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.
Leif Bogwald
There are some fantastic festivals that happen every year.
David Gogo
August 2019 Events In Nanaimo
Commercial Street Night Markets
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Commercial Street Night Markets
The street market is back! After a hugely successful first year, the street market along Commercial Street in downtown Nanaimo returns to Thursday nights from 5 pm - 9 pm. For more information about the street market, visit https://nanaimonight.market/.

Dates: June 20th - August 25th (Every Thursday)
Time: 5 pm - 9pm
Where: Commercial Street
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Nanaimo Fringe Festival
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Nanaimo Fringe Festival
Theatre festival in Downtown Nanaimo
Dates: August 9-17
Location: Downtown, Various Locations
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Nanaimo Blues Festival
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Nanaimo Blues Festival
Home of Summertime Blues!
Dates: August 22-25
Location: Maffeo Sutton Park
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Vancouver Island Exhibition
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Vancouver Island Exhibition
Commemorating 125 Years of Memories in 2019!
Dates: August 23-25
Location: Beban Park Exhibition Grounds
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Daily Cannon Firings
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Daily Cannon Firings
Dates: Daily at noon
Location: Downtown Nanaimo at the Historical Bastion Building

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