August 15 and August 16, 2015

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza


Festival hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Race Results

Community Division Racing on Saturday, August 15, 2015

Club Team Division Racing on Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival celebrates 15 years 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 Races in the United States. Last year we hosted a record 93 teams and more than 3,000 athletes from local community organizations and Clubs throughout the Northeast. In addition to dragon boat racing, our expanded 2-day 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


Follow the festival! 

Click here for official 2014 RACE RESULTS

Vendor & Exhibitor Information
Register as a vendor; only accepting vending applications until 7/31/15. Asian food and merchandise vendors desired; community and marketing exhibitors are welcome. 

Directions & Parking


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

Parking Recommendations:


Science Center/Riverfront Garage
250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103

Parking coupon for Science Center/Riverfront Garage; open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

CT Convention Center Garage
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103

Parking coupon for CT Convention Center Garage; open 24/7.

Constitution Plaza Garage
109 Constitution Plaza 
Hartford, CT 06103



Many thanks to our 2015 Sponsors, whose 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 our online form to sponsor now!

Season Sponsor:


Festival Series Sponsor:



2015 Arts Partner:


Gold Sponsors:

Aetna The Hartford

Silver Sponsors:

UTC Aerospace Systems


Bronze Sponsor:



Hotel Sponsor:
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

Media Support:



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