(Image by Doug Clement Photography)

It’s almost the long weekend!

Here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today:

BackBeat on the Breakwater Barge

Back-beat, The Band is Canada’s most authentic musical tribute to the 60s. The British Invasion from the Beatles to the Zombies and other great hits from the greatest musical decade. Back to Barge by popular demand again this season!

Cover charge is $5 with partial proceeds going to James Bay Community Project. All ages welcome, sorry no pets allowed.

  • When: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Breakwater Barge, 201 Dallas Rd

Ship Point Market

This free weekly-weekend market features high-quality artist-made goods, delicious food trucks, and some of Victoria’s finest local musicians, located in the heart of the Victoria Inner Harbour.

  • When: 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ship Point, Victoria Inner Harbour

Open Mic Night

Come on out and share your talent at Serious Coffee’s open mic nights. Amateur to professionals are welcome so come and try out their new stage or just come and enjoy the local talent.

  • When: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Serious Coffee Millstream Village, 101-2401G Millstream Rd

Friday Night Roller Skating

Roller Skate Victoria and Esquimalt Parks and Recreation have teamed up to bring drop in roller skating to the Archie Browning Sports Centre curling rink on Friday nights.

It has been decades since public roller skating has graced the floors of the rec centre, and with the nostalgic resurgence of roller skating brought on by Roller Skate Victoria, the demand for a regular skating spot has become great enough for Esquimalt Parks and Recreation to step in and fill the void.

  • When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre, 1151 Esquimalt Rd

Creatures of the Summer Night

Check out the nightlife at Swan Lake! Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and other nighttime creatures.

Using a grab bag of tricks you’ll discover how these animals are adapted to their nocturnal life. Suitable for families with children over 6 years.

  • When: 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd