August 16, 2014 and August 17, 2014

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival returns to Hartford with the colorful and competitive dragon boat races on the Connecticut River coupled with our amazing Asian Festival.

This Asian-themed family friendly event offers a unique celebration of Asian culture featuring the exciting sport of dragon boat racing.  Festival highlights include authentic music and dance performances, food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, martial arts demonstration, arts and crafts for kids and more. 

Dragon Boat Race Participants - Register before May 31st and SAVE $100!


More than 40 teams have already registered and Community Team practice times are booking up fast!

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 premier dragon boat festivals in the United States. Last year we hosted a record 93 teams and more than 2,300 athletes from local community organizations and 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.

COMMUNITY TEAMS - Take teambuilding to the next level with Dragon Boat Racing!  Watch the following video to see how dragon boating could work for you!

CLUB TEAMS - Who will be 2014's fastest team?


*This event date is subject to change, relocation or cancellation without notice. 



Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Parking Recommendations:

Science Center/Riverfront Garage
250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Science center will have a special rate of $7.00

CT Convention Center Garage
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Standard hourly rate at:
$3.00 the first hour
$2.00 each additional hour
Max @ $19.00

Morgan Street Garage
155 Morgan St
Hartford, CT
Morgan Street is $ 4.00

Constitution Plaza Garage
109 Constitution Plaza 
Hartford, CT 06103
$10 fee
Patrons should use the south garage entrance on State Street

Vendor & Exhibitor Information
For food/merchandise vending and exhibitor information, email us.



Many thanks to our 2014 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:



2014 Arts Partner:


Gold Sponsors:

Aetna The Hartford MassMutual

Hotel Sponsor:

Holiday Inn Hartford East


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