Events

  • The Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Program Info Session

    Feb 21, 2024, 6:30 PM

    The Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Program is looking for new volunteers for their Crime Watch and Speed Watch programs.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Purple and Orange: Human Trafficking Day on February 22

    Feb 22, 2024

    Every year, February 22 is a day to encourage Canadians to “raise awareness of the magnitude of modern day slavery in Canada and abroad and to take steps to combat human trafficking.” One of the biggest misconceptions is that trafficking does not happen in Canada, but unfortunately, it does. You don’t need to cross any border to be trafficked. In fact, 90% of victims in Canada are Canadian citizens. Among these victims, 96% are women and girls, and of the known victims of human trafficking in Canada, 25% are under the age of 18.
  • Lions FREE Skate 2023-2024

    Feb 25, 2024, 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. (On Clipper game days held 11 am-12:30 pm on Dec 3 & Mar 10).
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Blue and Green: Rare Disease Day on February 29

    Feb 29, 2024

    Raising awareness and generating change for the 300 million people worldwide living with a rare disease, their families and carers.
  • Artist Workshop for Youth (free!)

    Mar 2, 2024, 10:00 AM

    "Re-wilders" artist Robert Turriff will guide the creation of a collection of sculptural creatures, and youth are invited to be part of the process! Pre-register today!
  • Lions FREE Skate 2023-2024

    Mar 3, 2024, 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. (On Clipper game days held 11 am-12:30 pm on Dec 3 & Mar 10).
  • Glow in the Dark Skate - Mar 5, 2024

    Mar 5, 2024, 6:30 PM

    Join us for Glow in the Dark Skates this fall and winter!
  • Lions FREE Skate 2023-2024

    Mar 10, 2024, 11:00 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. (On Clipper game days held 11 am-12:30 pm on Dec 3 & Mar 10).
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Green: St. Patrick's Day on March 17

    Mar 17, 2024

    St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.
  • Lions FREE Skate 2023-2024

    Mar 17, 2024, 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. (On Clipper game days held 11 am-12:30 pm on Dec 3 & Mar 10).
  • Starlight Skate - Mar 17, 2024

    Mar 17, 2024, 4:00 PM

    Join us for Starlight Skates this fall and winter!
  • Lions FREE Skate 2023-2024

    Mar 24, 2024, 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. (On Clipper game days held 11 am-12:30 pm on Dec 3 & Mar 10).
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Purple: International PURPLE DAY® for Epilepsy Awareness on March 26

    Mar 26, 2024

    Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Epilepsy is a brain disease where nerve cells don’t signal properly, which causes seizures. Seizures are uncontrolled bursts of electrical activities that change sensations, behaviors, awareness and muscle movements. Although epilepsy can’t be cured, many treatment options are available. Up to 70% of people with epilepsy can manage the disease with medications.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Yellow, Green, Pink, Orange, Blue and Purple: Easter from              March 29 -  31

    Mar 29, 2024

    Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion, which is marked on Good Friday. Canadians commonly refer to Easter as the period from Good Friday through Easter Monday. Traditional events such as Easter egg hunts, parades, festivals and church services, are a various of ways that people mark this holiday around this country.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Red: 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force Centennial on April 1

    Apr 1, 2024

    April 1, 2024 marks 100 years of service for the RCAF as an independent military element. The Centennial is a unique opportunity to celebrate this milestone with all Canadians. The RCAF has a physical presence in Nanaimo through 808 (Thunderbird) Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association, which connects current and former RCAF members who reside in the Nanaimo community. 205 (Collishaw) Air Cadet Squadron also resides in Nanaimo.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Purple: National Dental Hygienists Week from April 4 - 8

    Apr 4, 2024

    The month of April is Oral Health Month and an important part of this celebration is National Dental Hygienists Week™, celebrated annually April 4-10. Focusing on the importance of maintaining good oral health practices and helping Canadians understand the role and importance of the dental hygiene profession, this annual event is organized by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA).
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Green Grey, Blue and Red: Vimy Ridge Day on April 9

    Apr 9, 2024

    Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the ninth day of April is known as “Vimy Ridge Day”. Vimy Ridge Day remembers Canadians who fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge during World War I. The battle of Vimy Ridge, which was part of the larger battle of Arras in northern France, began on Easter Monday, which was April 9, in 1917. About 30,000 Canadians fought at Vimy Ridge and claimed victory. However, this victory came at a high cost. The Canadians suffered about 11,000 casualties. Of these, nearly 3,600 Canadians were killed. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial sits on a hill on land granted to Canada in northern France. This monument is inscribed with the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers who were listed as missing or presumed dead in France. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle and risked or gave their lives in the war.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Blue: World Parkinson's Day on April 11

    Apr 11, 2024

    The first World Parkinson's Day (WPD) was held in April 1997. It was set up by the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (now known as Parkinson’s Europe) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). The date commemorates the birthday of Dr James Parkinson. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by the nerves. Symptoms start slowly. The first symptom may be a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder may also cause stiffness or slowing of movement. There is no cure but medications can and do provide significant improvement to symptoms.
  • Bastion Lighting Colour Red: World Hemophilia Day on April 17

    Apr 17, 2024

    World Hemophilia Day, an annual observance that raises awareness of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders by World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) to honour its founder Frank Schnabel's birthday. The day will also emphasize the importance of proper hemophilia care and treatment.
  • Bastion Lighting Colours Blue, Pink and Yellow: Global Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Awareness Day on April 19

    Apr 19, 2024

    CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form during pregnancy, allowing organs to migrate from the abdominal cavity into the chest cavity and thereby inhibiting lung growth. CDH strikes 1 in every 2500 babies. The overall survival rate is 50% while the cause is unknown.

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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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 parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca 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: February 17, 2023

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