THURSDAY, AUG. 15
11:30 a.m. -2 p.m. Downtown Summertime Musical Series, weekly at the China Steps with a variety of local musicians during the month. Bring your lunch or do take-out.
10 a.m. -5 p.m. Nanaimo Museum downtown presents Expedition: Arctic reliving the triumphs and tragedies of 100-year-old expedition to Canada's frozen north.
1 -3 p.m. Be a junior archaeologist at the Nanaimo Museum. Hands-on activities for children aged 5 -12 years.
FRIDAY, AUG. 16
10 a.m. -4 p.m. Free summer playground programs all week at Fairview Community School, Deverill Park, Mansfield Park, and Harewood Playing Field.
Various times. Fringetastic!, Nanaimo Fringe Theatre Festival runs every day until Monday at the Nanaimo Museum, V.I. Conference Centre and The Vault Cafe. Festival pass available, go to www.fringetastic.com.
3:30 -4:30 p.m. 4Cats Arts Studio in Lantzville's FUNdraiser in honour of Baby Jesse. Funds will donate a central monitor to NRGH neonatal intensive care. Info: www.4cats.com/nanaimo.
8 -10 p.m. Maggie May DJ Productions presents Dancing in the Park, a free
dance event in the Lion's Pavilion at Maffeo-Sutton Park.
9 p.m. Madchild from the rap group Swollen Members plays at the Queen's, 34 Victoria Cres, with SLAINE. Presale tickets $15, at the venue.
SATURDAY, AUG. 17
Noon to 6 p.m. Broody Rooster Gallery art show, featuring local artists Nicole Vaugeois, Lesley Lorenz and students from past workshops. At 2980 Giovando Rd., Cedar. Also on Sunday.
6 -8 p.m. Summertime Pops by the Sea, featuring tenor Ken Lavigne, violinist
Calvin Dyck, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and members of the Vancouver Island Symphony. By donation, at Maffeo-Sutton Park.
Various Times The VIEX runs all weekend at the Beban Park Fairgrounds with kids activities, animals and entertainment.
SUNDAY, AUG. 18
9 a.m. -noon Kidney walk/run/paddle at Maffeo Sutton Park.
10 a.m. -3 p.m. Parksville KidFest takes place on Parksville Beach, with free entertainment, community booth activities, field activities and food vendors.
1 p.m. Forest walk at Wildwood with Bruce Hepburn, for more information call 250-722-7136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 -8 p.m. Blue Grass Fever plays at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith.
MONDAY, AUG. 19
Various times Back to School clothing drive at Nanaimo North Town Centre until Aug. 25. Gently used clothing welcome. For more information go to www.nanaimonorth.com.
6:30 p.m. InFrinGinG Dance presents Raven Spirit Dance Company at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Tickets $12, only at the door.