Summer is a busy time anywhere, but especially in our own harbour city. Kids are out of school, the sun is shining (most of the time) and everyone is ready to have some fun. Listed below are some fun, upcoming summer events in Nanaimo for the whole family to enjoy.
Summer events in Nanaimo
- Multicultural Festival
Hosted by the Downtown Business Improvement Association, this festival happens on Wesley Street in the Old City Quarter in June. A one-day street party complete with food, dance and music, this festival celebrates the diversity of our community. Check here for more information on the Downtown Business Association (DNBIA).
- Bathtub Days Street Fair
The Bathtub Races are a main event in Nanaimo, with large historical importance for the city. The Marine Festival and Bathtub Races occur in July, and are a local spectacle to behold. The street fair occurs at the same time, closing the traffic on Commercial Street for a parade, music and more fun activities.
- Nanaimo Dog Show
The Nanaimo Kennel Club hosts its annual dog show at Beban Park on June 18-19. Drop in to watch the various contests and preparation, including grooming and agility courses. For more information about the Nanaimo Kennel Club check here.
- Canada Day Celebrations
July 1st is Canada Day, and everyone will be out celebrating. On July 1st at Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo will be celebrating with music, food, entertainment and other family events.
- Silly Boat Regatta
The 2016 Silly Boat Regatta will be held on July 17th at Maffeo Sutton Park. This event is a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre. Starting at 8 a.m. participants have four hours to assemble a floating device of extreme silliness. For more information about the importance of the Child Development Centre in Nanaimo click here.
- Dragon Boat Festival
The 2016 Nanaimo DragonBoat Festival will be held from July 8-10. This major event includes more than 80 teams and attracts around 30,000 people. Go out to cheer on the teams and also help support the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.
- Vancouver Island Exhibition
Starting in the late summer on August 19th at Beban Park fairgrounds, this exhibition draws crowds of people from all over Vancouver Island to celebrate Nanaimo’s annual agricultural fair with carnival rides, games, music and the anticipated livestock exhibition.
- Blues Festival
This music festival happens in August in Maffeo Sutton Park, and highlights musical talent from across Canada and the U.S.
- Farmers’ Market
There are many farmers’ markets across Vancouver Island, but the one closest to Nanaimo is the Bastion Waterfront Market, open May to October on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. Take off an afternoon to browse for fresh local produce, food and artistic crafts.
If you live in Nanaimo, choose some events to attend with your community. If you don’t live in Nanaimo come and see what it’s like to live here and get to know our community.
For more information on Nanaimo events, check out http://www.tourismnanaimo.com/event-listing
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