EVENTS CALENDAR

Festivals and events

Embrace the eclectic energy of Nanaimo at our Bathtub Races, a thrilling tribute to our marine heritage, or get lost in the magic of our Lantern Festival, join the city in colour for our Pride Festival, Jazz fest and more. Every season brings something new and exciting, ensuring that no two visits to Nanaimo are ever the same.

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Calendar of Events

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4 events,

Concerts in the Park

Sun Over Swamp

Sun Over Swamp

Hammond Bay Studio Tour

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Island Soul Choir

4 events,

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Empowering Women in the Automotive World: Join Us for Ladies Night Out!

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2 events,

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Sundown: A Gordon Lightfoot Experience Live in Nanaimo

2 events,

2 events,

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Nanaimo Pride Week

4 events,

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A Better Trip with Shane Mauss

7 events,

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Indigo – Shindigo Crafternoon

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World Ocean Day Celebration – Free Family Event!

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Queer Art Drop In

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Eco Elegance Fashion Show

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Fathers Day in the Park

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What’s The Craic? 2024

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Sip ‘n Print Pride Edition

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Coast to Coast – Scorpions, UFO & MSG

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Sun Over Swamp

Nanaimo Art Gallery 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

Sun Over Swamp is an exhibition that takes its title from a 1964 painting by Takao Tanabe and features five artists who consider ecology through diverse approaches to abstract painting. Working on canvas, linen, wood, and ceramic, artists in Sun Over Swamp reflect on our fragile yet globally interconnected biomes. From tracing the environmental footprint of their materials, to employing storytelling, mythology, artificial intelligence, and embodied learning in their processes; Rebecca Brewer, Azadeh Elmizadeh, Rita Letendre, Gailan Ngan, and Takao Tanabe consider unknowably vast and complex lifeworlds through the practice of abstract painting. Tours are available on Fridays at noon through the run of the exhibition. Nanaimo Art Gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 12 to 5 pm. Admission is by-donation.

By Donation/Free for Members
Ongoing

Concerts in the Park

The City of Nanaimo's Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2024 Concerts in the Park series. The free concerts showcase local talent against the backdrop of some of Nanaimo's most beautiful parks. Concert-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of music genres, including motown, indie rock, folk/blues, and celtic. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or a blanket and to dress for the weather. New this year are a number of double or triple feature shows which will allow families to enjoy a variety of entertainment along with a picnic or dinner in the park! The 2024 schedule is as follows: ·         Sun, May 12, 1-2 p.m. - Laura Kelsey at Colliery Dam Park (as part of Family Fishing Day) ·         Fri, May 17, 6-8:15 p.m. - Mostly Motown and Turnpike at Maffeo Sutton Park (double feature in partnership with Food Truck Fridays) ·         Wed, June 12, 6-7 p.m. - Baby Bleu at Kin Park ·         Fri, June 28, 5-8:30 p.m. - The Shindigs, Danger Box and Maverick Cinema at Maffeo Sutton Park (triple feature in partnership with Food Truck Fridays) ·         Wed, July 10, 6-7 p.m. - Dagger Harbour at McGregor Park ·         Wed, July 17, 6-7 p.m. - String Fever at Pipers Lagoon Park ·         Wed, July 31, 6-7 p.m. - Cosmic Dust at Harewood Centennial Park ·         Wed, Aug 7, 6-7 p.m. - Piu at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre ·         Wed, Aug 14, 6-7 p.m. - Dublin2 at Oliver Woods ·         Wed, Aug 21, 6-7 p.m. - Mike Alviano at Westwood Lake Park ·         Fri, August 23, 6-8:15 p.m. - Sundown: The Gordon Lightfoot Experience and The Shineolas at Maffeo Sutton Park (double feature in partnership with Food Truck Fridays) A schedule with further details on each performance is available on the City of Nanaimo website. Please note that parking is limited at many parks, citizens are encouraged to use alternative transportation when possible.

