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Victoria Day is a great long weekend to spend on the island, whether you're taking an at-home vacation or visiting from out of town. Check out the many events, local arts, and festivals taking place from Friday May 20 to 23, and make sure to catch the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade — the largest parade of the year in Victoria!

Outings & Events

A Beautiful Planet & America Wild: National Parks Adventure at IMAX®

Where: IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum), 675 Belleville Street
When: Varies
Cost: Adult: $12.95, Youth/Senior $10.75, Child $6.40
Website: imaxvictoria.com

Join the Astronauts aboard the International Space Station in the newest IMAX® film A Beautiful Planet. See amazing footage of our magnificent blue planet and get a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.  Or go on the ultimate off-trail adventure into awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness in America Wild: National Parks Adventure. Immersive IMAX® cinematography takes you soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds.

The 2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition

Where: The Atrium, 800 Yates Street
When: Daily, All Day
Cost: Free
Website: www.cacgv.ca

The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host The 2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition. This is a high-standard juried exhibition open to artists that reside in Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Sidney and the Westshore. Held in the architecturally stunning Atrium building, Art Now integrates works of art into a functional space transforming the building into an impressive gallery.

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the west coast

Where: The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street
When: Daily at 7:30 PM, matinées Saturday May 21 & Sunday May 22 at 2 PM
Cost: Advance Tickets $20, $15 for students/seniors. Tickets at the Door $25.
Website: www.otherguystheatre.ca

Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC’s finest actor/musicians. FLOTSAM & JETSAM features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC’s coastal communities. The multi-media musical revue is directed by Ross Desprez with music direction by Tobin Stokes, and features Rachel Capon, Colleen Eccleston, Kelt Eccleston, and Mark Hellman.

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition

Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue
When: Friday May 20, 10 AM - 4 PM
Cost: By donation
Website: www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca

Scotland's global legacy as it has never been seen before, stitched by Diaspora communities in 34 countries across the world. The tapestry comprises over 300 embroidered panels. The panels will be displayed in the Chapel of the New Jerusalem.

Shake Zone Earthquake Simulator

Where: View Royal Victoria General Hospital (Friday), Mayfair Mall Parking Lot (Saturday)
When: Friday May 20 & Saturday May 21, 10 AM - 3 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.quakecottage.com

Want to know what an 8.0 magnitude earthquake feels like? Shake Zone seats eight and is free to ride. The simulation lasts approximately 25 seconds and riders will experience one g of motion. This is the g-force that can occur during a 6.0 – 9.0 magnitude. A 25-second duration is common with an 7.75 magnitude earthquake. The Victoria Fire Department’s Emergency Management team will have a booth stationed on site for the public to learn more on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an earthquake or tsunami.

Al Frescoes: Spring Exhibit

Where: Coast Collective Arts Centre, #103-318 Wale Road
When: Friday May 20, 11 AM - 5 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.coastcollective.ca

The Al Frescoes are a large group of plein air painters (painters that paint their art outdoors in the open air). This group can be seen outdoors painting on many sites around greater Victoria though out the year, winter or summer, rain or shine. This is their annual show where they present the best of their efforts for us all to see.

Luxton Spring Fair

Where: 1040 Marwood Ave, Langford
When: Friday May 20 to Monday May 23, 1PM - 10PM
Cost: Free grounds admission
Website: luxtonspringfair.ca

Antique Farm Equipment, Heritage Displays, VI Blacksmith, Vendors, Booths, West Coast Amusements, Rides and More! Friday Preview Night opens 3PM, ride wristbands $29. Saturday and Sunday opens 1PM, ride wristbands $37. Monday opens 1PM, ride wristbands $29. Wristbands are only valid on day of purchase. Ride coupons also available all weekend, Friday-Sunday. Parking by donation at the corner of Sooke & Luxton Rd.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Where: Oak Bay High Theatre
When: Varies
Cost: $12 - $20
Website: www.fsmtheatre.ca

For forty years Four Seasons has provided high quality theatre entertainment for audiences of all ages. Come and experience musical theatre that will carry you into compelling stories told with song and dance. Audiences may laugh, cry, or learn something new, but always walk away enriched by their experience.

