What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week: Aug. 18-24

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week

August 18th, 2016 – August 24th, 2016

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

Featured Events:


The VIEx is in town!

 Gabriola Theatre Festival, August 18th– 21st, Gabriola Island, $20 a show

The Eighth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival will have it all this August on beautiful Gabriola Island! There will be eight exciting main stage productions with a FREE Outdoor Performance Stage, a lively Artisans Avenue, a Human Library, Pancake Breakfasts, Fashion Show, Creative Kids Corner and a Creativity Workshop. And to kick off the whole shebang—a Toga Party!

VIEX: The Vancouver Island Exhibition, August 19th -21st, Beban Fairgrounds, Adults $11 a day or $22 for 3 days.

Summer Days and Country Ways is the theme for this year’s exhibition, featuring displays, demo’s competitions, great music…and lots of family fun. The Fair originally started over 100 years ago and continues now as an annual event to advance the education of agriculture and showcase local farmers and 4-H clubs, bringing agricultural awareness to our community.

Nanaimo Fringe Festival, August 11th– 21st, Harbour City Theatre or Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Show Times vary. $12 a show, festival passes are also available, 5 shows for $40.

The 6th annual Nanaimo Fringe runs August 11-21, 2016. Enjoy 48 live theatre show times. 8 companies will be performing in front of a live audience who may love, hate, become transfixed or even startled. This festival is perfect for developing, emerging and experimenting artists. 100% of ticket proceeds go directly to the artists. You need to be a member to attend. Get your $5 fringe button at the door and wear it throughout the festival.


Summertime Music Series 2016. Thurs @ 12 PM. Diana Krall Plaza. FREE EVENT

This week will be featuring Scott McGill and Hope King. Bring your lunch and listen to some great local music!

Live at Longwood. Thurs @ 8 PM. Longwood Brew Pub.

Live music every Thursday night, this week featuring David Bitonti & Clear The Coast

Friday Fun at Minnoz, Fri @ 7 PM, Minnoz Restaurant, FREE

A ‘must be at’ for this exciting downtown night spot! Elegant & classy! Prime rib featured plus Wine, spirits or craft beer tastings courtesy various Vancouver Island vendors. No cover, reservations recommended! Mention promo code: @DaveHartMusic

Connor Stewart & The Rhythm Thieves, Thurs @ 9PM, The Vault, $10. Back at the Vault once more after receiving 2 standing ovations there in July these Vancouver Island musicians are guaranteed to put on a good show.

Sophia Danai, Fri @ The Vault. Mysterious and sensuous; a voice coated in vulnerability with melodies as dynamic as the inspiration it came from, Sophia Danai is a singer, a storyteller, a producer and an artist.

Saturdays & Wednesdays at New York Pizza. 6PM – 8PM. Quiet enough to enjoy your dining experience, but with an upbeat energy, Marty’s style of playing matches the ambience of the restaurant – a mix of elegance and grit that will satisfy your musical tastes.

BoodAbooM, Fri @ 9PM, Corner Lounge, $5. Expect to hear a blend of songs from lead singer Theo Massop’s current, previous and upcoming album releases alongside current and classic favourite dance hits.

1950’s Rock n Roll Dance with The Doctors of Rock n Roll, Sat @ 8PM, MGM  Restaurant, $5. Dance to the music of the Golden Era of Rock n Roll with the Doctors of Rock n Roll at the world famous MGM Restaurant.

Blue dirt girl Crazy Beautiful Tour, Sun @ 7PM, $20. Blue dirt girl is gypsy soul moving from jazzy to swing and back again. blue dirt girl is releasing our first album, Crazy Beautiful, and heading out on a Vancouver Island tour August 21-28th.


Concerts in the Park, Mon @ 12:30PM & Wed @ 6PM, Maffeo Sutton Park. Free This summer, bring a lawn chair and a picnic while enjoying some great musical entertainment in two of Nanaimo’s most beautiful parks.  This Monday enjoy guitar and vocals by Karen Kelm and on Wednesday enjoy some classic rock by Doctors of Rock n’ Roll

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.

Morrell Nature Sanctuary Summer Day Camp. Mon – Fri @ 9:30 AM – 3PM. Morrell Nature Sanctuary. $25/day. Learn about fast flyers and mighty mammals, ICKY insects, slime time or become a Forest Detective or Mad Scientist.

Summer Activities at the Museum. Wed & Fri @ 1:30 PM. Nanaimo Museum. Incl. in admission. This drop-in, hands-on programs are ideal for children ages 5-12. It’s a great opportunity to keep your kids engaged and explore the museum!

