A 2,500-year-old Chinese sport comes to life.
The inaugural Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival celebrates ancient Chinese culture, sport and the natural wonders of the Reno-Sparks region.
What Are Dragon Boats?
Dragon boats are 40-foot human-powered canoes decorated with ornate Chinese dragon heads and tails. Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams consisting of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer, and one steersperson race the boats 500m across the lake. The more in sync the paddlers are, the faster the boat glides through the water. Dragon boat racing has become the world’s fastest growing water sport.
Free To Watch!
Open to the public and family-friendly. Admission is free for spectators and there will be plenty to do in between the races! Festivities include a Health and Wellness Village, the Kids Zone on-site, and various vendors, exhibitors, food trucks and artisans.
Who Can Race?
Social groups and businesses alike embrace the sport of dragon boating as it builds camaraderie and a sense of “team” through participation in the sport. Dragon boat teams are created from local organizations and special interest groups, while others are just teams of family and friends looking for a fun activity outdoors!
No experience is necessary and the sport’s inclusivity means all shapes, sizes and physical abilities can paddle. The festival promotes health and wellness, community engagement, and team building.
Want to Enter a Team?
Team registration includes 3 races, 1 team pre-event practice, and a team tent within the Athletes’ Village. Click on the website link below for more information.