Calendar: Fringe Fest and More!

24 08 2011

It’s Fringe season again, but if you’re not into theatre, you might be feeling a little left out. Never fear! Victoria still has plenty going on. Get outside and learn about frogs at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary or take in the Johnson Street and Greek Festivals. Freshen up your dog and enjoy a brew at the Phillips Brewing company dog wash fundraiser. Or get into Victoria’s coffee scene with For the Love of Coffee, coffee exhibition and Western Barista Championships.

Frog Day – Discover what makes frogs so fabulous. Featuring puppet shows, hands-on displays, live andimals and froggy crafts. THURSDAY noon-3pm at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation/$3 for crafts. 250-479-0211.

Tour De Rock BBQ Bash – Come down to and enjoy a BBQ in support of the Tour de Rock. Food, drinks, music and more! THURSDAY 5-9pm at Glo (104-2940 Justland). $20. 250-385-5643.

Fringe Block Party – Kick off the Fringe in style! Featuring Fruit Bats and The Archers. THURSDAY 7pm at Centennial Square. All ages. Free.  

For the Love of Coffee – Browse coffee exhibits and watch the exciting Western Barista Championships. SATURDAY 8am-9pm & SUNDAY 11am-9pm at the Crystal Gardens. $5. 250-544-1778.

Johnson Street Festival – Support Make-A-Wish BC while enjoying entertainment, children activities and more! SATURDAY 10am-6pm on the 500 & 600 blocks of Johnson. Free.

Dog Wash Fundraiser – Bring Fido down for a refreshing bath while you sample tantalizing brews from Phillips! (Must be 19+ to sample brews). SATURDAY noon-4pm at Phillips Brewing Company (2010 Government). By donation. 250-380-1912.

Tour De Rock Bachelor Auction – Kool Fm and Channel A bring you hot studs! Funds raised support Tour De Rock. SATURDAY 9pm at 9one9 (919 Douglas). Free.

Greek Fest – Offering an array of authentic Greek food, desserts, baked goods, a Greek deli, arts and crafts, continuous live music and folk dancing from many different cultures including Greek, Middle Eastern, European and others.  TUESDAY-Sept. 5 11am at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). Free.

Calendar: Good Fibrations

17 08 2011

Have more fun than a kitten at a knitting bee.

Does yarn make you swoon? Does crafting drive you crazy with desire? Does fibre leave you feeling fabulous? Then good news, Fibrations has arrived! This all-things-fiber event gives the public access to demonstrations, hands-on activities and, best of all, fibre!

If crafting isn’t the centre of your universe, there’s plenty of other events this weekend. The Queen Alexandra Foundation is hosting a car show/picnic to raise funds for it’s latest project, housing for families of children that need to travel for medical treatments. The Fringe kicks off this years festival with an ’80s Prom Dance Party in Centennial Square.

Like it or not, there’s no excuse to be bored this weekend!

Cheesecake Burlesque Carwash Fundraiser – Can you think of a better way to to spend a Saturday than having lovely ladies suds up your jalopy? Neither could we. 11am-3pm at the Mohawk Gas Station (2100 Quadra). By donation.

Queen Alexandra Car Picnic – European and classic car enthusiasts gather to celebrate and help children and their families. SUNDAY 10am-2pm at the Queen Alexandra Foundation grounds (2400 Arbutus). Picnic by donation, $20 for vehicle registration. 250-519-6955.

Fibrations – A community-based celebration of fibre artists sharing their enthusiasm for craft through demonstrations, hands-on activities and market. SUNDAY 10am-4pm at St. Ann’s Academy Orchard (835 Humboldt). Free.

Fringe ’80s Prom Dance Party – Dance like it’s 1986! DJ Mz Niko will spin tunes from the Fringe’s inaugural year and revelers are encouraged to don prom attire for the festivities to kick off the 25th Fringe. Includes fun for the whole family, a Luminara parade and a crazy dance flash mob (shhh! Don’t tell anyone!). TUESDAY 7pm Centennial Square. Free.

Still not enough? Email (SUBJECT: FOLKWEST) to win tickets to Folkwest (Aug. 19-20), Victoria’s newest folk-music festival. Act fast, tickets are for Aug. 19.

Outdoors with the CRD and Indoors with Fringe Fest

25 08 2010

Whether you like the adventure of the great outdoors of the comfort of the indoors, this week, there’s no excuse to be bored!

Want even more ways to be entertained? Email your favorite summer activities to (SUBJECT: SUMMER) and win We Will All Be Trees by Josh Massey – an insider’s humorous and insightful perspective on tree planting culture.

Summer is nearly over. Don't miss out!

Forest Fossicking
Join a CRD regional parks naturalist  as we poke through the park looking for all things small. THURSDAY 11am-12:30om at the Nature Center (Beaver Lake parking lot). Free. 250-478-3344,

Wild Crafting Walk – Bountiful berries, fragrant cedar trees, and slippery sea weeds – look beyond the beauty and discover the many uses and functions of these plants. FRIDAY 1-2:30pm at Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre (Metchosin Road). 12+. Free. 250-478-3344.

Cougar Capers – Investigate the life of a cougar on this informative walk and talk with a CRD Regional Parks interpreter. SATURDAY 1-3pm at the Francis/King Nature House (off Munn Road). Free. 250.478.3344.

Fringe Festival – The 24th annual indie theatre fest starts THURSDAY and continues to September 5. Sixty shows, 17 venues. For full details and schedules visit or call the Fringe Hotline 250-590-6291. (See next weeks edition for reviews).

Fringe Club – Ice cold beverages and nightly cabaret fun! 10pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Free with Fringe button.

Fringekids Fest – With live entertainment, music, fringe faeries, craft activities, face-painting, a life-sized cardboard castle, and an inflatable bunny! Families are encouraged to bring new school supplies to donate to the Single Parent Resource Centre. SATURDAY 11am-4pm at Market Square (lower Johnson). Free.

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