June Guide: Top 15 Events Happening This Month in Greater Victoria

Published May 11, 2019 | Updated May 15, 2019

It's finally summer! Now is the time to hit up all the great outdoor events and things to do with your kids.  We have put together a list of our top picks this month so you can focus on the fun and just show up!

From fairs to markets to water parks, we've got you covered for everything happening in June! 

1. Oak Bay Tea Party

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The Oak Bay Tea Party is an annual event in Oak Bay, British Columbia. 2019 marks the 57th year running. The Oak Bay Tea Party has two reasons to exist: a fun time for the community and helping service organizations, such as the Kiwanis and Lions, raise funds for their many community projects.

It is a Victoria classic you don't want to miss!

Where: Willows Beach
When: June 1

Local Markets:

2. Peninsula Country Market

A vibrant community market that has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts.

3. James Bay Community Market

Open rain or shine every Saturday, May 4th to September 28th from 9am to 3pm on the corner of Menzies and Superior in James Bay and take advantage of lots of available parking (free on Superior).

4. Moss Street Market 

Located in the heart of Fairfield Gonzales, the Moss Street Community Market is a perfect place for local and organic produce and foods, handmade crafts, artisan clothing, inspiring services and community education to folks from the entire Victoria & Area region!

5. Sidney Street Market 

Sidney’s Street Market has been a holiday highlight on Vancouver Island for over 18 years. Every Thursday night from June to August, the Town's charming main street, Beacon Avenue, is closed to traffic and transformed into one of the most spectacular, festive street markets in British Columbia.

6. Market in the Square - Johnson Street 

Once monthly! Come shop with local handmade vendors, enjoy a drink on the patio, grab a bite to eat and listen to local musicians! A awesome way to enjoy a Friday evening in the heart of Downtown Victoria!

7. Oak Bay Night Market

Beginning in June and continuing to September, between 4 and 8 pm on the second Wednesday of the month, Oak Bay Village is transformed into a European style street market!

Each market also offers local music, a magician, face painting and balloon animals. The stores of Oak Bay merchants are open with special pricing, tastings, demos, sampling and more.

8. 2019 Fernwood Art Stroll 

On June 15th, Fernwood Artists open their studios and homes to the public. Their art work, sculptures, furniture and other art work will be available for viewing and purchase. This is a family event where you get to talk to local artists and artisans.A fun day for everyone.

Where: Fernwood
When: June 8, 9

9. Folktoria 2019

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Come check out this FREE multicultural festival and enjoy the performances, food, and arts and crafts with your family!

Where: Centennial Square
When: June 8, 9

10. Esquimalt's Annual Neignbourhood Party

Esquimalt Recreation is ready to kick off the summer season with a huge party and they want you to bring your neighbours! There will be bouncy castles, and various community building activites for all ages!

Where: Esquimalt Recreation
When: June 9

11. Raymond James Father's Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer

Celebrate Father's Day morning at Victoria's best family event! This is a 5K and 3K walk or run PLUS a fun run and activities area for kids, a free pancake breakfast, loads of prizes and so much more.

All funds go to support your local Island Prostate Centre - caring for dads, granddads and all the men in our lives. Raise $150 and receive a free registration

Where: Vancouver Island Technology Park
When: June 16

12. Memorial Park Music Fest

Grab your shades, sunhats, cowboy hats, and the whole family! There will be 7 glorious summer evenings in Esquimalt of free live outdoor music performances Tuesday nights June 18-July 30 in historic Memorial Park. 

Where: Memorial Park
When: Tuesday's June 8 - July 30

13. Car Free YYJ

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Car Free YYJ presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association (Downtown Victoria Business Association), will be back on Douglas Street on Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 11am-6pm. Car Free YYJ will take over Douglas Street for the city's fifth annual community celebration with vendors, music, and much much more! Grab the entire family and enjoy your Father’s Day on Douglas Street for this free event!

Where: Douglas Street
When: June 16

14. FernFest 2019

FernFest is a music, arts & commnity festival that does it all in the name of Fernwood! We want to celebrate with you this June 21 & 22 in Fernwood Square, the Belfry Theatre, and on the Vic High Field. It's free, family-friendly and everyone is welcome.

FernFest offers free live music, workshops, a local artisan market, kid's zone, non-profit hub, community pancake breakfast, heritage walking tours, bubbles, kidical mass bike parade, senior's tea, art, cardboard castle, theatre, BBQ, bar, magic & more!

Where: Fernwood Square
When: June 21 & 22

15. Island Summer Games

The 10th annual Island Summer Games returns to Topaz Park in Victoria, BC on June 21st to 23rd, 2019.

This 3-day outdoor festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and most unique homegrown sports & entertainment extravaganza of its kind.

Where: Topaz Park
When: June 21-23

We hope you find some fun family activities to experience with your loved ones here in Victoria during the month of June. For more events and activities please visit our complete list and check out what's happening on any day or month coming up!

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