Cinderella Ballet

Where: Royal Theatre, 806 Broughton Street
When: Friday May 20, 7:29 PM
Cost: From $30 (student discount available)
Website: www.balletvictoria.com

Come and see Cinderella with all your family at the Royal Theatre. The performance that established Ballet Victoria's unique artistic voice in Canada is at last returning to the stage. Brilliantly told with a fantastic flair and Prokofiev's spectacular score, this family treat with reimagined designs, costumes and unique choreography will leave you enchanted.

Tiller's Folly

Where: Upstairs Lounge at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street
When: Friday May 20, 7:30 PM (doors at 6 PM)
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Website: www.beaconridgeproductions.com

Tiller’s Folly continues to make music that is both distinctly Canadian and firmly rooted in the acoustic tradition. They are modern day storytellers of lore, uniting past with the present. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Tiller's Folly are a critically acclaimed, internationally traveled power trio at the forefront of a bold new movement in roots music.

Victoria Shamrocks vs Nanaimo Timbermen & Mascot Madness Night

Where: The Q Centre, 1767 Island Highway
When: Friday May 20, 7:45 PM
Cost: Varies
Website: www.victoriashamrocks.com

The Victoria Shamrocks Sr. A Lacrosse Club hosts the Nanaimo Timbermen at The Q Center on Peninsula Co-op Mascot Madness Night. Meet your favourite mascots from around Victoria, and watch them at take part in crazy mascot games during intermissions!

Modern Visionaries

Where: Eclectic Gallery, 2170 Oak Bay Avenue
When: Friday May 20 & Saturday May 21, 10 - 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.eclecticgallery.ca

Eclectic Gallery's MODERN VISIONARIES exhibit includes numerous works of historical interest by members of Victoria's Limner group and contemporaries. Accomplished artists Carole Sabiston, Herbert Siebner, Pat Martin Bates, Leroy Jensen, Maxwell Bates, Jack Wilkinson, Robin Skelton as well as renowned potters Walter Dexter and Jan and Helga Grove, are among offerings presented.

Sandy Shore Explore (Guided Walk)

Where: Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin)
When: Saturday May 21, 10–11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Website: www.crd.bc.ca

Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an intertidal exploration and discover the strange and wonderful creatures that appear between the tides. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main beach. Park in the main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20-minute forest trail to the beach. Please note the trail to the beach is not stroller friendly. Take BC Transit #54 or #55.

African Drumming & Balafon (African Xylophone) Workshops

Where: UVic School of Music (MacLaurin Building), 3800 Finnerty Rd.
When: Saturday May 21, 10 - 11:30 AM (drumming), 11:30 AM - 1 PM (balafon)
Cost: $29 per workshop, $40 for both
Website: www.drumvictoria.com

A fun, energizing start to your weekend! Beginners are welcome and instruments are provided. This workshop will help you to develop your playing abilities & learn new patterns. Build your new rhythm skills in a fun way with clear, step-by-step instruction. Each workshop covers new patterns for different traditional rhythms. You will learn new material, and build on your existing rhythm skills. Weather permitting, workshops will be held outside at UVic.

Young Entrepreneur Event

Where: G. R. Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Rd.
When: Saturday May 21, 10 AM - 2PM
Cost: $10 for table and half table, $20 for table and 2 chairs
Website: Facebook Page

An opportunity for kids to make some $$$ by selling their creations, baking, jewellery, or crafts. Old toys, books, Fathers Day gifts, fundraising items, anything!

Alcheringa Gallery Artists' Exhibition

Where: Alcheringa Gallery, 621 Fort Street
When: Saturday May 21, 10 AM - 6PM and Sunday May 22, 12PM - 5PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.alcheringa-gallery.com

Join a special exhibition at Alcheringa Gallery! The exhibition will include works by Doug Cranmer, Dorothy Jarvis, Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, Susan Point, Teddy Balangu, Rebecca Jewell and many more.

Historic Chinatown & Victoria Discovery Walks

Where: Downtown Victoria
When: Saturday May 21, 10:30 AM (Chinatown) & 2 PM (Victoria Discovery) and Sunday May 22, 10:30 AM (Victoria Discovery)
Cost: Adults $15, Seniors/Students $13, Kids $8, Families $35
Website: www.discoverthepast.com

Chinatown in Victoria is the oldest in Canada and has been designated as a National Historic Site. A walking tour of Chinatown with Chinatown Walks will bring its history to life for you. Or let Discovery Walks bring Victoria to life for you. Discovery Walks have been developed by John Adams, well-known in Victoria as a historian, author, lecturer and tour guide. Take a Discovery Walks tour to experience some of Victoria's most interesting historic, cultural, and natural stories and places. Purchase tickets directly from the guides in cash starting 15 minutes before each tour or online.

