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Used Around Town October 2022's sponsored events around Vancouver Island
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Each month sponsors community events here on Vancouver Island and this October is going to be a busy start to the fall! We hope you’ll join us at the following events we’re proudly supporting:

Belfry Theatre presents Intimate Apparel – September 20 – October 16

Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock – September 24 – October 7 and Bay Centre Fall Clothing Swap – October 1 

Go By Bike Week – October 3-9 

Royal Victoria Marathon – October 9 

The Relove Market – October 15-16 

Fresh to Death: Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Fermentations – October 16

Saanich Predators Annual Buddy Check for Jesse – October 23 

Carnival of Terrors – October 29

Wicked Victoria – October 30

Creative Craft Fair – November 11-13

Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale – November 20

First and Last Chance Christmas Craft Shows – November 5-6 & Dec 9-11

Nanaimo Art-a-Fair – November 18-20

Chamber Auction – November 6-13

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Online Auction – October 26 – November 5 and Bay Centre Fall Clothing Swap – October 1 

Join the Bay Centre and for our Clothing Swap on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 10 am to 4 pm. Registered participants will leave with up to 10 new to you items, just in time for the fall/winter season. 

Clothing Swap appointments are 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. Register Now! 

Saanich Predators Annual Buddy Check for Jesse – October 23 

On Sunday, October 23, 2022, the Saanich Predators play against the Lake Cowichan Kraken at 1 pm at Pearkes Arena. This is our annual Buddy Check for Jesse game. Buddy Check for Jesse is a program, created in memory of Jesse Short-Gershman, that brings mental health awareness to players and coaches. Players use green hockey tape to show awareness and support. Members of Jesse’s family will be in attendance at the game to share more about their charity and the Buddy Check of Jesse Program. Proceeds from this game will be donated to Buddy Check for Jesse. An online donation can be made at We encourage you to check out for more information.  

Go By Bike Week – October 3-9 

Hop on your bikes from October 3rd-9th for Fall Go By Bike Week! This bi-annual FREE event (formerly Bike to Work Week) encourages anyone in the Capital Region to give cycling a try. 

Why Register? Cycling is proven to improve happiness, productivity, and 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 $15,000 worth of prizes. 

Participation is easy! Register, ride your bike, and log your ride on! To get the most out of Go By Bike Week, visit one of our famous Celebration Stations, start a team and ride with friends, have a little friendly competition, and leave the car at home! Plus, the more you ride, the better prizes you’re eligible to win! 

Belfry Theatre presents Intimate Apparel – September 20 – October 16 

Intimate Apparel  By Lynn Nottage


“…one of the forty best plays ever written.” Independent, UK 

In 1905 New York, Esther, a talented seamstress, specializes in beautiful corsets for society ladies on Fifth Avenue and prostitutes in the Tenderloin. While illiterate, she’s done well and has put aside a good deal of money toward her dream of opening a beauty salon. But she is lonely. Esther begins receiving letters from George, a laborer on the Panama Canal, and with the help of one of her wealthy patrons, she enters a romantic correspondence with him. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage was inspired by her real-life great-grandmother, who made lingerie in turn-of-the-century New York. 

Pay What You Can Tickets at 250-385-6815 or 

Royal Victoria Marathon – October 9 

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2022? We would like to invite you to join us for the Royal Victoria Marathon, on October 9, 2022. 

Choose to run or walk the marathon, half marathon, 8K, or the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. 

If you don’t know how to train for a longer-distance event, don’t worry!  Follow the training plans for your specific distance or join one of our official clinics hosted by Frontrunners 

Plus did you know the event is a Boston qualifier?! 

Registration includes a technical shirt, finishers medal, race bag, and more. 

We will also be opening our volunteer registration this month, so keep an eye out for that as well. We would love for you to join our RVM community! 

