The Soul Shakers
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Summer may be half-gone already, but the events are still coming at a steady pace. Check it all out here, Victoria!

As you head out to activities and events, please follow the restrictions and guidelines that these businesses require to keep their employees and patrons safe during the pandemic.

As always, wash your hands, wear masks, practice physical distancing, and stay home if you feel sick or show symptoms!

Without further ado, here are five things to do today, Friday, August 14th:

BLACKBuster drive-in screening of Selma

BLACKBuster is partnering with Legacy Drive-In to host a screening of “Selma” along with a panel discussion on Racial Justice. The panel will include local community leaders, activists and organizers as they discuss Racial Justice: Organizing from the Roots. The panel will also be live-streamed and recorded for those unable to attend in-person. Reserve your car for $30 online at legacydrivein.com

  • When: Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Victoria, Lot 10 (just off the West Campus Gate)

Market on the Boulevard at Uptown Mall

Uptown mall features a mini Summer Market of physically distanced local vendors with a variety of handmade goods. A few familiar vendors you can expect to see are: Nutsie Snacks, Little Fox Teething, Mother Lifestyle and Nature Bee Beeswax wraps.

  • When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Uptown Boulevard

Pop-Up Opera in the Park

Pacific Opera Victoria hosts a free taste of musical performance in Royal Athletic Park. Drop by the baseball diamond for a 10-minute show of talented operatic singers.

  • When: 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave.

The Soul Shakers at Veteran’s Memorial Park

Local R&B dance band The Soul Shakers hit the stage for a free live show at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Langford on Sunday. A maximum of 50 people are permitted in the cordoned audience area, so arrive early to grab a spot! Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase along with some Soul Shakers swag.

  • When: Sunday, 2 pm-4pm
  • Where: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Langford

Sunday Patio at the Smiths Pub

DJs will be playing all day long at the Smiths Pub’s reopened patio. Audio Osmosis will be on deck Noon to 3 p.m., followed by Crow Furtado from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m, with a mix of exotic, lounge, lo-fi and hip hop music.

  • When: Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Smiths Pub, 777 Courtney St.

Drag Bingo – 90s night

Electra Socket & Karazmatic host an evening of laughs, performances, and good old fashioned bingo! It all goes down at the Paparazzi Nightclub on Sunday. COVID-19 measures will be in place to protect performers and audience members alike. Book your table online to avoid disappointment!

  • When: Sunday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Paparazzi Nightclub, 642 Johnson St.