Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Nanaimo Fringe Festival

There is nothing like a hearty laugh and the folks at the Nanaimo Fringe will provide a constant supply, along with a good dose of tears, moans, chuckles and cheers. 

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Festival Type: Arts & Culture
Community: Nanaimo
Province: British Columbia

Nanaimo Fringe festival
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There's nothing like a laugh-out-loud good time.The folks at the Nanaimo Fringe Festival will provide a constant supply, along with plenty of moans, chuckles and cheers at the event, which takes place from Aug. 10-20, 2017Share this page on Twitter.

Like most fringe festivals, the Nanamo Fringe brings acts on stage to showcase new scripts, obscure and edgy material you won't see or hear in many other venues. Unlike most fringe festival’s this one takes place on an island, in a harbour city, jammed packed with other adventures to get into by day, the hitting the assortment of plays by night (or vice versa). International and local theatre companies enter the selection lottery each year hoping to get a call to the stage.

There will be 56 shows split between the Port Theatre (125 Front St.), Harbour City Theatre (25 Victoria Rd.) and Vancouver Island Conference Centre (80 Commercial St), all in downtown Nanaimo.

This year features three American groups: Terror on the High Seas, Tween Earth and Sky and My Stroke of Luck. There are also 3 touring Canadian productions: Mr. Flubbers' Undead Legions, Berlin Waltz, and Beaver Dreams.

Nanaimo Fringe


Free Preview Night at the Port Theatre Thurs. Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.

Performances at Harbour City Theatre Fri, Aug. 11 – Sun., Aug. 13 and Tues, Aug. 15 - Sat., Aug.19  

Performances at Vancouver Island Conference Centre Fri., Aug. 11 – Sun., Aug. 13 and Tues., Aug. 15 - Sat., Aug. 19  

Performances at The Port Theatre Fri., Aug.11 – Sun., Aug. 13 and Wed., Aug. 16 - Sat., Aug. 19 

Free Awards Party at The Port Theatre Saturday, Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. 

If you go:

You need to be a member of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival to attend. Get your $5 fringe button at the door and wear it throughout the festival.

Buy single performance tickets or save by purchasing a festival pass. Learn about it all on the Nanaimo Fringe site.

Nanaimo is the perfect summer getaway. Spend time at the Nanaimo Fringe but don’t forget to stroll along the Nanaimo Bar Trail to sample the best of the no-bake delight. When you’re ready for some fresh air, set sail in a boat, kayak or canoe and explore the harbour.


Make it an overnight trip: check out these places to stay while visiting. 

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