Itâ€™s WET. Itâ€™s WILD. Itâ€™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 Â 70+ racing teams.Â
Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, Nanaimo Farmerâ€™s Market, candle ceremony, Â Vancouver Island Brewery beer gardens, and more. Check out the 2015Â itinerary here.
As well,Â fascinatingÂ multi-cultural performances will take place through out the weekend. Check out the 2015Â entertainmentÂ schedule hereÂ for a peak at the fun.
2016 information will be updated closer to the Festival date. Please check back!
It takes over 120 volunteers to put on a successful, safe and organized dragon boat festival, and that is the vital role of volunteers.Â
As longtime volunteer Frances puts it, â€śI was hooked when, years ago, I attended the Dragon Boat Festival as a spectator. The atmosphere was phenomenalâ€ť.She decided to volunteer at the following yearâ€™s festival, and continues to volunteer today.Â
Have a look at the various volunteers jobs available, get out you calendar and Â 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.
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 Â - 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 hereÂ soonÂ to order your favourites and pick them up festival weekend.