Nanaimo Blues Festival

The Nanaimo Blues Festival is held annually in the heart of downtown beautiful Nanaimo. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to casually listen to over 20 acts that take to the open-air stage in Maffeo Sutton Park.

Festival Dates: -
Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Get ready to groove to some great blues in downtown Nanaimo this summer! That old song had it all wrong when it said, "There ain't no cure for the summertime blues." 

All you need to enjoy a fantastic lineup of bands is to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, perhaps a picnic basket of goodies, and kick back and listen to more than 20 acts on the open-air stage in Maffeo Sutton Park. 

Be sure to bring a swimsuit so you can check out the local lakes and rivers. But don’t forget what you came for—some fine musical cures for whatever ails you—mixed in with a sprinkling of ocean-front activities.

Read Megan Kennedy's preview of the Nanaimo Blues Festival here.


Featured Artists 

Thursday, Aug 8
  • David Gogo
  • Brandon Isaak & the Mood Swings
  • Deb Rhymer Band
Friday, Aug 9
  • Cash Box Kings
  • Annika Chambers & Paul Deslauriers
  • Bywater Call
  • Marcus Trummer
  • Foot prints of the Wolf
  • & more (TBA)

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Saturday, Aug 10
  • Colin James
  • Angelique Francis
  • Ariel Posen
  • Eugene Smith
  • Auntie Kate & the Uncles of Funk
  • New blues showcase
  • & more (TBA)
Sunday, Aug 11
  • Jim Byrles
  • Souled Out
  • Nigel Mack & the Blues Attack
  • Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley
  • Soul & Gospel Hour

Stay tune for more additions to the full festival lineup.


Weekend pass  $195 + tax
Single day passes
Thurs  $50
Fri  $85
Sat $85
Sun  $60
Children 12 & under - free

Buy your tickets here

When You Go

Make sure to pack your swimsuit! Did you know Nanaimo is home to some of the world's best snorkeling and incredible kayaking? 

Heading to Nanaimo to catch some soulful blues? Check out these places to stay while visiting.

Make sure to trek along the BC Ale Trail in Nanaimo featuring a wide array of delicious craft breweries.

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