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
Nanaimo's Grape Escape
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Nanaimo's Grape Escape
What: Nanaimo's Grape Escape, the premier wine festival in the city with over 200 wines from around the world. Food by Chef Ian Ter Veer. Live music and Grand Prize compliments of Save On Foods, Parksville.

Dates: Friday, October 25th, 7pm - 10pm

Where: The Grand Hotel, 4898 Rutherford Road
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McNab's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
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McNab's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
What: McNab's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy good ol’ fashioned farm fun at McNab’s. Get lost in a 7 acre corn maze, enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch, meet and greet some farm animals, and buy some fresh veggies from the produce stand. There's also have a crazy fun haunted house too. Make sure to bring your rubber boots!”

Dates: 7 days a week in October, from 10:00 am – dusk.

Where: 4613 Yellow Point Road, Yellowpoint

Cost: varies from $2.50 - $30 for family pass with a variety of add-ons
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Winter Weekend Holiday Market
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Winter Weekend Holiday Market
What: 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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Halloween in Nanaimo's Old City Quarter
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Halloween in Nanaimo's Old City Quarter
What: Halloween in the Old City Quarter

Dates: Saturday, October 19th, 2pm - 8pm. Mini Corn Maze in Wesley Square, 335 Wesley Street

Sunday, October 20th, 4pm - 6pm. “Monster House” Movie Night at Coach & Horses, 321 Selby Street. Wear your P.J's and bring a pillow and cozy up to this fun Hallowe'en movie, safe for all ages! Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, October 26th, 11am - 3pm. Trick or Treat in the OCC. Look for the Black & Orange balloons of the businesses that will be participating all throughout the Old City Quarter!

Saturday, October 26th, 12pm - 3pm, Witches & Wizards Flash Mob and Dance Party, 321 Wesley Street. Hosted by Lobelia's Lair Metaphysical Treasures.

Cost: Free, or by donation.
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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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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