August 20 | 8 am to 4 pm

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

The Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival celebrates its 16th year with a free family friendly event offering a unique celebration of Asian culture highlighted by the exciting sport of dragon boat racing. In 2000, Riverfront Recapture held its first Dragon Boat Festival and recruited 30 local teams to compete in a 1-day, community-based race. Since then the Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival has come a long way, and we are proud to be considered one of the Top 10 Dragon Boat Festivals in the United States. In addition to dragon boat racing, our festival offers a variety of live Asian entertainment, abundant ethnic food, martial arts demonstrations, and authentic cultural programming.

2016 Race Results - All Heats
2016 Finals Results

2016 Festival Schedule
7:30 - 8:00 am: Opening Ceremony, Asian Performing Arts

Dance & Performing Arts:
10 - 10:30 am: Chinese Culture Center
10:30 - 11:15 am: East Culture Arts
11:15 - 11:45 am: Phoenix Performing Arts
Noon - 1 pm: Asian Performing Arts
1:30 - 2 pm: Nachie with Yashs Didi Dance School
2 - 2:45 pm: Taikoza
3 - 3:45 pm: Dance China

Martial Arts & Fitness Demonstrations:
11 am - Noon: Ju Long Wu Shu
Noon - 1 pm: Malee's School of Tai Chi and Kung Fu
2 - 3 pm: Bushido Karate Academy

Kids Activities, 10 am - 4 pm
Lucky Bamboo Crafts
Teach Art To Me

Admission to the Asian Festival is FREE. There is a fee to compete in the dragon boat races.



Season Sponsor:

Arts Partner:
Greater Hartford Arts Council

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Beacon Health Options The Hartford Hartford Steam Boiler/Munich RE
The Phoenix Companies Pratt & Whitney UTC Aerospace Systems


Festival Partner:
Price Chopper



Official EMS Provider:



Media Partner:



Hotel Partner:
Hampton Inn


Our 2016 Sponsors' generous support enables us to offer the festival free of charge to the public. If you are interested in sponsoring this exciting event, contact Deborah Baker, Director of Development, via email or call 860.713.3131 ext. 326.

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