Workshop Launch

We are excited to bring you over 9 different workshops all taught by local business owners.

Over the few days watch out for new and exciting workshops that you can create & take home with you that day. We work with experienced workshop hosts to provide a deeper understanding of their craft.

Why do we host workshop during our events? Have you ever wanted to create something special for a loved one and not know where to start. Us too! We wanted to showcase local businesses that provide workshops to allow our attendees a chance to try something new.

Where are your workshop hosted? All our workshops are hosted at Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Road Nanaimo BC in the old Sears building. 

What does each workshop fee cover? The workshop fees differ from workshop to workshop. The day that you have your workshop you have free entry into the entire market. Come early to experience over 200 vendors, live entertainment, food, pop up store, workshops, wine, craft beer and spirit sales.

Do I have to pre-register? Yes, visit our workshop page for details on all workshops. Register today as seating is limited.

I want to host a workshop! Contact us today! We have three workshop spaces available for all sorts of different uses throughout the Market.

 

A new chapter begins at Vancouver Island Market Ltd.

Vancouver Island Market Ltd. rewarded into Remarkable Experiences Program via Tourism Nanaimo

It is with great pleasure to announce Vancouver Island Market Ltd. will be participating in this year’s Remarkable Experiences Program hosted by Destination BC.

Since we started Vancouver Island Market Ltd. , we’ve been working hard to build a network where we can showcase the creative talent right here on Vancouver Island.    This program will be beneficial to us as we plan our events, collaborate with industry leaders and create a grower, baker and maker platform for our vendors, partners and visitors.  

We are grateful for the support from Tourism Nanaimo and we can’t wait to create remarkable experiences with YOU!

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VIM POP Up Store

It is with great pleasure Vancouver Island Market welcomes Leanne Steel of Raigs as our Pop Up store manager this winter on December 14-16th, 2018.

Leanne brings to our market her extensive experience in retail and owned a café and art store before becoming a home based business owner so she can spend more time with her family. Her entrepreneur spirit about small businesses and supporting their growth will be a huge asset for this year’s Pop Up.

About our Pop Up Shop: The Pop Up Shop will be 1,500 sq/ft of highly selective, handmade products from some of the best small businesses we can find, all together in one central “shop” within the greater Vancouver Island Market. Having your product in our pop-up shop is a terrific option for those who are not able to commit to the full three days of the market, for those who might not have enough product/stock to support their own vendor table within the market, or for those who are already currently vendors in the greater VIM market and are wishing to have further exposure of their products.

Apply to be in the exclusive POP Up Store, click here.

 

Sunfest Country Music Festival 2018

WIN Sunfest Country Music Festival Kick-Off Party Passes

Who:  Presented by Sunfest Country Music Festival (Sponsored by Island Savings)
What: GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS (2 PASSES + 2 FULL CUPBOARD BUTTONS)
When: Thursday Kickoff Party, August 2, 2018
Where: Laketown Ranch Music and Recreation Park (648-8811 YOUBOU RD, LAKE COWICHAN, BC)

Vancouver Island Market in partnership with Island Savings  is proud to present 2 free kick-off party passes and 2 fundraiser buttons (see what these buttons can win you below) on August 2, 2018 at Laketown Ranch Music & Recreational Park.

These passes are to the Kick-off Party taking place Thursday, August 2nd out at Laketown Ranch in Youbou.  Tickets are General Admission and retail for $69 each. The great music  line-up for this night includes:
The Heels               5:20-6:00 pm
Brad Saunders      6:40-7:30 pm
Danielle Ryan        7:30-8:10 pm
Aaron Pritchett    8:10-9:30 pm
Danielle Ryan        9:30-10:10 pm
George Canyon    10:00-11:40 pm

Additional Information:
Additional Costs:  Tickets provide access to the General Admission area for the Thursday, August 2nd  Sunfest Music Festival. Parking on site is extra. There is also a bus shuttle service from Nanaimo, Victoria and Duncan (Details on this service are still to come and will be posted on the official Sunfest website) Additional FAQ’s about the festival can be viewed online at https://sunfestconcerts.com/faq/

Full Cupboard Button Fundraiser:  This year Island Savings is working with Sunfest to raise money for our signature cause The Full Cupboard. Each day of the festival one lucky button wearer will be selected and win a VIP upgrade for two or an exclusive Meet and Greet with one of the performers. There are 2 buttons provided along with the tickets in this giveaway.

