August 20, 2016

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza


Opening Ceremonies: 8 a.m.
Festival hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


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. Festival highlights included authentic Asian music and dance performances, food and merchandise vendors, an Asian beer garden, martial arts expo, arts and crafts for the kids and more.  


In 2000, Riverfront Recapture held its 1st 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.

Admission to the Asian Festival is FREE. Participation in the dragon boat races is fee-based.

ERDBA Sanctioned Qualifier


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Directions & Parking

This event is held at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Please visit the park's page for directions.



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, or use this form to become a sponsor now!

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