Families with Children from China New England

Boston Dragon Boat Festival: Final Races and Festival

  • 14 Jun 2015
  • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Cambridge and Boston, MA

36th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival! - Sunday: Races and Cultural Festival

The Boston Dragon Boat Festival takes place annually on the banks of the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge. Starting in 1979, Boston Dragon Boat Festival, the first and oldest such festival in North America, has grown from a small neighborhood event commemorating the death in 200 B.C. of the beloved Chinese poet-patriot Qu Yuan to the largest Asian-American cultural event in New England, drawing more than 20,000 participants and spectators.

Each year, 30-40 teams from the US and Canada compete over a 500-meter course in an energetic race to the finish line. The teams practice in the spring to prepare for the June races, paddling in sleek, colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats. Along with dragon boat races, the festival also presents performances from various Asian cultures, Asian food, and arts and crafts representing traditions of this ancient Chinese celebration. The Boston Dragon Boat Festival fosters learning and exploration of diverse multi-cultural heritage, especially that of the Asian-American heritage in New England. 

SUNDAY EVENTS:

Along Charles River Near Harvard (Festival Directions)

Boston Side - Docks
7:00AM – 5:00PM
  Dragon Boat Races - Finals

Cambridge Side - Along Memorial Drive
12:00PM – 5:00PM
  Asian Food

Cambridge Side - Main Tent
12:00PM – 5:00PM
  Arts and Crafts & Asian Cultural Performances

Performances & Demonstrations

The performance schedule for 2015 will be posted as the Festival date approaches. For more information,  go to:  https://www.bostondragonboat.org


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