Nanaimo puts on an incredible variety of festivals, many of them unique, tasty or just plain silly and good fun.
These are a great way for visitors to experience some real community spirit or enjoy a great day out with the family. Here is a selection of some of Nanaimo's top festivals and events:
Late February: Maple Sugar Festival (Beban Park). The francophone and Acadian cultures of eastern Canada are celebrated with a schedule packed with 20 musicians and groups playing footstomping Zydeco, Cajun and Acadian styles. Clowns, troubadours and puppeteers entertain the kids.
Early May: Vancouver Island International Children's Festival (Harbourfront Plaza). Free entertainment in the open air plaza and ticketed events at the Port Theatre featuring leading children's musicians, clown companies and mime artists.