Ladner May Days

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

In 2018 the event takes place on the weekend of May 25th to 27th.

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 medium-sized event and a good community-focused one.

The fair’s special feature on the Friday is usually discounted midway amusement rides for kids. On the Sunday there is the pancake breakfast followed by the Ladner May Days Parade, which is a “community-style” parade starting at noon.

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May Days Times and Location

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.

Ladner May Days festivities run on the last weekend of May on the Friday from 3 to 10 pm, on the Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and on the Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

In 2018 Ladner May Days takes place on the weekend of May 25-27.

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 also food trucks and other market vendors, and in 2018 there are free pony rides, a petting zoo, paddle boats, gold panning opportunities and a tumbling tent for kids.

See below for the 2018 event schedule.

May Days Midway

In addition to a baseball 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 West Coast Amusements’ rides, midway games and colourful vendors selling cotton candy, popcorn and caramel apples. It’s a pretty 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 and so quite pleasant as it’s not dusty or on the hard concrete at a shopping mall as is often the case.

Ladner May Days Midway

Midway Times and Prices

In 2018 the amusement rides are open from 4 pm to 10 pm on the Friday, from 10 am until 10 pm on the Saturday, and from 10 am until 6 pm on the Sunday.

Prices for midway amusement rides vary depending on when you go. General prices for 2018 though are the following:

  • Single Ticket: $1.25
  • Book of 20 Tickets: $23.00
  • Book of 40 Tickets: $45.00
  • All Day Wristband: $40:00

The rides are operated by West Coast Amusements and each ride costs between 3 and 7 tickets.

TIP #1: Similar to previous years, rides are extra cheap on the Friday. On May 25th, 2018, tickets cost just $2 and each ride takes just one or two tickets. On the Saturday and Sunday, however, rides are full price.

TIP #2: If planning to take advantage of the cheap rides on the first day, get there early as it’ll get pretty crowded by evening time.

May Days Live Entertainment

Live entertainment takes place at Ladner May Days at various times throughout the weekend. Groups scheduled to perform in 2018 include the following:

  • The Delta Concert Band – an adult band with members from across the Lower Mainland. They are scheduled to perform on the Saturday at 1 pm.
  • None of the Above – a rock band that also plays Blues and Pop.
  • Brookswood Country Band – a New Country and Southern Rock band from Langley.

Ladner May Days Crowds

May Days Parade

In 2018 the Ladner May Days parade takes place on Sunday, May 27, starting at noon.

The parade starts on Delta Street at the corner with Trenant Street. It then goes east along 48th Avenue a short distance, then down Elliot Street, and then along 47th Avenue to Garry Street. It finishes by Memorial Park.

Other May Day Activities

All sorts of other activities take place during Ladner May Days over the course of the weekend including a men’s fastball tournament all three days, a petting zoo on both the Saturday and Sunday, 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.

2018 Schedule of Events

Below is the schedule of activities for Ladner May Days in 2018:

Friday, May 25, 2018

  • 3 pm – 8 pm: Men’s Fastball Tournament
  • 4 pm – 10 pm: West Coast Amusements Rides

Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • 8 am – 6 pm: Men’s Fastball Tournament
  • 10 am – 5:30 pm: Ladner May Days Market
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Paddle Boats
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Gold Panning with Yukon Dan
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Delta Gymnastics Tumbling Tent
  • 12 pm – 6 pm: Happy Watering Hole
  • 12 pm – 10 pm: West Coast Amusements Rides
  • 1 pm – 4 pm: Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

Saturday performances on the Main Stage include the following:

  • 10 am -10:45 am: Tactix Gym Demonstration
  • 11 am – 11:45 am: Delta Idol Winners
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: Delta Concert Band
  • 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm: The band None of the Above

Sunday, May 27, 2018

  • 8 am -12 pm: Pancake Breakfast
  • 8 am – 6 pm: Men’s Fastball Tournament
  • 10 am – 5:30 pm: Ladner May Days Market
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Paddle Boats
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Gold Panning with Yukon Dan
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Delta Gymnastics Tumbling Tent
  • 12 pm – 6 pm: Happy Watering Hole
  • 12 pm – 6 pm: West Coast Amusements Rides
  • 12 pm: Ladner May Day Parade

Sunday performances on the Main Stage include the following:

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Community Worship Service
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: May Pole Dance and Crowning of the 2018 May Queen
  • 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Brookswood Country Band

Other Information

For more information 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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