd

 

Marvellous Mugs Pottery Show & Sale

What: MARVELLOUS MUGS will showcase the pottery styles of seven Island mug-makers: Two Hoots resident potter Michael Giles of Cobble Hill; fellow Cowichan Valley clay artists Cathi Jefferson, Bronwyn Arundel, and Franziska Ditter Ebbesen; Victoria potters Mary Loria and Sarah Leckie; and Sooke artist Vincent Fe of Dirty Dragon Studio. Their artful mugs include a variety of special surface treatments, from salt glazes to photo transfers, hand-built rivets to sgraffito artwork, fanciful robots and charming animal illustrations.
Where: 1490 Fisher Road
Cobble Hill
When: 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: Free!

Mystic Market

What: Featuring various artisans, jewelry, gem stones, massage therapy, yoga demonstration, aromatherapy, body products, spiritual gift ware, psychic readings, tarot, palm readings, face painting, Hoola Hoop performance, awesome food and so much more.
Where: Sooke Community Hall
2037 Shields Rd
When: 11 am – 5 pm

Improv Cabaret!

What: Paper Street Theatre presents an eclectic evening of improvised theatre. The first half of the show features students from our Master’s Program and the second half consists of a feature set from the Faculty of Paper Street Theatre’s Improv Classes.
Where: Intrepid Theatre Club
1609 Blanshard Street, Suite 2
When: 8 pm
Cost: $10

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop

What: Herbalist, Lily Fawn, shares with you the secrets of medicinal medicine making. She will walk participants through the different types of medicinal infusions, oils, ointments, vinegars and the various ways to make them. This herbal workshop is designed seasonally in order to utilize fresh wild-gathered or herbs from the garden. This session will also offer an informative introduction to a materia medica of the herbs used in the class and receive a detailed handbook outlining all the information covered in class. You will get an opportunity for hands-­‐on participation in making your own herbal salve, vinegar and aromatherapy spray. Take your creation home! Herbal tea and Treats are complimentary during class time.
Where: Horticulture Centre
505 Quayle Rd
When: 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Victoria Shamrocks vs New West Salmonbellies for Casino Night

What: Join your Victoria Shamrocks at they take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies for CASINO NIGHT presented by View Royal Casino
Where: The Q centre
When: 6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

Latin Sundays

What: It is time to party, Free family event.
Salsa,Merengue,Cumbia,Reggaeton and more…
Dj Pachanguero will play the best latin tunes.
Where: Centennial Square
When: 4 pm – 7 pm
Cost: Free!

Museum Tots: Pirate School

What: This weekly program introduces children ages 2 – 5 to the fun world of museum learning. Each week’s program revolves around a new theme, encouraging children to learn through crafts, play, song, and dance.
Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia
634 Humboldt St
When: 11 am – 12 pm
Cost: Get your tickets here!

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