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Nelson has been attracting artists for years. The natural beauty of the region, combined with the many heritage buildings and an already thriving arts community make it an ideal home for artists of every medium. Thanks to these talented individuals and the supportive community, Nelson has earned a reputation as the #1 small arts town in Canada. At any time of year you can find local art, not only in the galleries, but also in many local businesses that provide venues for visual art to be displayed. Performing arts also prosper among the theatres, bars, and restaurants in town. The heritage Capitol Theatre brings in performers from all over to complement the local talent. Special events liven the town all year long and keep the community enthusiastic about our art. If you’ve got a particular artistic passion, take a look at our events calendar to see what’s happening and when. Art has made Nelson a vibrant, thriving community, and we’ll be happy to entertain you anytime you come our way.

During the months of July, August and September, this arts event partners business and art in Nelson by turning local shops into galleries. Each month has its own separate grand opening, which includes refreshments, musicians and lots of wonderful artwork. Artwalk rotates the work of 65-70 artists though 17 restaurants and shops, successfully drawing thousands of people each year to enjoy a casual stroll through downtown Nelson. For more information on this fabulous cultural feast pick up a Nelson Artwalk brochure at the Chamber of Commerce, participating venues and local hotels. Presented by the Nelson & District Arts Council, 250-352-2402.

Photo © Phil Best

Christmas Markets
A variety of markets that features many of the unique fine crafts that the area is known for, such as an array of jewellery, pottery, candles, food, clothing, metal work, soaps, aromatherapy and much more. The fairs start in Novemeber running right through December. For more information veiw our calender of events.

Festival Nelson
Encouraging the development of young musical talent through participation in a non-competitive, high quality festival which promotes a spirit of cooperation and educational interaction. This Festival provides evenings of music allowing the community to take part in and enjoy the sounds. See the events calendar for more information.

Capitol Theatre
The beautifully restored Capitol Theatre provides Nelson with many different productions throughout the year. The Capitol provides a forum for local actors, musicians, dancers and filmmakers to showcase their talents. As well, the Capitol brings in top quality acts from Canada and the world. Constructed in 1927 and renovated in 1988, this historical and atmospheric facility is a terrific place to enjoy some local culture during your visit. The Capitol Theatre is located at 421 Victoria St., (250) 352-6363. Check out the calendar of events to see what’s playing during your visit.

Touchstones Museum of Art and History
Visit Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History and connect with Nelson’s vibrant arts and heritage scene. Located in the heart of historic downtown Nelson, Touchstones is a state-of-the-art cultural facility spread over three floors of the former Post Office and City Hall. On the main floor, enjoy temporary exhibitions featuring local and regional art, craft, design and exhibitions of historical interest. On the second floor a 150 square meters museum tells the story of local geography, first people, explorers, settlers (famous and infamous) and industry. A mini-theatre, audio area and touch screen technology animates the space and invites visitors to actively engage in experiencing the area’s history. On the lower level is the Shawn Lamb Archives, which offers research opportunities for visitors and local residents. The Touchstones Shop is located in the lobby – a great place to purchase a memento of your visit to Nelson, the “Queen City.” Visit the Touchstones website for the latest news and events, visitor information and a host of community links.

For more information on activities available to you in Nelson and surrounding area, please drop by our Visitor Centre.
91 Baker Street, Nelson BC V1L 4G8
Phone: (250) 352-3433
Toll Free: 1-877-663-5706