15 issues to do that weekend, 3-4. July to do in and round Victoria

Sunset from Christmas Hill (Robert Fraser)

When we enter Step 3 of the province’s restart plan, We are all looking forward to things getting back to normal and the possibility of more personal events.

Step 3 allows us to spend time with friends we haven’t seen in a long time, travel in Canada, and attend larger events than before.

It also identifies masks in public spaces that are known as “recommended” but not “mandatory”‘.

However, it is important to plan ahead when attending events and visiting local businesses. Follow individual mask and health guidelines, follow protocols, and respect each individual’s comfort as restrictions change.

This weekend the weather on Vancouver Island has cooled and we have already started seeing more in-person events announced. Meet up with friends, go outside and try something new!

Here are 15 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, July 3-4:

Head to the drag brunch at Vicious Poodle

Drag Brunch the Vicious Poodle is back every Saturday afternoon! The brunch starts at 11:00 am with the show at noon.

  • Where: 726 Johnson Street, The Vicious Poodle
  • When: Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th, 11:00 a.m.

Float proudly on the gorge!

The Pride Float on the Gorge is a sober and family-friendly one. Bring everyone to celebrate!

  • Where: The canyon waterway
  • When: Saturday, July 3rd, 12:00 p.m.

Visit the Victoria Bluegrass Festival

(Lester, Cob, Hernandez & Swain/Stayhappening.com)

Concerts are back! The Victoria Bluegrass Festival is an outdoor event with 5 hours of music. Performers are Rick & Rusty, Lester, Cob, Hernandez & Swain as well as Open Stage and Open Jam Portionen.

  • Where: Location sent with ticket purchase.
  • When: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 3rd July
  • Tickets: $ 40, can be bought Here

Goldstream Farmers Market

Visit the Goldstream Farmers Market, conveniently located on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

  • Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Langford
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturdays to October

Market in Sooke Land

Visiting the Sooke Country Market is a perfect Saturday morning activity. Browse through the vendors selling everything from fresh produce, jewelry, gardening supplies, and more.

Try this out List of providers.

  • Where: John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point Road
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturdays until October 9th

Moosstrasse Market

In 2021 Moss Street Market will be operating for the 30th season. If you prefer contactless pickup, you can use the Online moss street market to pick up your order.

Try this out List of providers.

  • Where: 1330 Fairfield Road
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturdays to October

Sidney Street Market

Sidney Street Market is back! After an extended absence from COVID-19, the market has returned to a new location at the Mary Winspear Center. When you are there, be sure to stop by Glory Backhouse for delicious brownies.

  • Where: Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
  • When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Sunday until October 10th

Metchosin farmers market

Head to the Metchosin Farmers Market for fresh vegetables, bread, jams, salsa, baked goods, and more!

  • Where: Metchosin Community Grounds, 4450 Happy Valley Road
  • When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sundays until the end of October

Victoria Pride Week Festival 2021

With a proud, prudent plethora of Pride events, this week is sure to wow anyone looking to celebrate themselves and Victoria’s fabulous LGBTQ2S + community.

  • Where: Virtual / online
  • When: #YYJ Pride Parade, 12:00 PM, July 4th
    Victoria Pride Festival Extravaganza Show, 1:00 p.m., July 4th

Take part in Silent Disco Yoga at Sea Cider

This summer, partake in a completely unique yoga experience at Sea Cider, a silent disco yoga class. Enjoy a free cider tasting after the course!

  • Where: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 2487 Mt. St. Michael Road, Saanichton
  • When: Most Sundays at noon and 2pm
  • Book: Buy your tickets on-line

Check out Uptown’s new summer mural

Uptown has transformed itself with a brand new, summery mural. The mural includes over 90 m of summer games and activities.

Have a happy hour

It’s time to have happy hour and enjoy some cheap food and drink. Check out our running List of cheap happy hours in and around Victoria.

Experience the Bay Center’s “Blooming Canopy”

To see a beautiful arched archway filled with dried flowers and support mental health initiatives in Victoria, head to the Bay Center’s Canopy in Bloom exhibit. Be sure to snap a photo during your visit and post it on social media using the hashtags #CanopyinBloom and #BlueLoveCampaign.

  • Where: Center Court of the Bay Center, 1150 Douglas Street
  • When: Shopping center opening hours, every day until September 20th

Donate to Victoria’s Community Fridge

Victoria’s first communal refrigerator opened in Rock Bayto ensure that all residents have access to food. Locals can visit them, take away what they need, or donate to help those in need. Before you donate, please have a look at the list of Donation Policy.

  • Where: 2725 Rock Bay Avenue
  • When: The communal fridge is open 24/7

Play Little Free Library Bingo

Greater Victoria Little Free Libraries have launched their very own bingo game! Visit a small free library near you to pick up (or download) a map Here) and explore your neighborhood for more libraries to complete your map.

As a reminder, when attending events, please adhere to the health and safety restrictions of COVID-19, including reasonable physical distancing and wearing a mask or face covering in indoor and retail public spaces as per company guidelines. If you are sick, stay home!

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