Category: Festivals and Events

Must-See Festival Nanaimo 2017 Events

March 2, 2017

Festival Nanaimo 2017 kicked off this week! What is Festival Nanaimo? Read more below. Here are the Signature Events to put in your calendar: The Celtic Tenors Thursday, March 2nd, The Celtic Tenors perform at the Port Theatre – three tenors, one voice return to Nanaimo by popular demand. Perfect for the Celtic vibe of March! The Celtic Tenors will be singing your favourite songs – music from classical and folk to Irish and pop. A relaxing and wonderful evening’s entertainment is guaranteed. Tickets are available through the Port Theatre and are Tickets: $45 / Adults $35 / Seniors/Students: $35 […]

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It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas

November 30, 2016

By Guest Blogger NANCY SHIELDS I wasn’t quite feeling in the Christmas spirit. That is until I went to the 2016 Kris Kringle Craft Market in Nanaimo where crowds of people were starting their holiday shopping in a festive, decked out atmosphere. More than 150 vendors from Vancouver Island attracted a crowd of more than 1,000 shoppers, clearly ready to check off their Christmas wishlists. I was lucky enough to be one of those shoppers and had a wonderful time exploring the rows of Vancouver Island artisans and crafters at the Beban Park Social Centre. As I walked into the […]

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Bite of Nanaimo: A Night of Sweets & Savoury Treats, Spirits & Cold Brews

November 1, 2016

  A Guest Blog by Nancy Shields   Burgers. Seafood. Nanaimo Bars and French-inspired food. Yes, we got our fill of the best of what Nanaimo chefs and caterers create every day of the year, except all in one place at Bite of Nanaimo. It was the 24th year for this event, a gourmet food fundraiser for Nanaimo-based theatre company, Theatre One which put on a treat of its own for festival-goers. Upon entering Beban Park, guests were transported into a quaint evening in Paris. Gorgeous ambient lighting helped set the scene as Theatre One staff and volunteers, outfitted in […]

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September 27, 2016

SUMMERTIME BLUES FESTIVAL SETS A SOULFUL AND ROCKIN’ HIGH BAR IN NANAIMO By Guest Blogger Nancy Shields The 2016 Summertime Blues Festival in Nanaimo had it all: deep soulful tunes, spirited uplifting songs and incredible musicians from near and far. The promoters showed true diligence when it came to selecting the artists. This year featured 21 acts, including the British blues/rock legends Savoy Brown, American blues legends Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, along with locals like Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners. It was an incredible three days full of dancing, good times and great vibes. The festival was held […]

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Rocking out at Longwoodstock

September 9, 2016

By Guest Blogger Nancy Shields Longwoodstock. What more can I say? This fun-filled, sun-baked weekend was one for the ages. Longwoodstock is the creation of Longwood Brewery, and combines two of the greatest things in the world: beer and music. This was the Festival’s second year, and due to immense interest, had been extended this year to two nights instead of just one. The first night kicked off at The Queens and featured incredible local bands such as Dope Soda, Lovecoast and Jon Middleton. As I approached the Longwood Brewery on Saturday, I knew the day was going to be […]

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Symphony by the Sea – Music for all Ages

August 12, 2016

A Guest Blog by: Deidre Tansey for Festival Seekers The sun is sitting low, blocked by scattered clouds, and Maffeo Sutton Park is slowly beginning to fill. People from every part of Nanaimo and beyond are headed towards the charming park pavilion. Young families carrying coolers filled with snacks, couples holding hands, and seniors with lawn chairs, knowingly armed with golf umbrellas and warm clothes. The setting is casual, buoyant and incredibly scenic, not the expected scene for a symphony orchestra, but that is the draw! Every year for over a decade, music lovers have gathered in the park for […]

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Tubbing in the Park

July 29, 2016

#ExploreNanaimo Blog Post By Guest Blogger Nancy Shields   I was first introduced to the World Championship Bathtub Races when I stumbled across a video of Frank Ney, the Mayor of Nanaimo in the 1970s, on Facebook. After watching this video, I knew I had to check the scene out for myself:     This past weekend was the 50th annual races and they did not disappoint. The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a rocking performance from legendary Canadian rock band Trooper, along with Chilliwack, Valdy and more. Fans flocked into Maffeo Sutton Park and got their groove […]

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Feastival Pours into Nanaimo

June 24, 2016

  A blog by Nancy Shields. It was a great weekend for foodies and beer drinkers alike in the coastal city of Nanaimo. On Friday June 17, craft spirit makers poured into the Vancouver Island Conference Centre for Feastival. An annual event, Feastival showcases Vancouver Island’s artisanal delights. The opening night gala is called “Sips,” and features 25 craft spirit makers including, Hoyne Brewing, Wolf Brewing Company, Enrico Winery, Tod Creek Craft Cider and many more. The $39 entry fee got you a five sampling tickets and a commemorative tasting glass. Most of the vendors had multiple beers, wines and […]

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There’s no place like foam.

June 21, 2016

A blog by Nancy Shields. On Saturday, June 11, Vancouver Islanders prepared to get clean­ in the most popular and dirtiest way possible. The 5K Foam Fest slid into the Arbutus Meadows Events and Equestrian Centre for what is essentially one big costume party as well as a 5K run with a bunch of crazy obstacles thrown in–just to up the fun factor. I arrived to what felt like a giant party. Music was blaring, food trucks were bustling, and everywhere hundreds of excited particip ants. People were wearing an array of getups – from tutus, to wigs and capes, […]

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Festival Nanaimo’s FINAL WEEK!

March 30, 2016

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about April 2nd! Downtown Nanaimo will be a treasure trove of awesome. Let me plan your day for you… Begin by getting dressed in your very finest Pirate garb… build a mutineering ship (out of a stroller or wagon or bike)… or at least put on an eye patch! We are going to be dressed and ready to go for PirateFEST FUNday, starting at 9:30 am and running until 3:30 pm. This day of of pirating fun is for the whole family. Pirate disguises, pirate parade, musical instrument zoo, sea shanties and loads […]

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