Nanaimo May Day Parade, Circa 1930. Image E-05123 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

The Nanaimo Heritage Festival is Sunday May 19th.

We’re currently in the planning stages for 2019’s festival and will be updating the website soon – check back for updates!

2018 Contests & Awards

Honorary Parade Marshall Contest Heritage Show ‘n Shine Contest Heritage Parade Awards

Honorary Parade Marshall – Community Contest


Help us celebrate and honour an outstanding member of our community in this year’s heritage parade by nominating them for this year’s Honorary Parade Marshall!

Who do you think this year’s Honorary Parade Marshall should be?

The winner of the Honorary Parade Marshall Contest will be chosen based on Community Spirit, Contributions to the Community, Historical Significance, and Time spent in the Community.

Heritage Parade Contest

Celebrating Nanaimo’s broad cultural heritage, the Nanaimo Heritage Festival Parade displays our community’s passions and helps tell the story of our heritage, from our First Nations people, to our coal and natural resources, to the railroad and marine transportation and beyond.

This year’s theme is the 60s – Peace, Love, and Revolution.

Have you ever fancied dressing up as someone from the past? The Nanaimo Heritage Festival parade is your chance to show off a cool costume and reference the olden days – whatever that means to YOU.

You need not have deep roots in Nanaimo to enter the parade. The event is inclusive of all people, regardless of whether they’ve been here for 100 years or 100 days.

Though encouraged, the heritage theme isn’t mandatory for parade entrants and everyone who feels inclined to participate is welcomed!

Come join in the fun and start getting your parade entry ready for this year’s parade! For more details on how to enter, visit the Nanaimo Heritage Festival Parade page.

Heritage Show ‘n Shine Contest

The inaugural Nanaimo Heritage Festival Show ‘n Shine is on Sunday May 20th, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Maffeo Sutton Park.

We are giving away a TON of CASH and TROPHY AWARDS – and more to come – so make sure you have your ride glistening in its full glory!

Show ‘n Shine Registration is $20.00 per vehicle entry, or FREE for all 60s vehicles that join this year’s 60s themed parade!

Come join in! For more details, visit the Nanaimo Heritage Festival Show ‘n Shine page.