Pumpkinfest at Galey Farms

Pumpkinfest at Galey FarmsPumpkinfest at Galey Farms is a great time for the whole family! Featuring live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, children’s haunted house, fantastic seasonal displays and our Cow Train!

This annual event is running October weekends 6th, 7th a& 8th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cost is $12 per adult $8 per child for one Train Ride ticket or one Corn Maze ticket. With your purchase of first ticket, second ticket at $6 (+taxes). Family Combo Pass (2 adults, 2 children) for $48 includes Corn Maze and Train Ride. Hayrides and Petting Farm are complimentary only with the purchase of first ticket or separately $3 per person.

Infants (not walking and must be accompanied by a parent) free.

Seasonal ticket rate applies for Cow Train.

All prices plus taxes.

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

 

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2018 Island Farms Santa Claus Parade

Island Farms Santa Claus ParadeThe Island Farms Santas Light Parade

The Santa Claus Parade is November 24.  It starts at 4:45 pm at the corner of Government & Belleville at the Legislative Buildings and travels down Government Street near Centennial Square.  Parade Route HERE

Please support the Mustard Seed Food Bank and bring a non-perishable food donation. Donations will be collected on the parade route.  Help for those in need is especially appreciated during the holiday season.

Afterwards, join the fun at Centennial Square for refreshments from Island Farms and witness SANTA OFFICIALLY DECLARE CHRISTMAS IN VICTORIA OPEN!

More Christmas fun in the city IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

The Saanich Fair kicks off Saturday #yyjevents

Come and join us for what will be an amazing show. Canadian Rock Icons 54.40 will be performing at the Saanich Fair Sunday night. The Chris Buck Band plays Saturday.

As always our concerts are free of charge with paid admission to the Saanich Fair.

Make sure to share this and hope to see you and all your friends here for an amazing time!

Midway Ride all day Wrist BandsSaturday Sept. 1st 10am-10pmSunday Sept.
2nd 10am-10pm
Monday September 3rd 10am-6pm
Adult, Youth, Children, Senior$40$40$35
Please note: GST included in all prices
 Admission at the Gate:Saturday September 1st 8am-9pmSunday September 2nd 8am-9pmMonday September 3rd 8am-6pm
Adult$13$13$12
Youth (7-13)$8.00$8.00$7.00
Senior 65+$8$8$7
Children (6 and under)FreeFreeFree

Victoria Pride Parade Images July 8 – 2018

Pictures from Victoria Pride Parade – 2018

Victoria Pride Parade
Photo: BradEdwards.ca

PlayInVictoria.net has been covering Victoria Pride Week for almost a decade.  We continue the tradition of bringing you images from this event with this quick look at a few random shots from our roll of film.

A big congratulations to all of the organizers (Victoria Pride Society), participants and spectators for another fun day in the sun in the capital city.  Here’s a few images we’ve just uploaded (with more to come).  This should keep you busy for a while as you relive the party that was!

All images: BradEdwards.ca

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Victoria Symphony Splash

Victoria Symphony Orchestra - Symphony Splash

Schedule of Events – Sunday, August 5


TD Family Zone: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Beverage Garden and Culinary Corner: 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Pre-show entertainment: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dock Side Drive
Maestro Kluxen

Victoria Symphony: 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Finale including 1812 Overture and Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

TD Family Zone
The TD Family Zone located on the Fairmont Empress Lawn will feature plenty of activities for the entire family from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Activities will include:

  • Face painting
  • Instrument petting zoo
  • TD MySpend Challenge
  • An activity with the Royal BC Museum
  • Sportball bouncy castle
  • Victoria Symphony craft
  • Clowns and drumming workshops
  • World Cup Youth Soccer Shootout

Getting There

  • The event can be viewed by land or sea. Kayakers and canoeists can moor near the floating stage. Please ensure you have proper lights for your paddle home!
  • A passenger drop-off zone will be available on Government Street, located across the road from the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Sunday, August 5 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • There will be a special viewing area for people with disabilities and their families and friends on the northwest corner of the Fairmont Empress lawns.
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority will install fencing to protect the“Welcome to Victoria” flower bed again this year.
  • To maintain pedestrian access along walkways on days leading up to the event, lawn chairs must not be set up on the Upper or Lower Causeways until Sunday, August 5 at 8 a.m.
  • Parking will be free at City parkades and on-street meters on Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6.

Live Streaming
The Victoria Symphony Splash will be live streamed on the Victoria Symphony Facebook page!

Road Closures
On Sunday, August 5 the north lane of Belleville Street, between Government and Menzies Streets, will close at 5 a.m. At noon, both lanes on Belleville Street between Menzies and Government Streets will close to accommodate event set-up. By 2 p.m., the following roads will be closed: Government Street from Superior to Humboldt; Belleville Street from Menzies to Douglas; and Wharf Street from Government to Broughton.

Roads will open as soon as possible after the event on Sunday, August 5 between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Monday, August 6.

Donations
Everyone who donates $5 or more will receive a Splash button which they can wear proudly to show their support for the event. Watch for volunteers roaming the event with buttons and donation barrels on site.

For more information about Victoria Symphony Splashclick here.

