This summer Nanaimo’s heart of the city will beat a bit stronger when the Commercial Street Night Market begins an eleven week run on Thursday, June 21. The popularity of ‘night markets’ has grown throughout urban centres over the past few years and now it’s Nanaimo’s turn to join this popular movement.

“Based on our experience producing the Bathtub Days Street Fair last summer, a group of merchants were discussing the chances of expanding on that event with us. We simply said… let’s just do that over and over again next summer, and the Night Market idea was launched” according to Kim Smythe of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. “It’s one of a number of ideas we’re hoping to present downtown in 2018.”

Commercial Street from Terminal Avenue to Church & Chapel Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic as artisan vendor booths line the streets selling everything from food to crafts to curios. Live entertainment will be staged at several points downtown. Food trucks will be located on Diana Krall Plaza and a variety of family activities like bouncy castles and climbing walls will be offered on each of the market nights.

Downtown merchants are invited to join in and put their wares out on the street for an evening. Restaurants and café’s are also invited to join in. The Thursday night festivities continue through to August 30. Over 100 vendors are projected to attend weekly. Vendor booths will operate from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Click here for more information and to register today.

Entertainers can inquire with the Chamber at 250-756-1191 or by email at