loader image

What’s Happening This Week: August 16 to August 24

What’s Happening This Week: August 16 to August 24

Shockingly we find ourselves already in mid-August (where does the time go anymore?), but we’re planning on squeezing out every last ounce of summer with this robust and tasty line-up of August next week. Mark your calendars.


August 16 – August 18 | Harvest Moon Pop-Up This two-day pop-up concept store, hosted at Upside Studios in Fan Tan Alley, brings together some of the most exciting brands coming out of Canada. To kick things off, Very Chill Weekend and Dumpling Drop will host a dinner on Friday night featuring a wine tasting by A Sunday in August, food by Dumpling Drop, followed by karaoke and a flower altar and meditation station made by the women of Rook & Rose. On Saturday and Sunday shop brands including Foe & Dear, Harlow Skin Co., Your Bag of Holding, Wolf Circus Jewelry, and more. They’ll have THC-infused beverages compliments of LEVO Oil Infusion, in addition to other installations guranteed to delight all of your senses.

August 16 – August 24 |Free-B Films in Beacon Hill Park Free-B films are back! The Victoria Film Festival is hosting a series of free-for-viewing films in August at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. Up next is Hook (August 16), followed by Jurassic Park (August 17), Mrs. Doubtfire (August 23), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (August 24). Get there early, and don’t forget to bring a blanket and snacks.

August 20 | Ocean Wise Sunset Cruise with Chef Ned Bell Imagine you, your new friend, the culinary star Chef Ned Bell, and the orcas all enjoying a magical evening in Victoria’s Harbour. Lure author Ned Bell will be crafting a seasonal and sustainable menu (each course to be paired with wine) and speaking on how we can effect positive change in our oceans with our daily food choices. Eat good, feel good. Departs from Fisherman’s Wharf, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets run $179.

August 21 – September 3 | Victoria Fringe Festival It’s that time of year where you can find all the region’s most creative weirdos in one place. Victoria’s Fringe Festival will feature 47 live performance shows entertaining audiences with original comedy, jazz, theatre, queer cabaret, ’90s girl group femininism, medical acting tango and more. Plus you’ve got to love that egalitarian pricing: a festival membership is $6 and each show ticket is $11 (or less). 

August 24 | Indigifest Music Festival This free family-friendly event put on by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council is an Indigenous music, arts and culture festival that will feature Indigenous musicians from across B.C. performing on two outdoor stages. There will also be free interactive workshops (create art and music with local artists) and a marketplace featuring handcrafted goods from Indigenous vendors. Indigifest takes place at the Esquimalt Gorge Park on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples and runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

August 25 | Vancouver Island’s Feast of Fields Yes, it’s surely festival season, but this is a tasty one you won’t want to miss. B.C.’s largest local food and beverage festival—you’ve got our attention! Now in its 25th year, the Vancouver Island iteration runs 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Snowdon House in North Saanich and is a wandering feasting festival where guests let their unique tastes direct them around, empty wine glass in hand, to the 50 different vendors. The event is notoriously sunny and beautiful so don’t forget your sunhat and shades. Tickets from $15.


August 23 – 25 | Cowichan Valley Wine Festival Wine lovers, hold onto your hats. This is a week-long festival in the heart of Island wine country that kicks off with a big tasting launch Pavillion Party ($35) at Shawnigan Lake School: all the participating wineries will be filling up glasses. The rest of the festival is a choose-your-own adventure terroir hunt. You get a map and festival passport ($15) and tour yourself around to the various wineries, most of which will be hosting their own live music and tasting events (spoiler alert: Averill Creek has let it slip there will be wine freezies).

August 22 | Unsworth Vineyards & 1909 Kitchen Winemaker’s Dinner Mentally prepare the taste buds, this is going to be a collaboration dinner to remember. Tofino Resort + Marina is hosting Unsworth Vineyards for a culinary celebration of B.C. and Vancouver Island flavours. Award winning chef Paul Moran of 1909 Kitchen will be serving up Albacore Tuna, cured salmon, Okanagan peaches, grilled beef tenderloin and a sweet pistachio and caramelized plum dessert in the resort restaurant’s gorgeous Upper Hatch. Dinner is $120 and includes five courses and five wines. 


August 21 | Downtown Courtenay Summer Street Markets A chance to sample and scope out the best of Courtenay’s local farm fresh foods, artisan vendors, and community groups while local musicians play their hearts out in the background. Ample street food on the premises, so no one’s going hungry, either. The free outdoor event runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


August 24 | Tofino Brewing’s JamBrewery Tofino Brewing is hosting their first-ever JamBrewery—a mini-mall and music event taking place on Industrial Way, the street on which the brewery is located. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. the brewery will transform into a public market playing host to local artisans, vintage and record shopping, flash tattoos, a board swap, and more. There will be beer, of course, and cocktails too. Then, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the brewery will transform into a ticketed 19+ concert featuring Dead Ghosts and a special guest DJ. Admission into the day market runs $2 at the door. Tickets for the evening show run $20 (cash only) and can be purchased at the brewery.

More stories like this

A New Year, A New Change

Happy New Year from Breakwater Magazine! As we press reset on a new year, we want to share with you an important update.

By Breakwater Mag

Get to Know Nanaimo-based Illustrator and Gender Historian Carina Nilsson

” Visual storytelling is really powerful—it helps readers retain complex ideas. Plus, let’s face it: it’s way more fun to read a graphic novel on history than a 1000-page, 10-font, stale book.”

By Julia Crawford

What’s Happening: December 23 to January 1

Oysters, long-table Christmas dinners and polar bear dips—it’s time to ring in the next decade!

By Breakwater Mag

What’s Happening: December 17-22

Loosen your waist-bands! Gourmet waffles, truffle dinners and holiday treats ahead.

By Breakwater Mag

Get to Know Illustrator and Muralist Caitlin McDonagh

We caught up with former Victoria resident turned Montreal-based artist Caitlin McDonagh to learn more about how these two cities treat art, what drives her artistic process, and where she’s grabbing her coffee when in Victoria.

By Julia Crawford

What’s Happening: December 9-16

Cancel on the awkward work Christmas party, you’ve got smutty storytelling, a drag holiday showdown and a couple of delicious-sounding dinners you won’t want to miss.

By Breakwater Mag