Multicultural Friendly Soccer Match

Where: Victor Brodeur School, 637 Head Street
When: Saturday May 21, 11 AM - 12:15 PM & Sunday May 22, 9 AM - 12PM
Cost: Free
Website: Google Forms

The African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI) and the Francophone Immigration Program of BC have partnered to organize this friendly multicultural soccer match to celebrate diversity and create a sporting connection between communities. All are welcome to play (locals, migrants, foreigners and newcomers to Victoria). Free refreshments for players provided at all times. Prizes for permanent residents & immigrants. Family & friends are welcome to attend.

Scattered Artists Studio Tour

Where: Various
When: Saturday May 21 & Sunday May 22, 11 AM - 4 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.gobc.ca

Artists scattered around the area north of Hillside, along McKenzie, and between Swan Lake, Quadra and Shelbourne invite you to come and discover what they do, why, and maybe even how! You can print a copy of the brochure complete with a map and descriptions of the artists' work. On tour days, look for the bright lime green signs. Everyone is welcome to this free, self-guided event!

Art Gallery Tours

Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St.
When: Saturday May 21 (watercolours) & Sunday May 22 (Meiji art), 2 - 3 PM
Cost: Art Gallery tours are Included with admission or membership.
Website: www.aggv.ca

How do you define watercolour? While it is one of the more challenging mediums to work with, it has at times throughout history been seen as a medium of leisure, used for studies or sketches, or as a precursor to more ‘serious’ works. An investigation into the Gallery’s collection of watercolour paintings uncovers an unexpected array of works that challenge these assumptions.

Meiji woodblock prints are fascinating in that they reveal to us a country in total transition. The prints of the period clearly show how Japan enthusiastically threw itself into changing and modernizing the nation by adopting just about anything Western. This exhibition will focus on three main aspects of their modernization: architecture, transportation and wars. The Gallery has one of the largest and finest collections of Meiji prints in North America.

Victoria Day Weekend Parade of Bands and Drum Off

Where: Royal BC Museum (Lower Courtyard) & Victoria Inner Harbour
When: Saturday May 21, 3 - 5 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.gvfs.ca

3 PM: Killarney High School plays at the Royal BC Museum. 5 PM sees Kentlake High School marching band playing in the Inner Harbour.

Eves of Destruction Roller Derby

Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre, 1151 Esquimalt Road
When: Saturday May 21, 5 - 9 PM
Cost: $10 advance, $15 door; kids free
Website: evesofdestruction.brownpapertickets.com

5:30PM: The Hard Cores vs The Committed (from Saltspring Island). 7:30PM: The Belles of the Brawl vs The Brick House Betties (from Courtenay). Beer garden, kids' zone, 50/50, afterparty at Logan's Pub! Get tickets at Logan's Pub, Hive Hair, Esquimalt Parks and Recreation, or from your favourite skater! This is a family friendly event - kids under 10 are free with an adult (max 2 kids per adult)!

Circus Incognitus

Where: McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square
When: Saturday May 21, 8 PM
Cost: $29.75 Students/Seniors, $34.75 Adults
Website: intrepidtheatre.com

This international hit is a truly delightful show for all ages. Jamie Adkins’ humble, silent everyman character wanders on stage with a flashlight, is surprised to find an audience, then works his circus magic with all manner of everyday objects – ladders, a chair, a rope, a fork, a refrigerator box, a sheet of paper. Hilarious, sweet and elegantly simple; Adkins virtuosic circus skills and endearingly earnest stage persona recall the great clowns of silent film and the golden age of cartoons, and are guaranteed elicit laughs, gasps, and cheers from children and grownups alike. Ages 5+.

Clan Torchlight Ceremony

Where: Legislature Lawns
When: Saturday May 21, 8 - 9 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.victoriahighlandgames.com

The annual Clan Torchlight Ceremony will acknowledge those clans involved in the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Topaz Park. Starting at dusk, the Los Angeles Scots pipeband (best pipeband in USA) will perform. Then clan representatives will individually announce their clan and take a lit torch to collectively form a Scottish Saltire on the Lawns. The LA Scots pipeband will close the ceremony with another performance.

