Mark Your Calendar: 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, June 8-9

By David Li,

Boston, May 29, 2013, — The 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be held on June 8-9, 2013 at the banks of Charles River in Boston and in Cambridge. As usual, this year’s festival includes dragon boat races and cultural exhibitions and performances.

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

This early summer festival has become one of favorite events by locals and tourists alike. Dozens of Dragon Boat racing teams from across North America will compete for this year’s Dragon Boat race. This festival is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office(HKETO) in New York, which celebrated its 30 year anniversary by hosting the first Hong Kong Day at Massachusetts State House on May 6. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) recently launched the “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” campaign to promote trade between US and Hong Kong.

Please check out the schedule of the 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival below.

Festival Schedule

The 2013 Boston Dragon Boat Festival will be held on June 8-9, 2013.

Saturday June 8, 2013 – Races Only

MIT Pierce Boathouse (Boathouse Directions)

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

Sunday June 9, 2013 – 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 2013 is now posted.  The schedule may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

12:00 Eye-dotting ceremony
Chinese Waist Drum Dance (Boston side) GBCCA (
Chinese Drumming (Cambridge side) CCCC (
12:15 Dragon dance Wahlum Kungfu Academy (
12:45 Opening ceremony
1:00 Chinese Traditioanl Music, Chinese Yo-Yo GBCCA (
1:30 Tae Kwon Do Demonstration O’Malley Tae Kwon Do Center (
1:45 Bhangra & Bollywood Dance Boston Bhangra & Nazar (
2:15 Chinese martial arts demonstration Wahlum Kungfu Academy (
2:45 Chinese Traditional Dance Angel Performing Arts (
3:15 Bhangra & Bollywood Dance Boston Bhangra & Nazar (
3:45 Tae Kwon Do Demonstration O’Malley Tae Kwon Do Center (
4:00 Chinese and Asian arts demonstration CCCC (
4:30 Japanese Taiko drumming Odaiko New England (
5:00 Awards ceremony for winning teams