Whatever time of year you’re visiting Nanaimo, there’s a delicious, entertaining, or enlightening event close by. In the summer, celebrate the Salish sea, with Marine Fest – a collection of events in our harbour including our world-famous Bathtub Races. Let the music move you in Maffeo Sutton Park with the Summertime Blues Festival, or in Diana Krall Plaza and around town with the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival. Craft beer and music make the perfect pair with Nanaimo’s Longwoodstock, an all-day music fest. Come fall and winter, you’ll love the many opportunities to buy local when you visit Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour, Cedar Yellow Point’s Artisan Tour and our island famous Kris Kringle Holiday Craft Market. Spring is all about Festival Nanaimo – a month long celebration of events from Wee Tipple Whiskey Festival to the Annual PirateFest, which celebrates what makes Nanaimo unique.

Many more events are happening year-round in Nanaimo from cheesemaking classes on Gabriola to yoga in the park. For a calendar of events, visit http://www.whatsondigest.com.

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Nanaimo is a very diverse place. I love the culture and natural wonders here in Nanaimo.
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There are some fantastic festivals that happen every year.
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Fall 2019 Events In Nanaimo
Wine Walks
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Wine Walks
Prepare for an evening of craft tastings or wine, spirits, and ciders! Sip, stroll, and shop, all in one night. Each Country Club Centre store will transform into a tasting room, where you can shop and sip at the same time. Receive a 15-minute massage, 15-minute manicure, and more. The mall will be closed to the public during the event, so be sure to register in advance to attend.

Dates: November 7th, 6 pm - 9 pm

Where: Country Club Centre, Nanaimo

Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-walks-nanaimo-at-country-club-centre-thursday-november-7-2019-tickets-74030111055
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Winter Weekend Holiday Market
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Winter Weekend Holiday Market
Winter Weekend Holiday Market - The Gallery Store takes over Art Lab and triples in size during this three-day shopping event just in time for the holidays. Find local treasures and unique gifts from the best artists and makers from around Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea. Select hand-crafted ornaments from our tree to yours, wrap your gifts in style at our eco-friendly wrapping table, indulge in gourmet baking, and bid on a selection of original fine art at the silent auction.

Dates: November 15th from 5-9pm; November 16th from 10am-5pm and November 17th from noon - 5pm Where: Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street Cost: Free!
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Kris Kringle Craft Market
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Kris Kringle Craft Market
Kringle Craft Market is the first gift of the holiday season. It is a favourite event for many people across Vancouver Island ... and beyond. The event is brought to life with a full cast of holiday characters including Kris Kringle himself - the benevolent Father of the whole Kringle family - his nemesis Gringle. There are also lots and lots of elves and gringlettes. The market also features roaming entertainers and a variety of activities for families including photos with Kris Kringle and Gingerbread Men cookies to decorate. There is food, tons of prizes and more than 150 vendors.

Dates: Thursday, November 21st, noon-9pm; Friday, November 22nd, 10am - 9am; Saturday, November 23rd, 10am - 6pm; Sunday, November 24th, 10am - 5pm

Where: Beban Park Community Centre, 2300 Bowen Road

Cost: day passes up to $15
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Vancouver Island Market
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Vancouver Island Market
With a mission to leave people feeling honestly grateful, with a real sense of belonging, the much anticipated Vancouver Island Winter Market will deliver the best of Vancouver Island’s local handmade artisans. With 65,000+ square feet of floor space at the old Sears building at Nanaimo North Town Centre, the Vancouver Island Market supports artisans and local talent in the greater Vancouver Island region to create a unique opportunity to shop local for the holiday season. (Last year’s market was well attended and happened the weekend before Christmas)At Vancouver Island Market, we believe the conviction in our vendors and their creations will spark joy and change the way you choose to shop and support local. We believe what we do to create powerful stories, and how we honour positive relationships impacts Vancouver Island. Our mission is to leave people feeling honestly grateful with a real sense of belonging. Our much anticipated Winter Market happening December 12th -15th at the beautiful Nanaimo North Town Centre

