THURSDAY, MAY 16
7 p.m. The fifth annual mariachi festival at the Port Theatre. Featured musicians and folk dancers. For tickets call 250-7548550 or go to www.mariachifestival.ca for more information.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
7 p.m. May Queen Party crowning and pageant for Empire Days, at Seaview School in Lantzville. For a full Empire Days schedule, visit www. nanaimoempiredays.com.
7: 30 - 9 p.m. Radio After Dark presents their live radio play 'The Wizard of Oz' at Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Rd. With live music and Foley sound effects. Tickets $15, at the door or call 250-714-0050.
Various times The British Columbia Choral Federation's annual flagship event, Chorfest, runs from today until May 19 at the Port Theatre and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. For more information go to www.nanaimosings.com.
Various times 'Mayworks 2013: Festival of Labour and the Arts,' at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Commercial St. Free.
Various times 'Art Deco Fashions,' a display of clothing from the 1920s and '30s, is at the Nanaimo Museum downtown until August 6.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nanoose library flea market. 2489 Nanoose Rd. 250-468-5320.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nanaimo Community Gardens Society family garden days with activities for kids, music face-painting and organically grown plants for sale. At 271 Pine St. For more information call 250-618-6323. Also runs on May 19.
2 - 3 p.m. Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook book launch at the library on Gabriola Island, 575 North Road.
7 p.m. Legion Idol , with 16 young contestants vying to win $1000 in cash prizes. At the Legion Branch No 256 at 1630 East Wellington Rd. Mayor John Ruttan is one of the judges. Tickets are $15, available in advance at the door.
7 to 11 p.m. Claytree society poker charity fundraiser in support of people living with development disabilities. At Hare-wood Legion #10, 129 Harewood Rd. For more information call 250-797-6669.
7: 30 to 10 p.m. Raices (or "roots") live Latin American music at the Vault, 499 Wallace St. Part of the Troubadour concert series. Tickets $5 at the door.
Various times Empire Days events, including a May Queen party luncheon and HMCS Nanaimo public open house from 1 - 3 p.m. at the cruise ship terminal. www.nanaimoempiredays.com.
SUNDAY MAY 19
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cedar farmer's market with crafts and local produce. 2313 Yellow Point Road.
1 p.m. Empire Days parade downtown, with kids activities in Diana Krall Plaza from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. At dusk (around 10 p.m.) are fireworks on the waterfront. For a full schedule go to www.nanaimoempiredays.com
1: 30 - 4 p.m. Lantzville farmer's market with music, crafts and produce. At St. Philip's by-the-Sea, 7113 Lantzville Road, Lantzville.
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