Each month Used.ca sponsors community events on Vancouver Island. The weather is getting warmer and more and more events are running. We are excited to share with you the upcoming events in your own backyard!
1.) Victoria Symphony Spectacular Spring Gala – May 6
2.) Broadmead Care’s Shred-A-Thon – April 23
3.) Diner en Blanc Victoria– June 23
4.) Esquimalt Buccaneer Days – May 13-15
5.) World Cups Youth Soccer Festival – April 14-15
6.) Spring for the Belfry Theatre 50/50 Raffle – Running until May 12th draw
7.) Salvaged art supplies put to good (re)use at SUPPLY POP—UP – Thursday to Saturday until May 28
8.) Victoria Beer Week – April 1-9
9.) TC10K – April 24
10.) Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria – August 20
11.) Belfry Theatre presents Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes – March 29 – April 24
13.) Esquimalt 5K – April 9
14.) Bay Centre and Used.ca Spring Clothing Swap – April 30
16.) 2022 Goddess Run – June 30
17.) Crime Stoppers Shred-a-Thon – April 9
18.) Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest – April 27 – May 7
19.) Hike for Hospice – May 1
20.) Easter Vintage, Retro and Collectible Show – April 17
21.) Victoria Hobby & Toy Fair – May 14-15
22.) Esquimalt Gigantic Garage Sale – April 30
23.) Spring Go By Bike Week – May 30 – June 5
Victoria Symphony Spectacular Spring Gala – May 6
Friday, May 6, 2022, at 6:00 PM
Crystal Ballroom Fairmont Empress
Enjoy a fun-filled evening with gourmet food and fine wines plus an exclusive concert.
Join our three Victoria Symphony Maestros for a cocktail reception with specialty hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, an auction, and more!
Purchase tickets or make a gift online at victoriasymphony.ca/gala or call 250.412.1985
Tickets $300 Per Person
Music Champion $1350 Per Couple (includes 2 tickets and special recognition)
Black tie preferred • Seating is limited
RSVP by May 1
Broadmead Care’s Shred-A-Thon – April 23
Broadmead Care’s Shred-A-Thon is taking place on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the Lower Parking Lot of Veterans Memorial Lodge: 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria BC. This event is a fun and unique way to support adults aged 19 to 55 who require long-term care. Bring your confidential paper documents for secure shredding on-site with the help of Shred-It®. Quick, easy, no-contact service, all in support of the people who call Nigel House home. Suggestion contribution is just $10 per banker’s box! You can even pre-pay for your shredding online. Visit www.BroadmeadCare.com/Shred-a-Thon for full event details!
Diner en Blanc Victoria- June 23
Join us on June 23rd for the city’s most elegant picnic! Le Diner en Blanc Victoria is back for the 8th year and we are excited to bring you the best event yet – at a NEW secret location! Gather your friends and start planning your outfits – sign up for the waiting list today to ensure that you receive your invitations.
Esquimalt Buccaneer Days – May 13-15
This fun-filled weekend is loaded with events for all and a great parade. For over 25 years West Coast Amusements has been our Midway provider and they will be once again this year, Robby and Tahra Hauser and their crew are looking forward to being in Esquimalt with their fabulous Midway. May 13th, 14th, & 15th, will be the dates for Buccaneer Days, 2022.
The parade will be on Saturday, May 14th starting at 10:00 a.m. Neighbours from Victoria, Oak Bay, View Royal, Saanich, and all other communities are invited to join us.
We would love to have you enter our parade and you can find the Parade entry form on the Municipal website, as well as the Buccaneer Days Website.
Don’t forget the Dance on Saturday night with two great bands, Rocksteady & Bush League. Tickets will be $15.00 in advance, or $20.00 at the door.
