Events: May-June

Culture Events


Friday, May 2
Thirdspace Launch Party
The UVSS Women’s Centre will host a launch party for the newest issue of its zine Thirdspace, which is a non-commercial publication dedicated to feminism and anti-racism. The event is open to everyone, and there will be snacks.

The party is happening at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora Ave.), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact the UVSS Women’s Centre with accessibility requests at or 250-721-8353.

Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 30
Vic Slam Championship

Local spoken-word artists will compete on May 15 (semi-finals) and 30 (finals) at the one and only poetry slam in Victoria, the Vic Slam. Successful performers will represent the Victoria community at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW).

For more info, visit Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street), doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.


Saturday, May 3
Astronomy Day

In celebration of Astronomy Day, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal B.C. Museum present interesting activities and exhibitions for all ages such as tutorials for taking night sky photos, interactive science exhibits from UVic students, and even the physics of Angry Birds.

For more info, visit Royal B.C. Museum (675 Belleville St.), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Night sky viewing will follow at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (5071 W Saanich Rd.) between 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, May 7
Victoria Farmer’s Market

It’s springtime, the season for farmer’s markets. Stop in for new, delicious produce to stay healthy and support your local economy. Local farmers and food producers come every Saturday and Sunday, too.

For more info, visit Victoria Public Market (1701 Douglas St.), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 25
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Designed to raise funds for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks not only men, but also their communities to walk one mile in solidarity to spread awareness of sexualized violence, an uncomfortable but important topic. Grab a pair of shoes, or maybe high heels, and show your support.

For more info or to register, visit Centennial Square, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Saturday May 31 and Sunday, June 1
Seeds of Change DIY Laundry Line Workshop

Seeds of Change will offer workshops on how to make your own environmentally-friendly laundry detergent. The workshop is also a good opportunity to learn about the sustainability of laundry rooms, the effect of surfactants (like soap) on the environment, and soft water in the CRD. Ingredients, 4L containers, essential oils, and additional workshop materials will be provided.

For more info, visit Victoria Public Market (1701 Douglas St.), 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $40 per person.


Friday, May 2
Greg MacPherson at Lucky Bar

Renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Greg MacPherson, known for his energetic live performances, will sing at Lucky Bar in support of his new album, Fireball. As guests, Victoria’s own West My Friend will open up the night.

Lucky Bar (517 Yates St.), 7:30 p.m to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10, and $12 at the door.

Saturday, May 24
Rock the Royal

In celebration of the Royal and McPherson Theatres’ 100th anniversary, 10 local artists will perform songs from various eras, highlighting Victoria’s rich rock music scene.

For more info and tickets, visit Royal Theatre (805 Broughton St.), 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $21.75.

Wednesday, May 2
PK Sound Victoria First Year Anniversary Party

PK Sound Victoria, a satellite branch of PK Sound that specializes in sound and stage productions, invites you to its first anniversary party. PK Sound members and local artists will bring you stompin’ bass and bumpin’ electronic beats to last all night.

Located at Rehab Nightclub (502 Discovery St.), doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance at Lyle’s Place, or $15 at the door. Must bring 2 pieces of government ID. For more info, visit:


Thursday, May 22
Cinema Salon Series: Latin Film Night

In partnership with MediaNet, the Central Branch of Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) screens Crime of Father Amaro (El Crimen del Padre Amaro). Isabel Leal, a director of the Hispanic Film Society of Victoria, will lead a discussion afterwards.

For more info and registration, visit GVPL Central Branch (735 Broughton St), 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Free. Crime of Father Amaro is an R-rated film.


Wednesday, May 7
Live @ Lunch – Jack Lohman – Travelling by Carr

This lunchtime presentation features Jack Lohman, CEO of the Royal BC Museum, who will look at selected works of Emily Carr to show how our thoughts are influenced by the natural world, and how museums can best display them for the world to see. Bring your lunch (and your curiosity).

For more information, visit Newcombe Hall, Royal B.C. Museum (675 Belleville St.), 1 p.m. Free.

Thursday, May 15
Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station

Vancouver author Peter Johnson introduces his most recent book, Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station. Set during the late nineteenth century on Vancouver Island, Quarantined tells the compelling true story of thousands of immigrants whose hopes of arriving on B.C.’s coast were dashed by disease and detainment.

For more info and registration, visit The Maritime Museum of B.C. (28 Bastion Sq.), 7 p.m. By donation.