WATCH: Thousands enjoy sunshine at second annual Village Block Party

Hundreds enjoyed sunshine on Cook Street during the second annual Village Block Party that shut down the road from Oscar Street to Park Boulevard for a celebration of “all that is local.” (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
A young Block Party-goer gets her face painted at one of many booths lining Cook Street Sunday. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Tight Hair was one of the first local performers to light up the mainstage at the Village Block Party on Sunday afternoon. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The Village Block Party had something for everyone. Attendees enjoyed dog races, local eats and community booths, as well as over 150 vendors. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Arya Sidhu, 4, enjoyed bubbles in the kids section at the second annual Village Block Party on Sunday. (Nina Grossman/News Staff) Arya Sidhu, 4, enjoyed bubbles in the kids section at the second annual Village Block Party on Sunday. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Dogs of all kinds attended the event, including those who enjoyed the party from a bike trailer. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Put on by Cook St. Liquor and Paws on Cook, the Fastest Dog Competition is a local favourite that sees dogs in different size categories compete in heats for title of “fastest dog.” (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Plants, pottery, food trucks and dogs of all sizes took over Cook Street Village Sunday morning for the second annual Village Block Party.

After two days of rain, the sun was shining in time for the giant outdoor local celebration. By 12 p.m., crowds of locals filled the streets enjoying live music, local eats and over 150 Victoria and Vancouver Island vendors selling everything from textiles and jewelry to instruments and art.

READ ALSO: Village Block Party returns to Cook Street

“It all came about because we wanted to create an event that kick started the summer season in an area of town really beloved and nostalgic for so many of us,” said Vanessa Leong, Atomic Productions project manager of public celebrations. “[Cook Street] really is the perfect backdrop for an event all about Victoria, with local musicians and vendors.”

Leong said: “You can grab a beer, listen to a band, do some shopping, have something to eat…it’s a really great way to spend the day celebrating all that is local in Victoria.”

The Village Block Party ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 in Cook Street Village from Oscar Street to Park Boulevard.

READ ALSO: Summer Folk Festival set to sweep Sidney



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cold water swimming a morning ritual for Willows Beach crew

Group turned heads when they slow-walked into the Polar Plunge

South Vancouver Island B.C. Hydro Customers without power

Due to high winds nearly 3,900 B.C. Hydro customer will be out of power

Sidney signs off on 2020 budget with 1.79 per cent tax increase

Budget also includes additional funding for Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Search begins for two missing scouts near Sooke

Crews headed to Jordan River area after receiving call just after 2 p.m.

Scaffolding falls due to strong winds at Millstream Village Sunday afternoon

No injuries or vehicles damaged, according to West Shore RCMP

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Massive early-morning blaze destroys Vancouver Island home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire at unoccupied residence

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read