Calendar: Freshen Your Spirit With the Great Outdoors

30 03 2011

It’s been a long wet winter. Sure, the garage needs to be sorted out and the house needs a thorough scrub, but consider taking a break from your spring cleaning to step outside and onto the town.

Art In Bloom – A week long celebration of fine art and all things botanical. The bi-annual fundraiser heralds the beginning of spring to Vancouver Island, and supports exhibitions and programming at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. THURSDAY-SATURDAY. For a detailed schedule of events call 250-384-4171 or visit

Performing Arts Festival – Several thousand Victoria-area performers and students of music, dance and theatre arts are on stages throughout the city receiving adjudications from renowned experts in the arts. THURSDAY- May 14. Free. For more details call 250-386-9223 or visit

Outdoor Adventure Expo – Satisfy that outdoor craving or find out just what Vancouver Island has to offer. FRIDAY noon-9pm, SATURDAY 10am-6pm & SUNDAY 10am-5pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). $8/$4 children/free children 5 years and under.

Fair Tartan Day  – Experience the power of tartan. With Scottish Cultural booths, tartan weavers, Scottish baking, pipers, Highland and Scottish country dancers, a Highland dog breed competition, Island Farms “Daisy the Cow”, Scottish entertainment and Celtic bands. SATURDAY 11am-4pm at Market Square (560 Johnson). Free. 250-382-0572.

Armageddon Fighting Championships – If you love watching people get beat up, this championship is for you. SATURDAY 7-11pm at Bear Mountain Arena (1767 Island Highway). $30-$150. 250-686-5111,
Abkhazi Garden Open House – Stroll the grounds, enjoy the house and peruse the gift shop. SUNDAY 11am-4pm at the Abkhazi Garden (1964 Fairfield). Free. 250-598-8096.

Counterfeit and Fraud Prevention – Seminar topics include, but are not limited to, counterfeit currency, banknote security, and various types of fraud and the proven techniques used to protect your businesses from these types of crimes. Registration required. TUESDAY 8:30-10am at the Hotel Rialto (1450 Douglas). $25/$20 for Downtown Victoria Business Association members. 250-386-2238,

Ladies Night – Learn how to repair and maintain vehicles, how to check oil and fluid levels and tire pressure, how to change a tire, and much more with the mechanics at Victoria Transmission and Auto Care. Registration required. TUESDAY 6pm at Victoria Transmission and Auto Care (1885 Government). Free. 250-382-2833.

If all that fun isn’t enough to leave you feeling renewed, win a 30 minute facial and brow design from Tonic Spa-tique by emailing (SUBJECT: TONIC).



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