Each month Used.ca proudly supports local community events here on Vancouver Island. October brings falling leaves, ghosts and goblins plus fun and exciting local events to check out!
1.) Festival of Trees Victoria supporting BC Children’s Hospital – SPONSOR A TREE!
2.) The Relove Market – October 7-8
3.) Capital Bike Fall Go By Bike Week – October 16-29
4.) Passion & Performance Haunted Mansion – October 28
5.) Souper Bowls of Hope – October 17
6.) Creative Craft Fairs – November 10-12
7.) First Chance Christmas Craft Show – November 4-5
8.) Victoria Symphony presents Harry Potter and Literary Thrills – October 28-29
9.) Victoria Symphony Presents Jurassic Park™ in Concert – November 9-10
10.) Victoria Royals Halloween Game – October 28
11.) Christmas Vintage, Retro and Collectibles Show – November 19
12.) Artistic Craft Market– November 25-26
13.) Nomad Holiday Market – November 10-12
14.) Rock, Raffle and Roll for Healthcare! – Now until October 11
15.) Ballet Victoria presents Ballet Rocks – October 20-22 & November 3-5
Festival of Trees Victoria supporting BC Children’s Hospital – SPONSOR A TREE!
Festival of Trees, presented by Scotiabank, brings local businesses and organizations along with members of the community together in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Trees get sponsored and spruced up to go on display at the Bay Centre for everyone to enjoy from November 16, 2023 to January 3, 2024. If you are seeking a fun team building event while displaying your commitment to the community – this is it!
This year, funds will go toward cancer research at BC Children’s Hospital. You can participate by sponsoring a tree (until November 10, 2023) or donating to support the events held at our five locations across BC.
This holiday season, bring renewed hope to kids living with childhood cancers. Sponsor a tree today.
The Relove Market – October 7-8
The ReLove Market is an empowering fashion & lifestyle community dedicated to the pursuit of personal expression balanced with environmental sustainability. We bring local curators and fashion enthusiasts together in a welcoming, inspiring and creative in-person forum to share ideas and textiles! Join us for the finest in secondhand & vintage clothing and local live music October 7 & 8 from 12-6:30pm at Market Square, 560 Johnson St. And don’t forget your reusable shopper for all your fabulous finds. Be sure to tag your snaps from the day with @therelovemarket & #relovegeneration
Capital Bike Fall Go By Bike Week – October 16-29
Go By Bike Week is a 100% FREE tri-annual event encouraging everyone to try cycling! Cycling is proven to improve happiness and productivity, as well as both mental and physical health! With gas prices on the rise, there is no better time to leave the car at home. Not to mention, it’s super fun!
Visit Celebration Stations from October 16th – 21st and keep logging your rides until the 29th for your chance to win from hundreds of amazing prizes!
Register at GoByBikeBC.ca! If you’ve registered before, just log back in! More info: CapitalBike.ca/gobybikeweek/
Passion and Performance Haunted Mansion – October 28
This Halloween Passion and Performance Arts Inc. is bringing you into our Haunted Mansion, an immersive horror experience. Join us on October 28th at the Crystal Garden for this terrifying event.
Passion and Performance’s annual themed parties are one of our most sought after events in Victoria, and the Halloween adaptation is even more popular. With our last Halloween event almost selling out, this is sure to be in high demand, get your tickets early so you’re not left without!
Souper Bowls of Hope – October 17
The Souper Bowls of Hope is Victoria Youth Empowerment Society’s (YES) iconic lunchtime event that brings the citizens of greater Victoria & the downtown business community together to raise funds in support of vulnerable and at-risk youth.
On October 17th, take a break from your workday and come dine on delicious soup created by three of Victoria’s Top Chefs and choose a beautifully handcrafted bowl to take home. Every year we bring in live music, to make our Souper Bowls event fun and vibrant, showcasing local talent.
Souper Bowls could not exist without the support of many many Local Vancouver Island Artists and Potters. Take home your choice of a beautifully handcrafted bowl created by one of these amazing local talents, all in support of Victoria’s Street Youth though this event. Reserve your seats now!
Creative Craft Fairs – November 10-12
One of Vancouver Island’s most established fairs, the 44th Annual Creative Craft Fairs, November 10th to 12th at Pearkes Recreation Centre. There will be an array of unique crafts to purchase for the holiday season. Over 125 exhibitors will show their finest crafts, gourmet food, fine art, photography, clothing, glass art, jewelry, bath and beauty products and fine woodwork.
In addition, the fair will feature a section of high quality imports, fair trade goods and much more. Enjoy snacks or lunch at Greek on the Street! The Pearkes venue provides a relaxed spacious environment that is wheelchair accessible. An ideal time to shop is Friday November 10th, opening at 11am and closing at 7pm. Open Saturday November 11th 10am to 5pm and the last day for enjoyable shopping is SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12th 10am to 4pm! Visit here for more information.
First Chance Christmas Craft Show – November 4-5
Come on out and join us for a day with family and friends as we celebrate our 34th year at First Chance Christmas Craft Show! When you walk through the doors of the Mary Winspear Centre in the quaint seaside town of Sidney, you will find a unique array of inspirations for 90+ local artists and artisans, designers, makers, bakers, distilleries and vineyards. With over 25 categories represented, you are sure to find creative solutions for everyone on your Christmas list – including you!
First Chance hopes to make your holidays special. Perhaps you will be one of the lucky ones to receive one of the $200 Daily Vendor Shopping Spree and/or Hourly Give-A-Ways. Don’t forget to sit awhile and listen to seasonal live music while sampling Mensch’s Kitchen (Farm’s Gates Catering rebranded) fabulous glorious food. Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special, stocking-stuffers, or wanting to inspire the holiday spirit, we offer it all under one roof! Find all the details here.
