Summer Events

Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival

Event Details

2024-07-06 to 2024-07-06
Visit Website
1088 Sunset Dr, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9W1, Canada


Delight in the Excitement

Renowned for its community spirit and unique blend of cultural traditions, the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival is an annual spectacle that draws locals and visitors alike to the picturesque shores of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. As an event that celebrates diversity, teamwork, and competitive spirit, this festival is an experience like no other.

Held annually in July, the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival transforms the tranquil landscape of Kelowna into a pulsating arena of spirited competition. With its roots tracing back to traditional Chinese boat racing festivals, the dragon boat race has become an emblem of unity and community celebration.

Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a first-time attendee, the festival promises a myriad of activities for everyone. Teams, often made up of coworkers, friends, and family, engage in intense yet friendly competition, paddling in unison to the rhythm of the drum. Every team's synchronized efforts to propel the adorned dragon-headed vessels across the glistening waters of Okanagan Lake are sights to behold.

Off the water, the festival is just as exciting. Attendees can explore booths showcasing local artisans, food vendors serving mouth-watering delicacies, and live entertainment, providing an electrifying ambiance.

For those looking to participate, registration usually opens months before the event. Teams are encouraged to sign up early as spots fill up quickly. Various team categories accommodate all skill levels and ages, making the festival inclusive and inviting to all.

If you're planning a trip to Kelowna, make sure to mark your calendar for the Dragon Boat Festival. Not only does it offer a thrilling spectacle and fun-filled day, but it also brings together the Kelowna community in a unique way that celebrates their camaraderie, sporting spirit, and multicultural heritage.

So, get ready to be a part of this dynamic celebration - cheer on the competing teams, savour the local cuisine, shop from artisanal vendors, or simply soak in the fantastic atmosphere. The Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival is more than just a race; it's a cultural immersion, a community gathering, and an unforgettable experience.