To win these passes, you must follow the instructions above on our Facebook or Instagram page. (Do both to double your chances)  

Winner must pick up in the Southend of Nanaimo on Monday, July 30th.  There are no refunds or exchanges.

Sunfest is Canada’s premier country music festival, and we want to make sure you’re there.

Night Market Thursday

Get ready for another Night Market in Nanaimo’s Downtown Core!

Who: Presented by Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
What: Night Market Scene in Downtown Nanaimo
When: Every Thursday from till August 30 (5-9pm)
Where: Commercial Street, Downtown Nanaimo

Bring the family down to this free event at the Nanaimo Night market Thursday, June 28th 5-9pm in downtown Nanaimo. With artisan vendors, crafters, food producers, and downtown merchants line the streets selling everything from food to crafts. Be sure to visit the Food Truck Circle on Diana Krall Plaza. Live entertainment will be staged at several points and a variety of family activities like bouncy castles and climbing walls will be offered to visitors. A self-guided Arts & Culture Walk will be promoted as well. 

Looking for Parking? Free parking at the Bastion Parkade and parking lots and meters on Wallace, Wentworth, Cavan and Selby Streets are also free starting at 5 pm.

Want to be a vendor, apply here on the Nanaimo Night Market website.

Want to know more about the opening night, visit our post.

Nanaimo Night Market in Partnership with Vancouver Island Market

Nanaimo Night Market in Partnership with Vancouver Island Market

Who:  Presented by Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
What: First Night Market Scene in Downtown Nanaimo
When: Every Thursday from June 21 – August 30 (5-9pm)
Where: Commercial Street, Downtown Nanaimo

Over 75 vendors, roving entertainers, food trucks and music took part in downtown’s first night market hosted by Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.  

There were free activities such as bouncy castles and wall climbing as well as live entertainment that delighted people of all ages.

We bumped into friends from Tourism Nanaimo, ate Gelato at Cold Front and shaved ice from Island Kabobs and Shaved Ice and experienced some wall climbing with the Romper Room.

Our VIM Vendors

We spotted a few of our past Spring show market vendors at the show including Long Lake Studios and Simply Straight Forward Clothing Co., as well as a few new vendors: Ease natural remedy and Kid-Os Hats and Accessories!

We had such a great time walking around Commercial Street visiting vendors and saying hello to downtown merchants.

I even got dared by Janice to try some free wall climbing!

Like a Boss!

Want to see some highlights from opening day?  Click here.  

Want to be a Nanaimo Night Market vendor?

There’s 10 more Thursdays until end of August to apply as a vendor.  Please use our partner discount code: VIM to receive a discount off your vendor application.

Click here to go on their website and apply.

Nanaimo Night Market Free Parking

Are you ready for the opening day of the Commercial Street Nanaimo Night Market on Thursday, June 21st 5-9pm.

Bring the family down to this free event at the Nanaimo Night market opening day, June 21st 5-9pm in downtown Nanaimo. With artisan vendors, crafters, food producers, and downtown merchants line the streets selling everything from food to crafts. Be sure to visit the Food Truck Circle on Diana Krall Plaza. Live entertainment will be staged at several points and a variety of family activities like bouncy castles and climbing walls will be offered to visitors. A self-guided Arts & Culture Walk will be promoted as well. 

Looking for Parking? Free parking at the Bastion Parkade and parking lots and meters on Wallace, Wentworth, Cavan and Selby Streets are also free starting at 5 pm.

VIM will be there – Make sure to say hi!

Want to be a vendor, apply here on the Nanaimo Night Market website.

Apply Now for our Winter Market

Our application for our Winter Market is now LIVE!

We have now posted our Winter Market Application on our Events Page. Join us for this three day event with over 200+ vendors, live entertainment, beer garden, workshops and wine, craft beer and liquor sales held December 14 – 16th 2018 at the beautiful Nanaimo North Town Centre.

VENDOR GIVEAWAY: Looking for a chance to win a vendor space for free? Like and Share this post on Social Media and tag us. Winner will win a 6 x 5′ space at our upcoming market, prize worth $260.00!

Need to know more, check out our FAQ’s.