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Critic's picks: The Monster; The Street; Fernwood Art Stroll

Our critic, Mike Devlin, picks his favourite upcoming events in Greater Victoria and beyond, including the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course and The Street at the AGGV.
Monster, the world's largest inflatable obstacle course, is coming to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Thursday. ROB JONES


Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave.
When: Thursday, June 8 to Sunday, June 11
Tickets: $44.36 (including taxes and fees) for adults, $38.46 for youths aged 7-15 from

Why: The world’s largest inflatable obstacle course will bounce into Canada for the first time ever Thursday at Royal Athletic Park, with The Monster offering 300 metres of mayhem for adults and families. The event has been wowing audiences in the U.K. since 2017, and runs today through Sunday on the soccer field, with more than 40 obstacles — including giant ball pits and an 18-metre slide — on site. Separate time slots for youth, families, and adults are divided into 30-minute blocks, with but with plenty of other offerings (food, music, alcohol, etc.), The Monster will keep guests of all ages happy until 10 p.m. each day.


Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St.
When: Saturday, June 10 through Saturday, Sept. 23
Tickets: Free (on Saturday)

Why: The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is celebrating the arrival of The Street, a touring exhibit on loan from the Vancouver Art Gallery, with a public open house Saturday at the Moss Street gallery. Admission is free from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, which gives patrons the opportunity to take in the examination of urban life via photographs, paintings, prints and videos. Exhibition curator Grant Arnold of the Vancouver Art Gallery will delve further into the matter with a free curator’s talk on June 10. To register, visit


Where: Fernwood
When: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11
Admission: Free

Why: The artsy Fernwood neighbourhood will live up to its billing this weekend with the Fernwood Art Stroll, a two-day event set amid the neighbourhoods bordered by Hillside and Pandora Avenues and Shelbourne and Cook Streets. The free self-guided walking tour of the homes, gardens, and studios of 23 Fernwood artists and artisans, some of whom have taken part in all 15 editions of the stroll, includes art activities for families with children. For a full map of the festivities, visit

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