NANAIMO'S ANNUAL AND UPCOMING EVENTS
HERE IS A LIST OF THE ANNUAL AND UPCOMING EVENTS IN NANAIMO. CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
March 6: Nanaimo Whisk(e)y Festival
April 3-5: Vancouver Island Chamber Music Festival
April 18-19: EarthFest: Creative Climate Solutions Showcase
May 17: Nanaimo Heritage Festival
May 30-31: Hammond Bay Studio Tour
June 4-August 29: Commercial Street Night Markets, every Thursday. runs every Thursday for 13-weeks from June 4 to August 29, from 5-9 pm. The area is closed off to traffic so visitors can shop the vendor booths and purchase everything from food to crafts. Live entertainment will also be staged at several points downtown, along with bouncy castles and climbing walls for the little ones.
June 6: 5km Foam Festival
June 14: Nanaimo Pride Festival
June 19-20: Preliminary Red Bull Pump Track Qualifier
June 21: National Indigenous Persons Day celebrations at Maffeo Sutton Park
July 1-November 23: Grow Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Museum
July 10-12: Dragon Boat Festival
July 19: Silly Boat Regatta
July 24-26: Marine Festival & World Championship Bathtub Race has been welcoming visitors for more than 40-years, to take part in this now world-famous festival and race. At the core of the bathtub festivities, Maffeo Sutton Park & Sway-a-Lana Lagoon will play host to vendors, arts & crafts, and a Kiddies Karnival, July 24-26.
August 7-15: Nanaimo Fringe Festival
August 13-16: Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival
TBD: Red Bull Pump Track Championship Canadian Qualifier hosts this country’s best for a spot in the world qualifiers as Nanaimo hosts the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships. The Stevie Smith Bike Park will host the Canadian Qualifier in August (TBD) for the third year in a row.
October 10-12: Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour
November 19-22: Kris Kringle Craft Market
December 5-6: Nanaimo Art Walk
TBD: Vancouver Island Market