Oaklands West Coast Winter Market

…Join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 2nd at the Oaklands Community Centre and Oaklands Elementary Gym for a showcase of over 50 vendors from all over Greater Victoria

The Oaklands West Coast Winter Market is back!

Join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 2nd at the Oaklands Community Centre and Oaklands Elementary Gym for a showcase of over 50 vendors from all over Greater Victoria including farmers, artisans, gourmet food producers, baked goods, pottery, knitters, crafters, handmade body products, jewelry, and more!

Entrance to the Market is by a minimum $3 donation. The Market also features live music from West My Friend, Daniel Cook & The Radiators, Vic Horvath, and Jessica Benini Music, an afternoon beer garden featuring Hoyne Brewing Company and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Deadbeetz Food Truck and the International Women’s Catering Co-Op, a by-donation concession, and activities for kids!

 

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37th Annual Dickens Holiday Fair

The Dickens Fair is one of Victoria’s oldest and best-loved Holiday Craft Fairs. Our juried local artisans offer a great variety of quality and affordable products that will appeal to everyone.

 37th Annual Dickens Holiday Fair

The Dickens Fair is one of Victoria’s oldest and best-loved Holiday Craft Fairs. Our juried local artisans offer a great variety of quality and affordable products that will appeal to everyone.

Hosted by the James Bay Market Society, the Dickens Fair has something for everyone. From treasures to toys, you will find everything from great homemade foods to uniquely crafted gifts. This is an amazing opportunity to meet and support your local Vancouver Island Artisans, hear their stories and learn first hand how they make, bake and craft their wares.

The much-loved Dickens Fair is getting ready to “Deck the Halls” and we’d love to have you join us. With over 70 vendors there will be something for everyone.

Along with our returning vendors, you will recognize your favorite James Bay and Breakwater Market vendors. There will also be many new vendors who will be showcasing their talents. The variety of new products, the quality of workmanship, and the care that goes into their creations are sure to impress the most discerning of shoppers.

The Dickens Café will be serving up muffins and freshly squeezed apple and orange juice, lunch items made from locally sourced products and even vegetarian options. There will also be tea and coffee served all day to help take the chill off.

Bring the whole family! The kids will have fun in the children’s area where they can create a one-of-a-kind treasure of their own. We have Marilyn the “Chicken Lady” who will be introducing us to her incredible feathered friends that is always a big hit with kids of all ages. Our free face painter will embellish the young and “young at heart” with adorable unicorns, ferocious tigers, ladybugs or whatever your heart desires!

Come in out of the cold and visit the Dickens Fair, a wonderful way to spend the day with family and friends.

There is an ATM on site for your shopping convenience.

For more information please email dickens@jamesbaymarket.com

Enjoy the holiday season…in a Dickens kinda way!

For vendor information and application forms please see Dickens Fair Vendor Information.

 

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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

A service of Remembrance and Celebration during the All Saints season with the First Metropolitan United Church Sanctuary Choir and guest musicians

A service of Remembrance and Celebration during the All Saints season with the First Metropolitan United Church Sanctuary Choir and guest musicians. Light a candle in memory of a loved one or special anniversary and join us for an afternoon of music, comfort and community. Light refreshments following the service.

Musical selections and dedications forms available at the church office or online at www.firstmetvictoria.com.

For further information please email: office@firstmetvictoria.com

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TeenFest

This one day FREE exhibition, for youth ages 12 to 18 years, and their families, will give teens in the Victoria area the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers, their communities and community leaders

This one day FREE exhibition, for youth ages 12 to 18 years, and their families, will give teens in the Victoria area the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers, their communities and community leaders.

By creating opportunities for interaction, activities, workshops and performances for this age group, TeenFest will engage and connect our youth, their families and the businesses and organizations that support them.

Event highlights include: •A chance to win a $250 Visa Gift Card •Teen Talent Contest •Skateboarding •Climbing Wall •Performance by Teen Musicians, Singers and Bands •Interactive Sports and Gaming activities •60+ booths to see, learn, shop and sample •4 different areas to explore – Life & Education, Cool Stuff, Fashion & Beauty and Health & Wellness •Dance performers on the main stage •Special Guests and SO MUCH MORE!

 

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Downtown Trick or Treating

Bring the kids to Trick or Treat at participating downtown businesses on Oct 30 & 31 from 3:30-6pm and do the Pumpkin Pursuit too for your chance to win!

Visit downtownvictoria.ca for a list of participating businesses

 

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Pumpkin Pursuit

From Oct 29-31, pick up your map from any participating business & go find your favourite pumpkin

From Oct 29-31, pick up your map from any participating business & go find your favourite pumpkin. Vote for your favourite pumpkin and you could win an awesome Downtown Victoria prize pack. And, don’t forget to bring the little ones down for Trick or Treating on Oct 30 & 31.

Visit downtownvictoria.ca for a list of participating businesses and for an online map.

 

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Royal BC Museum: November Events

Memory, micro-organisms and marshes big themes at the Royal BC Museum this November

VICTORIA, BC–Brighten up your dreary November with special events and activities at the Royal BC Museum. Enhance your language skills by listening to stories told in local First Nations languages, pay your respects at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and embrace your competitive side with Museum Happy Hour pub quizzes and more.