Canada Day in Victoria Live Music and Events

Canada Day VictoriaCANADA DAY in Victoria

Sunday, July 1 . Canada Day in Victoria celebrations this year feature local musical performances, multi-cultural programming, food, and activities, including the Coast Capital Savings Living Flag on the lawns of the BC Legislature.

Canada Day in Victoria Performances by:

Carmanah • Band of Rascals • Olivier Couture • Batuque Axé • Paint The Town Red • Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club • Lekwungen Dancers • Uminari Taiko • Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate Agartu Ali • Sooke Community Choir • Coast Capital Savings Youth Band

The Royal BC Museum is also hosting a number of performances for Canada Day in Victoria giving you a chance to learn about the diverse communities in BC through music and dance on the main stage.  Here’s what they have lined up:

Stage (Royal BC Museum)

Friday, June 29  I  12:00–7:00 pm
12:00 pm Lekwungen Traditional Dancers
1:00 pm Furusato Dancers
2:00 pm Viva Mexico Folklore Dancers
3:00 pm Ocean Rain Chinese Dancers
4:00 pm Awesome Possums
5:00 pm Pablo Cardenas Latin Combo
6:00 pm Capital City Syncopators

Saturday, June 30  I  12:00–7:00 pm
12:00 pm Lekwungen Traditional Dancers
1:00 pm Victoria Accordion Club
2:00 pm Unity Dancers
3:00 pm Taiko Drummers
4:00 pm Cookeilidh
5:00 pm Mark Atkinson and Friends
6:00 pm Bucan Bucan

Sunday, July 1  I  12:00–3:00pm
12:00 pm Lekwungen Traditional Dancers
1:00 pm Drum Victoria
2:00 pm Oak Bay High School jazz band

Precinct

Sunday, July 1  I  12:00–3:00pm
1:00–3:00 pm Penny Carnival

The Royal BC Museum and events at the BC Legislature on Canada Day in Victoria can be found along Belleville Street.

Canada Day Fireworks Locations in and around Victoria

  • Inner Harbour, Victoria @ July 1 | 10:20 PM.
  • Ganges Village Harbour @ July 1 | Dusk.
  • Butchart Gardens @ June 30 | 10:15 PM.

 

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Light the Night

Light the Night

Centennial Square
September 21, 2018
6:00PM

Light the NightLight the Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC) annual walk and fundraising event – a night of solidarity and hope! The event supports people battling blood cancers and pays tribute to those affected.

Every autumn, thousands of friends, families and co-workers gather in over 240 cities across North America and walk at twilight to pay tribute and bring hope to those battling blood cancer by holding illuminated lanterns – white for patients and survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of ones lost.

The funds raised will support vital cancer research, patient services and public education initiatives in our community. Register at http://lightthenight.ca/ to walk by yourself, or create a team.

Further contact information and an FAQ are on the site. Join us at Centennial Square on September 21st in our mission to cure blood cancers! Please note: Raising min. $100 will get you a lantern and a tshirt – further incentives are available on the website!

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Cool Aid Society 50th Anniversary

Cook Aid's 50th AnniversaryCool Aid’s 50th Anniversary celebrating 50 years of service! 

Join us at Cool Aid’s 50th Anniversary Love-in Revival and celebrate 50 years since the first Love In back in 1968!
This FREE event will offer face-painting and SKAM Pop-up theater for kids, artisan tables to buy arts & crafts, food trucks and more. All are welcome to participate in on our outdoor yoga sessions happening at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. We’ll also have live music and plenty of dancing. Performers include:
Vic Horvath
Felicia Harding
Nic Bristow
Fred Roland
Corrine & Bryan
Spiral Swing Band
Come show your love!
Sunday, July 22nd
12pm to 4pm
Centennial Square

Homelessness touches many lives at a significant cost to communities. The Cool Aid Society has been a key player in the work to end homelessness in the Capital Region for decades and, with your help, is developing 360 more apartments for people who are currently homeless.

Mission

We act to end homelessness by working in partnership with others to develop community-based solutions.  We are committed to working in a non-judgmental way with adults experiencing marginalization in Greater Victoria by advocating for and providing emergency shelter, supportive housing, integrated health care and other support services.

Our Vision

The Victoria Cool Aid Society acts to end homelessness and improve our quality of life by working with others to build a community where:

  • No one is forced to sleep on the street or go hungry.
  • Everyone who needs supportive housing is getting it.
  • Integrated health care service to treat illness and promote wellness is provided.
  • Integrated services are provided to those with mental health and addiction issues.

Victoria Pride Week #yyjevents @VictoriaPride

2018 Victoria Pride Week is quickly approaching, and it’s going to be another great week of events culminating with the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival on July 8th.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlites:

July 1: The Annual Memorial Dragball Game
Vic West Ball Park @ Bay St & Wilson, across from Save on Foods

July 8:  The Victoria Pride Parade and The Victoria Pride Festival in MacDonald Park. The parade begins at the corner of Pandora and Government, continuing south on Government, turning west on Belleville and then south on Menzies until turning west at Kingston; parade moves south on Oswego ending at MacDonald Park at the corner of Oswego and Simcoe.


Complete list of events HERE
Gallery of images Victoria Pride Parade 2011 – 2017

Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Victoria Pride WeekThe Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.

As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our bylaws and constitution.