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
Fall 2019 Events In Nanaimo
Brew & Chew - Longwoodstock
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Brew & Chew - Longwoodstock
What: Longwoodstock - the popular celebration of beer and good music - has expanded to a two day event. While the iconic Saturday party is sold out, you can still celebrate great beer by joining us for this new event: Brew & Chew. Beer from around Vancouver Island, paired with delicious food and great music.

Date: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Time: 5 pm - 9pm
Where: Longwood Brewery, 2046 Boxwood Road
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Nanaimo International Jazz Festival
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Nanaimo International Jazz Festival
What: The third annual Nanaimo Internationa Jazz Festival is a three-day celebration of world-class music of the jazz genre. This years' featured headliners include the Ernie Watts Quartet and Laila Biali, as well as 8 free concerts and a New-Orleans Style Parade.

Dates: Friday, September 20th, 2019 to Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time: Various
Where: Various Locations
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Gabriola Island's Thanksgiving Studio Tour
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Gabriola Island's Thanksgiving Studio Tour
What: Now in its 23rd year, the Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour is a unique opportunity to step into the studios of more than 80 artists and find the perfect early holiday gift.

Dates: October 12 - 14, 2019 Where: Gabriola Island (accessed via BC Ferries through Downtown Nanaimo)
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Crescent Day Street Festival
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Crescent Day Street Festival
What: Crescent Day Street Festival in Downtown Nanaimo

Dates: September 29 Where: Victoria Crescent in Downtown Nanaimo Come - have fun - and celebrate the first weekend of Fall with the FREE Victoria Crescent Street Fair in downtown Nanaimo the last weekend of this month. On Sunday, September 29, there will be a giant slide for the kids, bouncy castle, a big blow-up dartboard, basketball hoops, slap-shot hockey, a 60-foot obstacle course to swerve, climb and maneuver through and much, much more. Children can play games, colour or get animal-shaped balloons. The circus troupe Vesta Fire will be on hand to entertain with their juggling, stilt walking and hula-hooping - and EVERYTHING is FREE ! So come on down to Victoria Crescent Day in downtown Nanaimo, Sunday, September 29. The fun starts at 10 am.
Nanaimo Museum Lantern Tours
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Nanaimo Museum Lantern Tours
Learn about Nanaimo's spooky and mysterious past with these October guided walks with staff from the Nanaimo Museum. Book early, as these tours are popular and sell out quickly. Choose from Crime & Punishment, or Haunted Nanaimo.
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