Free

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All Day

Sun Over Swamp

Nanaimo Art Gallery 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

Sun Over Swamp is an exhibition that takes its title from a 1964 painting by Takao Tanabe and features five artists who consider ecology through diverse approaches to abstract painting. Working on canvas, linen, wood, and ceramic, artists in Sun Over Swamp reflect on our fragile yet globally interconnected biomes. From tracing the environmental footprint of their materials, to employing storytelling, mythology, artificial intelligence, and embodied learning in their processes; Rebecca Brewer, Azadeh Elmizadeh, Rita Letendre, Gailan Ngan, and Takao Tanabe consider unknowably vast and complex lifeworlds through the practice of abstract painting. Tours are available on Fridays at noon through the run of the exhibition. Nanaimo Art Gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 12 to 5 pm. Admission is by-donation.

By Donation/Free for Members
Ongoing

Concerts in the Park

The City of Nanaimo's Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2024 Concerts in the Park series. The free concerts showcase local talent against the backdrop of some of Nanaimo's most beautiful parks. Concert-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of music genres, including motown, indie rock, folk/blues, and celtic. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or a blanket and to dress for the weather. New this year are a number of double or triple feature shows which will allow families to enjoy a variety of entertainment along with a picnic or dinner in the park! The 2024 schedule is as follows: ·         Sun, May 12, 1-2 p.m. - Laura Kelsey at Colliery Dam Park (as part of Family Fishing Day) ·         Fri, May 17, 6-8:15 p.m. - Mostly Motown and Turnpike at Maffeo Sutton Park (double feature in partnership with Food Truck Fridays) ·         Wed, June 12, 6-7 p.m. - Baby Bleu at Kin Park ·         Fri, June 28, 5-8:30 p.m. - The Shindigs, Danger Box and Maverick Cinema at Maffeo Sutton Park (triple feature in partnership with Food Truck Fridays) ·         Wed, July 10, 6-7 p.m. - Dagger Harbour at McGregor Park ·         Wed, July 17, 6-7 p.m. - String Fever at Pipers Lagoon Park ·         Wed, July 31, 6-7 p.m. - Cosmic Dust at Harewood Centennial Park ·         Wed, Aug 7, 6-7 p.m. - Piu at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre ·         Wed, Aug 14, 6-7 p.m. - Dublin2 at Oliver Woods ·         Wed, Aug 21, 6-7 p.m. - Mike Alviano at Westwood Lake Park ·         Fri, August 23, 6-8:15 p.m. - Sundown: The Gordon Lightfoot Experience and The Shineolas at Maffeo Sutton Park (double feature in partnership with Food Truck Fridays) A schedule with further details on each performance is available on the City of Nanaimo website. Please note that parking is limited at many parks, citizens are encouraged to use alternative transportation when possible.

Free

Hammond Bay Studio Tour

Seven local professional artists, Patricia Banks, Janice Evans, Regina Seib, Halina Gryzb, Karen Evans, Coreen Zerr and Kathryn Galvin, along with guest artists appearing at their studios, are now busy painting up a storm, preparing to welcome each of you to their home gallery and studio, all within 2 km from Hammond Bay. Did you know that the Hammond Bay Studio Tour has been in our beautiful area since 2013? The artists can’t wait to welcome everyone to view, the how, what and where of their work and creative process.WE’VE KEPT IT SMALL SO YOU CAN SEE IT ALL!

Free

Empowering Women in the Automotive World: Join Us for Ladies Night Out!

Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln 3851 Shenton Road, Nanaimo

Welcome back, everyone, it’s 2024! Since Ladies Night Out’s inception in 2000, we’ve been dedicated to promoting automotive independence for women. At our dealership, we believe in empowering and educating women in a fun and engaging way, ensuring that every woman who walks through our doors feels comfortable and confident. Our mission is simple: to eliminate any intimidation factor when it comes to purchasing or servicing a vehicle. And what better way to do this than by supporting a local non-profit organization while having a blast? This is not just an opportunity to support a local organization but also a chance to celebrate and promote locally women-owned businesses. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with delightful surprises! We’ve curated a lineup of activities to ensure you have a fantastic time.

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