Must See Events

Recurring Events in Nanaimo


Live Music: Almost every night of the week! The Nanaimo Bar, 9:30pm, $5 cover. (except Open Mic/Jam's on Monday's start at 9pm and are free! 2-75 Front St. 250.716.0466.
Go-Karts & Monster Truck Rides: July & Aug, Open 7 days a week, 12-4pm. (weather permitting). Saratoga Speedway, 2380 Macaulay Rd. Black Creek. 250.337.5024.
Open Mic/Jam Night: The Nanaimo Bar, 9pm, free! 2-75 Front St. 250.716.0466.
Acoustic Night: Four different acoustic acts each week at the Queens. 7 pm to 11 pm. $5. FMI - 250.754.6751
Metal Mondays at The CambieMetal Monday offers different types of entertainment every week. 9pm-12AM FMI -(250) 754-5323


"On the Dock" An Acoustic Concert Series: Dinghy Dock Pub, Every 2nd Tuesday, 7-9:30pm. 8 Parates Lane, Nanaimo. Only way to the pub is by ferry or boat. 250.753.2373,
Mini Franco Fun: Exposure to the French language in a fun-filled, playful environment. 10 - 11:30 am at Ecole Oceane For Children 0 - 5 years, with parent(s). FMI 250.729.2776
Do you enjoy music? Do you like hanging out with friends? Do you love prizes? (Come on... who doesn't!?!?) You've come to the right place! Dab That Tune is a fun and exciting game show suitable for everyone. We play a tune and if you have that song on your game card, you give it a dab. Fill in your card and you've won! It's that easy... and so much fun. - See more at:
Country Night at the Queens FMI:  250-754-6751
Dab That Tune at the Well!  Music, Friends, Prizes and Fun for all!  Starts at 8PM FMI
Free eBook and Computer Help: Harbourfront Library Drop in between 3:30 - 5 pm.
BYO Ukelele: Harbourfront Library 5:30 - 7:30 pm. FMI 250.753.1154
Preschool Storytime: Wellington Branch Library 1:30 - 2 pm until May 13 Free, register at 250.758.5544
Kids' Drop-In & Play Group: Woodgrove Centre near the food court 10 - 11 am. Free. FMI
CAMBIEOKIE at The CambieIt’s CAMBIEOKIE time! Nanaimo’s best version of karaoke 10PM-1AMFMI - (250) 754-5323


Sailboat Night: Dinghy Dock Pub, 6:30pm. From May 10 - Sept 27. Local sail boaters gather in front of our little pub for some friendly time trails in the Nanaimo Harbour.  Open to all sail boaters (local & visiting) and all spectators. Fun way to enjoy a meal while watching the beauty of wind-filled sails in Nanaimo's Harbour as your backdrop. 8 Parates Lane, Nanaimo. Only way to the pub is by ferry or boat. 250.753.2373,
DJ Melbatoast: The Nanaimo Bar, 9:30pm. $5 cover. 2-75 Front St. 250.716.0466.

Uplands Lunch Brunch Toastmasters: Investors Group Boardroom. Everyone Welcome from 12 noon - 1 pm.
Tango Dance Lessons: Fibber Magees. FMI 250.591.0650
Tiny Tots Playgroup: Country Club Centre. Free weekly drop-in for little ones & their cargivers. Crafts, stories, songs and more.FMI
Babytime: Harbourfront Library 11:15 am, Free, Drop-in FMI 250.753.1154
Toddlertime: Harbourfront Library. 10:30 am, Free, Drop-in. FMI 250.753.1154
Familytime: Story time at Willington Branch Library. 11:15 - 11:45 am until May 14. Drop-in, No registration necessary.
Free eBook and Computer Help: Harbourfront Library. Drop in between 3 - 5 pm. FMI 250.758.5544
Bowen Road Farmers' Market:At Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Road (VIEX grounds) Only until Oct 15 4 - 6:30 pm FMI
Open Jam Night at The CambieWe encourage anyone with an aspiring or accomplished musical talent to come on down and play on our stage. 10PM-1AMFMI - (250) 754-5323


