May Day


The City of Port Coquitlam has been celebrating May Day since 1923. Our community's modern day celebration includes a whole week of fun-filled activities including outdoor concerts, community showcases, May Pole dancing, amusement rides and the May Day Rotary Parade.

Friday, May 2nd
May Day Opening Ceremony
PoCo Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Ave.
Doors open @ 5:30 pm
Open Ceremony 7:30 pm

Enjoy the kick off to the 91st annual May Day Festival which includes the installation of the Royal Party and traditional May Pole Dancing performed by our local school children and a special performance by Axé Capoeira. FREE!

PoCo Heritage Downtown Walk
6:00 pm – meet at the new Heritage Centre at Leigh Square

The first of the season heritage walks. Join "the guru" Bryan Ness for this informative and casual walk. FREE!

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Big Screen Movie BBQ and Swim
Hyde Creek Rec Centre 6:00 -10:00 pm

For more details go to or call 604-927-7962. Ages 11-18 FREE!

Saturday, May 3rd

May Day Book Sale
10:00 – 2:00 p.m Terry Fox Library

Drop by the Terry Fox Library for bargain basement prices on well-used and near-new books.

Youth Week LogoDodgeball Tournament
Hyde Creek Rec Centre 6:00 - 9:00 pm

For more details go to or call 604-927-7962 Ages 11-18 FREE!

PoCo Heritage Salon
7:00 pm Heritage Museum at Leigh Square

Join us for an informal adult evening of fun with snacks and refreshments. RSVP in advance to Admission by donation.

Saturday, May 3rd & Sunday, May 4th
Art Focus May Day Art Show
Leigh Square 2253 Leigh Square
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

A collective of Tri-City artists, display a wide range of original works of art in a variety of media.

Sunday, May 4th
Youth Week LogoPro For A Day Skateboarding Competition
Railside Skate Park 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more details go to or call 604-927-7962. Guys and girls under 18 FREE!

Monday, May 5th
Youth Week LogoHockey Tourney - Youth vs. RCMP vs. Teachers
Kwayhquitlum Middle School 6:00 - 9:00 pm

For more details go to or call 604-927-7962. Ages 11-18 FREE!

Tuesday, May 6th
The Stories Behind the Pictures
Heritage at Leigh Square 10:30 -11:30 am

Join Gerry, Morley and Bryan as they investigate the “Stories behind the Pictures.” Watch some of the older videos and slides, then share your stories with the Heritage Detectives. This is a drop in program. No advance registration required.

Youth Week LogoIndoor Laser Tag, Sumo Suits, & Human Hamster Ball Race
Minnekhada Middle School 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
For more details go to or call 604-927-7962. Ages 10-16 FREE!

Wednesday, May 7th

Youth Week LogoDinner Night

Wilson Centre Lounge at PoCo Rec Complex 6:00 - 9:00 pm

For more details go to or call 604-927-7938. All ages welcome $2 youth / $5 adults

Friday, May 9th
PoCo Heritage Downtown Walk
Meet at the new Heritage Centre at Leigh Square 6:00 pm

Join "the guru" Bryan Ness for this informative and casual walk. FREE!

Friday May 9th to Sunday May 11th
Shooting Star Amusement Rides
PoCo Rec Complex – Parking Lot
Friday 3:00 pm start
Sat/Sun 12:00 pm start

Rides and games galore - wristbands available each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - $25.

Saturday May 10th
Pancake Breakfast
Leigh Square 7:00 - 11:00 am

A pre-parade tradition in Leigh Square - breakfast for the whole family at a reasonable cost with proceeds going to your local service organizations and scout groups.

May Day Mile
Start at the crosswalk at Shaughnessy Street and Wilson Avenue 10:00 am

Join us in this free all-ages run along the May Day parade route in celebration of Move for Health
Day. This one-mile route takes you through the streets of downtown Port Coquitlam. All ages and
fitness levels are welcome in this no-competitive event. Families are encouraged to participate and
get active together before viewing the parade. Pre-register at (Bar code
#115047). Please arrive no later than 9:45am.

Port Coquitlam Rotary MAY DAY PARADE

VPD Motorcycle Drill Squad 10:35 am
Get your spot early to enjoy this exciting preparade display with Vancouver Police Motorcycle
Drill Team known for amazing formations.

Main Parade Start Time - 11:00 am
This long standing community tradition puts a smile on every face! Enjoy marching bands, floats,
and many laughs. Parade route is Shaughnessy to Elgin, Elgin to Mary Hill, Mary Hill to Hawthorne
ending on Tyner and road closures go into effect starting at 9am.

To register for the Rotary May Day parade please visit

Historical Trolley Tours
12:30 - 4:00 pm Board at designated stops listed below

Enjoy a narrated ride aboard a Trolley bus to a variety of historical locations in Port Coquitlam. Trolley tour rides are free and passengers can hop on and off at all stops. The first tour will board at 12:30 at stop #1 and will run on the 1/2 hour approximately with the last tour leaving at 3:30pm. FREE!

Designated stops will be:

  1. PoCo Rec Centre / Wilson Centre
  2. Leigh Square (Block Party)
  3. PoCo Heritage Center
  4. Shaughnessy Station

Leigh Square Post Parade Block Party
Leigh Square – 12 noon- 5:00 pm
Join the family fun in Leigh Square following the

Designated Trolley Tour stop #2

Saturday, May 10th to Sunday, May 11th
May Day Mini Tyke/Tyke Tournament
Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex – Public Hours
Drop by to cheer and watch a great game of lacrosse!

Sunday, May 11th
Mother’s Day Picnic in Lions Park
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Enjoy a wonderful Mother’s Day Picnic with a pancake breakfast or lunch by the Kinsmen Club
in this historical location picnic highlights include; free children’s activities and entertainment.

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Sandra Battle, Program Coordinator - Community & Civic Events

Tel 604.927.7935
Fax 604.927.7910

Business Hours
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)
Last Updated:4/23/2014 11:03:39 AM