What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week!
Featured Event: Nanaimo Pride 2016, Tuesday June 9 –Saturday June 12
The Nanaimo Pride Society is hosting a week-long celebration to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the community, along with the very first Pride Parade in Nanaimo. The full schedule of events includes a flag raising, youth performances, pet parade, a dance and more. For a schedule of the events please visit http://www.nanaimopride.org/events.html
5K Foam Fest, Sat @ 8AM-6PM, Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre, Pre-Registration Required
This Fun Run is at the top of its class, and the smiles won’t stop! The 5K Foam Fest is not a hardcore race it’s a FUNCORE race. The goal is to have FUN!
CONCERTS and LIVE MUSIC
Live at Longwood, Thurs @ 8PM, Longwood Pub. FREE. Live at Longwood features Paul Mitchell and Daniel Girad. Enjoy local music and door prizes.
Nanaimo Fresh Jazz Society, Thurs @ 9PM-11:30PM, The Vault Café, $10. New and exciting original music! The musicians include Lucas Smart – tenor sax, Dean Bolan – trumpet, Jesse Marshall – guitar, Astrid Lyre – bass, Andrew Homzy – piano, James McRae – drums.
Summertime Music Series, Thurs @ 12PM-1PM, Albert Street Plaza, FREE. Bring your lunch and listen to some great local, live music!
R&B Allstars at the Queen’s, Fri @ 7PM, The Queen’s, $27. Back by popular demand, the group features 8 original members and 3 new additions.
Weekends at New York Style Pizza. Fri & Saturday @6pm, New York Style Pizza and Pasta, FREE. Marty Steele, Nanaimo’s most versatile keyboardist, dishes up a wide repertoire of jazz, blues, and rock tunes.
Fiddles in the Park, Sat @ 6:30PM-8PM, Maffeo Sutton Park, FREE. Come check out the 3rd annual Fiddles in the Park concert. The concert will feature three fiddle groups as well as the Nanaimo Youth Orchestra and a group of young Suzuki violinists aged 3 years and up.
Frank J Ney Fun Fair, Fri @ 4:30PM-8PM, Frank J Ney School, $25. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and food for the whole family. Activities include pony rides, bucket rides, bouncy castle, carnival games, cake walk and raffle items. Concession stand and BBQ selling will be available as well. CASH ONLY.
Art Lab Studio, Sat @ 9:30-12:30, Nanaimo Art Gallery, $12/child. Let your kids connect with artists, experiment with materials, learn new techniques, and have fun with art making.
Children’s Father’s Day Workshop,Sat @ 10AM-11:30AM, Baumann Farm, $50. Bring the kids out for this great opportunity to connect with nature while making something special for DAD. Pre-Registration is required.
Drop-in Tabletop Gaming. Sat @1pm, Nanaimo Harbourfront (Downtown) Library, FREE. The Nanaimo Harbourfront Library has a variety of games available for you to play. Bring your friends or family to play with, or play a game with one of the librarians. Games include Chess, Cranium, Monopoly, Risk, Quelf, Settlers of Catan, Game of Thrones, Pathfinders and many more.
Nanaimo NatureKids Explorer Day – Fossil Hunt, Sat @ 3PM-5PM, Stephenson Point Beach, FREE. Come learn about the rocks and rock formations of Nanaimo! This is a ‘can’t miss’ adventure for the budding paleontologist or geologist in the family. All tools will be provided and pre-registration is required.
SHOWCASES and TOURS
Geology Tour, Weds @ 9:30AM-12:30PM, Nanoose Place, $27.75. Dr. Steve Earle guides a interpretive geology tour on the beaches of Nanoose Bay.
Nanaimo Art Gallery presents: Trusses, Thurs – Sun @ 10AM-5PM, by Donation. Trusses is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists and architects that explores how buildings resonate through their uses and their intersections with other forms of culture.
Feel the Vibe: 10th Year Anniversary, Fri @ 7PM, Sat @ 2PM & 7PM, Port Theatre, $20. Expect to be thoroughly entertained at these shows featuring hip hop, locking, break dance, wacking, house, grooving, tutting AND…some fun ballet, jazz and contemporary pieces.
Mount Benson Regional Park Guided Hike, Sat @ 8AM, Mount Benson Regional Park, $35. A guided hike starting at Witchcraft Lake. Transportation provided from Oceanside Place Arena to trail head. Pre-registration is required.
Strategy Board Game Night, Tues @ 5:30PM-8PM, Nanaimo Habourfront (Downtown) Library, FREE. From settlers of Catan to worker placement, a librarian will be on hand to moderate and play. Bring your own games if you like but the library just got in King of New York, Munchking and Machikoro.
Material Magic Quilt Show, Fri & Sat @ 10AM-5PM, Nanaimo Curling Club, $8. Over 300 quilt and fibre art exhibits including demonstrations, member boutique, mall, lunchroom, raffles, entertainment and amazing displays.
Island Roots Bowen Road Market, Weds @ 4-6:30pm and Sat @9-12pm, Beban Park, FREE. Nanaimo’s premier food-oriented market promoting the 100 mile diet.
Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market, Fri @10am-2pm, Pioneer Plaza, FREE. Find farmers, bakers, crafters and anything else locally grown, made or baked.
Nanaimo Flea Market. Fri @12pm, Wellington Hall, FREE. The Nanaimo Flea Market is open to everyone and has a variety of vendors. You can find holiday, everyday retro, jewelry, antiques, household goods, jam, jellies, baked goods, farmer’s eggs and so much more.
Cedar Farmers Market, Sun @10-2pm, Crow and Gate Pub Field, FREE. The market boasts over 70 full time vendors making it one of the region’s largest.
Lantzville Market, Sun @ 1:30-4pm, St. Phillips Church, FREE. This is a great little market featuring local vendors from Nanaimo and Region
For more local events, visit www.tourismnanaimo.com/events