It’s the return of dragon boat races in Victoria, with the 27th annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival happening next month.
Presented by Canada Dry and Fairway Markets, and organized by Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society, the festival runs across three days from Friday, August 12th to Sunday, August 14th at Victoria’s Ship Point.
The festival began in Victoria during the 1994 Commonwealth Games celebration.
In commemoration of Hong Kong Day, the Victoria Chinese Commerce Association arranged for dragon boats to be brought over from Vancouver. At the time, there was not a single dragon boat team training in the city at the time.
The one-day exhibition race was a huge success, quickly evolving into one of Victoria’s largest and most popular summer festivities.
This year’s theme is Spirit of the Dragon, and all day dragon boat races will take place on Saturday, August 13th—the same day, there will also be a Carnation Ceremony and pause for breast cancer.
The event hopes to bring the community together through sport to share cultures and raise money for BC Cancer.
Enjoy three days of celebrating competition, culture, and community featuring entertainment, delicious food, vendors, and activities for kids and families!
There will also be a beer garden, and free, all-ages entertainment on the Main Stage.
Heading to the festival? We’ve partnered with Victoria Dragon Boat Festival two give away a pair of VIP passes to the event, plus a ton of goodies along with them—read below on how you can win it!
For your chance to win a prize package from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival including 2 VIP passes to the event, 2 t-shirts, $25 gift card and candle from Modern Mercantile, $25 gift card to Ohana Poke, $25 gift card to Fan Tan Home & Style, and $25 gift card Dumpling Drop, complete the following:
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The winner will be drawn on August 10th. Good luck!
- Where: Ship Point, Inner Harbour
- Friday, August 12th – 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, August 13th – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sunday, August 14th – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.