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!

2 events,

2 events,

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3 events,

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Sundown: A Gordon Lightfoot Experience Live in Nanaimo

2 events,

2 events,

3 events,

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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3 events,

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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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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

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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

What’s The Craic? 2024

Maffeo Sutton Park 100 Comox Rd,, Nanaimo

Acclaim Celtic Dancers presents a FREE Year-End Showcase with performances by Alison Vardy, The Westlanders, Clanna Morna & Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band. In between the live music, prepare to be amazed by the mighty Acclaim Celtic Dancers & Friends as they bring their A-game to the dance floor. Get ready to join in on the fun and experience the craic here in Nanaimo - like never before! Admission is free but spots can be reserved in advance. Bring your own lawn chair.

Free