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14 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—February 24th and 25th


Another day, another dollar—and now it’s time to rest and unwind (or party it up)!

Choose from a wonderful lineup of music-related events, another fabulous ReLove market, a new art exhibition at the Vault Gallery, a Victoria Royals game, a fashion designer market, and much more.

If you’re looking to show community support, a rally will be held to mark two years since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser walk will occur as well.

Additionally, world-renowned OB/GYN and best-selling author Dr. Jen Gunter will be making a special appearance this Saturday at the Victoria Conference Centre!

Have a great weekend, and here’s 14 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend—Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th:

Fashion Splash

Come by and shop, enjoy some live music in a market full of designers, artists, and members of Victoria Beauty industry!

This event will give visitors the chance to really dive into Victoria’s fashion scene, explore some workshops, and discover that one-of-a-kind piece that you’ve been searching for.

Admission is by donation at the door and proceeds will go to the Women’s Transition House.

  • Where: Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Street
  • When:
    • Saturday, February 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, February 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface

Check out the exhibition, Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV)—a projected video/interactive, augmented reality installation by City of Victoria Artist in Residence, Kemi Craig.

Craig’s installation is made in collaboration with Hololabs, specializing in digital media, and it’s curated by Steven McNeil, the AGGV Chief Curator and Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

Afroquatics draws inspiration from the African spiritual practices of Orisha and this world of expert free divers in West Africa, as well as underwater worlds imagined by many artists and storytellers of the African diaspora.

(City of Victoria)
  • Where: AGGV, 1040 Moss Street
  • When: Open until Sunday, May 26th during gallery hours

The ReLove Market

Come together with local curators and fashion enthusiasts for the ReLove’s second year in Victoria!

With the finest selection of vintage and second-hand items, you’re sure to walk away with items that make you feel your best and without denting your wallets.

They’ll be open on both Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th, so bring your pals and find your new statement items!

Don’t forget your reusable shopping bag and see you there!

  • Where: Victoria International Marina, 1 Cooperage Place
  • When: Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Worry Lamps Art Exhibit

Check out Liam O’sullivan’s new art installation at The Vault Gallery titled, Worry Lamps.

As described, this exhibit explores the spaces between light and dark, day, and night—it opened on Friday, February 23rd and will run until Tuesday, February 27th.

“A worry lamp is interested in the ways that we populate the shadows around us…if we try too much to control the uncertain, we may overlook the creative potentials that gather there.”

  • Where: The Vault Gallery, 750 Fairfield Road
  • When: Open from Friday, February 23rd to Tuesday, February 27th

Black History Month: AACCCS-ISSAMBA Centre

Saturday, February 24th calls for an extra special treat for those who wish to get involved!

ISSAMBA will be bringing in renowned Balafon player Mamadou Diabate for an incredible full day of learning and music in two separate sessions.

The first workshop titled, Mamadou Diabate’s Lab Workshop & Artist BootCamp: Exploring the Balafon’s Melodic Language will be offered to adults from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and this will be followed by a SANKOFA Moments for Youth workshop from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Both of these events will be held at the Philippine Bayanihan Community Centre located at 1709 Blanshard Street and aims to educate youth about African culture and give them an authentic African musical experience through cultural performances and workshops.

There are limited spaces available for the workshops, so make sure you sign up sooner rather than later!

  • Where: Philippine Bayanihan Community Centre, 1709 Blanshard Street
  • When: Saturday, February 24th
    • Adults: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Youth: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Transmute at Hermann’s Upstairs

As described, Saturday’s event is all about diving into the deep end of rhythm, exploring serious genres like Deep Tech, Minimal, and various House subgenres.

Included in the lineup is Leon V, Bastian Garcia B2B Pchuz, and PREZZY in the main room and Yours Truly and MyLove in the lounge.

Tickets are just under $28 and can be purchased here.

(File photo)
  • Where: Hermann’s Upstairs, 753 View Street 2nd floor
  • When: Saturday, February 24th from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Mind Garden at Capital Ballroom

Experience Victoria’s premier electronic music show, Mind Garden, this Saturday!

DJs Anna Morgan, Little Snake, Looting, and Zonida will bring experimental low-end frequencies mixed with Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, alongside bass, ambient, and dub music, promising an unforgettable night!

