Dragon Boat Festival

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The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival returns on May 21, 2022, ready to amaze and inform guests about the unique sport known as dragon boat racing.

The festival is held along the Potomac River, and features cultural exhibitions, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, craft demonstrations, and of course…dragon boat racing!

The history of dragon boating begins in 278 BC, with the legend of Qu Yuan and the fisherman who came together to save Qu Yuan’s body from being eaten by fish in the Mei Lo River. The festival honors Qu Yuan’s sacrifice through cultural and athletic demonstrations, including eye dotting ceremonies, lion dances, and zhong zi (the rice thrown into the water to attract the fish).


May 21, 2022

Thompson Boat Center • Wash, DC (Map)


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