May Days

98th Annual May Days Festivities

Port Coquitlam’s May Days is back for 2021 with scavenger hunts, a legacy video, crafts, online art exhibits and other safe virtual and physically distanced activities. We encourage residents to explore their community and show their support for local businesses during the reformatted 98th annual spring festival taking place May 1 to 8.
Artwork

Port Coquitlam kids and teens submit your artwork showing why you love your city to help kickstart this year’s 98th annual May Days activities and brighten up their community.

Similar to last year’s successful “We Are All in This Together” campaign, the City is once again seeking artwork from residents up to age 18 to display online as well as on signs in public spaces and the two digital billboards on Lougheed Highway and the Mary Hill Bypass. This time, the theme is “I Love PoCo” and the signs will also be part of a month-long scavenger hunt with prizes kicking off during May Days.

Submit your artwork by April 28 and get all the details here. You artwork may be selected for the printed signs and billboards, and all submissions will be displayed online. Use bold and bright hues in keeping with the 2021 May Days “Bring on the Colour” theme celebrating the Spring season, community spirit and diversity.

Visit portcoquitlam.ca/artwork for submission requirements and to upload artwork.

Residents are also encouraged to post positive artwork on their own social media accounts at any time, using the hashtag #ilovepoco and tagging the City on Twitter or Instagram @cityofpoco or on Facebook @portcoquitlam. The materials from last year’s signs in public spaces will be repurposed for this year’s campaign.

Decorate May Days Logo - May 6

Celebrate May Days in your households by decorating your windows with spring flowers and the May Days logo (available to colour, print or in May 6 issue of the Tri-City News),

May Days Art Workshops - May 1-8

Children and youth are invited to celebrate May Days with free art workshops at the Outlet in Leigh Square.

May Days Mug Making (ages 12-20) FREE
Create your own beautiful hand-made, glazed and fired ceramic mug in time for May Days (two-part workshop)!
Saturday: May 11
10 am -12 pm – register here
1:30-3:30 pm – register here

Mother’s Day Card Making Workshop (ages 7-15) FREE
Make a beautiful and unique Mother’s Day card for your mom in this one-hour card-making workshop—a May Days Festival tradition!
Monday, May 3: 6-7 pm – register here
Wednesday, May 5: 6-7 pm – register here
Friday, May 7: 6-7 pm – register here

Virtual Mother’s Day Card Making Workshop (all ages)
Join a free on-line workshop to make a beautiful Mother’s Day card.
Saturday, May 8: 10:30-11:30am – register here

BIA Scavenger Hunt - May 1

A scavenger hunt in downtown Port Coquitlam is being held in collaboration with the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association.

Until the end of May, residents can download an entry form at downtownpocobia.com then look for May Day flowers in the windows of downtown businesses for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch and prizes from local businesses in the area.

Follow the Downtown PoCo BIA on social media for details.
Farmers Market - May 6

Hanging Baskets

To help beautify Port Coquitlam, the City is making free hanging basket kits available to the first 200 Port Coquitlam people that attend the opening of the Farmers Market in Leigh Square on May 6 (one basket per household).

Drive Through Community Cheer - May 8

Starting at 6 pm on Saturday May 8, residents are invited to safely cheer on City Council, staff and the May Days Royal Party as they make their way through the community in vehicles of all types, including garbage trucks, fire trucks and decorated cars. A great success last year, the drive-through cheer celebrates May Days – one of the City’s signature events – and thanks essential workers and the community for doing their part during the pandemic. We ask residents to please watch from your own homes, follow all COVID-19 health protocols and avoid large gatherings. Thank you!

See map below or download.

Drive Thru Map

Legacy Videos

Virtual opening of Imaginings III
Virtual opening of Imaginings III – A Virtual Collection of Port Coquitlam Student Artwork.
May 6 – 4-5 pm
 
RSVP at arts@portcoquitlam.ca for a Zoom link for the opening and view the exhibition at portcoquitlam.ca/exhibitions until June 25.
Donald Storywalk - May 7
View the virtual launch on May 7 of the Donald Storywalk, to be installed along the Donald Pathway later in May. Eight panels will feature Jade Wong’s winning story from the 2020 Flash Fiction contest illustrated by Wen Wen Lu, the City’s 2020 Lions Park Artist in Residence.
I LOVE PoCo Scavenger Hunt - May 8

On May 8 we will be launching the I Love PoCo scavenger hunt.

