The Commercial Street Night Market Returns!

The Commercial Street Night Market brings life, colour and the sounds of summer to downtown Nanaimo. Over 11 weeks, the Market will host nearly 200 artisan vendors, more than a dozen food trucks, 50-60 musical entertainers, and a kids’ zone creating a festive family vibe. Weekly entertainment features include Romper Room Climbing Wall, Face Painting, Craig the Magician, Akron the Barbarian, Playbriola, CHLY DJ Booth, Funkanometry, Ice Carving, and more exciting surprises.

The Night Market was created to bring locals and tourists into the heart of our city to showcase our local restaurants and businesses. The artisan vendors help demonstrate the creative community you’ll find in the mid-Island.

This year, we offer complimentary Park N’ Ride bus service in partnership with BC Transit and North Town Centre. Buses leave North Town’s parking lot (by Montana’s) every hour starting at 4:30 and return on the hour.

We’ve also introduced a free and secure Bike Valet Service in collaboration with Hub City Cycles Community Co-op. The compound is on Wharf Street just below Commercial Street.

The Commercial Street Night Market is located on the traditional, unceded territory of Snuneymuxw First Nation and we pay respect for the opportunity to live, work, and host this event on their land.


Can I bring my dog? Yes! As long as they are on leash.

Where do I park? Paid parking is available at underground parkades at Port Theatre and the Conference Centre. Free parking is available at the Bastion Street Parkade and on street level at locations surrounding the Market. Try our Park N Ride Service from North Town Centre, or park your bike for free in our secure Bike Valet Compound. 

Will there be toilets? Yes, we have portables onsite.

Will stores be open as well? Many merchants stay open for the entire market.

How do I find out the entertainment schedule for this week?  Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages

Is there a list of vendors? We have many vendors in for the season, but some that change weekly. Drop by and check out the variety.

I’m interested in performing. Who do I contact? Please fill out our entertainment application first. Then reach out to the Night Market Producer

What happens if it rains? The Market runs rain or shine.


June 23, 30

July 07, 14, 21, 28

August 04, 11, 18, 25

September 01

From 5-9 PM each night


Commercial Street, Downtown Nanaimo

© Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce | Photography by Dirk Heydemann HA Photography | Video by Tannar Pictures