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TODAY Musical Bouquets for Emily by the Emily Carr String Quartet plus reading at Emily Carr House, 207 Government St., 1 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31. See emilycarrstringquartet.com Blue Bridge Comedy Festival, to Aug.

TODAY

Musical Bouquets for Emily by the Emily Carr String Quartet plus reading at Emily Carr House, 207 Government St., 1 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31. See emilycarrstringquartet.com

Blue Bridge Comedy Festival, to Aug. 19, presenting Best of Victoria with Johnny Bagpipes, tonight, 8 p.m. at Victoria Event Centre.

Magnificent Mammals: They fly, they burrow, they swim, they climb, walk, run and fly - mammals truly are magnificent. A drop-in event at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd., noon-3 p.m. Tel. 250-479-0211.

Sidney Summer Market, every Thursday to Aug. 30, 5: 30-8: 30 p.m. along Beacon Avenue. sidneybusiness.com

Bastion Square Public Market, ThursdaySaturday, 11 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. to Sept. 29. Tel. 250-885-1387.

Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria. Free and open year-round dawn to dusk. Entrance near Interfaith Chapel, parking lot 6. Tel. 250-721-7014; uvic.ca/finnerty

CFB Esquimalt. Free guided tours to Aug. 24. Bus tours: Museum Square Naden, weekdays, 11 a.m.; Walking tours: Main gate of HMCS Dockyard (end of Esquimalt Rd.)

FRIDAY

18th Annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, Friday to Sunday at the Inner Harbour. Friday's events: Eye Dotting Ceremony and Taoist priests awaken the dragon at 1 p.m.; Lights of Courage Lantern Celebration and Night Market on Ship Point Wharf, 5-9 p.m.; Soul Shakers on main stage at 7 p.m. and official lighting of Lights of Courage display at 9 p.m. See victoriadragonboat.com

A Midsummer Night's Dream presented by Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea at Holland Point Park, 100 metres southeast of Dallas and Menzies, James Bay, in the tent, Friday through Sept. 2, Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with matinee Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Henry IV - Part I, presented by KeepItSimple Theatre Productions at Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra St., Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Tickets at ticketrocket.org

Heritage Acres Drive-In Movie Night screening of E.T., 8: 30 p.m. at 7321 Lochside Dr. Train rides by Vancouver Island Model Engineers from 5 p.m. Details shas.ca

Star Party in Metchosin: Annual RASCals Star Party, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, at the cricket field and municipal grounds in Metchosin, 4450 Happy Valley Rd., behind Metchosin Fire Hall, Friday and Saturday. Tel. 250-818-4820 or victoria.rasc.ca/events/StarParty

Architectural Institute of B.C. Walking Tour of Victoria, six tours in a series starting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Inner Harbour tour, 10 a.m. All tours meet at the Atrium, 800 Yates St. except the James Bay tour starts at the legislature, daily to Sept. 1 (no walks Monday or Friday 1 p.m.). Details at aibc.ca

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