The popularity of ‘night markets’ has grown in urban centres over the past few years and now it’s Nanaimo’s turn to join this popular movement. Visit downtown as the heart of the city beats a bit stronger and faster when the Commercial Street Night Market begins an eleven week run starting Thursday, June 21

Commercial Street from Terminal Avenue to Church & Chapel Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic as artisan vendor booths, crafters, food producers, and downtown merchants line the streets selling everything from food to crafts to curios. Be sure to visit the Food Truck Circle on Diana Krall Plaza. Live entertainment will be staged at several points and a variety of family activities like bouncy castles and climbing walls will be offered to visitors. A self-guided Arts & Culture Walk will be promoted as well. Downtown restaurants and cafés are also invited to join in and bring their hospitality out onto the street.  

The Thursday night festivities continue through to August 30. Over 100 vendors are projected to attend weekly. Booths and festivities will run from 5 pm to 9 pm with traffic and parking on Commercial, Skinner, Wharf and Museum Way prohibited from 2 – 10 pm. Free parking will be available and maps to all parking will soon be posted on this site. 


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