What’s Up: July 7-12

Hey guys!

So, we’ve been looking at our stats and insights and see that people are looking for EVENTS and THINGS TO DO in Nanaimo. Guess what? We are listening! We have decided to dedicate our Tuesday blog post just for events and happenings around Nanaimo. Now you’ll totally be informed 🙂 Here’s what’s up in Nanaimo this week:

Featured Event of the Week:

Save-on Foods Dragon Boat Festival: This events kicks off our very busy July calendar of events. Starting on Friday July 10th in the evening with a Candle Ceremony, the event really gets underway on Saturday and Sunday all day with dragon boat racing, beer garden and a farmers’ market. Come down to this FREE event at Maffeo Sutton Park, enjoy the Nanaimo Waterfront, over 70 paddling teams, and fun for the entire family. Watch out for our Tourism Nanaimo Street Team, they will be handing out #ExploreNanaimo Sunglasses and are able to help out with any visitor questions!

Dragon Boat Festival

Tuesday July 7:

Gabriola Island Learn how to make Feta Cheese Interested in the traditional art of cheese making? Join Paula in her Feta Cheese Workshop, taste some of her freshly made cheeses and learn how you can make them at home.

Wednesday July 8:

Bowen Road Farmers Market – This weekly farmers market features local farmers, and food vendors selling fresh and local produce and food items. Join them in celebrating local farmers from 4- 6:30pm.

Nanaimo Big Little Lions with Special Guests – enjoy some live music from this song writing duo at the historical Queens Hotel on 34 Victoria Crescent. Doors open at 7pm.

Concerts in the Park (Kenny Shaw/Brian Temple)- Nanaimo features numerous free concerts in beautiful Bowen Park in the heart of Nanaimo. Join the free fun event at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre starting at 6-7:30.


Thursday July 9:

Nanaimo Family Bastion Tours – This 20 min tour starts immediately after the noon canon firing. Learn more about Nanaimo’s oldest building  from a local expert. By donation.

Friday July 10:

Laugh Lounge Get your laugh on with 4-6 comedians in Acme’s Laugh Lounge and indulge in some west coast cuisine. You can catch one of two shows either at 7pm and 9pm.

Nanaimo Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market – Stroll over the market and stock up on produce or enjoy some uniquely handcrafted arts and crafts. You can enjoy this vibrant market with live music Fridays from 2-6pm.

Gabriola Colombian Reggae Group De Bruce a Mi If you enjoy reggae music and are looking for a unique sounds, this is the place to be. Listen to this eclectic live act in their first appearance in Canada. Doors open at 9pm..

Saturday July 11th:

6th Annual Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden – Come and see over 75+ Artisans and vendors, listen to live entertainment and enjoy this stunning Garden Property in scenic Nanoose Bay. Admission is by donation  with the proceeds going to local Nanoose Bay Community services.

Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden

Sunday July 12th:

3rd Annual Community Car Show in Nanaimo – It’s the third annual community car show located in Nanaimo’s North Town Centre.

Cedar Farmers Market –  Explore beautiful Cedar and stop by the 50+ vendors, selling local produce and crafts. Spend some time shopping locally and listening to local live talent. The market runs from 10-2pm.

Black Track Tour of Nanaimo Area Coal Mining Sites – Join Tom Paterson, well known Vancouver Island historian as he hosts the Black Track tours of Morden Colliery and other old Nanaimo area coal mining sites and rail lines.

Morden Mine Historical Site

Morden Mine Historical Site

All Week Long:

CANstruction Nanaimo – this creative building competition features some of Nanaimo’s iconic landmarks using nothing but canned goods. Go see for yourself and vote for your favourite structure at Woodgrove Centre. All proceeds go to Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes.

Arbutus Meadows Island Classic – Located on 1515 East Island Highway, Nanoose, it’s the highlight equestrian show jumping event of the year. Event takes place in the Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre.

Nanaimo 2015 InfrinGinG Dance Festival-  Crimson Coast dances society presents the InfrinGinG Dance Festival each year. Witness different types of dancing including African Drum and dance, Salsa, First Nations dance, and Ukrainian dancing. For exact times and locations, please visit their website.

That’s all for this week – check back next Tuesday for events and happenings for July 14-20!

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