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Used around town September 2019

September is loaded with lots of exciting local events that is proud to support. Scroll through to learn more!

End of Summer Vintage, Retro and Collectibles Show – September 1

After summer travels and adventure its time for Time Traveling!

With 40 + vendors displaying their finds on 100 + tables you’re for some great picking opportunities! Chances are good anything you’ve lived with and missed will be on display and available to add to your present life. Home decor from antique and vintage, through art nouveau/deco, to mid-century modern, records, posters and First Nations collectibles. Toys (OMG) from dolls to meccano, games, comics, stamps, books.

$5 @ 9:30 am or $20 @ 8:30 am (for a 1 hr. Jump-start)

Summer Roundup at the Roundhouse – September 5

Put on your best bibs and boots, and make your way down to the Summer Roundup at the Roundhouse for a little hoedown on Thursday, September 5 from 6:30-8:30 pm. If line dancing ain’t for you, stampede on over to the chef stations to enjoy finger licking good BBQ sliders, mac n’ cheese and pies brought to you by Food For Thought Catering. Compliment your food with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Once your belly is full, you can have fun at an interactive photo booth, charge up at the chill n’ charge lounge or mosey on over to one of the other fun activities planned. Register today >>>

Thursday, September
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Roundhouse at Bayview Place
253 Esquimalt Rd.

Great Canadian Beer Festival – September 6-7

The Great Canadian Beer Festival returns to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC, on September 6th-7th, 2019 with 9,000 beer lovers attending across the weekend-long celebration! Featuring over 100 Canadian craft breweries from coast to coast, the festival will showcase more breweries than ever before, as well as local cideries and an expanded array of food trucks. The Victoria Beer Society is excited to host the 27th annual edition of Canada’s oldest beer festival and carry on the legacy for years to come. Tickets on sale now through 

Esquimalt Ribfest 2019 – September 6-8


Esquimalt Ribfest offers a rib cook-off between six champion BBQ teams; FREE admission music and entertainment throughout the entire event; activities for children and youth, as well as local craft brews, cider, and wine. Many local vendors on-site as well.

Bullen Park Lyall St Esquimalt behind the Esquimalt Plaza.
Details at

Cars, Rods & Rides – September 7

Open Car Show Saturday, September 7th. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Curling Rink Parking Lot off Lyall St
To show off your ride be sure to be on-site at: Esquimalt Curling Parking Lot 8:00 a.m
1151 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3N6.
No registration necessary, drop in at 8:00 a.m.
This event supports TLC Fund for kids and the Esquimalt Celebration of lights.

Help end childhood cancer by supporting the 2019 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock – September 21 – October 5

Tour de Rock is a two-week bike journey the length of Vancouver Island in which a team of first responders visit 27 communities to raise money to help end childhood cancer. Since 1998, the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock has raised more than $25 million for the Canadian Cancer Society. Through research funded by Tour de Rock, childhood cancers can now be detected earlier, better treatments are available, and more children are surviving and thriving. Your donations have also sent more than 9,000 kids to Camp Goodtimes over the last 21 years. But there is still more to do. Every year, around 950 Canadian children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer, and cancer is still the top cause of disease-related death among children in Canada. Two-thirds of these survivors will suffer serious long-term side effects from their treatment. By donating to Tour de Rock, you support research into new ways to detect, diagnose and treat childhood cancers, as well as reduce the side-effects that are a result of their treatments. You make a difference. Thank you! Donate now here!

Victoria Hospice Shred-A-Thon – September 7

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Victoria Hospice Shred-a-Thon!

Start your “spring cleaning” early by clearing out your old documents in a secure and confidential way. Come by and drop off your outdated tax files, old cheques, bank statements, pay stubs, receipts, credit card offers, medical information, bills etc.
Suggested donation price is $10/box. All proceeds go to support compassionate end-of-life care in our community.

Saturday, September 7, 2019
9am – 12pm Hillside Shopping Centre Parking Lot.
Corner of North Dairy Rd and Shelbourne St.

Shredding services donated by ACCESS Records and Media Management
Sponsored by ACCESS Records and Media Management, Hillside Centre and

Vancouver Island Blues Bash – August 31 – September 2

Celebrate summer’s end on a high note by grooving to live blues, R&B, and more at the 26th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash! The party starts August 31 and continues until September 2, featuring ticketed headliners Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few and Kevin Burt & Big Medicine at the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, 900 Block Wharf St),  as well as Lindsay Beaver plus Blue Moon Marquee at Hermann’s Upstairs  (751 View St, above Hermann’s Jazz Club). In addition, free performances will occur from noon to 5PM at Ship Point every day of the festival. Discover the complete lineup and ticket information on the Victoria Jazz Society website ( and in the official Vancouver Island Blues Bash rack card.

