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Arts, Festivals, Theatre and Culture for everyone
The Number One Small Arts Town in Canada—Nelson, BC—sits at the centre of the region, and is a hub for thriving arts festivals. Local theatre and arts organisations deliver a comprehensive programme of performances and events year-round.
Summer Art Walks are set up in Kaslo and Nelson, while each July the literary festival brings a mix of high powered publishers and acclaimed authors to the region. Communities also run many events, from fringe theatre to storytelling and visual arts.
Throughout the year Blue Night lights up Nelson with music, dance, theatre, and more, much more. Visit their Facebook page and our calendar to find out when their next arts extravaganza will take place.
And for all, you are cordially invited to attend, anytime of year.
Visit our events calendar to view a listing of all the events in the region.
Art Walk - Nelson & District Arts Council
Nelson & District Arts Council focuses on bringing local artists and events to you, the public.
Elephant Mountain Literary Festival
A host of internationally celebrated Canadian presenters explore creativity and the written word.
Kootenay Storytelling Festival
The Kootenay Storytelling Festival promotes the art of storytelling in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia through an annual storytelling festival in Nelson.
Outskirts Theatre Festival
Outskirts Theatre Festival is an independent, original theatre festival in Nelson, B.C. It is an opportunity for touring and local theatre producers to have their plays seen by Nelson audiences over the course of three days in multiple downtown venues.
Columbia Basin Culture Tour
Self-directed and free of charge, the culture tour is a great opportunity to meet people behind the scenes at galleries and museums, visit studios not normally open, shop for original art or fine crafts and experience special events.