July 06 - 08
03:00AM - 06:00PM
Maffeo Sutton Park

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A Wet and Wild Dragon Boat Weekend Awaits

The 16th annual 2018 Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival will take place July 6th – 8th, and once again promises to be the best and biggest ever – more teams, more festivities and more to celebrate at Nanaimo’s most popular summer event.

This year, we plan to host 72 dragon boat teams from all over BC and the US to take part in the Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival – a weekend of competition, camaraderie and celebration on Nanaimo’s waterfront. Come celebrate with family and friends during this great event and help us continue with our goal to raise money to support local breast cancer diagnosis and treatment! This is truly Nanaimo’s finest festival … paddlers united in the fight to beat cancer.

Recognized as Nanaimo’s most spectacular summer festivals, the Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over an estimated 10,000 people. Admission is free to the general public so what’s stopping you? Come on down to the waters of Nanaimo Harbour and celebrate with us!

Festivities begin the evening of Friday July 6th  with the moving Candles of Courage ceremony, and continues with two days of non-stop entertainment on the Crimson Coast Stage, savoury food trucks and market shopping, and dragon boat racing of the highest calibre, of course.

The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society is honoured to be recognized for making contributions towards the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer patients on Central Vancouver Island but the paddlers, sponsors, volunteers and members of the general public who support our event are the true heroes.

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