Each month Used.ca sponsors community events on Vancouver Island. We are excited to share with you the upcoming events in your own backyard!
Events at a glance:
1.) 2021 Victoria Festival of Trees – November 18th, 2021 – January 4, 2022
2.) Esquimalt Christmas Tree Village – December 3 – January 4, 2022
3.) 2022 Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria – January 20 – February 6, 2022
4.) Easter Seals Chip In For the Kids – January 8-9, 2022
5.) Our Place Society Coldest Night of the Year – February 26, 2022
6.) Belfry Theatre presents Little Red Warrior & His Lawyer – February 1 – 27, 2022
7.) Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria presented by Scotiabank – August 20, 2022
8.) Victoria Beer Week – March 4-12, 2022
9.) UVic Vikes Games – February 4-5 & February 11-12
10.) Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages Festival – February 3-13
2021 Victoria Festival of Trees – November 18, 2021 – January 4, 2022
Festival of Trees is a cherished community tradition and has become the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season in Victoria, now entering its 30th anniversary year.
Beginning on November 18th, the Bay Centre will be transformed into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, all thanks to sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals. Guests can bring their loved ones, marvel in the magic of Victoria’s community spirit and vote for their favourite tree.
As we continue to be in challenging times locally and globally, consumers are looking more and more to spend their dollars with companies and organizations that care about the community. Show Victoria your community spirit by voting for your favourite tree and help raise funds for the only hospital in BC dedicated exclusively to caring for sick and injured children.
Visit www.bcchf.ca/fotyyj to donate and vote for your favourite tree!
Esquimalt Christmas Tree Village – December 3 – January 4, 2022
Experience the magic of the holidays at our eighth annual Christmas Tree Village.
Join us as we transform the Recreation Centre Atrium and Archie Browning Sports Centre into a holiday wonderland, teeming with twinkling lights and delightful decorations. This event is free to the public to enjoy and runs from December 3, 2021 – January 4, 2022.
Our gallery is online now on our Facebook Event Page, Visit the gallery to view the trees and to vote for your favourite. One “like” equals one vote! Voting will close on Jan 4th.
2022 Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria – January 20 – February 6
Easily one of Victoria’s most anticipated culinary events, Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria gives locals and visitors alike the chance to indulge in some of the destination’s finest restaurant offerings by choosing from a $20, $30, $40, $50 or $60 set menu.
If you opt for the drink pairing, consider making a night of it at one of the participating hotels offering a special Stay in Town rate. Whether you’re looking for something budget-friendly, or luxurious, you’ll find an array of options available at $129 / $149 / $169 / $189 / $249.
Enjoy 18 days of culinary bliss from over 50 participating restaurants that have thoughtfully paired their Dine Around menus with wines of B.C, craft spirit cocktails and B.C.’s finest in craft breweries. If you’re a serious foodie, you’ll want to take an advance peek at the menus and plan to try as many of Victoria’s top spots as possible over the 18 days from January 20th through February 6th, 2022.
Visit Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria to plan your culinary adventure.
Easter Seals Chip In For the Kids – January 8-9
Easter Seals’ annual Christmas Tree Recycle, Chip In for the Kids, will be happening on January 8th & 9th, 2022. People can dispose of their Christmas tree in an environmentally-friendly manner at one of our 8 locations on Vancouver Island. All funds raised from Chip In for the Kids go towards Easter Seals programs and services, including Camp Shawnigan.
Lions Club members, along with volunteers from Davey Tree Services (Greater Victoria) and Competition Tree Service (Shawnigan, Mill Bay and Duncan) will be accepting Christmas trees in exchange for a donation at the following locations from 10 am to 4 pm on January 8th & 9th, 2022:
∙ Tillicum Centre
∙ Save-On-Foods – Fort & Foul Bay location
∙ Broadmead Village Shopping Centre
∙ Westshore Town Centre
∙ University Heights Shopping Centre
∙ Thrifty Foods – Mill Bay Location
∙ Mason’s Store & Patio, Shawnigan Lake
∙ BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan
Check out more here! Thank you for the support for Easter Seals!
Our Place Society Coldest Night of the Year – February 26
Our Place Society and Pacific Centre Family Services Assn (PCFSA) are hosting the Coldest Night of the Year; a family-friendly walk-a-thon that brings the region together to show care and support for the most vulnerable members of society. Join us in Victoria, the WestShore or participate in your own neighbourhood. Make an impact as you lead the community for a brighter tomorrow. Sign up your family, business, community or faith group and walk with us!
Belfry Theatre presents Little Red Warrior & His Lawyer – February 1 – 27
A wickedly funny satire about power, procreation, and land claims.
Little Red Warrior is the last remaining member of the Little Red Warrior First Nation. One day he discovers the development company of Smith, Smyth and Goldsmithe has begun construction on his ancestral lands.
In a fit of rage, he attacks one of their engineers, gets arrested and is assigned to Larry, his court-appointed lawyer.
Things turn surprising and farcical—when displaced Red moves in with the lawyer and his wife, Desdemona. And sometimes—when you invite a coyote into the coop—he may just walk off with your chickens.
Kevin Loring won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for Drama for his play, Where the Blood Mixes (Belfry 2010).
Pay what you want tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or belfry.bc.ca
Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria presented by Scotiabank – 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 the 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, a family-friendly finish festival; the Tour de Victoria is truly a world-class event!
Victoria Beer Week returns April 1-9, 2022
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)
UVic Vikes basketball is back!
Basketball is back in the CARSA Performance Gym at UVic! Hoops fans can catch all the action and cheer on the Men’s and Women’s Vikes teams at their last four home games of the Canada West regular season. It’s the best basketball action in town!
FRIDAY FEB. 4: VIKES vs UBC Thunderbirds
Women’s game: 6PM / Men’s game: 8PM
FRIDAY FEB. 5: VIKES vs UBC Thunderbirds
Women’s game: 3PM / Men’s game: 5PM
FRIDAY FEB. 11: VIKES vs TRU Wolfpack
Women’s game: 6PM / Men’s game: 8PM
FRIDAY FEB. 12: VIKES vs UFV Cascades
Women’s game: 3PM / Men’s game: 5PM
Get your tickets today at www.govikesgo.com/tickets
Tickets give you access to both Women’s and Men’s games that night.
Go Vikes Go!
Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages Festival – February 3-13
That should keep us busy this January! If you’d like Used.ca to be a sponsor of your event, please contact our Community Manager, Carly.