Beautiful pink blossoms are starting to pop up on trees all over town, and I’m pretty sure that was the sun we saw peeking out through the clouds today. Spring is in the air! As the weather gets warmer, one of my family’s favourite things to do on the weekend is explore local events and festivals. Spring is a great time for local events, and Victoria and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer!
Here are some of the family-friendly events and festivals that are coming up in the next few months. I can’t wait to head out to these events with my family, and hope that you might enjoy them with your family as well. Do you know of any festivals or events that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear them!
CRD Nature Outings & Events
When: April/May 2017
Where: Various parks and locations around town
What: The CRD offers various guided walks and nature outings throughout the Spring. Lots of great activities including: Explore Island View Beach, Feelin’ out Frogs, Spring Sensory Snoop, and more!
Moss Street Market
When: Saturdays, May 6th – October 28th 2017, 10am-2pm
Where: Corner of Moss Street & Fairfield Road in the Sir James Douglas school yard and boulevard
What: The market is always a fun place to wander around on a sunny Saturday! You can find various fresh fruits/veggies/crafts/art for sale, yummy lunch options, and even a kids tent with crafts and activities.
When: April 15th-17th 2017
Where: Various locations throughout Victoria, Esquimalt, North Saanich, Sidney, Colwood, Langford and Sooke
What: Check out Victoria Moms Blog’s recent post “2017 Easter Hunts and Activities around Victoria” for Easter Egg Hunts, crafts, and other family activities.
Saanich Cycling Festival
When: Sunday April 23rd 2017, 11am-3pm
Where: 8 celebration sites – main site at Saanich Hall on Vernon Avenue
What: This free event has 8 celebration sites, but the main one will be located at Saanich Hall on Vernon Avenue. This site will have: a bike rodeo, stage entertainment, cycling obstacle course, kids bike parade, face painting, Canada 150 themed games, bouncy castle, and more. Cycle to any of the 8 locations and collect a passport stamp to increase your chance of winning!
8th Annual Family Sport & Recreation Festival
When: Saturday May 6th 2017, 11am-3pm
Where: PISE, 4371 Interurban Road
What: This is a free event designed to inspire families to be active, and give children and parents the chance to try out more than 30 new activities (rock climbing, obstacle courses, tennis, rugby, hamsterball, wheelchair basketball, and more).
Esquimalt Buccaneer Days
When: May 11th-14th 2017, varied hours
What: Buccaneer Days has events for all ages, including: a midway, dance, free entertainment, kids zone, parade, and more.
BioBlitz in the Meadow
When: 24-hours, from 4 pm Friday, May 12 to 4 pm Saturday, May 13 2017
Where: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC
What: A BioBlitz is a fun race against the clock to observe and identify as many plants and animals as we can in 24-hours. This gives us a better idea of regional biodiversity and helps you discover and learn about nature and support its protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places. We will be offering many fun and interactive programs, including drop-in educational booths and casual activities suitable for families.
Mother’s Day Paint-In and Craft Fair
When: Sunday May 14th 2017, 10am – 4pm
Where: Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road
What: This is a free outdoor festival held at Royal Roads/Hatley Park, and it’s always a fun day. The festival features artists, entertainers, food, and kids activities and crafts. We have been in the past, and enjoyed exploring the park and all of the activities and vendors.
Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival
When: May 20th-22nd 2017
Where: Topaz Park
What: This (paid) event is held at Topaz Park, and highlights include: Celtic music and entertainment, children’s entertainment area, food court, falconry and medieval sword demos, Heavy Event Challenge, sheep herding, and much more. We have taken our little one to this event in the past, and there was so much for her to see and enjoy. We loved the duck herding!
Island Farms Victoria Day Parade
When: Monday May 22nd 2017, 9am-11am
Where: From Mayfair Mall, along Douglas Street, ending at Douglas & Humboldt
What: This 2 hour parade is my favourite parade of the year! The parade has wonderful music (Canadian and American marching bands), tons of floats, cultural performances, and more. It begins at Mayfair Mall and continues along Douglas Street, ending at the intersection of Douglas Street and Humboldt Street.
Selkirk Waterfront Festival
When: Saturday May 27th 2017, 10am-3pm
Where: Waterfront Crescent – Selkirk Green Park
What: This small festival includes a Family Fun Zone, international food court, live music, and street market (complete with arts and crafts).
Oak Bay Tea Party
When: Sat/Sun June 3rd & 4th 2017, varied hours
Where: Willows Beach
What: This event includes a parade (Saturday at 10:30am), entertainment on the stage, a midway, children’s activities, bath tub race, and much more.
World Oceans Day at Fisherman’s Wharf
When: Sunday June 11th 2017, details TBA
Where: Fisherman’s Wharf
What: World Oceans Day is being held at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, and is “a day to celebrate the oceans that surround us, educate people of the diversity of marine life in the Salish Sea, Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Fisherman’s Wharf, and show how making small changes in our everyday life can add up to a big difference to the planet”. Last year this event included a scavenger hunt, Sammy the Seal, face painting, First Nations traditional dancers, silent auction, and more. Stay tuned for details about this year’s celebrations!
Car Free YYJ 2017
When: Sunday June 18th 2017, 11am-6pm
Where: Douglas Street
What: This year will be the 3rd Annual Car Free event, and will feature vendors, activities, entertainment, and more. It takes place on Douglas Street, downtown Victoria.
When: June 21st-July 1st 2017
Where: Inner Harbour, downtown Victoria
What: Stay tuned for more information about 11 days of free outdoor events, culminating in Canada Day celebrations on July 1st!