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Happy hump day, Victoria!

There’s plenty to do around the city, like the opening day of Victoria’s 20th annual Ska & Reggae Festival, karaoke, picnics in gardens, and more!

Without further ado, here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today.

Victoria’s 20th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

Victoria’s 20th annual Ska & Reggae Festival kicks off its four day run today!

The decades-old festival celebrates some of the best international and local grooves that Vancouver Island has to offer! Head down to Ship Point this afternoon for the all-ages kick off show or check out Distrikt Nightclub tonight for some late-night jams. Tickets are available online for the entire festival, just the weekend, or per show.

Karaoke Wednesdays!

It’s time for the Copper Owl’s weekly karaoke night!

Get your singing voice ready for the thousands of songs to choose from, ranging from indie rock, pop hits, classic rock, oldies, b-sides and more! There’s also, of course, drink specials like discounted tequila in case you need some liquid courage before you hit the stage.

  • When: 9:00 p.m. to Late
  • Where: Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas Street

Auditions for Matilda the Musical

Calling all Roald Dahl fans!

Four Seasons Musical Theatre is hosting auditions for their upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Matilda! Inspired by the eponymous book by Roald Dahl, Matilda celebrates the magic and mayhem of childhood featuring a beautiful score written by Tim Minchin.

  • When: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Four Seasons Musical Theatre, 1500 Admirals Road

Comedy Night at the Mint

Another Wednesday can only mean one thing, Comedy Night at the Mint!

Join hosts Morgan Cranny and Drew Farrance as they bring together some of the funniest stand-up talent that Victoria has to offer.

When: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Mint, 1414 Douglas Street

Picnic in the Gardens

Grab a basket and blanket and enjoy a picnic at the Gardens at HCP!

Every second Wednesday the gardens extend their hours and invite the community to have a picnic, explore the grounds, and stop by the local arts vendors, local musicians, and more! Admission tonight will also be by donation.

  • When: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Road