Parks & Recreation Events

  • Starlight Skate

    Dec 15, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Our Starlight Skate is an opportunity to come out and enjoy our soft light "stars" and passive LED glow lights. This is a great night out for couples and families before dinner or before that "night out" with friends. Regular admission rates apply.
  • Lions FREE Skate

    Dec 16, 2018, 12:00 PM

    The City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation, Lions Club of Nanaimo, Save-On-Foods and many other community sponsors are proud to present the Lions Free Skates. Held Sunday's at Frank Crane Arena from 12-1:30 pm. Except Clipper Game Days (Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 18, Jan 6 and Jan 27) Lions Free skate will change to 10:45 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Skate with Santa

    Dec 18, 2018, 6:30 PM

    Three sessions to choose from. Join us for a skate with Santa, prizes, draws and some hot chocolate and treats.
  • Skate with Santa - Free Admission Courtesy of Coast Capital Savings

    Dec 21, 2018, 3:45 PM

    Three sessions to choose from. Join us for a skate with Santa, prizes, draws and some hot chocolate and treats.
  • Aquatic Special Event "Dunk with Santa"

    Dec 22, 2018, 3:00 PM

    Be on your best behavior with Santa in the pool...or show him how naughty you can be by trying to dunk him in the dunk tank.
  • Lions FREE Skate

    Dec 23, 2018, 12:00 PM

    The City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation, Lions Club of Nanaimo, Save-On-Foods and many other community sponsors are proud to present the Lions Free Skates. Held Sunday's at Frank Crane Arena from 12-1:30 pm. Except Clipper Game Days (Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 18, Jan 6 and Jan 27) Lions Free skate will change to 10:45 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Winter Wonderland - Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018

    Dec 26, 2018, 11:45 AM

    Join us from December 26-30 for Winter Wonderland 2018 where the Frank Crane Arena is transformed into a Candyland setting and when skating sessions are only $1 or FREE! This is great for the whole family! See our online schedule for specific session times.
  • Winter Wonderland - Thursday, Dec 27, 2018

    Dec 26, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Join us from December 26-30 for Winter Wonderland 2018 where the Frank Crane Arena is transformed into a Candyland setting and when skating sessions are only $1 or FREE! This is great for the whole family! See our online schedule for specific session times.
  • Winter Wonderland - Friday, Dec 28, 2018

    Dec 27, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Join us from December 26-30 for Winter Wonderland 2018 where the Frank Crane Arena is transformed into a Candyland setting and when skating sessions are only $1 or FREE! This is great for the whole family! See our online schedule for specific session times.
  • Christmas Bird Count 2018

    Dec 28, 2018, 10:00 AM

    Join us for this family-friendly Christmas bird count event for kids 5 to 12 years (parent participation required). Young birders will learn a variety of skills, including how to identify birds that are most common in the Nanaimo area. Participants will also make their own pinecone feeder to attract birds to their own backyard. Please pre-register for this FREE event.
  • Winter Wonderland - Saturday, Dec 29, 2018

    Dec 28, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Join us from December 26-30 for Winter Wonderland 2018 where the Frank Crane Arena is transformed into a Candyland setting and when skating sessions are only $1 or FREE! This is great for the whole family! See our online schedule for specific session times.
  • Winter Wonderland - Sunday, Dec 30, 2018

    Dec 29, 2018, 4:00 PM

    Join us from December 26-30 for Winter Wonderland 2018 where the Frank Crane Arena is transformed into a Candyland setting and when skating sessions are only $1 or FREE! This is great for the whole family! See our online schedule for specific session times.
  • Finale - Family New Year's Eve Party

    Dec 31, 2018, 5:00 PM

    Join us for the biggest and best family New Year's Eve party in Nanaimo! This year's theme is "80's Dance Party" so come dressed in your best 80's dance gear and be ready to boogie!
  • Lions FREE Skate

    Jan 6, 2019, 10:45 AM

    The City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation, Lions Club of Nanaimo, Save-On-Foods and many other community sponsors are proud to present the Lions Free Skates. Held Sunday's at Frank Crane Arena from 12-1:30 pm. Except Clipper Game Days (Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 18, Jan 6 and Jan 27) Lions Free skate will change to 10:45 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Glow in the Dark Skates

    Jan 8, 2019, 6:30 PM

    Skate in our atmosphere of dimmed lighting and special effects! Held once a month on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 pm, at Frank Crane Arena.
  • Thursday Musical Entertainment

    Jan 10, 2019, 1:30 PM

    The City of Nanaimo & Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors Present Thursday Musical Entertainment January - March. Non Members are always welcome, no need to reserve in advance, please pay at the door
  • Walk with the Doc

    Jan 12, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Dr. Poteryko, Dr. Houghton and other healthcare professionals will help lead this FREE monthly health walk - rain or shine! Held the second Saturday of each month at 10 am.
  • Lions FREE Skate

    Jan 13, 2019, 12:00 PM

    The City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation, Lions Club of Nanaimo, Save-On-Foods and many other community sponsors are proud to present the Lions Free Skates. Held Sunday's at Frank Crane Arena from 12-1:30 pm. Except Clipper Game Days (Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 18, Jan 6 and Jan 27) Lions Free skate will change to 10:45 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Thursday Musical Entertainment

    Jan 17, 2019, 1:30 PM

    The City of Nanaimo & Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors Present Thursday Musical Entertainment January - March. Non Members are always welcome, no need to reserve in advance, please pay at the door
  • Coast Capital Savings Everyone Welcome FREE SKATE

    Jan 18, 2019, 3:45 PM

    Coastal Capital Savings is generously sponsoring various swim and skates throughout the year. Thank you, Coast Capital Savings!

Special Events

The City of Nanaimo hosts special events year round, so check back here often or join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter as we are always adding more!

Hosting a Special Event in a City of Nanaimo Park?

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If you are looking for community events happening in and around Nanaimo, visit www.tourismnanaimo.com and view the events page.

Clubs and Organizations in Nanaimo

The City of Nanaimo is home to several clubs and organizations. From arts, social, sports or community, check out this Clubs and Organization Listing and see how you can get involved! Email askpre@nanaimo.ca to add your non profit group to this list or to update your organization information.

Last updated: August 23, 2018

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