Portland Dragon Boat Festival

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Sept. 7–8, 2024
98 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97204

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

Enjoy Portland's annual Dragon Boat Festival, featuring dragon boat racing along with food vendors, a beer garden and more. DragonSports USA Portland Dragon Boat Festival features over 40 Oregon, Washington, and California teams.

The Portland Dragon Boat Festival is a family-friendly event including food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, and 500 m races, on the Willamette River in Downtown Portland. This year’s event marks the 25th anniversary of the festival. The Portland Dragon Boat Festival is a great way to wrap up summer festivities. The energy at the event is invigorating, and whether you are a family wanting a fun outdoor community event to watch or a participant, you will have a phenomenal time. And the kids (and adults) will love to have their faces painted via “Face Painting by Nicole.”

DragonSports USA is a Portland non-profit organization with 2,500 members that paddle recreationally and competitively throughout the year. Teams at the race include the Golden Dragons, a “55 age and up” team with an average age of 72 years, and several cancer survivor teams, including Portland’s Pink Phoenix Breast Cancer Survivor team. Races will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. The Portland Fire Department will open the race with their fireboat spraying water into the sky along the racecourse.