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September Guide: Major Events & Fall Things To Do in Greater Victoria

Published Aug 16, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

All you need to know for awesome family events this September! From Labour Day weekend celebrations to pumpkin patches with the kids, here's the best of fall.

September is one of my favourite months. And no, it's not because my birthday falls within it like many people like to think! I love the sunny blue skies, the crisp air that starts to return (sweater weather!), and of course the beautiful colours that begin to emerge to prove that fall is here.

Here we highlight the major annual events, but you can also visit our full calendar of events for a snapshot of everything that's happening around Victoria, Saanich, Sidney, Westshore, and beyond.

Here's some of our favourite events and happenings in September:

1. The Saanich Fair

Every Labour Day weekend, the Saanich Fair marks the end of the summer for kids and the start of a new school year. The perfect event for all ages - from kiddie rides to the daring Zipper at the Midway, fun games to win prizes, petting zoos, and lots of live entertainment ranging from horse shows, dog trials, magicians, and live music.

Tip: Take the younger kids for a break to see the animals if the rides and candy become overwhelming.

When: Weekend of August 31st - September 2nd
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. Esquimalt Ribfest

The tastiest event of September! Not only can you try award winning ribs, there's also local music and breweries, a Kid Zone with free crafts and activities for kids of all ages. There's even bubble soccer for the brave ones at a small fee. 

When: Weekend of September 6th - September 8th
Where: Bullen Park, 1151 Lyall Street
Price: Free Admission
Learn more.

3. One Day

Celebrating community and diversity, One Day is an outdoor event for all ages with free musical entertainment, a low-cost BBQ lunch and refreshments, organized games and activities that anyone can participate in (fully accessible!), a FREE Children’s Fun Zone which features inflatable castles, face painting, mini-golf, special guests, and much more. There's also a Marketplace at One Day where crafts people and artists can sell their wares.

When: Saturday, September 7th from 10am - 3pm
Where: Topaz Park, at Blanshard St & Finlayson St
Price: Free
Learn more.

4. Easter Seals Drop Zone

Become a superhero for a day! Drop Zone is a knee-shaking, heart-pounding fundraising adventure that encourages you to get out of your comfort zone and face your fears by rappelling from the top of the 13-storey CIBC building – all in support of Canadians living with disabilities. 

When: Tuesday, September 9th from 9am - 4pm
Where: CIBC Building, 1175 Douglas St
Price: Must register to participate & reach a minimum fundraising goal
Learn more.

5. Luxton Fall Fair

One of the oldest fairs on Vancouver Island, the Luxton Fall Fair brings a modern flavour to old fashioned county fairs, is with trick motorcycle riding and off road mountain uni-cycling. Rides, games, pancake breakfast, exhibits, and tons of entertainment.

When: Weekend of September 13th - September 15th
Where: Luxton Market, 1040 Marwood Ave (Langford)
Price: Admission by donation, pay for rides & games, wristbands available
Learn more.

6. Moon Festival - Lantern Celebration

Moon Festival is a free, family friendly event that welcomes people of all ages and cultures to share in an uplifting creative cultural celebration.

The evening features live traditional Asian dance and musical performances by community groups, lantern making for children, a sampling of mooncakes and traditional green teas, and an outdoor musical performance.

When: September 14
Where: Gordon Head Recreation Centre
Price: FREE

7. Pendray Farms Corn Maze

The largest corn maze on the Island! With over 6km of trails on 14 acres of corn, plus scavenger hunt fun, a "corn box" to play in (because sand boxes are SO last year), and tasty popcorn made on site among other treats.

When: Dates not confirmed, but usually opens mid September
Where: Pendray Farms, 9537 West Saanich Rd (North Saanich)
Learn more.

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Have a read of some of our other articles with awesome ideas of things to do with kids!

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