It’s WET. It’s WILD. Fun for the entire family! Save on Foods presents the 17th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 5, 6 & 7, 2019, at the spectacular Maffeo Sutton Park.

Come down and cheer on up to 72 dragon boat teams from the Island, Western Canada and the western U.S. "It's the top draw, it's the number one," said Dan Brady, president of the Nanaimo Hospitality Association.

Take the time to stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, food trucks, Carnation ceremony, Longwood Brewery beer gardens, and more.  

NEW: Lights of Courage paper lanterns with a tag where you can add a message of hope or remembrance for someone affected by cancer. Lights are for sale @ Nanaimo Save On Foods stores in June and on site during the Festival weekend. All proceeds donated to the Nanaimo Community Hospice.

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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. Online Volunteer registration will open May 31, 2019. So get out your day timer and setup your volunteer days and times (shifts are in 4 hour blocks). 

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 PUBLIC 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 parking ticket.


Paddlers prepare yourself! While we know you initially 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 to join.  Team Managers register here!

NEW: Sorry, you'll have to keep checking back to find out what we've added to "spice" up the enjoyment. 

Each year we pick a theme to add to the excitement. Check out the tent decorating and team costume contests...and join in the fun! Win prizes!

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

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

Festival Location: July 5, 6 & 7, 2019,  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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