Labour Day Weekend Events in Victoria

Published Aug 29, 2017

The best Labour Day weekend events in and around Victoria. This Sept 1st- 4th 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 17 events listed with us for the Labour Day long weekend, but these are our 6 favourites!

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.

1528 Stelly's Cross Road - Full Details & Pricing

Saturday & Sunday 9am- 10pm (gates open at 8am and close at 9pm)
Monday 9am- 6pm 
(gates open at 8am and close at 5pm)

**Midway opens at 10am every day, but you can visit the farm animals and buildings beforehand**

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. 

FREE admission event at 4648 Elk Lake Drive - Full Details

Friday - Monday 11am- 10pm daily

Plus if you can't make it on Labour Day weekend, you're still in luck! They also have it the weekend before, August 25-27th, from 11am-10pm each day.

3. 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.

Saturday- Monday from 12pm- 4pm at Ship Point
More shows at various times and venues- See Schedule

4. 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!

2243 Beacon Avenue - Full Details

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

5. Labour Day and Classic Boat Festival

Don't miss this weekend at Ship Point, where you will find some of Victoria's finest food trucks, artisans and locally handmade crafts. There will be over 150 vendors, a combination of artist, musicians and food trucks. This pairs up with the Classic Boat festival where the inner harbour fills up with classic wooden boats for you to check out!

Ship Point 814 Wharf St - Full Details

Friday 6pm- 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30am- 10:30pm
Monday 10:30am- 5pm

6. 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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