What’s Up This Week: Jan 26 – Feb 1

#Explore Nanaimo’s Many Events & Activities this week!

TUESDAY JANUARY 26TH                                                                                        

10-12am and 3-5pm: NS3’s Science Studio (Drop-In), Departure Bay Eco School, $4/child

Let your kids explore a variety of hands-on activities like our marble wall, wind tunnel, microscopes and more!

6:30-9:30pm: WordStorm, First Unitarian Fellowship Hall, $5

Nanaimo’s popular Spoken Word and Open Mike event welcomes everyone. Featured performers are Bren Simmers and Patrick Friesen with live music at the beginning.


Photo Credit: http://tophdimgs.com/

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27TH                                                                        

10:30-2:30pm: Cheese Course, Gabriola, $100 (reservations required)

Ever wanted to make cheese yourself? Paula will give you step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and of course some cheese tasting, lunch and ingredients to take home.

3:00-6:00pm: Island Roots Farmers Market, Pleasant Valley Social Centre, FREE

Visit Nanaimo’s only indoor winter farmers’ market! Local vendors provide healthy, fresh, delicious locally grown and produced foods, as well as some locally made artisan crafts.

6:00-9:00pm: Teen Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Class, Costin Hall (Lantzville), $55

Kelli and Jennifer from the Stir Cooking School will teach you all about creative vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. Teens and parents welcome!

7:00pm: On the Dock: Cory Frisenhan, Drandon Stone, Chirstina Lemmon, Dinghy Dock Pub, $20 (incl. ferry)

Enjoy an evening in Canada’s only floating pub with some great local music talent in this acoustic concert series.

7:00-10:00pm: One Act Festival, Malaspina Theatre, $5

Get a glimpse at 5 original plays put on by students and enjoy an evening celebrating local theatre.


Photo Credit: Stir Cooking School Website / Etheridge Photography


10-12am and 3-5pm: NS3’s Science Studio (Drop-In), 3004 Departure Bay Road, $4/child (adults free)

7:00-9:00pm: Wine Club: Australia (Part 2), Lucky’s Liquor Store, $35/adult

Looking for a fun and interactive evening? Join wine expert Gord Johnson taste some Australian wines paired with gourmet foods.

7:00-10:00pm: One Act Festival, Malaspina Theatre, $5

This event features 5 original works directed, acted, designed and crewed by students. Enjoy a full evening of great live theatre.

8:00-11:00pm: Big Mess invades the Vault, The Vault Café, $10

The Big Mess is a father and son duo combining, Latin, Pop, Jazz, Swing and Broadway.

8:00pm Live at Longwood, Longwood Brew Pub, FREE

Enjoying a locally brewed craft beer, live music and pair it with the Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake.

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FRIDAY JANUARY 29TH                                                                                          

6:00pm & 8:00pm: VIU Mariners vs Douglas (Volleyball), VIU Gym, $6/adult

Cheer on VIU Volleyball teams as they battle Douglas. Women play at 6pm, the men at 8pm.

7:00-10:00pm: One Act Festival, Malaspina Theatre, $5

This event features 5 original works directed, acted, designed and crewed by students.

7:00-10:00pm: Ken Hamm and Friends (Music and Dance), Cedar Community Hall, $20

The Cedar Farmers Market is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Join them for Great Music and Dancing at the Cedar Community Hall.

7:30pm: Western Edge Theatre: Venus in Fur, Harbour City Theatre, $23/adult

Second in the Western Edge 2015-16 Series is the sensual hit comedy Venus in Fur by David Ives. Enjoy an evening of live stage theatre and lots of laughter.


Photo Credit: http://mariners.viu.ca/ 

SATURDAY JANUARY 30Th                                                                                    

9:00-12:00am: NS3’s Science Studio (Drop-In), 3004 Departure Bay Road, $4/child

1:00-2:00pm: Mimi La Diva Malbouffa, Malaspina Theatre, $10

TheatreOne’s Just Kidding for Kids presents a show about opera and healthy eating, starring Quebec’s favourite soprano Natalie Choquette.

1:00 & 3:00pm: VIU Mariners vs Douglas (Volleyball), VIU Gym, $6/adult

Cheer on the local University Volleyball teams as they battle Douglas. Women’s  game at 1pm, Men’s team plays at 3pm.

4:00-7:00pm: 9th Annual Robbie Burns& Chinese New Year Celebration, Bowen Park. $25/adult (advance only)

Have you ever tried Haggis Wantons? This popular event combines Chinese and Scottish traditions and features live music, dance performances, and a ton of fun.

7:00pm: One World- The Atlas Affair, Gabriola Community Hall, $10, $15/door

More than 59 maps have been turned into art by Gabriola artists and will be auctioned off. Enjoy music, Cash Bar, 50/50 Draw, Raffle and international cuisine.

7:00pm: Morgan Davis at the Queens, The Queens, $15/advance, $18/door

See a Juno Award winner play live. Opening the show will be local talent Mark Chrissinger.

7:30pm: TheatreOne: La Mamma, Malaspina Theatre, $50 (w/$25 tax receipt)

Choquette uses laughter to explore classical music and the power, emotion and brilliance of opera.

8:30-11:00pm: Noah Edwards live at White Sails Brewing, White Sails Brewing, FREE

See Noah Edwards playing a blend of traditional folk and blues with alternative pop and indie rock, while trying some locally brews craft beers in Nanaimo’s newest brewery.

9:00pm: David Gogo Band, Surf Lodge (Gabriola), $20

Award winning, David Gogo plays live on beautiful Gabriola Island. See one of Canada’s most influential blues musicians in an intimate setting.

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SUNDAY JANUARY 31ST                                                                                        

12:00- 1:30pm: Free Skate, Frank Crane Arena, FREE

12:00-3:00pm: Borscht Fest 2016, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Parish Hall, $10

You be the judge, who makes the best Borscht in town? Sample your way through the various recipes. Think of it as a chili cook-off with a Ukrainian twist!

1:00-3:00pm: Family Literacy Day, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, FREE

Come to the library and have fun with great family activities including bookmark making, Yoga Storytelling and a family concert.


Photo Credit: http://www.wisegeek.org/

 MONDAY FEBRUARY 1ST                                                                                                                    

1pm & 7pm: Theater One’s Fringe Flicks: My Internship on Canada, Avalon Cinema, $12

This is a smart comedy that will have Canadians smiling from ear to ear.


For more local events, visit www.tourismnanaimo.com/events


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