It’s WET. It’s WILD. It's fun for the entire family! Save on Foods presents the 18th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 10, 11 & 12, 2020, at Maffeo Sutton Park. Come down and cheer on 60+ dragon boat teams from Alberta, BC, Oregon and California. Then stay for the food trucks, market place, ceremonies, beer garden, and multi-cultural entertainment. 

The Lights of Courage Campaign benefiting the Nanaimo Community Hospice is about paper lanterns, with space on the lantern’s tail for a special message, can be purchased for a small donation of $2.00 at the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society office. 

Lanterns will be for sale  Festival weekend and all lanterns sold can be hung on the Wall of Courage.


It takes 1000's of volunteer hours to put on a successful, safe and organized dragon boat festival, and our volunteers are invaluable. 

Have a look at the various volunteer jobs available and pick your favourite role. Go to the online volunteer registration May 2020 and join the fun. 

Our paddlers love their volunteers.¬†As longtime volunteer Frances puts it,‚ÄúI was hooked when, years ago, I attended the Dragon Boat Festival as a spectator. The atmosphere was phenomenal‚ÄĚ. She continues to volunteer each year.

NO PARKING ON SITE except for limited handicap parking. Click here for Nanaimo parking details! If  in doubt, pay for parking. It is cheaper than a ticket.


Paddlers prepare yourself! While we know you come together to honour those who have won and lost their 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.  Team Managers register here!

Guts and Glory 2020: The 1,500 M, 8 dragon boats, 15 second intervals, 5 turns race will close the Festival's racing program Saturday and Sunday. 2019 Guts and Glory video here.

Each year we pick a theme for the  tent decorating and team costume contests ... join in the fun! Win prizes!

Garden Gate Holistics'¬†¬†‚ÄúWellness Tent‚ÄĚ will be in the Paddlers Village ¬† providing¬†chair massage by donation! ¬†Paddlers ...¬† take a break to relax between races.

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

Festival Location: July 10, 11 & 12, 2020,  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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