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. 

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

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 August 10 - 20, 2023.

Nanaimo Fringe festival
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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 over 40 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.

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

Nanaimo Fringe

If you go:

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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