Mother nature showing its beauty at Clover Point. (sonia_elissagram/Instagram)

We’ve officially crossed the halfway point of January, time flies!

To help kick off the rest of your week, here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today.

The Complete Bartender Competition

This comprehensive bartending competition will pit some of Victoria’s most skilled bartenders against each other and will measure their speed, efficiency, salesmanship, accuracy, dexterity, knowledge, palate, creativity, and food pairing instincts.

The event is being hosted in the intimate speakeasy, Little Jumbo, and is for guests aged 19+.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Little Jumbo, 506 Fort Street (down the hall)

Budget Town Hall

Feel like voicing your opinions to your local government? You can join Victoria’s City Council tonight to discuss 2019’s draft budget.

Interested people can attend the meeting in person at City Hall or online through a live webcast. People watching online from home can also send their questions to the meeting before it starts or during it in real-time!

  • When: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: City Hall, 1 Centennial Square or online here

Beginner Fencing Class

Ever wanted to try out fencing but didn’t know where to begin?

Now might be your chance because Capital City Fencers’ Club is hosting a series of novice fencing classes for people who’ve never tried it before! No need to pack your own sword, equipment will be provided for those who register.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Oak Middle School, 751 Travino Lane

Nerd Nite Victoria

Nerd Nite Victoria is back for their first 2019 event!

Topics for this month include: “The Conjured Crisis of Replicability: How #$*ed is Science?”, “Like, like isn’t like Random, like”, and “The Nerd Movie Collective”.

Perfect for anyone interested in science, geeky subjects, and all things nerdy!

  • When: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street

Comedy Night at the Mint

Wednesday is the funniest night at the Mint!

Come see what all the hype is about as Morgan Cranny and Drew Farrance bring Victorian comedians together for your entertainment.

  • When: Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Mint, 1414 Douglas Street