It’s WET. It’s WILD. It’s a weekend of fun for the entire family! Save on Foods presents the 13th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 10-12, 2015, 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. See full 2014 itinerary here.

As well, fascinating multi-cultural performances will take place through out the weekend. Check out the 2014  entertainment schedule here for a peak at the fun. 2015 festival updates will be posted as they are finalized. Keep checking 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. 

As longtime volunteer Frances Recalma puts it, “I was hooked when, years ago, I attended the Dragon Boat Festival as a spectator. The atmosphere was phenomenal and I was hooked!”

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 starts happening mid- May until late June 2015 ... which gives you time to prepare for the fun, camaraderie and celebration that surrounds the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival! Our paddlers love their volunteers.



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.

On-line ordering of men and women's hooded t-shirts and zipped hoodies available will be available again for the 2015 festival.Check back for the link to order.

Early registration begins Feb until April 2015. So take a few minutes from your dragon boat training to register here for the 2015 Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival.

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

Festival Location: July 10-12, 2015  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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