What’s Up: July 28 – Aug 3

Wondering what’s up this week in and around Nanaimo? We’ve got you covered!

Featured Event of the Week:

BC Day Instameet: Join Tourism Nanaimo’s first ever Instameet! You are invited to join fellow instagrammers and explore Nanaimo’s downtown, Old City Quarter and waterfront, along with local photographer West Coast Mantra. Meet at the Bastion at 7pm, bring your camera or phone and get snapping and hashtagging #ExploreNanaimo and #ExploreBC! Each participant will be given a map with suggested spots. At 9pm, the group will meet to a no-host socializing evening at the Modern Café where photos can be shared and uploaded. For more info, visit TourismNanaimo.com/instameet 

Join us on BC Day for an Instameet!

Join us on BC Day for an Instameet!

Tuesday July 28:

Family Golf Night at Fairwinds: Have some fun together as a family, with special Tuesday evening tee times (5-6pm). Prices vary between $33-$66. FREE club rentals for everyone!

Wednesday July 29:

Lunchtime Music Series: Summer is the time to do lunch alfresco and take in some great live music! Grab a bite to go at one of the many delicious restaurants in the Old City Quarter, or bring your own sack lunch. On Wesley and Selby Street from 12:15-1pm. FREE admission.

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. FREE admission.

Bowen Road Farmers' Market

Bowen Road Farmers’ Market

Concerts in the Park (The Clanns): 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, FREE admission.

Nanaimo Bites and Sights Food Tour: A unique and flavorful walking food tour in downtown Nanaimo. Tour departs at 10am and is $25/person.

Nanaimo FCA Plein Air Paint Out: This summer outdoor painting event will provide the opportunity to mingle with local artists, enjoy the ambiance and perhaps enjoy a lunch or beverage at the Crow and Gate Pub. Event runs 10:30am-3:30pm, FREE admission.

Nanaimo Plein Air Event

Nanaimo Plein Air Event

Thursday July 30:

Highland Dancers: On Thursdays and Saturday local highland dance students add to the daily cannon firing ceremony. Accompanied by Bill the Bagpiper the group of young dancers perform classic Scottish dances in authentic costumes. Don’t miss them, they will start at 11:30am right in front of the cannons next to the Bastion. FREE admission. 

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

Famous Local Landmark Tour: This famous landmark tour is perfect for the history buff. The 2.5 hour tour will showcase some of Nanaimo’s historical highlights. Tour departs at 7pm from the Bastion, $25/person.

Maffeo Sutton Park Market: This market is right alongside the water. You will find artists, farmers, flea marketers, food trucks and buskers. The market runs from 4-9pm, FREE admission.

Summertime Music Series: Come down to Lois Lane this Thursday from noon to 2pm and enjoy some live music. Grab a lunch and enjoy some live music in the heart of downtown, FREE admission.

Summertime

Summertime Music Series – photo via CHLY FM

Taste of Nanaimo Tour: Discover Nanaimo’s amazing local food and beverage scene. This tour will include some food and craft beverage samples while you are exploring the culinary side of Nanaimo. Tour departs at 1pm, $50-$75/person

Friday July 31:

Taste of Nanaimo Tour: Discover Nanaimo’s amazing local food and beverage scene. This tour will include some food and craft beverage samples while you are exploring the culinary side of Nanaimo. Tour departs at 1pm, $50-$75/person

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, FREE admission.

The Lost Fingers with special guest David Vest (live music): The Queens Hotel has been the place to go for live music for year. This incredible quartet performs pop/rock music classics in a Django gypsy jazz style with a hint of bluegrass. Show starts at 7pm at the Queens Hotel, $25 advanced, $30 at the door

Morning Star Bison Ranch Tours: Join Buffalo Bob as the conductor and narrator on a ‘locomotive” driven tour buggy where you will ride into the fields and see 2000lb Buffalo Bulls walking majestically up close and personal! Open 10-4pm, FREE Ranch admission, Train tour $20/adult, $5 children.

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Photo credit: Sean Helmn

Saturday August 1:

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

Highland Dancers: On Thursdays and Saturdays, local highland dance students add to the daily cannon firing ceremony. Accompanied by Bill the Bagpiper the group of young dancers perform classic Scottish dances in authentic costumes. Don’t miss them, they will start at 11:30am right in front of the cannons next to the Bastion.

Morning Star Bison Ranch Tours: Join Buffalo Bob as the conductor and narrator on a ‘locomotive” driven tour buggy where you will ride into the fields and see 2000lb Buffalo Bulls walking majestically up close and personal! Open 10-4pm, FREE Ranch admission, Train tour $20/adult, $5 children.

Herbicidal Maniacs in Concert: Take a little passenger boat over to see this Vancouver Island band perform in Nanaimo’s floating pub on Protection Island. They write their original songs and will entertain you the West Coast way. Concert starts at 7:30pm, FREE admission.

Art Lab – Saturday Studio: Art Lab will offer exploratory, hands-on workshops for kids aged 5-11 in the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Learn and experiment with new techniques and materials and let your kids be creative. Walk-ins welcome, availability permitting, $12/child, $18 for siblings.

Millstone 3rd Annual Vintage Market: Stop by between 12-5pm and find a great selection of vintage, up cycled, crafty and homemade products. Enjoy some live music and help Millstone Winery celebrate local vendors and community. FREE admission.

vintage

Gabriola Island Farmers Market: Wander the market, picking up fresh baked goods and locally grown fruits and vegetables. There are also lots of opportunities to purchase lovely arts and crafts and listen to buskers. Coffee and breakfast is available on site as well. Make it a day trip on beautiful Gabriola Island and explore stunning beaches, parks, farms and studios. Market runs 10-1pm, FREE admission.

Sunday August 2:

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, FREE admission.

Morning Star Bison Ranch Tours: Join Buffalo Bob as the conductor and narrator on a ‘locomotive” driven tour buggy where you will ride into the fields and see 2000lb Buffalo Bulls walking majestically up close and personal! Open 10-4pm, FREE Ranch admission, Train tour $20/adult, $5children.

Lantzville Farmers Market: This weekly farmers market is located right in front of a little church. You will find everything form farm fresh produce to craft vendors. Market runs from 1:30-4pm, FREE admission.

Blues Jam: Every Sunday the “Queens” Hotel opens its doors to the best in local blues talent. Enjoy some live music in the heart of Nanaimo in an iconic venue. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Blues Jam @ The Queens

Blues Jam @ The Queens

Daily Events:

Noon Cannon Firing:  every day at noon the Nanaimo Museum will fire the historical cannon next to the Bastion to welcome visitors to Nanaimo. The firing is companied by Bill the Bagpiper (except Fridays) prior to the firing. Be sure to arrive at 11:45am at the cannons to catch the entire show. FREE admission.

Nanaimo Arts Council July Showcase: Come and enjoy this latest show in our gallery at Nanaimo Towne centre, near the Sears store.

Nanaimo Museum Summer Exhibit(Fashions for the 40s & 50s) From rare haute couture to daily-wear, fashions from the 1940s-50s will be featured in the Nanaimo Museum’s summer exhibit.

Check back next week for events happening August 4th – 10th! For more event information, visit our Events Calendar.

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