(Victoria Royals)

Time is flying, Victoria.

We’re almost halfway through January and with another busy week behind us, it’s time to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.

As you head into the weekend in search of things to do we’ve got you covered with several fun activities happening throughout Victoria.

From local hockey games to Reggae music and everything in between, here are 13 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend:

The Victoria Royals—despite a troubling season which has seen them in the basement of the Western Conference all season—exited the deadline with the exact same roster it entered it with.

The Royals and Rockets are playing back to back and if Victoria can win both games, they’ll be one point back of a playoff spot.

  • Where: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, puck drops 6:05 p.m.

Reggae Food Drive

When the clock strikes 12:00, DJ Judah will bring Reggae lovers modern Island sounds filling the floor with his HEAVY BASS and WICKED skills.

  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, starts at 10 p.m.

Outlaw Saturdays

Saturdays are the biggest night of the week down at The Duke Saloon! This Saturday Victoria’s own Tumblin Dice will take to the stage.

  • Where: The Duke Saloon, 502 Discovery Street
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, 9 p.m.

Government House Public Tours

Government House opens for a limited series of public tours. Explore the art and rooms of this unique residence, and learn about the ceremonial and constitutional roles of the Lieutenant Governor, and the role the Office of the Lieutenant Governor has played in the history of Victoria and the province of British Columbia.

  • Where: Government House, 1401 Rockland Avenue
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Explore the awe-inspiring wonders of the natural world captured through the lenses of award-winning photographers.

    Now in its 58th year, the esteemed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases a global selection of photojournalism, from glimpses into amazing animal behaviours to extraordinary natural landscapes. Each photo is presented in a huge backlit display with a caption exploring the image’s story.

    • Where: Royal Bc Museum, 675 Belleville Street
    • When: Sunday, January 15th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Queer Songbook Orchestra 

The Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO) are a Toronto based 13-piece chamber pop ensemble, dedicated to exploring and uplifting 2SLGBTQ+ narrative in pop music. With the queer lens intact, they look through the last century of popular music and bring forward obscured 2SLGBTQ+ historical narratives, alongside the personal reflections from members of the community

  • Where: James Cassels Centre, 3800 Finnerty Road
  • When: Sunday, January 15th, 7 p.m.

The Sheepdogs

Not just the “Rolling Stone Cover Guys” anymore, the now-veteran band with 3 EP’s and 9 commercial releases under their belts (that all have cool big belt buckles on them) are far enough down the road to look back at how things were when they started on “Singing In The Band”. “It’s an ode to the working musician and that exciting first feeling of discovering the power of music, this new skill of relating through song.” Currie remembers.

In this spirit, this six song EP is to be one of a number of shorter records to be released during these weird times to keep the lines of communication open with listeners.

  • Where: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
  • When: Sunday, January 15th, 8 p.m.

Victoria Grizzlies vs. Langley Rivermen

On Saturday, January 14th, come down to the Q Centre to cheer on your Victoria Grizzlies as they take on the Langley Rivermen!

  • Where: Q Centre, 1767 Island Highway
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, puck drops at 7 p.m.

Skate with the Peninsula Panthers

Skate with the peninsula panthers Junior B Hockey team. At this special event everyone is welcome!

There will be a free draw to enter to win a Peninsula Panthers T-shirt or hat!

Skate rentals and helmets are available. The skate shop opens 15 minutes before the skate start time.

  • Where: Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hecklers: Live Stand up Comedy

Featuring the best comics from Canada and Beyond. Comics as seen and heard on Just for Laughs, Comedy Central, HBO, CBC, The Comedy Network and more!

  • Where: Hecklers Bar and Grill, 123 Gorge Road
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, 10 p.m.

The Black Halos w/ Keg Killers & Neurospazm

The Black Halos are back from the dead!

Formed during the Vancouver punk music scene in 1994, Rich Jones, Bill Hopeless and Jay Millette will reunite to perform their classics as well as songs from their new album, How The Darkness Doubled.

  • Where: Lucky Bar, 517 Yates Street
  • When: Saturday, January 14th, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Thetis Lake Walk

Join the folks with the 50+ Active Living and Wellness Group for a community walk at  Thetis Lake.

  • Where: Thetis Lake Parking lot, Six Mile Road
  • When: Sunday, January 15th, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Skate by with the Victoria Royals and Marty the Marmot

Join the Victoria Royals and Marty the Marmot on the ice on Sunday. This public skate includes kids’ activities, door prizes and skate and helmet rentals, while supplies last. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested) with proceeds supporting the City’s Campership program.

  • Where: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • When: Sunday, January 15th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.