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On Saturday May 21st a section of Commercial Street will be shut down for an exciting day of live music, fun events, and family entertainment to celebrate Nanaimo's heritage. There's been rumours floating around of a kid's bouncy castle, a western train ride, face painting, a children's saloon, local vendors, local bands, and much more! 

The festival has been named REWFest in honour of the title sponsors, Real Estate Webmasters and Rewsters Restaurant. It will take place right at the top of Commercial St. (where it merges with Front St.) in front of Rewsters Restauarant.

We've also planned for a spectacular Fireworks Show at 10 PM on the at Swy-A-Lana lagoon. Newcastle Avenue will be blocked of for spectators to enjoy the show!

VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in helping with either day, please email 

We can't wait to see the community gather together to enjoy the local spirit Nanaimo has to offer. It's going to be an amazing weekend!