The sky is blue, the clouds are white, and the sun is golden… summer’s coming! What are your plans?
On Sunday June 17, you can go downtown to enjoy Victoria’s 3rd annual Car-Free Day. On this day, Douglas Street is transformed into a huge pedestrian area (walkers only – no cars) with food stands, craft booths, music, and activities. You can enjoy walking around, or you can volunteer. (PS – It’s also Father’s Day in Canada, so don’t forget to call your Dad!).
Here is the website: https://www.carfreeyyj.ca/
Credit: Car Free YYJ Official Photographer
Click below to find out more about fun activities in Victoria this summer!
Another fun summertime tradition is farmer’s markets. There are many evening and weekend markets which take place around Victoria throughout the summer. They are great places to find local vegetables, eggs, meat, and crafts.
Check out this website for a list of markets: https://bcfarmsandfood.com/farms/farmers-markets/
Credit: Moss Street Market
My favourite regular summer event is Symphony Splash. This year, it will take place on Sunday August 5, and I can’t wait! The Victoria Symphony plays a free outdoor concert on a barge (large flat boat) in the Inner Harbour. They play a full concert, including both classical and contemporary pieces, and they always finish with the 1812 Overture and a fireworks display. Around the Inner Harbour, you can find food stands and activities for kids. It’s a fantastic event that I always enjoy.
Credit: Victoria Symphony Splash
If you want to sit down for the concert, you can go very early and mark a spot on the grass with a blanket. You can also sit on the curb (the edge of the sidewalk) or just stand. There are speakers everywhere, so you can hear the music even if you can’t see the players.
Finally, although the event is technically free, the symphony will collect donations, so I suggest bringing $5 to contribute.
For more information, check out this web page: https://victoriasymphony.ca/community/splash/.
See you there!