Outdoor Events to Enjoy in Victoria This Summer

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As more people get vaccinated and COVID-19 numbers drop, things are starting to open up more around Victoria and the island. Many people are still a bit hesitant about going back to their "normal" activities because there's still a small risk of contracting COVID-19, and that's totally understandable! But it's proven that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities — and Victoria certainly has a lot of fantastic outdoor events coming back for summer 2021. Here are just a few we've found.

Farmers' Markets

Victoria is full of fantastic local artisans and is surrounded by vast farmland where yummy fruits and vegetables are grown. Visiting farmers' markets is a great way to connect and support these local artisans and bring home some yummy treats, unique art, and gifts for friends. And best of all, you can find a market most days of the week! The Moss Street Market and the James Bay Market run every Saturday, the Sidney Street Market is on Sundays, the Esquimalt Market is on Thursday evenings, and the Oaklands Sunset Market runs on Wednesday nights. There are also many smaller farm markets located on the Peninsula as well as in Metchosin.

Beach Food At the Lagoon

Every weekend until the end of summer, you'll find a variety of food trucks along with the occasional set of live entertainment along the Esquimalt Lagoon (located in Colwood). Grab some yummy beach food from a variety of vendors and explore this awesome beach with your friends and family. You'll often find some great rocks and shells there.

SplashDash

If you missed seeing the dragon boat racing in the inner harbour last year, you'll want to check out the return of the dragon boats for the FGPC SplashDash on the Gorge on August 7. See some races, take in some live entertainment, and check out some unique cultural activities.

Pet-A-Palooza

If you love pets, you'll want to check out the Pet-A-Palooza the weekend of August 14 – 15! Located at Bullen Park in Esquimalt, this free and pet-friendly event has a ton of unique exhibits to teach your dog new tricks and have a lot of fun! They'll be playful dog races, food trucks, and plenty of other exciting opportunities to learn more about your furry friends.

Comedy Walk

Want to explore downtown Victoria and have a LOT of laughs? Take the Comedy Walk through the streets of Victoria this summer. Guided by the area's top comics, you'll laugh more than you'll learn, and it will be an adventure you'll likely remember for a long time. There are multiple dates to choose from, and you must get your tickets in advance.

Live Music With West Coast Roots

Have you missed live music? Take the whole family to Mattick's Farm on Sunday, August 29 and hear live music from Westwood. Their music is a fantastic eclectic mix of jazz, folk, and Latin melodies. Grab an ice cream or smoothie from the café at Mattick's Farm, grab a comfortable spot on the grass, and enjoy the sounds. We hope you're having a fabulous summer and enjoying the best of what Victoria has to offer! With all of our fantastic parks and stunning beaches, we truly live in paradise.