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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1 event,

Concerts in the Park

3 events,

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Waterfall Dip & Breathe

1 event,

1 event,

2 events,

2 events,

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Coco Love Alcorn In Concert

4 events,

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Nanaimo VegFest

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Coast to Coast – Scorpions, UFO & MSG

2 events,

1 event,

2 events,

The 26th Annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival

3 events,

Cultivate Performing and Arts Festival

4 events,

4 events,

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“ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ Double Vision” Opening Reception

7 events,

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Regatta 2024

4 events,

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Art Lab Sunday: Tissue Paper Collage

1 event,

1 event,

1 event,

2 events,

4 events,

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50’s Sock Hop

4 events,

3 events,

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2024 Grey Cup Festival Tour of BC

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Art Lab Sunday: Abstract Arctic Landscapes

2 events,

- Event Series

2024 Coast Salish Games

2 events,

- Event Series

2024 Coast Salish Games

2 events,

- Event Series

2024 Coast Salish Games

3 events,

- Event Series

2024 Coast Salish Games

5 events,

Great International Bathtub Race World Championship and Nanaimo Marine Festival

- Event Series

2024 Coast Salish Games

7 events,

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Central Island Summer Mystic & Wellbeing Faire

3 events,

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Art Lab Sunday: Lucky Draw Pastels

1 event,

2 events,

Island Summer Theatre Festival

3 events,

4 events,

5 events,

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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
Event Series Streets Alive

Sarah Wood @ Top Notch Burgers

Top Notch Burgers 70 Church Street Unit 2, Nanaimo

Sarah Wood will playing outside Top Notch Burgers as a part of the Streets Alive summer series. Streets Alive will be happening on Saturdays throughout the summer! Enjoy live music from local musicians outside local businesses

Free
Event Series Streets Alive

Dave Hart @ outside Coast Bastion

Coast Bastion 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo

Dave Hart is playing outside the Coast Bastion hotel. Streets Alive will be happening on Saturdays throughout the summer! Enjoy live music from local musicians outside local businesses

Free
Event Series Streets Alive

Rowan Farintosh @ Marriott Bistro Patio

Courtyard Marriott Bistro Patio 100 Gordon Street, Nanaimo

Rowan Farintosh will be playing at the Marriott Bistro Patio as a part of the Streets Alive summer series. Streets Alive will be happening on Saturdays throughout the summer! Enjoy live music from local musicians outside local businesses

Free

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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

Canada Day Festival at Maffeo Sutton Park

Maffeo Sutton Park 100 Comox Rd,, Nanaimo

Join the City of Nanaimo this Canada Day for live entertainment (Moonshine Mollys, The Kiltlifters and The Pickups), a photo booth, face painting by Leaders in Training, bouncy castles, interactive booths, food vendors, a multi-cultural community stage and so much more! FREE FAMILY FUN

Free

Waterfall Dip & Breathe

Nanaimo Nanaimo

Come join us for an enriching experience at Ammonite Falls! Get ready to take a plunge into the invigorating waters and reconnect with nature. This in-person event will allow you to embrace the cold water while taking in the breathtaking surroundings. You'll also be taken through a 45-minute guided breath meditation by Tara of WithinBreath. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to revitalize your mind, body, and spirit!

$30.00