Are you ready for the race of the summer?
We’re talking about Dragon Boat Races, of course!
The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival returns this month, kicking off on Friday, August 12th and running across three days until Sunday, August 14th at Victoria’s Ship Point.
This year’s theme is Spirit of the Dragon, Paddles Rise Up! and all day dragon boat races will take place on Saturday, August 13th, starting at 8:30 a.m.—the same day, there will also be a Carnation Ceremony with a special pause for breast cancer.
Dragon boating is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival has provided the region with exciting race opportunities for almost thirty years, with teams emerging from all over Vancouver Island, the mainland, and south along the west coast all of the way down to California.
Each year, the festival brings close to 80,000 people together—including paddlers!—for the three-day celebration of culture and sports right in the heart of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
Victorians as well as visitors from around the world visit the festival to cheer on dragon boating teams, to sample global cuisines, to dance to local bands and to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.
Not only will there be a full line-up of cultural performances, art, and entertainment, folks can expect an incredible line up of music that includes DJ Neon Steve, Soul Shakers, OK Charlie and much more.
There will also be a large beer garden near the main stage for those who want to cool down on a hot summer day, while enjoying the performances.
As for the kids, there will be a tent filled with cultural and family activities, including entertainment as well as arts and crafts.
Heading to the festival? We’ve partnered with Victoria Dragon Boat Festival to 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.