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.

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
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Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour
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Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour
Now in its 22nd year, Gabriola Island’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour is a not-to-be-missed event taking place October 6-8. Over 65 Gabriola artists open their studio, gallery and workshop doors and invite you to find a one-of-a-kind treasure.
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Nanaimo Grape Escape
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Nanaimo Grape Escape
Friday October 26, 2018 7-10pm The Grand Hotel Over 200 wines from around the world. Food by Chef Ian Ter Veer. Live music & Grand Prize compliments of Save On Foods Parksville and Nanaimo. Tickets can be purchased at The Grand Hotel Nanaimo or via contacting The Grand Hotel Nanaimo. Tel: 250-758-3000 or email: Info@thegrandhotelnanaimo.ca
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Kris Kringle Craft Market
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Kris Kringle Craft Market
Kris Kringle Craft Market Celebrating 25 Years. Featuring over 150 professional artisans, this is Nanaimo's beautiful Christmas show! Kris Kringle Craft Market happens November 15th - 18th, 2018 at Beban Park Community Centre.
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Cedar Yellow Point Artisans Country Tour
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Cedar Yellow Point Artisans Country Tour
Farms and artists studios will delight you this winter. November 22 -25, 2018 10 am - 5 pm Pick up a Brochure at Chemainus, Ladysmith, Nanaimo and Parksville Tourist Info Centres or at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, Bayview Framing-Ladysmith. Mid Island Libraries, businesses in Cedar Yellow Point, or at other participating businesses mid island.
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Vancouver Island Market
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Vancouver Island Market
Much anticipated Winter Market happening December 14th – 16th at the beautiful Nanaimo North Town Centre will showcase Vancouver Island’s local handmade artisans. Over 200 vendors, live entertainment, pop up store, workshops, wine, craft beer and spirit sales will provide shoppers a unique opportunity to shop local for the holiday season.
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