It’s WET. It’s WILD. It’s a weekend of fun for the entire family! Save on Foods presents the 14th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 8-10, 2016, at the spectacular Maffeo Sutton Park.

Dragon boat racing is one of the most amazing sports you will ever get to witness so take the time to come down and cheer on the  70+ racing teams. 

Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, Nanaimo Farmer’s Market, candle ceremony,  Vancouver Island Brewery beer gardens, and more. Check out the 2015 itinerary here.

As well, fascinating multi-cultural performances will take place through out the weekend. Check out the 2015 entertainment schedule here for a peak at the fun.

2016 information will be updated closer to the Festival date. Please check back!

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It takes over 120 volunteers to put on a successful, safe and organized dragon boat festival, and that is the vital role of volunteers. 

As longtime volunteer Frances puts it, “I was hooked when, years ago, I attended the Dragon Boat Festival as a spectator. The atmosphere was phenomenal”.She decided to volunteer at the following year’s festival, and continues to volunteer today. 

Have a look at the various volunteers jobs available, get out you calendar and  pick your favourite role. Volunteer registration happens mid - May until late June ... which gives you time to prepare for the fun, camaraderie and celebration that surrounds the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival! Our paddlers love their volunteers.

Click here for parking details!

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Paddlers prepare yourself. While we know you initially come together to honour those who have won and lost a battle with breast cancer, fierce competition is also expected.

Team Managers register here!

If you can only attend one festival this summer, the Save on Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival is the one to join...paddlers united in the fight to beat cancer.

2016 Theme - UNDER THE SEA  - Check out the tent decorating and team costume contests...and join in the fun!

On-line ordering of men and women's hooded t-shirts and zipped hoodies is back. Click here soon to order your favourites and pick them up festival weekend.

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society: Box 575 STN A, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5I5

Festival Location: July 8 - 10, 2016,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

Privacy Statement: All personal information given by participants will only be used for administration and regular communication with respect to the festival and related programs and events. Your information will not be sold or given to anyone else with commercial intentions or otherwise.

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