BC SPCA Paws for a Cause – September 8

Paws for a Cause presented by Hill’s Science Diet is held on Sunday, September 8th from 10:30am to 2pm, with the walk starting at 12pm. This year’s event consists of a 2.5 km walk (dogs welcome but not required), a dog-friendly beer garden, local singers, food trucks, a chill & charge lounge, a larger marketplace for vendors, Wild ARC gull release, our Temptation Alley (test your furry pal’s resistance to delicious snacks, squeaky toys, and other enticing distractions), plus a kids zone with face painting and educational mini-talks for the whole family.


Longwoodstock: Beer & Music Fest: September 21-22

Friday Sept 21st, Longwoodstock: Brew & Chew
Longwood Brewery’s annual Longwoodstock Festival has expanded to two days with the addition of Longwoodstock: Brew & Chew.

Enjoy craft beer from 10+ central Vancouver Island breweries along with Island-made cider, wine, and spirits for a diverse beverage experience.
Pair your favourite craft beverage with delectable food options from local favourite & award-winning Coco Café.
As is Longwoodstock tradition, top quality live music will entertain you throughout the evening. Tickets are inclusive of all food and include one 4-oz sampler cup and five 4-oz beverage tokens.

Saturday Sept 22nd, Longwoodstock: Beer & Music Fest
Music and craft beer fans rejoice: Longwoodstock, Longwood Brewery’s annual backyard bash and music festival, is back for a fifth year in 2019.
Current Swell, Carmanah and Dope Soda headline a full list of musical acts. In true backyard party style, sounds will jump around between rock, folk, soul, ska, and more, with plenty of room to get your dance on by the front of the stage.

Since dancing in the sun will get you thirsty, refresh with Merridale Cider or any of Longwood’s classic craft beers. Continuing last years style: Longwood has paired up local businesses to produce a series of one-off Island collaboration beers. Don’t miss your chance to taste what Longwood comes up with this year. Food trucks will be on site to match your beer with a meal.

Vintage Halloween Fair – September 20-21

Victoria’s very first Vintage Halloween Fair will be 2 days (September 20-21. Friday 4-9pm. Saturday 10am-4pm) at the charming Da Vinci Centre (195 Bay Street, Victoria). Shop 2 floors (over 40 booths!) filled with glorious vintage, retro and antique shopping with everything from clothing, costumes, jewelry and accessories to housewares, oddities, books, vinyl, collectibles, curiosities, home décor, treats and more!

Also, enjoy our fun, festive, vintage style entertainment! Don’t miss Lucky J’s Vintage Halloween Fashion Show on Friday at 7pm! Great inspiration for your Halloween costume this year! On Saturday, we’ll have a Vintage Halloween Pin Up Photo Booth and Beauty Salon – get your hair & makeup done with a mini photo shoot! Plus, gifts galore and oh so much more!
Proudly supporting Women In Need Community Cooperative

Fall Fairfield – September 21

Fall Fairfield is a free, family-oriented, community festival located in the heart of Fairfield at Porter Park. It is a celebration of community and the harvest season with live performances, workshops, and local vendors. Fall Fairfield is a neighbourhood celebration that supports community connections so join the FGCA and welcome the change of seasons with our annual community festival, Fall Fairfield. 

10th Anniversary One Day Event – September 7, 2019

One Day is celebrating its 10 year anniversary of this fantastic free community event! Join us for musical entertainment, fully accessible organized games & activities, Children’s Fun Zone which features inflatable castles, face painting, & mini-golf; special guests; BBQ & more! Local artists and crafts people will also be selling their wares at the Marketplace. One Day is a celebration of diversity in our community – come celebrate with us!

Light Up the Hills – September 21

Light Up the Hills is a magical family-friendly celebration located in the rolling Westhills community of Langford. Now into its fourth year, this free event is bigger and better. This year we are featuring illuminated artworks and innovative digital light installations, complemented with a wide range of musical performances, dancers, theatre and aerial trapeze artists. The festival takes place on Saturday, September 21.

Families have the opportunity to build lanterns to carry through the various events situated along a well-marked route.  Parking is available at the Belmont Secondary School and at the newly renovated Westhills Stadium. So come and light up your September! Details at:

Vancouver Island Mustang Association Santa Toy Run – September 15

This is our 35th year of organizing a Classic Car Toy Run. Over the last 30 years we have raised over $50,000 and collected thousands of toys & presents for the under privileged Children in our area. ​On Sunday, September 15th, 2019, meet us at the University of Victoria parking lot #8, off of McGill Road. We’ll meet at 9:30 am and leave at 10:00 am for a one hour scenic cruise ending at Gyro Park. Please bring a new unwrapped toy or a cash donation and join the Vancouver Island Mustang Association in a Christmas Toy Run to make Christmas a little happier for local boys and girls.

The Salvation Army will meet us there to collect the toys and cash donations and also to provide a lunch for the participants. All vehicles are welcome, be they show cars or daily drivers. Any questions may be emailed to

Think Local First September Member Mixer – September 17

Each month Think Local First organizes a member networking event that is hosted by one of our 200 local, independent business members. These events offer our members with the opportunity to connect and provide prospective members a chance to see what we are all about. 
Dr. Rachel Staples and the friendly, professional staff at Urban Smiles Victoria are excited to be hosting the September mixer for Think Local First. When you walk in, you won’t believe that you are in a dental office – the decor is chic and boutique-style which makes it perfect to accommodate a TLF gathering. And, you’ll soon discover their state-of-the-art equipment and procedures that can help improve your smile. Click here to register!

