2021 May Day Festival Events
May Days is virtual!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 May Day celebrations, including:
- Beautifying the City by giving away hanging basket kits,
- Participating in one of the May Days videos on the City’s social media channels featuring the May Days Royal Party and local talent,
- Participating in creative workshops held with health protocols in place, an online art exhibit, art demonstrations in local parks, themed décor in business windows and more,
- The launch of the Donald Storywalk, featuring stories and artwork along the Donald Pathway, and
- Decorate your windows, planning a picnic with your household and supporting local businesses by ordering in May Days specials and celebrating Port Coquitlam 98th annual Spring festival.
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 Day Logo – May 6
May Day 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)
Create your own beautiful hand-made, glazed and fired ceramic mug in time for May Days (two-part workshop)!
Saturdays: April 24 & May 1
10AM-12PM – register here
1:30PM-3:30PM – register here
Mother’s Day Card Making Workshop (ages 7-15)
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: 6PM-7PM – register here
Wednesday, May 5: 6PM-7PM – register here
Friday, May 7: 6PM-7PM – 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: 10:30AM-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
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).
Virtual Opening of Imaginings III
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
Throughout May, residents will be encouraged to get outdoors to explore the community’s parks and public spaces, check out all of the inspiring artwork, and to join in a month-long I Love PoCo scavenger hunt with a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards to a Port Coquitlam business of their choice.
Participants will need to find five signs with I Love PoCo stickers on the back, take photos with all five signs and add them to a single post on social media using #ilovepoco #portcoquitlam and tagging or naming the Port Coquitlam business they would like to support with a gift card. Bonus entry will be given to those who express what they love about living in the City. More details will be provided when the signs are posted.
Youth Week – May 1-7
Visit pocoyouth.com to find out how we’re marking this annual celebration of youth.
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
May Day Virtual Performers
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
Star Child Drum Group
Star Child Drum Group comes from different nations, including Cree, Dakota, Haida, Mohawk, Squamish and Blackfoot Peoples. They have been performing for close to nine years.
2020 Virtual Performances
Revisit all of our 2020 May Day Virtual Performances here.
Traditional Port Coquitlam May Day Events
May Day Opening Ceremony
Our May Day Opening Ceremonies kick off the annual May Day Festival with a variety of entertainment and many local school children participating in the Royal Party and May Pole Dancing.
Rotary Parade & Party in the Square
Join us for an action-packed day starting with the Rotary May Day Parade, one of the main highlights of the PoCo May Day Festival attracting over 10,000 people each year. Following the Parade, participants can make their way to the Party in the Square at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. With free live entertainment, children’s activities, Biz Alley, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, refreshments and concessions, there will be fun to be found for the whole family.