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March is shaping up to be a busy month as Festival Nanaimo gets underway, featuring dozens of events from March 1 to April 2. 

Read Rebecca Bollwitt's preview of the festival here.

For starters, the festival has a lineup of EIGHT Festival Nanaimo "Signature Events" at venues all around the city - from concerts to theatre, food tastings, cycling and walking tours and sporting events. But then there are the not-so-typical but popular events events like the PirateFest and Hops & Hounds. 

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Signature events

March 1, 2017 - KIRAN AHLUWALIA 
JUNO award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia's brings her unique Afro-Indian sound to Nanaimo. You'll be hooked by her hypnotic voice paired with western and African desert blues instrumentations. 

7:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre.
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March 2, 2017 - THE CELTIC TENORS
Get your pre-St. Paddy's Day Irish on. You might even shed a tear or two when the trio of tenors does their moving rendition of Danny Boy. 

7:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre
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March 3, 2017 - WEE TIPPLE PARTY
Lift your spirits at the Nanaimo’s Scotch and Whiskey Festival, featuring labels from around the world.  

7 p.m. at The Grand Hotel
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March 17, 2017 - LUCKY IRISH SPIRIT
You definitely don't have to be Irish to get festive for the St. Paddy's Day Celebration featuring guest artists, Rant Maggie Rant.

7:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre
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March 18, 2017 - DAVID GOGO'S BIRTHDAY 
Blues guitarist David Gogo is having a musical birthday bash with his friends, Shawn Hall, David Vest, Shaun Verreault in a Blues Extravaganza

7:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre
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March 19, 2017 - HOPS & HOUNDS
Bring your pup and your hop-loving palate for a beer tasting of a canine and craft beer kind. 
At Maffeo Sutton Park 

March 23, 2017 - SYMPHONY SOUNDBITES
There's a reason this is called Symphony Soundbites. Listen to Mozart while munching on appetizers and dessert during this one-hour show.

5 or 7:15pm at the Port Theatre
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March 25, 2017 - THE LION THE BEAR THE FOX
If you haven't already heard about this naturally talented rockin' trio, here's your chance. Come  celebrate their release “Battle Of Me” from their new self-titled debut album.

7:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre
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PirateFest

Arrgh mateys. Grab your eye-patch and your sword for five days of bucaneering shenanigans. The Purple Pirate is back. Bring the family for a fun all-ages adventure as award-winning children's performer Dustin Anderson sails back into Nanaimo for a show at the Port Theatre during PirateFest 2017. Country Club Centre is PirateFest Headquarters from March 21-24 with free activities all week. PirateFest Day is officially on March 25, starting at noon with a parade downtown, prizes and activities at the Nanaimo Museum, the Harbourfront Library and The Port Theatre.

If you go

Grab some grub while checking out Festival Nanaimo. You likely know that Nanaimo is home to the Nanaimo Bar Trail, but now's the time to treat yourself to the self-guided tour. Your sweet-tooth will thank you. 

Heading to Nanaimo for some festival fun? Check out these places to stay while visiting

Read Rebecca Bollwitt's preview of the festival here.

For more detailed information about Festival Nanaimo, make sure to check out its official website. 

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