Join Dr. Genevieve Hill for Live at Lunch: From Marshes to Mountains on Wednesday, November 1 at noon. Dr. Hill will talk about her partnership with the Cowichan Tribes field technicians and how they worked together to survey cultural sites in the Cowichan Valley. This event takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall; admission is by donation.

Our Wonder Sunday family program continues this month with a focus on micro-organisms. Use microscopes to get a close look at teeny tiny plankton and other micro-organisms and learn their important role in various ecosystems. This program takes place each Sunday in November from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission or membership.

Home Learners are invited to take part in Who Were They Anyway? Digging into Local History on Monday, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn about the social history of early Victoria through photographs, documents and artifacts from the museum and archives collections. This four-week workshop series is $75 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

Come listen and learn at Have We Got a Story to Tell– Stories from This Land and its People on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local Indigenous storytellers are sharing stories in their original languages such as lək̓ʷəŋin̓əŋ (the language of the land of Greater Victoria), SENĆOŦEN (from the Saanich peninsula), Hul’q’umi’num’ (Cowichan area and some Gulf Islands) and more. Storytellers include Elmer Seniemten George, Tiffany Joseph and MENEŦIYE. Musical performance by Wesley Hardisty. Tickets are $12 per person (10 per cent discount for member).

Museum Happy Hour returns for its next instalment. Each Museum Happy Hour will have a different pub quiz theme: “Natural History” on Thursday November 9, “Archives” on November 16 and “Sound and Music” on November 23. The event is from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm and costs $10 per person. This is a popular event that sells out quickly, so get your tickets early!

Our annual Remembrance Day presentations will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pmLest We Forget: Remembrance Commemorations include musicians, singers and storytellers. The event is included with museum admission or membership.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Old Town and get into the holiday spirit starting on November 16 (running until the end of December). Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see shops decked out in seasonal finery. Starting December 1 you will find Father Christmas in Old Town where he will be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for photos (by donation). Christmas in Old Town is included with museum admission or membership.

On Saturday, November 25, we are hosting a City of Victoria initiative called Performance as Medicine, an Indigenous Performance Art Symposium. Participants will present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms. Registration is $40 and is required for the workshops (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); from 3:30 to 5:30 you are welcome to drop by for a free performance on the Legislative Assembly lawn and a panel discussion in the museum’s Clifford Carl Hall.

We have a don’t-miss special talk for photography enthusiasts who are excited about the upcoming Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018)! Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott: Tall Tales, Long Lenses, presents Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar.

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Oktoberfest at Oaklands!

On Saturday, October 14th, join the Oaklands Community Association for our annual Oktoberfest in Oaklands celebrating all the favourite traditions of Munich & Bavaria, Germany- including beer, music, food, and community!

On Saturday, October 14th, join the Oaklands Community Association for our annual Oktoberfest in Oaklands celebrating all the favourite traditions of Munich & Bavaria, Germany- including beer, music, food, and community!

Included in the ticket price, each guest receives a meal prepared by Camosun College Hospitality Management Instructor Dave Pritchard and his team of students with bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and a pretzel and a beer ticket for a choice of Hoyne Brewing Company.

Vegetarian options are available and a selection of cider for the non-beer drinkers. Additional drink tickets are $6. Entertainment will be provided by Eastern European party band Bučan Bučan, the Aaron Watson Trio, and Peter Wilks. 19+ 5pm – 10pm Oaklands Community Centre (1-2827 Belmont Ave.)

Tickets are $20 in advance available at the Oaklands Community Centre in person or by phone at 250-370-9101 or online, and $25 at the door including one beer, the bratwurst meal, and all the live entertainment!

TICKETS

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18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair

Tastes and traditions of Japan come alive at 18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair FREE admission Greater Victoria residents have the chance to experience the best of Japanese food, entertainment and crafts in just one day at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

“The 2017 fair is our chance to share our Omotenashi – Japanese hospitality that entertains guests wholeheartedly,” said VNCS President Tsugio Kurushima. “It’s a family-friendly fair with activities and events – and delicious food – for all ages.”

This year’s fair will again offer up a blend of new and old activities. Returning by popular demand are the sell-out bento box and sushi sales, the only-at-the-fair YYJ Dogs (hot dogs with special Japanese toppings), taiko drumming performances, and tea ceremony demonstration.

New activities this year include Haiku teaching table, a session on Japanese pop music, a look at Japanese classical theatre, and a Judo demonstration. Other cultural displays include a pottery session for youth, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Koto (Japanese zither) and Kyudo (Japanese archery). The full schedule available at VNCS.ca.

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All Bufflehead’s Day NatureSketch Drop-in

Saturday, October 14 is the Public Bufflehead Welcoming Ceremony from 9:30 am to 11am at Roberts Bay.

Saturday, October 14 is the Public Bufflehead Welcoming Ceremony from 9:30 am to 11am at Roberts Bay. Look for the NatureSketch banner at Robert’s Bay, Sidney BC and meet our sketch artist at 10:30 am for a free 1 hour Bufflehead sketching session! This is our traditional gathering to honour the Bufflehead ducks and other migratory birds that choose to winter in our community. Join us under the tents at the Ardwell Beach Access for a featured 1 hour drop-in NatureSketch Bufflehead activity presented by the Robert Bateman Centre. All materials provided.

(intersection of Ardwell Ave. and Resthaven Dr. in Sidney)

 

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