What’s Up This Week: Nanaimo Fringe Festival & VIEx!

Happy Monday!

Well, it’s August – and you know what that means – time for Nanaimo’s VIEx and Fringe Festival!

2014 Nanaimo Fringe Festival: “48 Plays in 8 days”!

Credit: Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Credit: Nanaimo Fringe Festival

This year marks the 4th anniversary for the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. Since its inception in 2011, Nanaimo’s Fringe Festival has grown to include not only local performers, but performers from all over the world! This year’s Fringe Festival will be showcasing 8 different companies who are each allotted 6 performances in front of a live audience. To be a part of that live audience. check out the schedule and ticket information here and here!

There will be a free ‘Preview Night’ on the eve of the festival – August 13th. Starting at 7pm in the Harbour City Theatre (25 Victoria Road), you can enjoy a “sample platter” where each of the fringe artists perform for 5 minutes to hopefully win your heart over!

Festival programs have been handed out all around town. Pick up from any participating location including:

  • Fascinating Rhythm (51 Commercial Street)
  • Blenz Coffee (Woodgrove Mall)
  • Vancouver Island Conference Centre (101 Gordon Street entrance)

Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Exhibition

The VIEx is in town! Starting in the Beban Park Complex at 9:00am on Friday, August 15th, and running until 5pm on Sunday, August 17th, the 2014 VIEx makes its 100+ year appearance! The fair began as an event to educate and showcase local agriculture, farmers and 4-H clubs. Today, in our ever-changing and continuous-urbanizing communities, the VIEx is used to celebrate and remind us of the simple, yet important things in life. The VIEx, however, is more than just education! Wholesome family fun and entertainment is the fair’s ultimate goal. From getting up close to favourite farm animals, to sampling homemade goodies (jams, cookies, produce… you name it!), to live music and fun carnival rides, the VIEx is perfect for all ages!

Credit: VIEx

Credit: VIEx

Credit: VIEx

Credit: VIEx

So grab your friends, family, or anyone else you meet, and spend a fun filled day at the VIEx!


Here are a few of the other events and happenings coming up this week in Nanaimo:

Tuesday, August 12th:

Wednesday, August 13th:

Thursday, August 14th:

Friday, August 15th:

Saturday, August 16th:

Sunday, August 17th:

Make sure to check back every Monday for more fun events around town! Or head over to our website for up-to-date event listings!

Have fun this week in Nanaimo!

– Sarah & Sean

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