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
Upcoming Events
Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (Feb 1-2)
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Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (Feb 1-2)
Returning for its 14th consecutive year, VISFF 2019 will feature an array of intriguing works produced by creators from across Vancouver Island and the world! This 2-day event is to be hosted at the Malaspina Theatre, Vancouver Island University (Building 310, 900 5th street, Nanaimo). Come out and witness amazing pieces of varying styles and genres, and leave with plenty to talk about.
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Chinese New Year Festival (Tuesday, February 5th)
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Chinese New Year Festival (Tuesday, February 5th)
It’s the year of the pig! Celebrate Chinese New Year this February 5th with the Nanaimo Chinese Cultural Society. *more info to come*
Maple Sugar Festival (Feb 23-25)
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Maple Sugar Festival (Feb 23-25)
“In February of every year, Nanaimo pulsates with the rhythm of the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable. This festival is indeed one-of-a-kind: a bilingual event inspired by eastern Canada's sugar shack traditions. Over the course of three days, festivities include a variety of activities to delight visitors: exciting performances by a diverse range of musicians, dancers, and street entertainers - without forgetting authentic, traditional French Canadian food fare, notably the decadently sweet sugar toffy on snow. Come to Nanaimo and discover our Festival's truly special ambience, our joie de vivre, and our warm hospitality.” - Francophone Nanaimo
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Black History Month Festival (feb)
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Black History Month Festival (feb)
*More Info to come*
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Bacon Bevy Bash (March 15th)
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Bacon Bevy Bash (March 15th)
Bacon-inspired cuisine… craft beers, wines, ciders, and spirits from across Vancouver Island. If you’re a foodie like us, this might sound like a fairytale. Come to Nanaimo this March for the first ever Bacon Bevy Bash - March 15, 2019 at 6:00pm - 10:00pm; hosted at the Beban Social Centre.
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Festival Nanaimo (March 2019)
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Festival Nanaimo (March 2019)
Festival Nanaimo, taking place throughout the month of march, is a new multidimensional event featuring live entertainment, arts & crafts, foodie delights, and whisky & beer tastings. A number of featured events occur in conjunction with Festival Nanaimo including but not limited to the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, Pirate Fest, and Geek-con.
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Vancouver Island Market (March 30 & 31)
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Vancouver Island Market (March 30 & 31)
Discover 200+ artisan vendors; delicious food; craft beer, wine, and spirits; live entertainment; and workshops at the Vancouver Island Market Spring Kickoff 2019. 4750 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo
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