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

Published Aug 27, 2018

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 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.

Some of our favourite events and happenings in September:

1. 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.


2. 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.

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.


3. 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.


4. 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 7th - September 9th
Where: Bullen Park, 1151 Lyall Street
Price: Free Admission
Learn more.


5. 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, and mini-golf, special guests, and much more. There is also a Marketplace at One Day where crafts people and artists can sell their wares

When: Saturday, September 8th from 10am - 3pm
Where: Topaz Park, at Blanshard St & Finlayson St
Price: Free
Learn more.


6. 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 11th from 9am - 4pm
Where: CIBC Building, 1175 Douglas St
Price: Must register to participate & reach a minimum fundraising goal
Learn more.


7. Rifflandia Festival (with kids!)


All music and activities at the main venue Royal Athletic Park are actually family-friendly! Kids of all ages love Rifflandia and kids under 12 years old can get a FREE PARK PASS to Royal Athletic Park! All parents or guardians will need to apply for their child(ren)’s free Park Pass online by filling out our application form.

When: Weekend of September 14th - September 16th
Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave
Price: Free for kids under 12, adult ticket prices vary
Learn more.


8. 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 14th - September 16th
Where: Luxton Market, 1040 Marwood Ave (Langford)
Price: Admission by donation, pay for rides & games, wristbands available
Learn more.


9. 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.


More Fun Things To Do

Have a read up on some of our other articles with awesome ideas of things to do that aren't specifically events.


Pumpkin Patches in Greater Victoria

The Spookiest Kid-Friendly Halloween Events Happening

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