Fall Outings with Toddlers: Festivals & Events in Victoria

Yesterday, the temperature dropped below 20 degrees. I even saw strange wet drops falling from the sky! And 2 days from now will be the last day of August… As much as I don’t want to believe it, summer is drawing to a close! It won’t be long before we are trading our flip flops for boots, and our sun hats for umbrellas.

As Fall approaches, I’ve started putting together a list of festivals and events for our family to explore. If you’re like us, and love to check out different activities around town each weekend, I’m hoping you might find this list helpful.

As I learn about new events, I will add them here. Please let me know of any events I might have missed. And … since I LOVE Christmas so much, I’ll likely do another separate post with just Christmas events for families!

SATURDAYS, MAY through OCTOBER, 2016
Moss Street Market, 10am-2pm
The Moss Street market is always a fun place to wander around on a sunny Saturday!  You can find various fresh fruits/veggies/crafts/art for sale, yummy lunch options, and often live music. We used to live close by, and loved exploring this market on Saturday mornings! There are two little playgrounds (one right within the market) and one around back to help keep little ones entertained as well.

AUGUST 26th – 28th & SEPTEMBER 2nd – 5th, 2016
Greekfest
Admission is free for this fun family event. Come out and enjoy the delicious food, and the live music and dancing! There are also activities for families such as face painting and arts and crafts.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1st, 2016
CRD Amazing Race, 11am-2pm
This is a drop-in event for all ages, held at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.

SATURDAY – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd – 5th, 2016
Saanich Fair
I remember loving the Saanich Fair as a kid, but haven’t been in years! Perhaps this September will be the first year we take Baby E to the fair. Aside from the rides, I think she would love the performances and kids activities.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10th, 2016
One Day 2016, 10am-3pm
“The purpose of One Day is to celebrate the diversity in our community through the planning of a free, family-oriented celebration of everyone in our community”. The event is held at Topaz Park and includes live entertainment, BBQ lunch, games and activities, Children’s Fun Zone, Market Place, and more.

SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND 2016 – ? (THURSDAY – SUNDAY)
Vancouver Island Cornmaze, 1-9pm
The Vancouver Island Cornmaze is created by Pendray Farms, here on the Peninsula. It began in 2015, and after its huge success last year, the corn maze is back!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10th & SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th, 2016
The Victoria International Chalk Art Festival
We really enjoyed this festival last year. It features incredible street art (including 3-D art), a kids chalk zone, and First Nation’s singers, dancers, and drummers.

SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 11th – DECEMBER 11th, 2016
Panorama Theme Skates, 1-2:20pm
September 11th: Pirate & Princess Skate
October 9th: Halloween Theme Skate
November 20th: Frozen Skate
December 11th: Christmas Skate

SEPTEMBER 12th – 17th, 2016
Panorama Arts Sampler Week
During the Arts Sampler Week at Panorama, children ages 3+ can enjoy one of the following activities: Stained Glass Kites & Butterflies, Creative Craft & Splash, Fridge Magnets, Marble Painted Tiles, Children’s Choir, or Monster Rocks!

THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 15th – NOVEMBER 3rd, 2016
Good morning Storytime at the Sidney Library, 10:15-11am
Storytime is a fun time for children 0-5 years old, and includes stories, songs, rhymes, and movement.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th – 18th, 2016
Luxton Fall Fair
The Luxton Fair features mid-way rides and games, live entertainment, antique farming equipment, museum displays, and more. We’ve never been to the fair before, but it sounds like a great event!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17th & SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18th, 2016
Harvest Fall Threshing at Heritage Acres, 9am-4pm
We’ve never been to this event, but apparently it’s been running since 1974 and “is always a popular event for children of all ages from 2 to 102”. The event includes threshing, steam engine/blacksmith/tractor demonstrations, train rides, and food from the Pantry Kitchen!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18th, 2016
Colwood Seaside Festival, 11am-4pm
Another new event for us, but it sounds like fun! Horse drawn carriages, live music, a scavenger hunt, kids crafts and activities, and more – all at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25th, 2016
Apple Day Celebrations at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, 11am-4pm
This event was just suggested to me by a friend (thank you!) and looks like an awesome family event! Check out the orchard, tour the farm with the owner, enjoy live music, a scavenger hunt, apple bobbing, apple decorating – and of course apple cider for the adults!

TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 4th, 2016 – ?
Tot Tuesdays at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, 10:30am
Suitable for children ages 3-5 years, Tot Tuesdays is a morning full of stories, crafts, and activities – all with a different ocean theme each week!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th – 30th, 2016
Pumpkinfest at Galey Farms, 10am-4pm
Pumpkinfest is held every weekend in October (October 8th-30th) and includes live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, and more. We went to this event with friends last year, and had a wonderful time! The only thing I would say is that the kids haunted house and some of the spooky parts of the train ride were a bit too spooky for our little one…!!!

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st – 23rd, 2016
Halloween Madness at Heritage Acres, 4-8pm
I’ve heard from friends that this is a fabulous event for families! The event is supposed to have many Halloween things that aren’t too scary for the little ones, as well as pumpkin carving, face painting, make your own scarecrow, haunted house, and lots more.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 27th, 2016
Cute Little Spooks Kindergym Party, 9:30-11:30am
This event is offered through Panorama, at Greenglade Community Centre. Children 1-5 years old can come enjoy Kindergym toys and activities, as well as Halloween crafts, a visit from Slider, and a Costume Parade!

MONDAY OCTOBER 31st, 2016
2nd Annual Treat Street, 4:00-6:30pm
This is a fun, family-friendly Halloween event. We took Baby E last year, and really enjoyed it! Children can trick-or-treat down Beacon Avenue in Sidney at designated stops, check out the dog costume contest at Beacon Park, and enjoy Halloween activities by Panorama at the Mary Winspear Centre!

And one little Christmas event (check back for a Christmas events post as December gets closer!) …

THURSDAY DECEMBER 8th, 2016
Breakfast with Santa at Kindergym, 9:30-11:30am
This event is offered through Panorama, at Greenglade Community Centre. Children 1-5 years old can come enjoy Kindergym toys and activities, as well as Breakfast with Santa.

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