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Labour Day Weekend Events in Victoria

Published Aug 28, 2018 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

The best Labour Day weekend events in and around Victoria. This Aug 30th - Sept 3rd long weekend, there's jam-packed fun happening around the city to mark the end of summer.

Labour Day weekend is approaching, marking the end of summer and a fresh start to a new school year! So bittersweet- isn't it? If you're not heading away for a last chance campout, there's some fantastic events that will be worth your while.

There's already 15 events listed with us for the Labour Day long weekend, but these are our 6 highlights!

1. Saanich Fair

Growing up on the Peninsula, the Saanich Fair was always a tradition for us Saanichtonians as a way to mark the end of summer. We threw on our freshest new clothes because you knew you'd see everyone from school there, just days before the official first day back to school. Oh, the memories!

Maybe I'm slightly biased, but, I'd say this is a must-do event for Labour Day weekend. It can be a bit pricey for a family if your kids want a wristband for the midway rides, but even roaming the fairgrounds to see all the cows, pigs, llamas, bunnies, and baby chicks, or trying games to win a stuffed animal, or even the live dog shows- it's just a fun atmosphere!

There's midway rides perfect for young kids all the way up to teens and adults who are looking for a thrill.

When: Weekend of September 1st - September 3rd
Where: Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's Cross Rd
Price: Admission is $13 for adults, $8 for youth & seniors, and free for kids under 7. Plus you can get ride tickets and wristbands.
Learn more.

2. GreekFest

Be Greek for a day! Try the flavours of authentic Greek cuisine and sit back and relax while taking in live entertainment. They have traditional dancing, music, and more. This year's festival will also go towards a good cause- The Hot Lunch Program in partnership with the Saanich Firefighters. 

When: All weekend, August 31st - September 3rd
Where: Outside Saanich Commonwealth Place, 
4648 Elk Lake Drive
Price: FREE admission
Learn more.

3. Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

This free five day family-friendly festival showcases all of the quirky and unique street talent from around the world! Scattered throughout downtown Victoria is "Pitch Stops" where you can watch some of the world's best buskers perform stunts, comedy shows, magic, and more.

When: August 30th - September 3rd all day
Where: Various pit stops in the downtown core
Price: Free to attend and pay what you think the performer deserves
Learn more.

4. Vancouver Island Blues Bash

Bringing top quality jazz to the community, the Blues Bash is a great time to expand your music horizons and listen to something new. While the headlining shows are ticketed, they have free performances all weekend long at Ship Point from noon to 4pm.

When: All weekend, August 31st - September 3rd
Where: Ship Point, Downtown Inner Harbour

Price: Free & Ticketed Events

See Schedule

5. Final Fireworks Show at Butchart Gardens

Photo Credit: Rob DeGraff on Flickr

Experience a dazzling firework show choreographed to music at the iconic Butchart Gardens. Get there early and lay out a blanket so you get a good spot for viewing, and then roam the beautiful gardens while you're waiting. The show itself is over 20 minutes of aerial and ground displays, the best fireworks show you'll get on the Island hands down!

When: Saturday September 3rd at sunset (but arrive early to explore the gardens!)
Where: Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay
Adult $33.10 | Youth $16.55 | Child $3
Learn More.

6. Willows Park Back-to-School Family Fest

Family-filled fun at one of Greater Victoria's nicest beaches! Enjoy free food, live music, bouncy houses, face painting, a photo booth, games and prizes all at Willows Park.

When: Saturday September 1st from 11am - 2pm
Where: Willows Beach Park, Beach Drive & Dalhousie Street
Price: Free
Learn more.

7. Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show

A cool and unique way to get your hands on items straight out of the 1960's. Even if you don't buy anything, it's fun to browse and get a feel for what it was like to live back in the day for you and your children.

Mary Winspear 2243 Beacon Avenue - Full Details

Saturday September 3rd from 9:30am- 4pm
$4 entrance fee

More ideas for things to do with kids:

Calendar: Upcoming Family Events

Blog: Summer Bucket List: Things To Do in Victoria Before Back to School 

Get ready for back to school:

Blog: Top Dance Studios in Victoria for Kids

Programs: Afterschool Programs to Consider

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