Get ready Nanaimo! The 2nd annual Nanaimo International Jazz Festival is happening in September. For 3 days and nights Nanaimo’s downtown will be hopping with the beats and grooves of live jazz. The Festival will bring live Jazz to the Diana Krall Plaza, as well as the Port Theatre, downtown eateries and public spaces throughout the 3-day event.

Traveling all the way from New York City is the “Charles Mingus Dynasty Quintet” to headline the Festival’s main attraction at the Port Theatre Saturday night. There will be jazz goings-on for all ages, from ticketed events to many FREE live performances occurring all weekend long. Check out and Nanaimo International Jazz Festival on Facebook for a detailed event calendar, information on the musicians and more… Get your Festival Pass Today!

Event Dates: September 21st to 23rd, 2018

Event Dates and Times:
Friday Sept 21st, 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM
Kick Off Concert – Arrowsmith Big Band – With Guest soloists from Mingus Dynasty (Free)
Event Location: Diana Krall Plaza

Friday Sept 21st, 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Jazz & Swing Dance – NMA Big Band
Event Location: Dorchester Hotel

Saturday Sept 22nd, Noon to 1:30 PM
New Orleans Second Line Street Parade – Natasha Hoskins’ Stompers (Free)
Event Location: Parade starts at Bocca and ends at Pioneer Plaza

Saturday Sept 22nd, 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Concert at Pioneer Plaza – Connor Stewart Quintet (Free)

Saturday Sept 22nd, 2:30 to 4:00 PM
Concert at McGregor Park – Astrid Lyre Quartet (Free)

Saturday Sept 22nd, 3:30 to 5:00 PM
Concert at Diana Krall Plaza – Sympatico (Free)

Saturday Sept 22nd, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Headliner Concert at The Port Theatre
The Charles Mingus Dynasty Quintet

Saturday Sept 22nd, 10:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Midnight Jam at the Dorchester Hotel
Marty Steele and guests

Sunday – Sept 23rd, Noon to 1:00 PM
Gospel and Blues at Diana Krall Plaza (Free)
Freedom Gospel Choir featuring Shalema Gantt

Concert at Diana Krall Plaza – David Essig’s Blues Story (Free)
Sunday – Sept 23rd, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Sunday – Sept 23rd, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Closing Gala at the Port Theatre
Victoria Jazz Orchestra with guest soloists from Mingus Dynasty

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Event Location: Various locations in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC