Events: February 20–26

Culture Events


Saturday, Feb. 22
Picnic at the Phoenix Theatre
UVic’s Phoenix Theatre presents the final day of the play “Picnic,” a 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama which depicts life in post-war, pre-feminism America. Tickets are $24 and showings begin at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre at the University of Victoria. Please note there will be a sign language interpreter for those who may require it.


Friday, Feb. 21
Victoria’s food forest restoration walk
The city of Victoria was a major producer of fruit in the 1800s, and remnants of this history exist in orchards across the city and in the yards of many local homes. This walk through the streets of Fernwood and Spring Ridge Commons aims to encourage the restoration of this “food forest” and promote food security on Vancouver Island. The free walk is not strenuous, but good footwear, water, and rain gear are suggested. Walks begin at the Administrative Services Building at UVic at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last two hours.

Sunday, Feb. 23
Victoria Comic Book Expo
Explore thousands of comic books from throughout the ages, as well as toys and other interesting collectibles. Admission is free, and there may even be the chance to pick up some free comics, so make sure to drop by the Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Centre, located at 3020 Blanshard St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Victoria Downtown Farmers’ Market
Drop by the Victoria Public Market this Wednesday to pick up some tasty food to eat right away or cook up later. The market features the Island’s best produce, fresh from local farms. In case you miss a week, don’t worry—the market runs weekly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hudson, which is located at 1701 Douglas St. Entry into the market is free.

Food & Drink

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Dinner and a show
Enjoy a movie in style courtesy of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, located at 1175 Beach Dr. Wash down a decadent and fun menu of mini sliders or fish ‘n’ chips, buttered popcorn, and ice cream sandwiches with a micro-brew or glass of fine wine, while watching the film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock. Tickets are $24 and include movie and food, although drinks are at an additional cost. The show starts at 6:15 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 20
Free talks
Back-to-back public lectures tackling important, debate-heavy questions are taking place at UVic, starting with “From Reactive to Proactive Counterterrorism.” The talk will be given by UVic Centre for Global Studies Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten and will take place 1:30–3:30 p.m in Sedgewick Building, room C168. Please RSVP to, as seating is limited. The second lecture offered is “Religious Laws: Do We Need ‘You Shall’?” by University of Toronto Philosophy Professor Robert Gibbs, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. in the David Strong Building room C122. Both lectures are free and open to the public.


Monday, Feb. 24
Battle of the Bands 2014
Felicita’s Campus Pub at UVic presents the weekly Battle of the Bands showdown, taking place every Monday from Jan. 13 to March 24. This week will feature reggae band Forecast and funk/jazz band Downtown Mischief. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show goes until 11 p.m. Admission is $1