Victoria Day Weekend Parade of Bands and Drum Off

Where: Victoria Parliament Buildings
When: Sunday May 22, 10 AM - 6 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.gvfs.ca

See the Parade of Bands outside the Victoria Legislature! 10 AM: Sultan Jazz and Show Choir, 11 AM: Wenatchee High School, 12:15 PM: Shorewood High School, 1 PM: Kingston Jazz Power​, 2 PM: Parade of Bands, 3:30 PM: 2nd Annual Drum Off featuring the University of Washington Husky Drum Line, 5 PM: Olympic High School, 6 PM: Sultan High School Pep Band.

Victoria Day Weekend Parade of Bands and Drum Off

Where: Cameron Bandshell (Beacon Hill Park) & Victoria Inner Harbour
When: Sunday May 22, 11 AM - 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.gvfs.ca

11 AM: Kentridge High School will be playing at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. In the Inner Harbour, the West Seattle Orchestra and Pep Band will perform at 12 PM, the University of Washington Husky Drum Line at 4:30 PM, Kentlake High School at 5:30 PM, and the Mt Baker Jazz Band at 6:30 PM.

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade

Where: Government St.
When: Monday May 23, 9 AM - 12 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.gvfs.ca

Celebrate Victoria Day in British Columbia's capital city at the 118th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria's largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, hundreds of floats, cultural shows and festive clowns. Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual event is free and fun for the whole family! If you wish to watch the whole parade it will take approximately 3 hours to pass by, so come prepared - bring a blanket or a folding chair, drinks & snacks to keep you comfortable. Don't forget an extra jacket if it is cool, an umbrella if it is raining, or hats and sunscreen if it is sunny!

The route begins at Mayfair Shopping Centre and winds its way along Douglas Street, before ending at Humboldt Street. Douglas Street from Finlayson to Belleville Streets will be closed to all north/south traffic from 8 AM until approximately 1:15 PM. Please do not park along the parade route. Parking downtown at on-street meters and at City Parkades will be free on Victoria Day. Pay parking is in effect at the City's surface parking lots 24/7.

Learn to Stand Up Paddle (SUP) at Elk Lake

Where: Hamsterly Beach Parking Lot at Elk Lake, Brookleigh Rd.
When: Monday May 23, 10 AM - 1 PM
Cost: $85
Website: oceanriver.com

Stand up paddle-boarding is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. This activity benefits participants with a strong ‘core’ workout, and is gaining in popularity as crossover athletes are training with SUP. This introductory course will teach about the subtle difference and styles of boards, paddles, and equiPMent. By the end of the 3-hour session, you will be able to paddle your board in a straight line, stop, be able to do several different strokes to maneuver yourself sideways and around obstacles.

National Lucky Penny Day Tournament

Where: View Royal Casino, 1708 Old Island Highway
When: Monday May 23, 10 AM - 7 PM
Cost: Admission
Website: www.viewroyalcasino.com

Celebrate Victoria Day with View Royal Casino's all day Penny Slot Tournament. Top 5 scores share $2,500 in free slot play! To qualify, register at Guest Services and earn 100 Encore Points. Encore Card required. Maximum 3 rounds per person.

Greater Victoria Concert Band in Market Square

Where: Market Square, 560 Johnson St.
When: Monday May 23, 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Cost: Free
Website: gvcb.ca

Following their performance in the Victoria Day Parade, a group of musicians with the GVCB are heading over to Market Square to put on a performance of big band tunes featuring the music of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, and Count Basie.

The Island Big Band Plays Hermanns Jazz Club

Where: Hermanns Jazz Club, 753 View St.
When: Monday May 23, Doors at 7PM, Concert at 8PM
Cost: $10
Website: www.islandbigband.com

Join The Island Big Band for an evening of classic Big Band Jazz. This 20 piece Jazz Big Band plays classics from the Big Band Era as well as the most modern arrangements for Big Band. Featuring 93-year-old Victoria legend Jerry Bryant on piano, and Carol Jarvie on Vocals as well as some of Victoria's best musicians, it will be a night to remember.

Victoria Day Weekend Festivals

Uno Fest

Where: Various
When: Wednesday May 18 - Saturday May 28
Cost: Various
Website: intrepidtheatre.com

For eleven days every May, Intrepid Theatre's Uno Fest brings some of the country's - and the world's - most exciting and innovative solo artists to Victoria. The 19th annual Uno Fest features 14 shows from (almost) every genre imaginable. Pushing the limits and defying expectations of solo performance, Uno includes theatre, comedy, circus, dance, multimedia, opera and two nods to Shakespeare. There are 12 Pay-What-You-Can opening night performances and tickets start at $18, so what are you waiting for? It might just blow your mind!

