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Festivals and Events

Nanaimo is famous for its love of quirky fun, which truly kicked off in 1967 when a former mayor of Nanaimo famously donned a pirate costume, raised his sword and launched Nanaimo’s first annual Bathtub Race. “Tubbers” and visitors from around the world have been coming to Nanaimo for more than 40 years to take part in this now world famous festival and race.

Bathtub Races is just one of our many festivals and events in Nanaimo. Check out our Calendar of Events for exciting events showcasing everything from wine and food festivals to the Diwali Festival of Lights and the Nanaimo Pumpkin Festival.

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The Art of Chanting

Mystic Poet Pairing: Hafiz and Rumi – with Allannah Dow and Leah Hokanson


ISSAMBA: African ROOTS Ultimate Experience




Ruby Tuesday


WellnessNEWS Central Vancouver Island – 2018 Womens Expo


2nd Annual Train Day at the Children’s Treehouse

Mini Pop Kids Live


Onegin – An Arts Club Theatre Company Production


Photography Unleashed Workshop & Harbour Tour


Ruby Tuesday


My First Sony – OFFstage Lobby Theatre Series


Nanaimo Sings! Festival 2018 -a Choral Extravaganza


Nanaimo Sings! Festival 2018 -a Choral Extravaganza


Nanaimo Sings! Festival 2018 -a Choral Extravaganza


Shabbat: Ancient Secrets of Renewal and Rest – with Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan and Charles Kaplan


Shabbat: Ancient Secrets of Renewal and Rest – with Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan and Charles Kaplan

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