Be sure to have the Think Local First app set up on your phone before the event to collect your bonus points!

Coffee for a cause – September 17

Drive up and drive away with breakfast on the fly. At #DRIVE4FIVE, for just $5.00 you’ll get coffee, muffin and a piece of fruit to go AND be helping combat the #UNIGNORABLE issue of child hunger. DOUBLE your donation: for $10 you can provide 3 children with a healthy snack in an after-school program. For an extra $20, you could buy 2 hot meals served at a community kitchen for a family. Thanks to our event sponsors: Victoria Labour Council and Save on Foods, and media sponsors Jack FM/98.5 Ocean and
September 17, 2019, 6:30 to 9 am
Save-On-Foods grocery store, Parking lot
3510 Blanshard Street

Sidney By The Sea Run/Walk – September 22

The newly formed Sidney by the Sea 8k / 5k / Kids Run (formerly the Seaside Run) is off and running. Registration is now open for the three race distances, aimed at people of all ages and speeds, taking place on September 22, 2019. A BC Athletics Certified Course will set the stage for those that want to get a personal best.  For others who want to enjoy a walk, jog or run through the seaside Town of Sidney and enjoy the mountain and ocean views, this is the perfect event. All 8K and 5K participants will receive a technical shirt, race number, finisher medal and virtual race bag. The kids will receive a medal and race number. The event will start and finish at the Sidney Pier Bandshell where live entertainment, post race awards and other festivities will take place all morning. The event will raise money for two charities – the Saanich Peninsula Hospitals  Healthcare Foundation and the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Register at

4th Annual Harvest at the Harbour: A Night Under the Stars – September 20

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Presents…
The 4th Annual Harvest on the Harbour: A Night Under the Stars. A fundraiser in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Join us in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for a spectacular evening with dinner, dancing and silent auction under the stars at the stunning Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort.
Harvest on the Harbour: A Night Under the Stars promises to be a night of inspiration, entertainment and celebration as we work to help enrich the lives of children through their health-care journeys with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Friday, September 20, 2019
Tickets $129.00 per person
Early bird tickets available until July 1, 2019 – $109
For more information or to book, please visit

Golf Tournament of Superheroes and Country Barn Dance – September 13

Yee Haw! The Golf Tournament of Superheroes aims to be the most FUN, talked about fundraiser in town! Don’t miss out- this event will feature a 18 Hole Golf Tournament at Highland Pacific Golf Course on September 13 (Texas Scramble of course!), followed by a delicious BBQ Rib dinner, fantastic door prizes, televised Horse Race pool, Lasso competition, Meat Draw and a Barn dance with live entertainment! Grab your boots+hats and kick up our heels for the kids!
100% proceeds to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Buy tickets at

Indoor Fall Esquimalt Farmers Market – September 26 – November 14

EFM continues weekly inside Esquimalt Rec Centre from September 26th – November 14th (no market October 31st)! Come check out why EFM has achieved the title of “Best Market in BC” in both 2017 & 2018, and Best (Farmers Market) in the City 2019!
Find locally grown produce, live music, artisans, food trucks, locally made foods and a buzzing community hub, every week!
Full vendor lineups will be posted on the FB page and our website,, weekly.
Shoppers will find a wide selection of freshly harvested seasonal fruits and vegetables, ethically raised meat, chicken and duck eggs, cheese, fresh-baked breads and other baked goods, a variety of prepared foods, preserves and beverages, vegan foods, and a range of handmade artisan items, including clothing, body products, jewellery and art!
There will be 20-30 Vendors including a food truck and local Farmers every week and a whole bunch of insanely talented artisan food producers and artists!
See you there! Bring reusable bags, dinnerware from home and a cloth napkin and cash of course!! And please be so kind as to bring something or purchase from the Vendors for the weekly Hamper that supports many local groups.
We are currently selling cranberries as a fundraiser for the market too. Yellow Point Cranberries – order by October 1, pick up October 10 at the market!

Coming soon…

Vancouver Island Marketing Connect Conference – January 22-23, 2020

Vancouver Island is quickly becoming a mecca for small to medium businesses to thrive and grow.  However, many companies struggle to showcase and promote their companies using modern marketing techniques.  Marketing Connect Conference is a two day conference designed to equip businesses with marketing tools that will help increase their growth in 2020!
Learn from coveted brands who have trail blazed modern marketing techniques and who are reaping the benefits of unbreakable brand affinity and loyalty.
Topics Include: Google Marketing, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video Marketing, SEO, The power of influencers.

Dates: 22-23rd of January, 2020
Location: The Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Early Bird pricing ends on November 1.

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