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Ladner May Days in Delta

Ladner May Days

Metro Vancouver’s Ladner May Days takes place in Ladner’s Memorial Park on the last weekend of May. It features live music, amusement rides and a parade.

Ladner May Days returns on the weekend of May 24th to 26th in 2024. It’s a great event and admission is free!

For full details about the weekend, see the official Ladner May Days website.

 


This article contains the following information about Ladner May Days:

Times and Location | Activities | Midway | May Days Parade | Other Activities | Schedule of Events | Ladner May Days Video | Other Information


 

Ladner May Days

 

Ladner May Days Festival

Established in 1896, Ladner May Days is a free, family-friendly community fair that also features a baseball tournament and various carnival activities. It’s a good-sized event and a wonderfully community-focused one.

There is a midway with rides all weekend. On the Sunday there is the pancake breakfast followed by the Ladner May Days Parade which starts at noon.

 


For the event’s official website, visit ladnermaydays.com.


 

May Days Times and Location

Ladner May Days takes place on the weekend after the May Long Weekend. In 2024, the festival happens on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of May 24th to 26th. Festivities run on the Friday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, on the Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, and on the Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The fair and amusement rides are at Memorial Park at 5010-47th Avenue in Ladner (which is part of the municipality of Delta, about a 30-minute drive south of Vancouver).

 

Girl Throwing Darts at Carnival Midway

 

Ladner May Days Activities

At Ladner May Days there are lots of activities for children including face painting, live music and other family-friendly fun. Of course, there is also the midway with rides, the parade, a fastball tournament and lots of other things to see and do.

Every year there are several food trucks on-site offering cuisine from places like Ukraine, Japan, Mexico and Thailand, as well as plant-based dishes, mini donuts, ice cream and other favourites. Various market vendors are also at the event. There are free pony rides, a petting zoo, gold panning opportunities and other activities for kids.

Admission to Ladner May Days is free. You have to pay to go on the rides and play the midway games, however. You also have to pay for any food, drinks and souvenirs you want to buy. The pancake breakfast costs $8 for adults and $5 for kids (with funds benefiting the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club). Pretty much everything else is free!

 


For the event’s official website, visit ladnermaydays.com.


 

May Days Midway

In addition to a ball tournament and community parade, one of the main features of Ladner May Days is the midway.

The fair is basically a small-town carnival with Shooting Star Amusements rides, midway games and colourful vendors selling cotton candy, popcorn and caramel apples. It’s a really good carnival fair, and in a nice location.

Unlike many midways, the one at Ladner May Days is primarily on the grass at the park. Consequently, it’s quite pleasant as it’s not dusty or on the hard concrete at a shopping mall as is often the case at similar events.

 

Ladner May Days Midway

 

Midway Times and Prices

The same as last year, in 2024 the amusement rides operate from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on the Friday, from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on the Saturday, and from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on the Sunday.

Prices for midway amusement rides vary depending on how many tickets you buy at a time. Below are the prices in 2024.

  • Single Ticket: $1.50 (including GST)
  • All-Day Wristband: $40

In addition to the above, books of 20 tickets last year cost $30 and books of 40 tickets cost $50. 2024 will likely be the same, although exact details are to be confirmed.

The rides are operated by Shooting Star Amusements and each ride in 2024 costs between three and six tickets. Little kid rides like the Mini Helicopters, Space Train and Berry Go Round usually cost three or four tickets. Rides like the Ferris Wheel, Sizzler and Zipper for older youth and adults require between four and six tickets.

TIP #1: If you plan to spend a lot of time on the rides, then the all-day wristband is definitely the best deal!

TIP #2: If you buy your wristband in advance on the Shooting Stars Amusements website, you can save yourself about $10. To get the discount, however, you have to buy your pass by May 24th.

 


For the event’s official website, visit ladnermaydays.com.


 

Ladner May Days Crowds

 

May Days Parade

In 2024 the Ladner May Days parade takes place on Sunday, May 26th, at 12:00 pm with the centre piece being the May Royal Court float. Children love the parade as it’s usually themed. 2024’s parade theme is Jungle Jamboree.

The parade normally starts on Delta Street at the corner with Trenant Street. It then goes east along 48th Avenue a short distance, down Elliot Street, and then along 47th Avenue to Garry Street. It finishes by Memorial Park with the traditional May Pole Dance and the May Royal Court Crowning Ceremony ending the three-day festivities.

To see what the parade looks like, check out the following video. It shows scenes of the event from 2022.

 

 

Other May Day Activities

All sorts of other activities take place during Ladner May Days over the course of the weekend including a fastball tournament all three days and a pancake breakfast on the Sunday morning.

TIP: While in town, if the weather is good, go for a stroll along the riverfront. It won’t be a long walk, but it’s a pleasant one.

 


For the event’s official website, visit ladnermaydays.com.


 

Schedule of Events

See below for the schedule of events and entertainment at the festival in 2024.

(Note: Schedule details are subject to change and more events may have been added.)

 

Friday, May 25th, 2024

  • 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Shooting Star Amusement Rides
  • 6:30 pm: Ladner May Days Invitational (Fast Pitch)

 

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Below are the schedules of activities and entertainment on the Saturday in 2024.

 

Schedule of Activities

  • 8:00 am: Ladner May Days Invitational Starts (Fast Pitch)
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Market, gold panning, face painting and more
  • 11:00 am – 10:00 pm: Shooting Star Amusement Rides
  • 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Beer Garden
  • 6:00 pm: Ladner May Days Invitational (Final Game Starts)

In addition to the above, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm there is Gold Panning with Yukon Dan and Tumble Track demonstrations and activities with Delta Gymnastics. Between noon and 4:00 pm there is also Face Painting with A-Star Art Parlour, Balloon Creations by Silly Goose Party Co., a Petting Zoo with Cinemazoo, and Pony Rides with Laughing Stock Ranch.

 

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule

  • 10:00 am: Delta Community Music School
  • 12:00 pm: Sweet Pan
  • 2:00 pm: Tunnel Vision
  • 4:00 pm: The Retroactives

 

Ladner May Days

 

Sunday, May 26th, 2024

Below are the schedules of activities and entertainment on the Sunday in 2024.

 

Schedule of Activities

  • 8:00 am: Ladner May Days Invitational Starts
  • 8:00 am – 11:00 am: Pancake Breakfast (at the Memorial Park Gazebo)
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Market, face painting and more
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Shooting Star Amusement Rides
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: May Days Parade
  • 1:30 pm: Crowning of the Court
  • 3:00 pm: Ladner May Days Invitational (Final Game)
  • 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Beer Garden

In addition to the above, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm there is Gold Panning with Yukon Dan and Tumble Track demonstrations and activities with Delta Gymnastics. Between noon and 4:00 pm there is also Face Painting with A-Star Art Parlour, Balloon Creations by Silly Goose Party Co., a Petting Zoo with Cinemazoo, and Pony Rides with Laughing Stock Ranch.

 

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule

  • 10:30 am: O’Brien School of Irish Dance
  • 1:00 pm: Royal Court Crowning Ceremony
  • 2:00 pm: Chesterfield Kings
  • 4:00 pm: Sound Machine

 

Ladner May Days Video

For an idea of what Ladner May Days looks like, check out the following video. It shows scenes of the fairgrounds, amusement rides and ball games in 2022.

 

 

Other Information

For more information about the event, see the official Ladner May Days website.

For a list of other events in the Lower Mainland, see the Festivals and Events Calendar.

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