Royals celebrate what would turn out to be Ryan Peckford's winning goal. ( Jay Wallace Island Images)

It’s the 44th Friday of the year! From the 40th Creative Craft Fairs to the offensive dynamite that are the Victoria Royals.

Campbell River Storm @ Peninsula Panthers

  • What: Check out some Junior B hockey on the Peninsula! Fresh off a 4-2 victory against the Saanich Braves, the Panthers are looking to string together back-to-back wins.
  • Where: Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Dr.
  • Time: Puck drop is 7:30pm!
  • Cost: $9 for adults, $6 for students/seniors.

Creative Craft Fairs

  • What: Making it’s 40th consecutive appearance, the Creative Craft Fair offers a true extravaganza of outstanding arts, crafts, and demonstrations at this popular 3-day event at Victoria’s Pearkes Rec Centre. Attended by thousands of visitors each year, the fair offers over 125 exhibitors presenting crafts, gourmet food, fine art, photography, clothing, glass art, jewelry, bath and beauty products, woodwork, high-quality imports and much more.
  • Where: Pearkes Recreation Center, 3100 Tillicum Rd.
  • Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm.
  • Cost: $6.00 for a day, or $6.50 for the entire weekend.

Victoria Royals vs Edmonton Oil Kings

  • What: The Royals are the league’s highest scoring team with 93 goals – and second place is 20 behind. Possibly the most exciting team Victoria has ever seen, come check out the mighty attack of the Victoria Royals as they host the Edmonton Oil Kings.
  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena, 1925 Blanshard St.
  • Time: Puck drop is 7:05pm!
  • Tickets: Starting at $15.50, available here.

Al Pease Quartet

  • What: Soothe your soul with the beautiful sounds of clarinet and saxophone, generated by the great Al Pease. With Tom Vickery on the piano, Rob Johnson on the bass, and Matt Pease on the drums.
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St.
  • Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm.
  • Cost: $15.

The Return of Towers & Trees!

  • What: From their scrappy, home-recorded debut to the heady anthems of sophomore album The West Coast, Towers and Trees find a way to fill every moment of every song with an honesty and earnestness that is increasingly rare in this digital age. In a way, their sound reflects the rugged, natural beauty of their Vancouver Island home, and this distinct quality has opened doors to nationwide tours, radio play, festival showcases and a passionate fan community everywhere their music seems to land.
  • Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates St.
  • Time: 9:00pm – 1:00am.
  • Cost: $15.00, available at

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