African Cultural Week & AfriCa Fest

Where: Vic West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Rd.
When: Friday May 20 - Wednesday May 25
Cost: $2
Website: www.vaccsociety.com

AfriCa Fest, quickly becoming one of BC’s largest cultural fairs, encourages business and humanity for Africa and the Caribbean. This year’s theme, “GOIN’ DOWN CENTRAL WEST” will make the ethnic link amongst cultures along the border between Central Africa & West Africa. Food from Central & West Africa as well as the French Caribbean, prepared by local chefs and restaurants, will be featured, while drummers, dancers, live cultural shows, exhibitors, travel agents and more participate in this spectacular AfriCa Fest!

Victoria International Kite Festival

Where: Clover Point
When: Friday May 20 - Sunday May 22
Cost: Free
Website: victoriakitefestival.com

The Victoria International Kite Festival welcomes everyone to the 3rd annual event at beautiful Clover Point, just minutes from downtown Victoria. This year the free-to-attend weekend festival presents a multicultural community celebration, full of fun for the whole family! Attendees will experience an eclectic mix of sights, sounds and tastes from around the globe and will have the opportunity to see some of the world's top professional kite fliers and participate in the open-sky event for the general public. Daily programming will also feature children's activities, including Friday night's ‘Kites with Lights' kick-off party, a kid's kite making tent on Saturday and Sunday, and much more!

Cheese and Meat Festival

Where: Parkside Hotel and Spa, 810 Humboldt Street
When: Saturday May 21, first tasting session 3PM, second tasting session 7PM
Cost: $55
Website: www.cheeseandmeatfestival.com

With the recent boom in artisan shops across the capital region the Cheese and Meat festival aims to showcase both international and local cheese and meat in an experiential tasting format. Attendees will walk at leisure around the grounds enjoying bite size tastes of cheese and meat while pairing the bites with wine, beer, and cider. In-between each tasting seminars will take place showcasing cheese and eat creation, pairings, and unique offerings. This event is a 19+ event: no minors.

Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Competitor tossing a caber at the 2008 Highland Games Festival in Victoria. Photo credit: tracy_olson on Flickr.

Where: Topaz Park
When: Saturday May 21 - Monday May 23
Cost: Varies
Website: victoriahighlandgames.com

The 153st Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival celebrates Scottish music, culture and arts. The Festival takes place on Saturday May 21, to Monday, Monday May 23, at Topaz Park. View website for details.

Spot Prawn Festival 2016

Where: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, 6 - 1701 Douglas Street
When: Sunday May 22, 11 AM - 5 PM
Cost: Free
Website: victoriapublicmarket.com

It's all about the Prawns! The festival will feature Live Spot Prawns available for purchase from Cowichan Bay Seafood, Chef Demonstrations and samples throughout the afternoon in the Community Kitchen, Fresh-off-the-boat BC Spot Prawns on menus of various vendors throughout the Market, local wineries sampling wines that pair well with BC Spot Prawns, live local musicians, kids activities, and local artisans and vendors offering handcrafted items.

Canvas Family Festival

Where: Veteran's Memorial Park, 2830 Aldwynd Rd.
When: Monday May 23, 11 AM - 3PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.canvaschurch.ca

Celebrate Victoria Day with your family at Veteran's Memorial Park on the corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue. Inflatables, games/prizes for kids, crafts, face painting, hamburgers/hot dogs, tea/lemonade, and a live jazz band!

Food & Drink

Victoria Distillers' Grand Opening

Where: Victoria Distillers, 9891 Seaport Place, Sidney
When: Friday May 20, 12 - 5PM
Cost: Free
Website: victoriadistillers.com

Come celebrate Victoria Distillers' grand opening! Come have a look, enjoy a tasty cocktail, and be one of the first to purchase a bottle of one of their spirits on-site. Daily scheduled tours and tastings begin the following day on Saturday May 21st, at 12PM with the last tour at 4:30PM.

Live, Local Music on the Rooftop

Where: Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar, 740 Burdett Ave.
When: Friday May 20 & Saturday May 21, 8 - 11PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.vista18.com

Join the rooftop at Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar for live, local music every Friday and Saturday night from 8PM – 11PM. No cover! Savour your favourite martini and a small bite while enjoying the music and amazing view.

