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What’s Happening This Week: August 26 to September 1

What’s Happening This Week: August 26 to September 1

For the last week of August and into Labour Day long weekend, we’re all about long table dinners, salmon festivals and Island-wide-paloozas. 

Cover illustration by Caitlin McDonagh.


August 29 | Winemaker’s Long Table Dinner As summer winds down, this might be your last chance to get yourself to a long table dinner. The highly anticipated Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s Winemaker’s Long Table Dinner will feature a multi-course, family-style menu from Executive Chef Kreg Graham that’s paired with generous pours from Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver. It starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception so you have time to scout out fun dinner companions. Tickets are $159 plus tax.

August 30 | Classic Boat Festival and the Breakwater Barge It’s Labour Day long weekend, so you’re going to need some things to do. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly vibe, check out the Maritime Museum of B.C.’s Classic Boat Festival. There’ll be 100 old-timey boats parked in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, floating exhibits, boat races, workshops and a cannon salute. For a lively evening event, head to the Breakwater Barge for food trucks, live music on a barge, craft beer, craft cider and wine—it runs 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

August 30 to September 2 | Greek Fest This charming cultural festival is what summer’s all about. It’s free to stop by, and when you do, you’ll have the difficult task of choosing between lamb slow-roasted on a spit, chicken souvlaki plates heaped with tzatziki, crispy phyllo spanakopita, gyro wraps or a whole host of traditional desserts. The Greek Community Society has a non-stop dance and music card to entertain you while you eat under the open-air tents (some acts are even flying in from Greece). The popular society fundraiser also raises money for the Hot Lunch Program, providing local school children with hot meals.

August 31 | All Black Everything If you’ve always wanted to go to Dîner en Blanc but couldn’t handle the all-white dress code, perhaps the elegant All Black Everything party is the spill-friendly event for you. The location isn’t a secret—it’s at the Victoria International Marina (hello, harbour views)—and it’s not a dinner as such (but there will be “unique catering”). Atmos Events DJs are providing dance beats until 10 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $40. 

September 1 | Paul’s Diner by Fol Epi Grand Opening The long awaited grand opening of Paul’s Diner is here! The organic diner is brought to you by the fine folks behind local favourites Agrius and Fol Epi, and is located in the historic Paul’s Motor Inn (a fixture in Victoria since the mid-1950s). The grand opening promises to be a night of revelry with food, drinks, a guest appearance by Dumping Drop, and dancing at the upstairs live music venue Copper Owl. Tickets include food, one drink and entry into Copper Owl and run for $35. They’re available for pre-purchase or at the door. 

September 1 | MAKE/SPACE Mural Launch Hosted by Open Space Victoria, a non-profit artist-run centre, MAKE/SPACE celebrates the launch of Victoria’s latest mural by local artist Andréa Searle. Musicians LOOELLE and Quarterback are set to perform, helping you “dance away your end-of-summer blues with one last sweet chance to listen to these dulcet tones.”

Gabriola Island

August 30 to September 1 | Cultivate Music Theatre and Art Festival This is Gabriola Island’s big (family-friendly) end-of-summer bash that celebrates music, theatre, art and the community. There will be theatre acts and an artisan market filled with food and art; it’s a great chance to tap into and be surprised by local talents that pass you in the grocery store. Music headliners include locals Gary Fjellgard and folk artist Shari Ulrich, along with Roots Roundup, Kitty and The Rooster, and Caleb Hart. And did we mention there’s a Goat Barn? It’s not for goats, but for humans, and is a pure unadulterated dance party with electronic sounds from beatfarmer (we’re not making this up). Tickets from $28.


August 27 | Summer by the Sea Street Market This is the last day to catch Parksville’s Tuesday night summer market (a.k.a. your last chance to buy locally hand-crafted ceramics, chocolates, crystal creations and small-batch soaps for yourself and friends). There are more than 200 vendors hawking artisan goods, fresh produce and easy-to-carry-around foods, so don’t forget to pack your reusable cloth grocery bags and keep those sampling hands free. 


August 30 to September 7 | Clayoquot Sound Salmon Festival This nine-day event celebrates the mighty salmon in an effort to educate the public about its importance. There’ll be demos, talks, walks and film screenings on topics like sustainable fishing, the aquaculture revolution, and climate change. There also happens to be a salmon barbecue with refreshments on Sunday and a Spawn ‘Til Dawn dance party on Tuesday, so the festival is a bit like a mullet: business in the front, party in the back. Most events are free, but check the website for the full schedule and ticket prices.

Quadra Island

August 30 to September 1 | Quadrapalooza This isn’t your grandmother’s Island hootenanny. Quadrapalooza is the largest festival in the Discovery Islands and combines just about every act you could think of: puppets, banjos, fiddlers, fire spinners, jugglers, magic, poets, spray paint (why not?), skateboards, clowns, hoe-downs, food and live music, and goes well into the wee hours. Day tickets from $35 with weekend passes starting at $98.

Know of an event or cool gathering that we missed? Email us at breakwater@gmail.com to keep us in the loop.

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