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Festivals & Events

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

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.

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