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Explore: Crab-tastic walk; Vic West Fest; Mabuhay!; Art Stroll

Upcoming free events: Crab-tastic walk; Vic West Fest; Mabuhay!; Fernwood Art Stroll
CRD Regional Parks cultural programmer Leslie McGarry shows participants crabs found during a CRD Parks guided walk program at Island View Beach, summer 2023. CRD Parks

Take a Crab-tastic guided walk with CRD Parks

Learn about red crabs, green crabs, purple crabs and hermit crabs — living together on one beach — at Crab-tastic!, a CRD Parks all-ages guided walk at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin on Sunday.

Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for some intertidal observation and meet some of the crabs — and their cousins — to find out what makes them special.

Make sure to bring, or come wearing sandals or beach shoes, as your feet will get wet.

The program is free and suitable for all age groups. It runs 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 9 at Witty’s Lagoon, off Metchosin Road. Meet at the Witty’s beach kiosk at the end of the Beach Trail (about a 20-minute walk from the parking lot). The trail down to the beach is 1.2-kilometres long, with a steep incline.

The guided walk is 500 metres on a sandy beach, with no incline. The park is serviced by B.C. Transit routes 54 or 55.

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Have a blast at Vic West Fest

Celebrate community spirit and experience the vibrant culture of the Victoria West neighbourhood at Vic West Fest, an annual festival that brings together residents, businesses, and visitors for a day of joy, creativity and excitement at Vic West Community Centre and Banfield Park on Saturday, June 8.

The whirlwind of family-friendly activities includes a massive Kids Zone with crafts, face painting, bouncy castle, a dog show and dragon boaters on the water.

Shop for handcrafted treasures or get information from booths set up for 25 local artisans and non-profit organizations.

There will be live music performances by The Carlines, Caught in the Act, Shanise, Posh Coat and Aaron Wylder.

Food trucks and other culinary options will be available.

The event is free to join. It runs noon to 6 p.m. June 8, at Vic West Community Centre and Banfield Park, 521 Craigflower Rd.

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Celebrate Philippine culture

Get a taste of Philippine food, music and lifestyle at Mabuhay!, a two-day festival that celebrates Philippine culture at Centennial Square, June 8 and 9.

The event, hosted by Mabuhay Celebration, showcases the hospitality, arts, history, cuisine and vibrant traditions of Filipino-Canadians.

There will be 30 businesses, exhibitors and non-profit groups in attendance in the market, along with more than 20 food vendors.

The event is free to attend. It runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8 and 9 at Centennial Square, 1 Centennial Square.

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Meet local artists at the Fernwood Art Stroll

Visit artists in their studios and see their works up close at the Fernwood Art Stroll, at various venues in the neighbourhood, Saturday and Sunday.

There will be an array of artists and artisans, with painters, printmakers, photographers, basket makers and sculptors displaying art suitable for house or garden.

You may even bump into a travelling minstrel poet and storyteller visiting the various studios.

The Pandora Arts Collective will host a family artmaking event in the Paul Philips Hall, 1923 Fernwood St.

The two-day event is free to join. It runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 and 9. A map showing participating artists and the location of their studios can be found at

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