The DNBIA organizes six signature events in downtown Nanaimo a year to promote a vibrant, exciting downtown and to invite residents to discover and explore the variety of businesses and services downtown. The events involve merchants and vendors from our BIA membership, as well as others to create a festive, entertaining atmosphere for all cultures and age groups.
Easter Spring Fling
The Easter Spring Fling is held every year on Diana Krall Plaza for everyone to come and enjoy the festivities, entertainment, treats, kids crafts and a special visit with the Easter Bunny.
Multicultural Festival, in the Old City Quarter, is a one day street party celebrating the diversity of cultures that make up our community. The DNBIA invites people of all ages to join us in enjoying this diverse festival, featuring interactive information booths, folk performances, song and dance, street vendors and an International food fair.
Bathtub Days Street Fair
This two-day popular street festival on Commercial Street is a hit amongst Nanaimoites young & old. Corresponding with the Marine Festival and the famous Bathtub Races, Bathtub Days Street Fair in July draws huge crowds to downtown Nanaimo. Merchants and the closed street, while entertainment is abundant, featuring live music, dance, magic shows, street parade and much more!
Nanaimo’s annual Harvest Festival in the Old City Quarter is a celebration of all things culinary! The heart of the festival is a street full of educational displays and interactive presentations around local food issues such as sustainability, food security, urban agriculture, natural and organic local food sources, edible wild foods and the culinary arts.
Downtown Halloween Howl
Get into the spirit of Halloween, downtown style! Each Halloween, downtown Nanaimo businesses participate in “Downtown Trick or Treat”, an afternoon event where kids are invited to trick or treat along Commercial St., Victoria Crescent, Old City Quarter & the Waterfront.
Santa Fly-In & Santa’s Workshop
Head downtown for the holidays! Watch as Santa flies into downtown Nanaimo via floatplane to usher in the Holiday season. Join us at Santa’s workshop, for photos with Santa, Christmas treats, kids crafts and gift wrapping.