World Cups Youth Soccer Festival – April 14-15
The World Cups at Lochside Park is an amazing and almost 50-year-old U5-18 small-sided youth soccer festival taking place over Easter Friday & Saturday. Registration & info at: www.worldcups.ca
Spring for the Belfry Theatre 50/50 Raffle
Your raffle ticket purchase will benefit the 2021/22 Season of plays and programs at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, located on Lekwungen territory, known today as Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. Proceeds will be used to employ and house guest artists and creative team members, build sets, and create costumes for our productions. Our plays are presented as live performances as well as live-streamed so that everyone can enjoy theatre in person, or from home, at our affordable “pay-what-you-want” ticket price point. The Belfry also offers programs to support and train local artists, including playwrights and emerging theatre companies. Thank you for “Springing for the Belfry!” Draw Deadline: Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
Salvaged art supplies put to good (re)use at SUPPLY POP—UP
On February 3, 2022, SUPPLY transformed the North Park Neighborhood’s lending hub into a tiny free thrift store for art supplies. The space is filled with cast-off materials like fabric sample swatches, stickers, and writing utensils in every colour of the rainbow.
Since 2018, SUPPLY has diverted over 2,000 pounds of materials from the landfill and offered creative reuse education (showing people how to upcycle waste into art) to over 500 students. “This whole thing is about removing barriers to access. Everyone deserves the right to express themselves.”
Whether you’re a teacher, artist, parent, or need some pink memo pads for your office, make sure to stop by the SUPPLY POP—UP on Vancouver Street in North Park Thursday-Saturday, 2:00-6:00 PM until May 28th.
Victoria Beer Week – April 1-9
The 8th annual festival celebrating Victoria’s craft beer culture returns after 2 years to a much-anticipated crowd of craft beer lovers. This Beer Week includes a mix of 12 events over 9 days, including some favourites from past years along with some bold new twists. With a focus on education and diverse craft beer selection, VBW 2022 will feature more than 50 BC craft breweries. Victoria Beer Week launched back in 2014, it has since become a successful annual festival creating craft beer ambassadors out of regular beer consumers. Full Beer School Programming is coming in January 2022. Tickets are on sale now at victoriabeersociety.com or in person at the Victoria Beer Society Headquarters (2725 Rock Bay Avenue).
TC10K – April 24
The TC10K is back in-person for the first time since 2019! For more than 30 years, this community event has been the spirit of recreational runners and walkers from near and far, bringing people of all ages together to walk and run through some of the most scenic parts of Victoria. As well as having an in-person event, we are also offering a virtual option this year!
The TC10K and Runsport are also proud to partner with a number of charities from across BC and Canada. When you sign up for the TC10K, you also have the option to collect pledges and/or donate to your favorite charity! For a list of the charities that we have partnered with, visit https://runsport.ca/partners-1
If there’s anything these last few years have taught us, it’s that we’re better together! Join us on April 24th, 2022! Visit tc10k.ca for more info and to register today!
Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria – August 20
Cyclists of all ages and abilities are welcome to ride Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria presented by Scotiabank on August 20th.
If you haven’t heard, Victoria is known as the Cycling Capital of Canada and the Tour de Victoria showcases the best of it! What sets riding in Victoria apart from other cycling destinations is the scenery and variety of terrain.
Ride the Tour de Victoria and you’ll experience oceanfront riding alongside beaches and cliffs, rolling rural roads through vineyards and farmlands, challenging mountain roads through stunning coastal rainforests, and NO highway riding. Combine this with eight ride distances to choose from, superb traffic control, ride support, and a family-friendly finish festival; the Tour de Victoria is truly a world-class event!
Belfry Theatre presents Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes – March 29 – April 24
The wunderkind of Canadian theatre.
Hannah Moscovitch’s fiery wit and incisive ability to tackle complex subjects with humour and intelligence has just earned her the 2021 Governor General’s Award for Drama.
This April we’ll be producing Hannah’s play Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes – her powerful and unpredictable take on the archetypal student-teacher romance in the #MeToo-era.
The play will run from March 29 to April 24 at 75% capacity and if you are hesitant to return in person, we’ll be live streaming from April 12 – 17.
This season the Belfry is offering pay-what-you-want tickets (and live streams) – our way of saying thank you for standing by the Belfry.