Tickets are between $30 and $35 depending on the tier you purchase and can be bought here.

  • Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates Street
  • When: Saturday, February 24th, doors at 9 p.m.

Murder Weekend at Langham Court Theatre

Prepare to delve into the thrilling murder mystery story presented by the Langham Court Theatre!

The story follows a newly married couple that have just taken over an old country house and plan on running it as a hotel.

They await their first guests, who have booked the hotel in order to play a murder game in which they re-enact a true murder from the past…but it soon becomes clear there is more to the weekend than just a game!

Tickets are around $19 and can be purchased here.

  • Where: Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Court
  • When: Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Gunter in conversation with Dr. Cacchioni

Dr. Jen Gunter, board certified in OB/GYN and pain medicine, best-selling author, New York Times columnist, as well as a fierce advocate for women’s health, is a powerful voice worth listening to—and now’s your chance.

In celebration of Dr. Gunter’s newest book, Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation, the Victoria Conference Centre will be hosting her in conversation with UVic Gender Studies Professor Dr. Thea Cacchioni.

Whether you menstruate or not, whether you identify as a woman or not, this conversation will provide much-needed insight, medical facts, empowerment, and connection to the shifting narrative surrounding women’s health.

If this is something that interests you, you can purchase tickets to the much-anticipated literary event online for $20, or $42 if you wish to purchase a book with your ticket package.

(Dr. Jen Gunter / Photo by Talia Herman)
  • Where: Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
  • When: Saturday, February 24th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon Fundraiser

The Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser walkathon is an annual event in which Our Place Society raises money to better help those they provide care and shelter for.

There will actually be two walks taking place simultaneously, one in downtown Victoria and one in the Westshore.

This walkathon fundraiser is being held on Saturday, February 24th and registration is available online.

(Coldest Night of the Year)
  • Where:
    • Downtown walk: 1027 Pandora Avenue
    • Westshore walk: 1089 Langford Parkway
  • When: Saturday, February 24th at 4 p.m.

Victoria Royals vs. Portland Winterhawks

Cheer on the Victoria Royals for the second back-to-back game against the Portland Winterhawks!

Puck drop is at 6:05 p.m., so be sure to load your arms full of delicious treats and perhaps a refreshing beverage or two!

  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • When: 
    • Friday, February 23rd at 7:05 p.m.  (TMNT)
    • Saturday, February 24th, at 6:05 p.m.

SUPPLY Victoria Grand Re-Opening

SUPPLY Victoria is a non-profit organization that works to divert materials from the landfill and put them into the hands of people who need them, such as artists, students, teachers and other worthy non-profits.

Next week, they will be celebrating their grand re-opening in their new storefront space, located at 707 Douglas Street, on Saturday, February 24th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

At this event they will be giving away free, eco-friendly crafts and local art.

There will also be by-donation workshops in surface design using natural dyes DIY screen printing, where attendees will get to screen print a design on a free, upcycled tote bag!

  • Where: SUPPLY Victoria, 707 Douglas Street
  • When: Saturday, February 24th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rally for Ukraine

This Saturday marks two-years since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Victoria Branch has organized a peaceful rally for those who wish to join.

This rally will represent both a continued solidarity with Ukrainian citizens and a way to honour those lost to the war.

They are calling on everyone’s support.

(Ethan Morneau / Victoria Buzz)
  • Where: 1 Centennial Square
  • When: Saturday, February 24th at 1:30 p.m.

Golijov’s Ainadamar at The Royal Theatre

The Pacific Opera Victoria is thrilled to present their next show, Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar.

Ainadamar dives into the true story of queer poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, where Golijov’s Ainadamar explores his life and assassination through the eyes and voice of his muse, Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu.

Featured in this new production, which was originally performed at Opéra de Montréal in 2023, the twice Juno-nominated artist, soprano Miriam Khalil will be returning to Pacific Opera to take on the role of Margarita Xirgu.

Tickets start at $30 and will vary depending on seat selection. You can purchase them via the Royal Theatre or on the Pacific Opera website.

(Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse / Facebook)
  • Where: The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
  • When: Sunday, February 25th at 2:30 p.m.

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