May Day is May 25, 2024.


A FREE and festive community dance celebration held every May since 1870 in New Westminster.





The event will be at

Queen's Park Stadium, in New Westminster.

To see a map of the location, please click here.


Doors open at 3 pm.

 Event starts at 3:30 pm.


Participate in May Day!

Our 154th May Day is proceeding as planned. Entries for New West kids to participate in May Day are now open, and you can also subscribe to our newsletter to get all the latest information!

Be the May Queen!

A yearly call for entries!

Be part of May Day in a way that has been a tradition in New Westminster since 1870. Via a random draw, next year, we'll be selecting our 154th May Queen, as well as a Royal Consort, Royal Knights, and a Royal Suite. Up to 16 positions are available! This year you can attend the event and see the 154th Suite being installed and the 154th May Queen's coronation!

FREE Dance lessons begin April 2nd!

Every year, Children in grades 2 through 6 are eligible to participate in Folk or May Pole dances. Lessons are taught at various schools and community centers around the city. If you would like to dance next year, please subscribe to our newsletter or keep checking this website to see when applications will be open.


Ask a question.

Whether you have a question, want to volunteer, or to stay in touch, please reach out! We're happy to hear from you.

Newsletter sign-up.

Stay informed about important May Day information including May Queen and dancer registration updates.

May Day is unique and important to our city.

Come celebrate with us!

A FREE and festive community celebration held every May since 1870 in New Westminster. This event has been held around the city through its long standing history, however, Queen's Park has been its home for the majority of the celebrations.

Preserving the tradition.

No celebration of May Day would be complete without the traditional May Pole and Folk Dances. We would love to have you join us as a dancer to perform one of these heritage dances at the May Day celebration.

Creating a cycle of support

No tradition survives without it being practiced and observed. By sharing this experience with New West's youth through participation in May Day, they in turn can become mentors and leaders to the next generation.


What makes New Westminster's May Day magical?

Aside from being the longest running May Day within the Commonwealth of Nations, here are some interesting facts you may not know.

  • May Day has been a community celebration that many residents of New Westminster have n ot only watched but taken part in
  • Past May Day celebrations have seen 10,000+ attendees
  • Special guests and dignitaries have attended New Westminster's May Day, such as Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Volunteer. Join our team.

Reach out if you can help. We're looking for volunteers to help make May Day magical. Help us preserve May Day celebrations in New Westminster.