Join us for the 2017 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival!

All ages welcome to this free public event; join us in Victoria’s Beautiful Inner Harbour 

Friday, August 18

1:00 pmEye Dotting Ceremony

Taoist priests awaken the sleeping spirits of the dragon and bless the competition

2:00pm – Canada Dry Dragon Boat Festival begins

Site open, including Forbidden Village with food trucks, retails vendors, beer garden, and family cultural activities.

7:00 pm – Younger Than Yesterday

Younger Than Yesterday takes you back to the rock music of the 60s. Armed with their outfits and wigs this is a must see band for any music fan.

8:30 pm – Electric Sex Panther

A hard hitting band of young, multi-talented musicians from Victoria BC. Their sound: a tightly arranged combination of RnB, Hip Hop, soul and jazz.

9:00 pmLights of Courage Illumination Ceremony

Honour those who have been affected by cancer and help raise funds for research and treatment


Saturday, August 19

8:00 amRaces begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:30 pmPaddlers’ Air Band Contest

Costumes, dances, skits, and more – our paddlers go all out, on the water and on the stage

7:30 pm – Backbeat

Canada’s Number One Nostalgia Band! The British Invasion from the Beatles to the Zombies and other great hits from the 60’s and more.

8:45pm – New Souls 

The New Souls have mission to craft a unique sound from their boundless love and respect of soul, R&B, and funk music. Well-crafted melodies, soaring lyricism, and a dynamic rhythm section make The New Souls a must-see live act.


Sunday, August 20

8:00 amSemi-Final races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

3:00 pmAward ceremonies start

Taking place on the Main Stage, staggered awards after races