Free Events

Saturday, December 9th

Cookbook Club: Christmas Cookie Edition

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:00am | Community, Education, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Seniors

The Cookbook Club will meet on a monthly basis to choose from a selection of cookbooks on a certain theme, try out some recipes, and share their cooking experience (and some goodies). At the end of several sessions, members will leave with a book of tried and tested recipes favoured by the group!...

Gingerbread Village

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 12:00pm | Charity Fundraiser, Children, Community, Entertainment, Family Friendly, Free, Major Events

B. Gingerbread Homes is back again with holiday magic, festive cheer and fun family activities! Join us at Gingerbread Village, located in the Vancouver Island Conference Center, to vote on your favorite gingerbread house, decorate cookies, and visit with Santa and other holiday characters. B....

Open Mic at Sea with Brian Whitty

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 4:00pm | Community, Entertainment, Free, Music

'Open Mic at Sea with Brian Whitty': Dinghy Dock Pub, 4-8pm on Protection Island, only way here is by ferry or boat. Show off your chops at this fun and casual open stage. Talented host Brian Whitty starts the evening off with a set, then its up to you! Ferry is $9 round trip, no cover for the open...

Monday, December 11th

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:30am | Charity Fundraiser, Community, Family Friendly, Free, Seniors

From now until Dec. 23 you will see different volunteers set up at 26 different locations throughout Nanaimo. They are busy spreading Christmas cheer while taking in donations for those who are in need during this holiday season. We will wrap up on Dec 24th where everyone will be at Costco. From 9:...

Nanaimo Family History Society

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 2:00pm | Free

Nanaimo Family History Society -Xmas party starts at 2 p.m - Hope all of our members can make it.

Open Mic/Jam

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:00pm | Community, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Music

Monday Nights at the Nanaimo Bar are Open Mic/Jam Nights. Starting at 9pm, no cover charge, each night is hosted by someone different. Nov. 13 - Hosted by Brandon Mason Nov. 20 - Hosted by Joanne Dec. 4 - Hosted by Brandon Mason Dec. 11 - Hosted by Brennan Dec. 18 - Hosted by Joanne

Tuesday, December 12th

Nanaimo Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:00pm | Community, Free, Health & Fitness, Seniors, Talks & Workshops

Our Nanaimo Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meetings are informal and provide a forum for personal discussion with men who currently have or have already recovered from prostate cancer. We invite specialists whose fields relate to prostate...

Nanaimo Newcomers Club

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:00pm | Community, Free

This is a free social and educational gathering for women new to Nanaimo! Learn about local resources and make new friends. Group meets the second Tue of each month at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 7 pm. See website for details

Wednesday, December 13th

Winter Farmers Market

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:00pm | Community, Family Friendly, Food & Drink, Free, Health & Fitness, Markets

Local, fresh produce, meat, baking, preserves, spices, eggs, prepared meals, coffee, natural remedies, soap, lotions, and much more!! Nanaimo's only winter farmers market. Leading up to Christmas, we will also have artisans join us so you can buy everything including gifts in one place!...

Thursday, December 14th

"Live At Longwood" a Free Concert Series

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:00pm | Community, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Music

Every Thursday night a free live concert series featuring great local and touring musicians. Showtime at 8pm. Nov. 23- Tora Leigh, Lauren Eliza Nov. 30 - Paul Mitchell and Myc Sharratt Dec. 7 - Brandon Stone and Julian Bakker Dec. 14 - Cara McCandless, Marty Douglas No shows Dec. 21 or 28, will...