Summer Playground Program. Mon – Fri @ 10 M. Various Locations. FREE. Hey, kids 5-12! Drop into one of our neighbourhood playgrounds this summer for FREE family fun! Activities could include crafts, games, sports & arts.

Drop-in Tabletop Gaming. Sat @ 1 PM. Nanaimo Harbourfront (Downtown) Library. FREE. Bored? Like games? The come check out our Board Game Afternoon!

Strategy Board Game Night. Tues @5 PM. Nanaimo Harbourfront (Downtown) Library. FREE. Love to play board games? From Settlers of Catan to worker placement, a librarian will be on hand to moderate and play. Bring your games, bring your opponents or come alone and meet others who share your hobby.

Sunset & Stars Storytime, Tues @ 7PM, Maffeo Sutton Park. Free. Join us at Maffeo Sutton park for a special evening storytime outside to say goodbye to summer. We’ll share stories, sing songs and do other fun activities on blankets beneath the setting sun. For ages 2 – 6 and their entourages.

Wacky Wednesdays at Aquatic Centre             

Come and enjoy some weird and wacky fun each Wednesday in July and August!
Regular admission rates apply.

KinPark Kids Camp

KinPark Kid’s Camp is preparing for another awesome summer of gardening, growing and cooking fun! We are now accepting registration for the summer.


Historic Pub Tour, meet at the Bastion, Thur @6:45pm, $25

You get two funky old pubs, loads of historic and quirky facts about our ever-evolving liquor laws in BC, beer, a slice of Mambo’s pizza and an eclectic guide to bring it all to life!

Newcastle Island Walking Tour. Sun @ 10 AM. Newcastle Island. Ferry: Adult $9, Child $6. Begins at the Totem Pole where you will enjoy the regular tour of storytelling and a nature walk. Tours are approximately 2.5 hours, pre-booking required.

Nanaimo Art Gallery presents: Trusses. Thurs – Sun @ 10 Am. Nanaimo Art Gallery. By Donation. Trusses is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists and architects that explore how buildings resonate through their uses and their interactions with other forms of culture.

Nanaimo Bar Trail Run. Tues @ 9:30 AM. Diana Krall Plaza. $15. Bring your running shoes and get ready for an approx. 6-8km run (nobody left behind). At the finish line indulge in a coffee and a world famous Nanaimo Bar

The Story Behind the Artifact. Daily @ 10AM. Nanaimo Museum. $0.75 – $2. The artifacts on exhibit range from ordinary household objects to those that have survived fatal accidents. They cover hundreds of years of Nanaimo’s history, from First Nations stone tools to surveying instruments used up to the 1990’s.

Art Festival, Sat @ 12PM, Gallery Row, Free. We will have live music from Boomshack and Shed, hot food, silent auction for charity (ART LAB), face painting and goodie bags for the kids, chair massages, as well as your opportunity to participate in creating Nanaimo Art’s Council’s next tile mosaic!


Cannon Firing, Daily @ 11:45 AM, in the Square next to the Bastion, FREE.

Join the ceremonial cannon firing which is accompanied by Bill Poppy, the Nanaimo bagpipe icon.

Highland Dancers, Thurs & Sat @ 11:30 AM, net to the Bastion, FREE

Twice a week the cannon firing is accompanied by several local highland dance students. Be sure to be there early as they start at 11:30 a.m. before the actual cannon firing ceremony.

Clay Tree Society 3rd Annual Flea Market, Sat @ 8:30AM, 838 Old Victoria Rd, Free. Clay Tree is a non-profit, registered society that was incorporated in 1957 under the Societies Act of British Columbia.

GeekCon, Sat @ 10AM, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library. Free. Join us at the Harbourfront Library for a celebration of Geek Culture with all day entertainment, board games and PokemonGo including a cosplay competition, video games, Magic the Gathering and panel discussions. Fun for the whole family.

Yoga on Tap, Sun @ 11AM, White Sails Brewing, $20 Bring your mat and join us for a yoga class with live music, followed by a brewery tour and craft beer tasting.

Must be 19+ to bend at the brewery. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Hike & Yoga, Thurs @ 6PM. OmTown Yoga. $25

This month’s Hike & Yoga adventure leads us to Heart Lake, a scenic hike along Holland Creek behind Ladysmith and then up a steep but relatively short section to Heart Lake. It’s about 4k to the lake one way. Moderate fitness level recommended.


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


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