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
July 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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35th Annual Silly Boat Regatta
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35th Annual Silly Boat Regatta
Dates: July 14
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Maffeo Sutton Park
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Bathtub Weekend
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Bathtub Weekend
Watch Nanaimo's signature bathtub races. Dates: July 19 - 21
Big Sugar concert: https://www.ticketzone.com/e/16608/big-sugar-live-in-nanaimo/64863?fbclid=IwAR0i2CuCBHWpEXmZpDvvkO1jKFVj9NRJ5LF9eDJEHCgNdX4syWBLoev2JiE Marine Festival Schedule of Events: https://www.bathtubbing.com/bathtub-weekend/calendar-events/
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Victoria Crescent Street Fair
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Victoria Crescent Street Fair
Come have fun & enjoy the FREE Victoria Crescent Street Fair in downtown Nanaimo on Bathtub Weekend. There will be a giant slide for kids, bouncy castles, a big blow-up dart board, basketball hoops, a 60-foot obstacle course to swerve, climb & maneuver through. Children can have faces painted, play games & take part in the Watermelon Eating & Egg Running competitions. Adults can marvel at the dozens-and-dozens of classical, hot rod & weird & wacky vehicles. Nanaimo Search & Rescue will be on-scene to show off their equipment, so too Nanaimo Fire-Rescue, the RCMP & BC Sheriff Service. On Crescent Stage, listen to the Nanaimo Fiddle Society or watch martial arts demonstrations. It’s all at the Victoria Crescent Street Fair, Bathtub Weekend in downtown Nanaimo, where everything is Free!
Dates: July 20
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Victoria St, from A&W to City Hall.

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