Naramata May Day events

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The 100th annual Naramata May Day event is taking place in Electoral Area “E” of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) over the May long weekend. Many activities are planned to celebrate this special occasion, including the traditional Maypole Dance, games, and a barbeque lunch. The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, May 19th

  • Soapbox Race
    • 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the corner of Ellis Avenue and 8th Street, Penticton.
    • Grade 5 children will race their personally designed and constructed soapboxes down Ellis Avenue with the guidance of the Naramata Fire Department.
    • Event is open to the public.
  • May Day Family Dance
    • 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Naramata Elementary School gymnasium, 3660 8th Street, Naramata.
    • A community-driven dance that will celebrate past and current May Day participants with live music, a photo booth, and snacks.
    • Event is for alumni of Naramata Elementary School and May Day.

Sunday, May 21st

  • May Day Open House
    • 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Naramata Museum, 214 Robinson Avenue, Naramata.
    • This event will pay homage to the past 100 years with a collection of pictures, memorabilia, and various items from past May Day celebrations.
    • Event is open to the public.

Monday, May 22nd

  • May Day Parade and Ceremony
    • 10:30 am to 2:00 pm in Manitou Park, Dorothy Road, Naramata.
    • The day will start off with a children’s parade, followed by a traditional Maypole Dance by Naramata Elementary School students and community members, a decorated bike contest, traditional races and games including a potato sack race, a silver spoon race, and a tug of war. The OAP (Old Age Pensioners) will be onsite serving a barbequed dinner and celebratory cake.
    • Events are open to the public.

May Day is a community-driven event planned by passionate groups and members of the community. It is their dedication, vision, and desire that continue this annual beloved tradition. For further information, please contact Reagan Lovig, RDOS Recreation Coordinator.


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Adrienne Fedrigo, Area “E” Director
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen



Reagan Lovig
RDOS Recreation Coordinator

Jessica Browne


RDOS Communications

RDOS Communications


Toll Free 1-877-610-3737

2023 May Day