For the rest of May, find five signs featuring local children’s art in local parks and public spaces with an I Love PoCo sticker on the back, for a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards to a Port Coquitlam business of your choice. To enter, take photos with all five signs and add them to a single post on social media using #ilovepoco #portcoquitlam and either tagging or naming the Port Coquitlam business you would like to support with a gift card.

Supporting, Shopping and Eating Local!

Support our local restaurants and pubs by ordering food to eat at home with May Days Special.

Here’s a list of local businesses to choose from:

  • Me & Ed’s – For the month of May, If you spend $50 or more for take-out then we will give you a $10 gift card for your next visit. Be sure to mention “May Day Special” for the deal.
  • Sparta – With the purchase of any pizza receive a large Caesar salad with garlic bread (1 per order)
  • Patina’s Picnic Pack – On one of our beautiful hot days in Port Coquitlam, stop by Patina to enjoy this cold lunch at a nearby park. 2 pulled pork bunwiches, an order of coleslaw and a 4pk of your favourite Patina beer. $40 plus tax, take out only

Community Support Activities

Strawberries & Sunshine Healing Centre

Strawberries & Sunshine Healing Centre community supporter has provided templates for family acitivities and a couple of delicious recipes to share.

Recipes:

Activities

May Day Virtual Performers

Krystle

Krystle Dos Santos is a 2x Western Canadian Music Award winning soul, jazz and R&B singer based out of Vancouver, Canada. With an extraordinary voice that is commanding, powerful and rich with talent, her music, inspired by classic and neo-soul combined with smooth R&B elements is executed brilliantly; It’s simultaneously elegant, bold and sensual similar to modern legends Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. 

Dueling Pianos Vancouver

From boogie woogie rockin’ blues of Jerry Lee Lewis, standards from Elton John and Billy Joel, sing-a-long anthems like Bohemium Rhapsody and Don’t Stop Believing, classics, modern and everything in between… a fun time is guaranteed for all! Paul Gibbons brings you a show with his finest in partner singers and performers from around the lower mainland! Playing many favourite tunes to get the crowd singin’ along. duelingpianosvancouver.com

Krystle and Dueling Pianos Vancouver
Krystle and Dueling Pianos Vancouver
Origins of May Day Celebrations

The month of May is believed to have been named for the Roman goddess of spring and growth, Maia. The month of May heralds the awakening and flourishing of nature and the coming of spring. In the City of Port Coquitlam, this month marks the celebration of May Day.

In ancient times, May was a time for outdoor celebrations. In Rome, it was a time that was sacred to Flora, the goddess of flowers. The Romans celebrated May Day with flower-decked parades. In England, the village youth went to the woods to gather spring flowers and hawthorne branches, returning singing and dancing. The flowering boughs they gathered were used to decorate the May tree. As the white flowered hawthorne tree became the tree most often decorated, it came to be called the May tree. In more recent celebrations, the May pole, symbolic of the May tree it has replaced, has been decorated with colourful ribbons.

The City of Port Coquitlam first introduced the celebration of May in 1916 when the principal of James Park School, Mrs. Enid Cox, arranged a small celebration for her pupils. The first official community May Day was held in 1923, when James Park and Central schools combined their efforts. It was in 1923 that Miss Evelyn Mars was crowned as Port Coquitlam’s first official May Queen.

In modern times, Port Coquitlam’s May Day celebration, has a May Queen and an Ambassador, along with the Royal Party, preside over the festivities, which normally include a parade, music, entertainment and dancing around maypoles.

This year’s online celebration is the latest proactive action Port Coquitlam has taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to support the community at this challenging time.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

May Days is organized in partnership with the May Days Committee and the Port Coquitlam Centennial Rotary Club.

Thank you to our sponsors:

May Day Festival Community Supporters

Contact

Alex Bickers
Event Producer – Community and Civic Events
Tel 604.927.7935
Email bickersa@portcoquitlam.ca