It’s the first Friday of August, and it’s filled with live performances and fresh air!

Here are 5 things happening in and around Victoria today!

Brian Dickinson Quintet

What: Brian Dickinson has been a mainstay on the Canadian jazz scene for over thirty-five years. His skills as a jazz pianist, composer and arranger have been heard on well over sixty recordings including over ten of his own releases as leader.
Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club Inc.
753 View Street
When: Starts at 8 pm
Cost:  $20

Free-B 2018: Babe

What: Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly (Miriam Margolyes) and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly’s jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn’t conform to the farm’s social hierarchy?
Where: Cameron Bandshell @ Beacon Hill Park
When: 9 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Free!

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

What: Directed by Blue Bridge Artistic Director Brian Richmond, this chamber version of this popular work has been offered a bold new visual re-conception by Richmond and his design team, set and lighting designer Patrick Du Wors and costume designer Graham McMonagle. Conceived as taking place in a present day arts therapy workshop for the ‘politically deranged’, this new version sees ten performers on stage painting, creating and destroying their sets and costumes on a nightly basis while they sing, dance and mime their way through their vision of 1847 London.
Where: Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre
2657 Quadra St
When: 8 pm – 10:30 pm

First Nation Cultural Art Showcase immersive art experience

What: Carvers Dave and Johnathan Jacobson of Tsaxis First Nation, carver and painter Tom Hunt Jr. of Wei-Wai-Kum First Nation, cedar weaver Toni Frank of Shishalh First Nation and carvers and fashion designers the Good family from Snuneymux First Nation will all be demonstrating their multi-faceted cultural artwork on the museum’s upper plaza.
Where: Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street
When: 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free

Road Waves Live at The Loft

What: Road Waves is touring across Canada this year behind their new album, Red Sun Rising.
Combining influences from the roots of jazz, bluegrass, blues, funk, and rock, Road Waves is constantly pushing new boundaries, and is an up and coming improvisational act with a huge dose of energy.
With fresh sounding originals inspired by the likes of The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and more, they are sure to invigorate and liven up any audience — and with their new album and energy – Road Waves will have you thinking about them long after they play.
Where: The Loft Pub
229 Gorge Road East
When: 8 pm – 11 pm

For more things to do, check out our events page!