You Are Invited to 33rd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Come celebrate the 33rd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. Spectators will be able to watch brightly colored dragon boats, piloted by paddlers from Greater Boston, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, California, and Montreal, Canada as they race down the Charles River between JFK Street and the Western Avenue Bridge. While races start in the morning, cultural programs will begin at 12 Noon. All programs are free and family friendly for visitors.


Pictures from festivals in the past (provided by Boston Dragon Boat Festival).

Festival Schedule

The 2012 Boston Dragon Boat Festival will be held on June 9-10, 2012.

Saturday June 9, 2012 – Races Only

MIT Pierce Boathouse (Boathouse Directions)

8:00AM – 1:00PM  Dragon Boat Races – Time Trials

Sunday June 10, 2012 – Races and Cultural Festival

Along Charles River Near Harvard (Festival Directions)

Boston Side – Docks
9:00AM – 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 2012 is now posted below.  The schedule may be subject to change.

12:00 Eye-dotting ceremony
Chinese Waist Drum Dance (Boston side) GBCCA (www.gbcca.org)
Chinese Drumming (Cambridge side) CCCC (www.bostoncccc.org)
12:15 Dragon dance Wahlum Kumgfu Academy (www.wahlumpai.us)
12:45 Opening ceremony
1:00 Chinese Music Ensemble & Yoyo GBCCA (www.gbcca.org)
1:30 Traditional Filipino dance PDCO Boston (www.pdcoboston.org)
2:00 Traditional Chinese dance Newton Chinese School (www.newtonchineseschool.org)
2:15 Chinese martial arts demonstration Wahlum Kungfu Academy (www.wahlumpai.us)
2:45 Traditional Korean dance Boston Korean Dance Group
3:15 Chinese Tradional music Boston Erhu Ensemble (www.bostonerhu.com)
3:45 Traditional Filipino dance PDCO Boston (www.pdcoboston.org)
4:00 Chinese and Asian arts demonstration CCCC (www.bostoncccc.org)
4:30 Japanese Taiko drumming Odaiko New England (onetaiko.org)
5:00 Awards ceremony for winning teams

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