What’s Up in Nanaimo: Sept. 8-14

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week

September 8, 2016 – September 14, 2016

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


Harvest Festival, Saturday @ 11 AM, Wesley Street in the Old City Quarter, FREE

This annual event launches downtown Nanaimo into the fall season in the best way with entertainment, vendors, kid’s activities and harvest themed competitions!

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Lantzville Minetown Day, Saturday @ 10 AM, Lantzville Huddlestone Park, FREE

Come out and celebrate the 42nd annual Minetown Day Festival! The day will include lots of community fun for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, parade, hay and pony rides, live music games and more!

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Paws for a Cause, Sunday @ 10:30 AM, Maffeo Sutton Park, $20 Adult, $10 Child

Join the walk to fight animal cruelty on September 11 at Maffeo Sutton Park. There will be plenty of activities for everyone, including live music from local bands and a lunch buffet courtesy of Dish in Nanaimo.

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An Acoustic Tribute to Arcade Fire, Fri @ 7:30 PM, Dinghy Dock Pub, $20 + s/c

Acoustic renditions of Arcade Fire songs by Vancouver Island musicians featuring Andrew Halliwell, Tora Leigh, Cory Friesenhan, Monique Hendricks, The Stacks

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Marty Steele, Sat, 6pm-8pm, FREE @ New York Style Pizza & Pasta

Quiet enough to enjoy your dining experience, but with an upbeat energy, his style of playing matches the ambience of the restaurant—a mix of elegance and grit that will satisfy your musical tastes.

Live at Longwood, Thurs @ 8PM-10PM, Longwood Brew Pub, FREE

Live acoustic music…every Thursday night! This week featuring Josh Gellman.

David Gogo, Sat @ 8 PM, Lantzville Pub, $20 + s/c

Join us for an acoustic night of the blues with David Gogo! With a worldwide fanbase and impressive list of accomplishments, David’s new album is sure to perk up everyone’s playlist with its perfect blend of Gogo originals and handpicked working reinvented classics. One of Canada’s hardest working and most prolific guitar virtuosos, David will hit the road with shows across the country, including many festival dates. Sometimes the best art comes out of a journey.

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Out of Sight, Sept 10-Sept 11 @ 10 AM, Nanaimo Art Gallery, FREE

Out of Sight is a touring exhibition from the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring a selection of recently acquired photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and Harold Edgerton (1903-1990), two giants in the history of photography. Both artists are celebrated for their revolutionary works that expand our understanding of time and motion and extend the capacity of human perception by making time stand still. Brought together, these bodies of work explore ideas about perception and representation, challenging viewers to reconsider what we see in our everyday encounters.


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

Historic Walking 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, and an eclectic guide to bring it all to life!


Stories on Friday – What Could Possible Go Wrong? Fri @ 7:30 PM, Unitarian Hall, $5 at the door

The Around Town Tellers invite you to an evening of tradition storytelling. September’s theme is ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” featuring stories from Christine Clarke-Johnsen, Sandy Cole, Deborah Goodman, Laurie Hutchinson, and Barbara Smith with music from Marty Howe and the Atkinson Brothers.

Kayak & Yoga., Thurs @ 5 PM, OmTown Yoga, $45

Join us for the final Kayak & Yoga event of the year! Beginning with a guided paddle to Newcastle Island followed by a chilled out yoga flow as the sun sets, spend the evening connecting with nature, getting your toes salty and meeting new friends! All levels are welcome, no yoga or kayak experience necessary. Snacks provided by Power House Food & Elevate Me.

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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.

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Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market, Fri @10am-2pm, Pioneer Plaza, FREE. Find farmers, bakers, crafters and anything else locally grown, made or baked.

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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.

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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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Gabriola Farmers’ Market, Sat @ 10-2pm, AGI Hall, FREE. Find farm fresh produce, fresh baked and over 30 local artisans and health practitioners.


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