Victoria Symphony presents Harry Potter and Literary Thrills – October 28-29
Victoria Symphony Presents Harry Potter and Literary Thrillers
Saturday, October 28th, 7:30pm/ Sunday, October 29th, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E5
Sean O’Loughlin, conductor
Harry Potter is a phenomenon like no other and has defined the transformation of the printed page to the silver screen. Experience some of the greatest literary stories coming to life in music. From Vampires and Werewolves to Peter Pan, Hobbits and everything in between, this magical evening will surely inspire your literary imagination.
Tickets starting at $29.00
Purchase tickets online https://www.rmts.bc.ca/production-detail-pages/2023-royal-theatre/harry-potter-and-literary-thrillers/ Or Call the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250.385.6515
Victoria Symphony Presents Jurassic Park™ in Concert – November 9-10
Victoria Symphony Presents Jurassic Park™ in Concert
Thursday, November 9th, 7:30pm/ Friday, November 10th, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E5
Sean O’Loughlin, conductor
The action-packed adventure pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking special effects, this epic film is sheer movie magic 65 million years in the making. Now audiences can experience Jurassic Park as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.
Welcome… to Jurassic Park!
*Tickets starting at $32.00
Purchase tickets online https://www.rmts.bc.ca/production-detail-pages/2023-royal-theatre/jurassic-park-in-concert/ Or Call the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250.385.6515
Victoria Royals Halloween Game – October 28
Join the Victoria Royals for the biggest Halloween Party of the year next Saturday, October 28 as we they host to the Vancouver Giants. Dress your best as there will be a costume contest plus Trick or Treating. Grab here tickets here.
Christmas Vintage, Retro and Collectibles Show – November 19
What’s red and green and sparkles all over? The Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale at the Mary Winspear Centre, Beacon Avenue, Sidney-by-the-Sea! Want to get your Christmas shopping started? Where else could you find 50-vendors under one roof selling unique vintage items? We have repurposing off to a fine art! This major event is always a great mix of really great interesting people and things. Small pieces of Mid Century modern furniture, vintage jewelry ,coats and hats; magazines and other paper collectibles stamps: comic books and postcards. Toys: dolls, teddies, dinky cars, meccano, mechanical and wind-up. A range of tablewares: pyrex, china, earthware. Paintings, and an amazing assortment of carefully used books. Textiles, gold, silver and precious gems. Vintage Christmas decorations. Come again or experience the show for the first time at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. 9:30 am – 4 pm Entrance $5. Earlybirds: 8:30 am $20. (Cash door please.)
Artistic Craft Market – November 25-26
Join us for the annual Artistic Craft Market at Victoria’s Devinci centre, where you can enjoy 2 days of exceptional arts, crafts, . With over 40 exhibitors, our fair is a must-visit for thousands of visitors . You’ll find an array of artisans showcasing their crafts, including gourmet food, fine art, photography, clothing, glass art, jewelry, bath and beauty products, wine, spirits, and fine woodwork. Plus, we’re proud to present a section of fair trade goods for your perusal. Don’t miss out on this incredible event!. 5.00 at the door for a weekend pass.
Nomad Holiday Market – November 10-12
Welcome to a curated nomadic event! We’re excited to showcase some of BC’s finest artists and makers in an event and market combo that’s sure to wow you. From food and alcohol to fine art, clothing, crafts, and more, our makers are incredibly creative and always pushing boundaries. At this event, we recognize that home is where the family is. The Island is full of talented nomads looking for their next home, and we’re excited to be hosting them this year at the Songees Wellness Centre on Admirals Rd in Esquimalt. Mark your calendars for November 10th, 11th, and 12th of 2023. We can’t wait to see you there!
Rock, Raffle and Roll for Healthcare! Now until October 11
Rock, Raffle & Roll for Healthcare! Win this autographed Fender American Professional II Stratocaster guitar!
Big names from the Los Angeles music industry lend their names to help raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Iconic musicians, guitarists Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel and Steve Postell, drummer Russ Kunkel, and bassist Leland Sklar have played for Hall-of-Fame artists (James Taylor, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Stevie Nicks and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and now make up the “supergroup”, The Immediate Family. They have autographed this guitar to raffle off and raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (SPHHF).
Funds raised will be used to help purchase much needed equipment for Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s Emergency Department, Operating Room and throughout the hospital. The proceeds will help to provide care teams with the most up to date equipment and technological advancements, ensuring the highest levels of care and best possible outcomes for everyone on the peninsula and surrounding area.
Tickets are $25 each or 5 tickets for $100 and can be purchased through the SPHHF website www.sphf.ca until 4:30 pm on October 11, 2023. The draw will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at 4:45 pm.
Ballet Victoria presents Ballet Rocks – October 20-22 & November 3-5
“Ballet Rock” fuses tradition with revolution, showcasing a mesmerizing journey through time. Commencing with excerpts from the classical pirate ballet based on Lord Byron’s 1814 poem, “Le Corsaire” sets the stage for a night of high-seas adventure and passionate romance. With a focus on technical bravado, Ballet Victoria demonstrates why this famous rectories continues to be proffered all over the world to this day. Next, Ravel’s renowned “Bolero” drives a sculptural pas de deux, merging ballet’s grace with breathtaking physicality. Purchase tickets here.
We hope you get out there and enjoy some of these local events this month! If you’d like Used.ca to sponsor your upcoming local event on Vancouver Island, please contact our Community Manager, Carly.