Festival Nanaimo Has Arrived in the Harbour City

Festival Nanaimo is underway! So much packed into March. Nanaimo, you have so many amazing things you get to do for the month. Buckle up!


Hey all, it’s Kimberly again reporting live for all things Festival Nanaimo. For March, I get to do some round-ups of the happenings for you. We will also do some ticket giveaways – how great it that?!

So, kicking things off for Festival Nanaimo (started February 19) is Dine About Mid Island. This is a tasty treat. Twenty-nine restaurants are participating – places like Riso in Lantzville, Mahle House in Cedar, Ricky’s All Day Grill, Firehouse Grill, Simon Holt, Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, Bistro at Westwood lake and so many others.  3-course meals are priced at $25, $35 and $45. So many mouth-watering options.  Check out http://dineaboutmidisland.ca/.



You can have a great dinner – and then head to our own Bailey Theatre to see Nanaimo Theatre Group’s “Office Hours”.  Check out this video – fun for sure:

Live Theatre here in Nanaimo is exceptional. I always enjoy the shows the Nanaimo Theatre Group puts on.

All you Whisk(e)y lovers out there, this event is for you! The 13th Annual Wee Tipple Festival. This is a really fun fundraiser for Crimson Coast Dance Society.  Sipping, sampling and tasting takes place from 7 – 10 pm. Options for a ‘safe ride home’ will be available, and the Grand Hotel is offering a Wee Tipple rate for guests who wish to just ‘take the elevator home’.Tickets for the evening are $95 in advance only at Crimson Coast Dance Society: 250.716.3230 / The Grand Hotel: 250.758.3000.


Nanaimo Blues Society presents HARPDOG BROWN & the Travelin’ Blues Show with special guests ~ Blue Moon Marquee. Tickets in advance or at the door.
$20 And it happens on Friday, March 4 at Queen’s at 7 pm.  Harpdog Brown is amazing on the harmonica… like award winning amazing. Check this out – and then go order your tickets through the Port Theatre – mind blowing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7U8guueegU


Another stellar event on March 4th at 7:30 pm at the Port Theatre – The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s Business Achievement Awards (AKA BAA).  This annual event celebrates the work of outstanding businesses among the 6,000 licensed businesses in Nanaimo. The Awards cover a wide range of industries and sectors from retail to restaurant and professional services to construction and technology.  Check out the nominees – they are all great people and businesses in our community! http://nanaimochamber.bc.ca/nanaimos-business-achievement-award-finalists-announced/. Tickets are $39 each and can be purchased through the Port Theatre.


Festival Nanaimo is also featuring Signature Events throughout the month. On March 7th at the Port Theatre be sure to check out Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. This group is back by popular demand. Tafelmusik will take you on a magical journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music—five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Marais were played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. An extra cool part of this show is that Nanaimo-born violinist Aisslinn Nosky is performing. She trained at our own Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. Check out http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/tafelmusik.html for more information.  Here is a taste of what they will perform.

http://www.tafelmusik.org/watch-and-listen/video/suite-alcyone-marche-en-rondeau-house-dreams VIS_-_Tafelmusik_-_March_7_-_Port_Theatre_Banner.jpg

I also want to let you know that with the Signature Events, Festival Nanaimo has a coupon: Book two shows and save $10. These shows are: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (as written about above), Barrage 8, De Danann, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.


I encourage you all to go see all that is happening at www.festivalnanaimo.com.

Cannot wait to tell you about all the events for next week. Be sure to follow along on the Festival Nanaimo Facebook page too – lots of fun over there! 


-Kim Plumley


Tel. 250-390-9285

Twitter: @kimplumley

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.plumley

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