Festivals and Events - Tourism Nanaimo

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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Nanaimo International Jazz Festival
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Nanaimo International Jazz Festival
The second annual Nanaimo International Jazz Festival is taking over downtown September 21-23. Stay tuned for the complete line-up of talent and exciting events.
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Longwoodstock
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Longwoodstock
The fourth annual backyard music and beer festival takes place on Saturday September 22 with a full day to celebrate local bands and local brew.
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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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