Come join us at the start line this October!  More information here –  

The Relove Market – October 15-16 

The ReLove Market is a Premier second-hand & vintage pop-up Market, offering the finest in Preloved garments at affordable prices.  Alongside our second-hand resellers, The ReLove Market offers community, connection, creativity & small business love and features local artisans, and makers in fashion, vintage, beauty, home, and lifestyle.  We are committed to the growth of our community and providing a stress-free shopping experience for both vendors and consumers alike 

Come out and shop some of the finest in secondhand & vintage clothing, accessories, housewares, and more!  Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16 from 12-5 pm at Market Square, 560 Johnson St downtown Victoria 

Come for the shopping and stay for the live music featuring local artists and be sure to snag yourself a ReLove Tote for all your incredible finds. Don’t forget to tag your snaps from the day with @therelovemarket & #relovegeneration.  

Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock – September 24 – October 7 

Canadian Cancer Society’s 2018 Cops for Cancer, Tour de Rock ride. (Arnold Lim Visuals LTD)

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock is back and celebrating 25 years of bringing hope to children and families living with cancer! From September 24-October 7, Tour de Rock riders will cycle over 1200km across the varied terrains of the Vancouver Island Region. With the support of all of the caring schools and communities along the way, these dedicated first responders raise funds for life-saving pediatric cancer research and the empowering Camp Goodtimes. Donate today at to help us pedal our way to ending childhood cancer! 

Carnival of Terrors – October 29

This Halloween Passion and Performance Arts Inc. is bringing you into our Carnival of Terrors, an immersive horror experience. Join us on October 29th at the Crystal Garden for this terrifying event. 

Carnival of Terrors will kick off with an immersive dance spectacle running from 7:00-8:00 PM, with doors opening at 6:00 PM. This show will feature performers in dances of all levels from beginner to professional. We have weaved our twisted tales into an exciting evening for you filled with blood, gore, and horror. 

The party will kick off after the show completes at 8:00 PM. There will be dancing with music spun by DJ Marlon, a photo booth, carnival games, a peep show, incredible food, and more. You won’t want to miss this party! Buy tickets here. Please note that this is a 19+ event.

Fresh to Death: Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Fermentations – October 16

The Victoria Beer Society is proud to announce the return of Fresh to Death: Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Fermentations on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, from 3 pm to 6 pm. The event will feature close to 20 beers from BC craft breweries, including fresh hop beers and other special seasonal beers, all celebrating the harvest season. It will take place at the gorgeous Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion which opened earlier this year. Regular Tickets are $35 including 4 drink tokens.

For beer-and-food lovers, we have created a Premium Ticket that includes early access to the event with a delicious tasting of four beers paired perfectly with four canapes from Rock Bay’s Bird & Basket. This unique guided tasting led by Joe Wiebe, Beer Director for the Victoria Beer Society, will begin one hour before the main event at 2 pm. Premium Tickets are $60.

Tickets are on sale now at

Wicked Victoria – October 30

Join us to celebrate the Harvest Season and Halloween at our fun, festive and FREE pedestrian-only family event on Sunday, October 30th from 11 am until 3 pm!

Government Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and will be transformed into frightfully fun family activities on every block!

Costumes are encouraged and everyone is welcome to join us for a wickedly fun day!

Creative Craft Fair – November 11-13

Vancouver Island’s most established fair, the 43rd Annual Creative Craft Fair provides an abundance of sights, sounds, and the familiar aromas of Christmas in the air. There will be an array of crafts to purchase for the holiday season. Professional exhibitors will show their finest jewelry, glass, pottery, candles, wood, bath & beauty products, clothing, weaving, toys, quilting, specialty foods, paintings, First Nations Art, cards, prints, and High-Quality Imports. Enjoy snacks or lunch at Greek on the Street! The Pearkes venue provides a relaxed spacious environment that is wheelchair accessible. An ideal time to shop is Friday, November 11th, opening at 11:30 am and closing at 7:30 pm. Open Saturday, November 12th, 10 am to 5 pm and the last day for enjoyable shopping is SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th 10 am to 4 pm! Visit the website for more information

Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale – November 20


What’s red and green and sparkles all over? The Christmas Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale at the Mary Winspear Centre, Beacon Avenue, Sidney-by-the-Sea! 
Want to get your Christmas shopping started? Where else could you find 55 vendors under one roof selling unique vintage items? We have repurposing down to a fine art! This major event is always a great mix of really great interesting people and things. 
Small pieces of Mid Century Modern furniture, vintage jewelry coats, and hats; magazines and other paper collectibles stamps: comic books and postcards. Toys: dolls, teddies, dinky cars, Meccano, mechanical and wind-up. A range of tableware: pyrex, china, earthware. Paintings, and an amazing assortment of carefully used books. Textiles, gold, silver, and precious gems. Vintage Christmas decorations. 
Come again or experience the show for the first time at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. 9:30 am – 4 pm Entrance $5. Earlybirds: 8:30 am $20. (Cash door please). FB: vintageretrocollectible


First & Last Chance Christmas Craft Shows – November 5-6 & December 9-11

Come enjoy a day with family and friends at the Mary Winspear Center as First & Last Chance Christmas Craft Shows celebrate their 33rd year! Presenting an array of unique inspirations from 85+localartistsand artisans. With over twenty-five categories represented, you are sure to find creative solutions for every person on your list -including you!

We hope to help make your holidays special. Perhaps you will be one of the lucky ones to receive the $200 Daily Vendor Shopping Spree and/or hourly give-a-ways. Don’t forget to sit awhile and listen to seasonal live music while sampling Farm’s Gates glorious food! Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special, stocking-stuffers, or wanting to inspire holiday spirit, we offer it all under one roof. Find all the details here.

Nanaimo Art-a-Fair – November 18-20

There is a brand-new craft show in Nanaimo this year! Join us at Art-a-fair, November 18-20th as we celebrate the holiday season with an impressive array of creative inspirations from70+ talented local West Coast artists, artisans, makers and designers. Art-a-fair will take place at the Beban Park Social Centre offering an impressive range of beautifully handcrafted gift solutions, daily $200 Vendor Shopping Sprees and hourly give-a-ways. Farm’s Gates Food & Catering will be there with fabulous food to keep you energized while you listen to seasonal live music.

Come and be a part of Art-a-fair 2022, support our artists & artisans and experience finely handcrafted items you simply won’t find anywhere else. Meet the artisans you are purchasing from and hear their stories–it makes for a much more intimate purchase. By purchasing locally made one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, you are supporting not only artists and artisans, but also small local Canadian businesses. So, mark your calendar and we will see you at Art-a-fair 2022! Details here.

Chamber Auction – November 6-13

Join The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce on November 6 – 13, 2022 for an online auction extravaganza! ⭐

This November, bid on vacations, exclusive one-on-one discussions with community leaders, home décor and much more.

Find once in a lifetime prizes including a 7-night Caribbean cruise, a chance to speed down the Victoria International Airport Runway in an Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) truck, and a private whale watching experience for you and 11 of your friends and family.

Register today to be notified when items become available, and to get a sneak peek at Early Bird bidding! >>>

Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Foundation Online Silent Auction – October 26 – November 5 

Our Under Paris Skies Gala is sold out BUT our Online Silent Auction is NOW OPEN for YOU and EVERYONE! 

Click through to the SPHHF online Silent Auction site to register & start your bidding! SPHHF Online Silent Auction (if you need assistance, please call our Sidney office at 250-656-2948) 

We are so delighted with the overwhelming support and contributions from our local community and businesses, all the way up to Chemainus, to help us raise funds for our community hospital & this year’s “Close to Home” Campaign. 

Please show your support and keep the bidding going on our many wonderful items: food, activities, entertainment, art, gift baskets, fashion, trips, gift certificates, beauty and so much more – all funds raised will support our campaign to bring equipment to our Emergency and Operating Rooms, and Doctors to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Auction closes on Saturday, November 5th at 8:30 pm!


We hope you have fun at these wonderful, local events this fall! If you’d like to be a sponsor of your event on Vancouver Island, please contact our Community Manager, Carly.