Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Event at Ship Point (Inner Harbour)





Tagged in: Kids, Music, Sports, Water Sports, Weekend, Concerts, Free, Teen


Welcome to the 23rd annual Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, one of Victoria’s most spectacular summer festivals, this August 18, 19, and 20. This amazing outdoor event is free to the public and open to all ages, situated in Victoria’s vibrant Inner Harbour.

Featuring exciting dragon boat races, amazing entertainment from local cultural acts and bands, food trucks and vendors, activities for families in the cultural tent, and more, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is one of the must-see events on Victoria’s busy summer festival calendar. The site will be decorated with hand-coloured maple leaves arranged together to create the scales of a dragon, celebrating this year’s theme “Canada 150”. Head down to Ship Point to colour your own maple leaf to add to the dragon.

This 3-day event includes 2 days of racing in the most beautiful harbour city in Canada. Mixed and women’s teams each race 4 times over 2 days, plus challenge races for Breast Cancer Survivors, Great Grand Dragons, Open throw-together teams and Corporate groups to round out this weekend long event.

2017 marks the special special ten year anniversary between the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival and the BC Cancer Foundation, the benefitting charity. Join the Paddlers Pledge in support of the BC Cancer Foundation, or help support cancer research in other ways by purchasing a lantern as part of the Lights of Courage Campaign or a carnation during Sunday’s Carnation Ceremony. Don’t miss out on Denny’s Paddler’s Breakfast or the paddler-favourite Air Band Competition for those looking to compete both on and off the water.





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