• Bastion Lighting Colour Red: World Hemophilia Day

    Apr 17, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Every year on April 17 World Hemophilia Day is marked around the world to increase awareness of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Green: National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

    Apr 18, 2021, 5:00 PM

    National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness week raises awareness about the critical need for more donors across the country and encourages Canadians to register. The Bastion will be coloured green April 18 - 24, 2021
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Teal: Food Allergy Awareness Month

    May 2, 2021, 5:00 PM

    To increase awareness and education regarding different food allergies and improve public understanding of what can sometimes be a life-threatening condition.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple:  Pride Month

    Jun 1, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world. Why was June chosen? Because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969. As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. The Bastion will be coloured for the month of June.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Red and White: Canada Day

    Jul 1, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Canada Day, observed on July 1st, is a national holiday marking the anniversary of Confederation in 1867, when the British North America Act came into effect. It was originally known as Dominion Day until it was renamed in 1982.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Teal: International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

    Oct 7, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day is on October 7 and serves as an opportunity for those living with facial pain and their loved ones to come together to raise awareness, educate people about this rare condition, and raise money for support organizations and research. Trigeminal neuralgia is pain associated with your trigeminal nerve, which you may feel in your lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw and/or lower jaw. Everyone’s symptoms are different: you may experience extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like pain in the face that lasts a few seconds or minutes. For some people, the pain is constant aching, throbbing and/or stabbing.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Red, Brown Yellow, Orange: Thanksgiving Day

    Oct 12, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day is an annual Canadian holiday, held on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Purple and Blue: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 21, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Light It Up on October 21 is a campaign in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the many ways people who have a disability contribute to businesses and communities across Canada; and help companies be successful and competitive.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Orange: Halloween

    Oct 31, 2021, 5:00 PM

    Halloween is observed annually on the night of 31 October. It is believed to have originated primarily as a Celtic celebration marking the division of the light and dark halves of the year, when the boundary between the living and the dead was believed to be at its thinnest. Halloween customs, such as wearing disguises to ward off ghosts and offering food to appease malevolent spirits, were brought to Canada in the mid-to-late 1800s by Irish and Scottish immigrants. North America’s first recorded instance of dressing in disguise on Halloween was in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1898, while the first recorded use of the term trick or treat was in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1927.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Red: Remembrance Day

    Nov 11, 2021, 4:00 PM

    Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans. The Bastion will be coloured red November 10 - 12.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Red and Green: Christmas

    Dec 22, 2021, 4:00 PM

    Christmas (which means "The Mass of Christ") is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. The Bastion will be coloured red and green December 22 - January 1

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!

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If you are looking for community events happening in and around Nanaimo, visit 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 to add your non profit group to this list or to update your organization information.

Bastion Lighting Events

Do you have a cause or organization and would like to have a Bastion lighting event? Visit our Bastion Lighting Requests page to get details on how to qualify and request the Bastion be lit for you!

Last updated: April 22, 2020

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