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5 things to do in and around Victoria this Friday, February 9th


Whooo—it’s Friday, Victoria!

Celebrate with a night of dancing at Hermann’s Upstairs, an early peak at the Fairmont Empress’ Valentine’s Day offerings, or browse a sporting consignment store for your needed gear!

There’s two plays to check out on Friday as well—The Drowsy Chaperone and Grease. 

Here’s 5 things to do in and around Victoria on Friday, February 9th:

Valentine’s Day Offerings at The Fairmont Empress

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and all things love, the Fairmont Empress will begin rolling out special offerings this Friday to ring in the occasion.

Revel in a rich and smooth Red Velvet S’mores and Red Velvet Hot Chocolate on the Veranda—available from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on February 9th to 11th.

Additionally, the Q Bar will be offering their Valentine’s Day feature cocktail, The Rose Garden Sour for $22 from February 9th to 18th.

  • Where: The Fairmont Empress, 721 Government Street
  • When: Friday, February 9th
    • Veranda: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Q Bar: 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Grease at Royal Theatre

Shawnigan Lake School is thrilled to present their version of world-renowned story, Grease!

Enjoy this vibrant retelling of Rydell High’s 1959 senior class with the hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping “Pink Ladies” in this rollicking musical.

There are main floor tickets left for this matinee show that are between $25 and $30, and those can be purchased here.

  • Where: Royal Theatre, 3 Centennial Square
  • When: Friday, February 9th at 12:30 p.m.

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Canadian College of the Performing Arts (CCPA) is thrilled to announce the arrival of the multiple Tony Award winning, Canadian hit, The Drowsy Chaperone!

Join them for opening night and welcome this hilarious musical farce that blends nostalgia with a contemporary flair, and features one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

This will be CCPA’s first time producing the play as a part of their 25th anniversary season—the most significant season of their history so far.

Adult tickets for this are $35 and are available here.

  • Where: CCPA’s Performance Hall, 1701 Elgin Road
  • When: February 9th to 17th—showtimes vary.

Shop or Donate: Play It Again Sports West Shore

Parents, kids, students—anyone with a love for sports or a curiosity to play knows how expensive buying new gear can be.

Which is why Kira and Dennis Frenette opened up a Play It Again Sports West Shore store in Colwood last February, and since then have been a pillar for community members hoping to find more affordable options for sporting equipment.

Their selection features gently-used gear for a multitude of different sports as well as helpful accessories such as underlayers for hockey equipment.

If you have gear you’d like to donate, bring it in and have it looked at—you can exchange it for in-store credit, cash, or donate it to Sport Assist (a program that helps put kids into sports).

  • Where: Play It Again Sports, 1790 Island Highway Unit 107
  • When: Friday, February 9th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mind Garden at Hermann’s Upstairs

Three rooms, three unique vibes at Hermann’s Upstairs!

Join Von D, who’s leading a night of bass created with Mind Garden and Island Wubs for a curated evening of stellar music.

Ticket prices depend on the tier of your choice—they’re selling fast, so don’t wait to grab yours!

  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Upstairs, 753 View Street 2nd floor
  • When: Friday, February 9th from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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