Tomato Day - And Veggies Too!

Where: Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP), 505 Quayle Rd.
When: Saturday May 21, 9 AM - 12 PM
Cost: Free
Website: hcp.ca

Organically grown heirloom tomato varieties, veggie and herb transplants, and free admission to the Gardens!

James Bay Community Market

Where: Corner of Superior & Menzies St.
When: Saturday May 21, 9 AM - 3 PM
Cost: Free
Website: jamesbaymarket.com

Just two minutes from the Parliament Buildings, this market features locally-produced quality products from award-winning artisans. Featuring food vendors, a wide variety of food products and baking including gluten-free items. There is live music, wine, beer and liquor tastings and ample parking available. All products are handmade, homemade and homegrown on Vancouver Island.

Salt Spring Islands Saturday Market

Where: Ganges on Salt Spring Island
When: Saturday May 21, 9 AM - 4PM
Cost: Free
Website: saltspringmarket.com

Browse internationally acclaimed arts and crafts from Canada's "Island of the Arts" including world class potters, jewellers, fibre artists, woodworkers, fine art & photography, body care, clothing and accessories, island tours and more. Enjoy live music and entertainment. And of course check out what started the market all those years ago - organic produce, farmstead cheeses, organic and delicious homemade snacks and food. Meet over 140 artisans and food producers who all contribute to Salt Spring's international reputation as a hotbed of world-class artists and organic farmers.

Moss Street Market

Where: Moss & Fairfield
When: Saturday May 2, 10 AM - 2 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.mossstreetmarket.com

Every Saturday, rain or shine, you'll find friendly local farmers with tables filled to overflowing with a wide variety of fresh produce. Local artisans and chefs offer donuts, salmon burgers, breads, salsas, sauces, pestos, and more. Moss Street Market is a 'make it, bake it, grow it' organic farmers market. Everything is local and produced by the person at the stall. There's local live music and fresh organic coffee.

Sooke Country Market

Where: Otter Point Rd., across from Eustace Rd.
When: Saturday May 21, 10 AM - 2 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.sookecountrymarket.com

Come by for an array of vendors showcasing fresh grown produce, plant starts, seeds and preserves, home baked breads, pastries and nourishing snacks. Fine artists and craftsmen enhance the festive market with body care products, unique handcrafted jewelry, knitted creations and unique west coast inspired art. New vendors, musicians and non-profits are welcome!

Stephen Brown & the Bastion Band

Where: Ocean Island Backpackers Inn, 791 Pandora Ave.
When: Saturday May 21, 8 - 11 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.oceanisland.com

Lyrical, bluesy, and unhurried, the Bastion Jazz Band treats fans to an evening of music rarely heard outside of the Crescent City. Featuring compositions of Jelly Roll Morton, WC Handy, and Louis Armstrong, plus roots country, folk, blues, and rock music from the golden era, the Bastion Band carries on a tradition that's been alive for over one hundred years.

Sunday Funday at the Victoria Public Market

Where: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, 1701 Douglas Street
When: Sunday May 22, 11 AM - 3 PM
Cost: Free
Website: victoriapublicmarket.com

Since Victoria is Canada’s brunch capital, the Victoria Public Market will be serving up brunch items for you, and will also have live music and lots of different vendors selling everything from local food to jewelry, and everything in between! Permanent vendors will be open as usual, so you can grab lunch while you’re there, or take stuff home for meals for the week.

Cooking Class: 'Bone Builder Rice Bowl'

Where: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, 1701 Douglas Street
When: Sunday May 22, 2PM - 4PM
Cost: $35
Website: gfyg.ca

Looking for ways to build bone density? Look to the recipes in this class for great taste and nutrition. Chef Laura from The Good for You Gourmet serves up Asian Veggie & Aduki Bean Rice Bowl with perfectly cooked short grain brown rice in this gluten free class. Classes can be booked with Chef Laura directly to register: 250.514.1544.

Sky Valley Live Jazz at The Oystercatcher Bar & Grill

Where: The Oystercatcher Bar & Grill, #201-110 Purvis Ln, Salt Spring Island
When: Sunday May 22, 6 - 9 PM
Cost: By donation
Website: Facebook Page

Sky Valley will be bringing their brand of Salt Spring Island Jazz to The Oystercatcher Friday and Sunday this Victoria Day May weekend. Great tunes, fine dining, and a wonderful island atmosphere.

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