Nanaimo Heritage Festival
  Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Nanaimo Heritage Festival 2018 – Update Coming Soon!

We’ll be updating the entire site to reflect this year’s festival very soon – the information currently on the site is from last year, so please be patient! We have a lot of things planned for this year’s festival and can’t wait to tell you all about it.

In the meantime, mark the day on your calendar – Sunday May 20th, 2018 – Nanaimo Heritage Festival is on its way!

May 21st, 2017 – Family activities (10AM-5PM) including Arts and Crafts, Kids Rides and Entertainment, Performances, Food Vendors, and much more downtown at Diana Krall Plaza, Maffeo Sutton Park, and Swy-A-Lana Lagoon Park. Check out the event schedule here!

Annual Nanaimo Heritage Days Parade on Commercial Street starts at 1PM sharp.

All city controlled parking is free with the exception of the Harbourfront Parkade and Vancouver Island Conference Centre Parkade.

Nanaimo Heritage Days News

Nanaimo Heritage Days Parade Retro Vintage

Press Release - New Contests for Nanaimo Heritage Days

Nanaimo Heritage Days is looking for an exceptional community member to lead its annual parade through downtown Nanaimo on May 21. The title of “Honorary Parade Marshall” is a brand new addition to the festivities for 2017...
Nanaimo Heritage Days Parade

Press Release - Nanaimo Heritage Days Parade

Nanaimo Heritage Days invites Nanaimoites to bring old family photos to life! Nanaimoites are encouraged to bring an extra-personal, nostalgic flair to this year’s Heritage Days parade by taking fashion cues from old family photo albums...

About Nanaimo Heritage Days

Nanaimo Heritage Days is a 100% community organized and volunteer based non-profit event. 2017 marks a year of community support that has reached a whole new level. In recognition and appreciation for all that local business and volunteers achieved in ensuring the event would continue, volunteers in the community have joined together this year to step up and make Nanaimo Heritage Days happen so that this cherished community event will continue forward this year and for many years to come.

We look forward to seeing you downtown on Sunday May 21st, 2017 – come take part in all the fun that’s planned and celebrate our heritage in this amazingly beautiful place called Nanaimo.

See you there!

Nanaimo Heritage Days History

The earliest known record of the Nanaimo May long weekend celebrations (previously named “Empire Days”) can be found in the British Colonist paper of May 30th, 1863. Nanaimo boasts the oldest annual continuous community celebrations of the May long weekend without a break in Commonwealth, which unless proven otherwise, remains undisputed to this day!

In 2015, the name changed from “Empire Days” to “Nanaimo Heritage Days” in recognition and respect of the strong desire for our community to be truly inclusive and honor the roots of its diversity.

The event was reinvented as a celebration of Nanaimo and all the cultures, heritages, and histories that come together within the city. To strengthen this new direction, local business and volunteers stepped up and committed to ensuring its success during the years of 2015 and 2016.

Today in 2017, Nanaimo Heritage Days proceeds forth as a 100% community organized and volunteer based non-profit event.