For tickets and more information please visit our website – belfry.bc.ca
An Evening of Black & White…Because Grey Matters Fundraising Gala supporting Victoria Brain Injury Society – May 14
An Evening of Black and White… Because Grey Matters is an annual Fundraising Gala in support of the Victoria Brain Injury Society. This gala has built a reputation as one of the most elegant and exciting charitable events on Vancouver Island, featuring decadent local food, drinks, entertainment, and prizes!
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 14th at the fabulous Beach House overlooking Cordova Bay!
An Evening of Black and White…Because Grey Matters is crucial to the ongoing success of the Victoria Brain Injury Society. Book your tickets today to secure your spot, and prepare for a memorable evening.
Esquimalt 5K – April 9
A community-minded 5K open to all ages and abilities. Touted as one of the nicest 5K routes, come and enjoy a beautiful course that takes you through some gorgeous Esquimalt Parks. This is an excellent race to put your training to the test before the spring and summer run series gets into full swing. Package pick-up and post-race activities will be held at the Archie Browning Sports Centre complete with a kids zone, prizes, a marketplace, and more. Plan to come for the run and stay for the fun! See full details online closer to the event date. Kids 1K starts at 9:00 AM and the 5K starts at 9:30 AM. Activities continue until 12:00 PM. Register online at esquimalt.ca/parks-recreation; or in person or over the phone through the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.
Bay Centre and Used.ca Spring Clothing Swap – April 30
Join the Bay Centre and Used.ca for our Clothing Swap on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Registered participants will leave with up to 10 new-to-you items, just in time for the spring/summer season.
Clothing Swap appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Although you do not need to book an appointment to drop off clothes, you do need to be a registered participant in the Clothing Swap prior to donating clothes.
Make it a group date! Group bookings of up to 6 spaces will be available. Register here. Must be 18+ to participate.
Registration Opens | March 16, 2022
Clothing Drop-off | April 9 – 24, 2022
Clothing Swap | April 30, 2022 10am – 6pm
Victoria Hospitals Foundation Emerge Stronger Lottery
Your Chance to Win Big & Support Victoria Hospitals
The Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Emerge Stronger Hospitals Lottery, presented by Abstract Developments, is the newest way you can support our Victoria hospitals. The lottery includes:
- 50/50 Raffle: One winner takes home half the total jackpot!
- Prize Raffle:
- Grand Prize: $20,000 cash and airfare for two to anywhere in the world that Air Canada flies
- Early-Bird Prize: two fantastic e-bikes donated by Cit-E Cycles (winner will be drawn on May 10!)
Your ticket purchase supports the Emerge Stronger campaign, funding 200+ pieces of hospital equipment for Royal Jubilee, Victoria General, and Gorge Road hospitals. You can help our hospitals recover from the effects of the pandemic, reduce patient referrals to the mainland, and invest in innovative technology.
Thank you and good luck!
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2022 Goddess Run – June 30
Celebrating 10 years of Goddess Run this June 2022.
While we didn’t get to celebrate our 10th annual event in person last June, we’re going to celebrate it bigger and better together in 2022. Join us on June 4, 2022, in Langford, BC for a 10K and 5K, plus a fun post-race festival with music, entertainment, games, presents, and more.
Plus we are raising funds for three very deserving causes – Victoria Women’s Transition House, Military Family Resource Centre, and one of our Goddesses, Rose O’Neill, who we are raising money for to help her pay for her prosthetics.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you all in person this year! We will also host the event virtually so you can participate from all over the world.
Crime Stoppers Shred-a-Thon – April 7
Do you have personal documents that required safe and secure destruction after your spring cleaning?
Well, if you do, we have a Shred-A-Thon event happening at Juan de Fuca Rec Centre on April 9th from 9 am-12 pm.
This is a fundraiser for your Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers, so we ask for a minimum donation of $10.00 per box.
All funds that are raised go directly to Greater Victoria Crime Stopper, so we can pay our Tipster’s CASH REWARDS!
Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest – April 27 – May 7
After two years of digital presentations, UNO Fest is back in the theatre for the 25th edition! After two-and-a-half decades, this year’s UNO Fest will be the final edition, as we sunset on the 25th anniversary (new festival coming in Spring 2023, stay tuned!) and celebrate with a line-up of intimate and provocative solo theatre – in person, and in your headphones. We are thrilled to have award-winning director, filmmaker, and director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét curate UNO Works, an important development series that showcases new work and new voices at UNO. This year’s festival features an eclectic blend of local and national artists sharing personal and profound stories. Join us at the theatre, from April 27 to May 7.
Hike for Hospice – May 1
Hike for Hospice is back! Join us for our annual in-person walk on Sunday, May 1st, 2022.
Gather a team of friends and family, challenge your co-workers or join as an individual to help support end-of-life care in your community.
Everyone is welcome! Bring along your four-legged friend for your chance to win the “Best Dressed Dog” award.
Check-in and entertainment start at 9:00 a.m and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. The scenic 3.5 km loop will take us from Fisherman’s Wharf Park on the harbour to the ocean and back again. The route is accessible for all ages and abilities making it a great way to come together in support of hospice care in our community.
Don’t forget to buy your 50/50 raffle tickets! This year’s jackpot is anticipated at $30,000 with half going to the winner. For more information and to buy tickets visit https://victoriahospice.rafflenexus.com/
Easter Vintage, Retro and Collectibles Show – April 17
Mary Winspear Centre Beacon Avenue, Sidney. 120 tables/50vendors. Each one of these shows is unique and quite different as both new and familiar vendors come together to present their wares – they travel from all over Vancouver Island to bring you the very best of vintage, retro, and collectible finds! This Family event is always a great mix of stuff!! Toys, dinky cars, meccano, mechanical, 70’s video games. Tableware and a very large assortment of carefully used books. Vintage clothes etc. linens, ship memorabilia, stamps, maps, comic books, postcards and collector cards, gold and silver jewelry, lamps, and collectibles. Thai and Japanese pieces and First Nations collectibles. General Entrance: 9:30 am $5. Earlybirds: 8:30 am $20. Children are free with an adult. Show Closes at 4pm www.vintageretrocollectible.
Ultimate Toy Fair – May 14-15
Victoria’s Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair, May 14-15, Pearkes Arena. Loads of action figures, vintage toys, models, trains, comics, Barbie, dolls, bears, LEGO, video games, Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, diecast cars, Hot Wheels, Funkos, vinyl records, and more!
General Admission – 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday and Sunday
Adults are $5 per day and KIDS ARE FREE!
Saturday Early Bird entry for the serious collector from 8 am – 9 am for $15
COVID safety: Masks are recommended.
Free door prize entry with admission. Dress in costume for extra door prize entry.
Loads of door prizes donated by local businesses!
Silent auction for the MS Society.
Esquimalt Gigantic Garage Sale – April 30
Clean out your garage, get rid of your ‘stuff’ and make a few dollars. Household items, kids’ stuff, books, clothes and sporting equipment are only some examples of what you’ll see at our sale. This event does not include wholesale or retail vendors, so it is a great opportunity to swap and shop with other community members. A limited number of tables are available so register for yours early – 250.412.8500. Set up is available from 7:30 am-8:30 am. Doors open at 9 am; no early birds, please. Tables are $25 each, with a max of 2 tables per person. There is no charge for general admission. The sale will take place in the Curling Arena only.
Spring Go By Bike Week – May 30 – June 5
Get ready for the best and biggest Spring Go By Bike Week yet!
Back in person for the first time since 2019, Spring Go By Bike Week is an annual FREE celebration of cycling, encouraging everyone in the region to give cycling a try. 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!
Aside from personal benefits, Capital Bike organizes Celebration Stations along popular cycling routes, runs challenges, and offers over $20,000 worth of prizes.
Learn more at CapitalBike.ca/go-by-bike-week
That should get spring off to a good start this April! If you’d like Used.ca to be a sponsor of your event on Vancouver Island, please contact our Community Manager, Carly.