Dates: Thursday, December 12th, 4 - 9pm; Friday, December 13th, 10am - 7pm, Saturday, December 14th, 10am - 6pm, Sunday, December 15th 11am - 5pm. -15th, Winter Market 2019 Thursday, Dec 12 (4-9pm) Friday, Dec 13 (10-7pm) Saturday, Dec 14 (10-6pm), Sunday Dec 15 (11-5pm)

Where: Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Road (in the former Sears Building)

Cost: $5 for a Weekend Pass or $2 for One Day Only
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Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular
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Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular
The Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular is a celebration of music, dance, lights and decorations. Now in its 13th season, it has become a holiday tradition for many across Vancouver Island. This year's singing and dancing extravaganza includes musical medleys of well known songs by Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, a nostalgic war time set, a Broadway medley of Singin' in the Rain songs, music from Amelie, Bing Crosby's classic 'White Christmas' as well as many more classical hits and Christmas favourites.

Dates: December 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st at 7pm and December 20th, 21st and 22nd at 3pm

Where: The Port Theatre, 125 Front Street

Cost: $38 - $45
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5th Annual B. Gingerbread Homes
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5th Annual B. Gingerbread Homes
B. Gingerbread Homes is back again with holiday magic, festive cheer and fun family activities! Visit the Gingerbread Village, located in the Vancouver Island Conference Center, to vote on your favorite gingerbread house, decorate cookies, and visit with Santa and other holiday characters. B. Gingerbread Homes is the perfect day out with your family!

Dates: Saturday, November 23rd, Saturday, November 30th, Saturday, December 7th & Saturday, December 14th, noon-4pm all days

Cost: Suggested $5 donation for the Salvation Army
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Farm Tours & Goat Walks
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Farm Tours & Goat Walks
Go behind the scenes at Yellow Point Farms to experience first hand what farm-life on a diverse livestock and produce farm on Vancouver Island is all about. When you attend a farm tour, they'll guide you on an immersive excursion through some of the day-to-day activities on the farm, and give you the chance to interact with some of the animals first-hand! As a fully operational and growing farm, they're not 100% open to the public all the time, but they are pleased to share their farm experience with you through the Fall Farm Tour, Fall Goat Walk, & Private Farm Tours.
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A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol
The Harbour City Theatre Association presents: A Christmas Carol! The laughs are bigger and the spooks are spookier for this year’s production of A Christmas Carol! With a brand new Scrooge and a newly adapted script, Harbour City Theatre looks to make the Christmas season’s No. 1 ghost story even more fun for kids and adults alike. Come see the original old miser be haunted by three unique ghosts who scare him into embodying the joy and kindness of the holiday season. Attend one of these shows, bring your family and remember there is always hope that even the grouchiest of us can change.

Dates: Running from Nov. 21 to Dec. 15, Thurs-Sat 7-9pm & Sun 2-4pm.

Cost: Tickets range from $10 to $15.
Holiday Season Kickoff Party
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Holiday Season Kickoff Party
Warm Your Hearts with Your Favourite Christmas Songs and Memories! Tickle Your Whimsical Fancies! Dance, Singalong or just Relax and Enjoy. Make it into a lovely Dinner/ Concert evening as the show starts early at 530 pm. Enjoy a Wonderful Evening of Song with Roger Christie and Amber Burden as Vocalists sharing their passion for this timeless season s music of the jazz era of the 1930 s to the 1960 s. And Marty Steele s amazing verve, eclectic style, and arrangements on Piano/Keyboards are always a delight to hear.

Dates: Running from Nov. 21 to Dec. 15, Thurs-Sat 7-9pm & Sun 2-4pm.

Cost: $5 cover charge. Call 250-753-3535 to Reserve at MGM Restaurant.

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