It‚Äôs WET. It‚Äôs WILD. Fun for the entire family!¬†Save on Foods presents the 16th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 6, 7 & 8, 2018, 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¬†72 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.
Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, food trucks, candle and carnation ceremonies, Longwood Brewery beer gardens, and more. ¬†
We are always looking for exceptional people to join our team. Sponsors, volunteers, vendors, all-around-help, committee members ... you name it - we have a spot for you.¬†Contact us¬†and let's get this party started!
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. Volunteer registration is opens!¬†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. There is no parking onsite so please¬†Click here for parking details! If you are in doubt - pay for parking. It is cheaper than a parking ticket.
NO PUBLIC PARKING ON SITE
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 ... paddlers united in the fight against breast cancer.
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!
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.