Name that Tune with Larry and Jen: Dinghy Dock Pub, 7:30pm all year long. These guys have been bringing laughs to the Dinghy Dock for years. Fun-filled night of music trivia. Prizes awarded weekly! Only way to the pub is by ferry or boat. 8 Pirates Lane. 250.753.2373,
STARFLEET Alberni Deep Space Port Monthly Meeting: Every 2nd Thursday, 6pm. Star Trek fan association group. SUMMER LOCATION: Harbour Quay, 5440 Argyle St, Port Albernie (in the picnic area). Gillian, 250.724.7293.
Salsa Night: Spice Lounge 8:30 - 11:30 pm Free Salsa lesons start at 8:45 pm. Cover $5.FMI 250.754.6751
VOID at The Cambiein-house 45 vinyl spinning DJ playing the classic songs of every genre you can imagine 10pm-1amFMI - (250) 754-5323
Babytime: Wellington Branch Library 11:15 - 11:45 am until May 15. Free, register at 250.758.5544
Toddlertime: Wellington Branch Library 10:15 - 10:45 am until May 15. Free, register at 250.758.5544
Preschool Storytime: Harbourfront Library 10:30 - 11:15 am. Free, drop-in. FMI 250.753.1154
Spanish Conversation Club: casual and friendly gathering at the Harbourfront Library 6:30 - 7:30 pm.FMI 250.753.1154
Babytime:Harbourfront Library11:30 am. Free, drop-in. FMI 250.753.1154
Open Mic Night: spoken word/music at Serious Coffee on Commercial (downtown) 6:30 - 9 pm. Songwriters draw for studio time. FMI Guy at 250.618.2924
Live Acoustic Music: At the Longwood Brew Pub.  Free concert series featuring local and touring musicians.  Show time 8 pm. FMI 250.729.8225
Nanaimo Scottish County Dancers: Pleasant Valley Hall (Doumont Rd at Metral Dr) 7:30 pm. A fun filled evening of music, dance and making new friends.  FMI Hazel 250.758.6224 or
Activity Night for Kids: Kidz Kompany Childcare Group has a free weekly rec program. 6 - 7:15 pm at Plesant Valley School gym. For kids Grade 2 - 7. FMI 250.729.4142 or


Friday Night Jam: Live music at the Globe Hotel.  Music starts at 8 pm. Electric and acoustic jam hosted by Nanaimo locals Roadhouse.  No Cover.  FMI
Teen Tabletop Gaming: Harbourfront Library 4:30 - 7:30 pm.  Drop-in, free.
Drop-in eBook Help: Wellington Branch Library 10 - 11 am. FMI 250.758.5544
"Daragh Fitzgeralsd" Live Music:at Fibber Magees. FMI 250.591.0650
Live Music: at Harewood Arms Pub. FMI 250.754.2566
Live Music: Local musicians at ACMe Food Co. 7 - 10 pm. No cover. FMI


Open Mic at Sea with Brian Whitty: Dinghy Dock Pub, 4-8pm. 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! On Protection Island, only way here is by ferry or boat. Ferry is $9 round trip, no cover for the open stage! 8 Pirates Lane. 250.753.2373,
Live Music: The Queen's. FMI 250.754.6751
Live Music: a different dance band every week at the Wellington Hotel. Free.  FMI 250.758.5513
Moksha Yoga Karma Class: drop-in to Moksha Yoga - Rutherford Studio and practice for a donation to support local or international charities, 7pm.  Sign up online at  FMI 250.756.4647
Karaoke: Harewood Arms Pub 9 pm - 1 am. FMI 250.754.2566
Gabriola Island Farmers' Market: 10 am - 1 pm until Thanksgiving at the AGI Agricultural Hall.  FMI
Boardgame Afternoon: drop by Harbourfront Branch Library 1 - 4 pm with friends/family and enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble, Monopoly, Quelf, the Settlers of Catan and more.  FMI 250.753.1154 ext. 238


"Darragh Fitzgerald" Live Music: at Fibber Magees.  FMI 250.591.0650
Birding Walk: hosted by The Backyard WildBird and Nature Store. No Charge. 9 am.  FMI 250.390.3669
'Blues Jam' Live Music: at the Queens 4 - 8 pm. Cover $5, jammers free. For weekly listing of host bands call the Queens at 250.754.6751
Lantzville Farmers' Market: opens for season May 11 and continues weekly until the end of October. 1:30 - 4 pm, 7113 Lantzville Rd.  FMI
Cedar Farmers' Market: opens for the season May 11 and runs until the end of October. 10 am - 2 pm, 2313 Yellow Point Rd.  FMI