Fortune City Family Activity Zone
This family friendly zone has something fun for everyone. Play interactive games and win some great prizes. Grab a bite to eat from a selection of delicious local food vendors and join us in the Cultural/ Family Activities Tent for some cultural crafts and entertainment.
Eye Dotting Ceremony
The spirits of the dragon boats sleep in the mountains until they are awoken by Taoist priests during the Eye Dotting Ceremony.
The Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony is conducted to cleanse the area of competition, to bless the competitors and their boats, and to charge the boats and their crews with the Spirit of the Dragon and the Goddess of the Sea.
Lights of Courage
Help support the BC Cancer Foundation as they work towards a future free of cancer. Purchase a paper lantern for $2 and write a message of hope, love, or remembrance on its tag. Hang your lantern at the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival and be a part of a truly moving show of support and community. All proceeds from lantern sales support the BC Cancer Foundation.
Is there any better way to spend a hot summer afternoon? Check out some awesome music on the Main Stage while relaxing in our huge beer garden. You might even catch some crazy paddlers dancing up a storm on stage…
Check out our free, all-ages live entertainment every evening on the Festival Main Stage. We feature some awesome visiting and local bands, creating the right atmosphere for you, your family and friends to dance the night away!
A great line up of free cultural performances has been scheduled this year. Bring the family down to the Festival Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday to take in the sights and sounds as local community groups share their vibrant cultural traditions.
Watch the Races
Check out the exciting dragon boat races, right in Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour! Teams race 470m from Laurel Point towards the Empress Hotel, in an intense display of strength and teamwork. Watch the final stretch from our grandstands for the best view in the harbour.
The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is located in the heart of downtown Victoria. With shopping districts, restaurants, hotels, transit and more within minutes’ walk of the Festival, just about anything you need is close at hand. (Google map inset – centre on 900 Wharf St.)
Battles are won or lost on the water, but the glory comes after. Celebrate the successes of our teams at the Awards Ceremonies, conducted on the Main Stage. Teams finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective Final A divisions receive medals. Challenge cups are awarded to winners in special divisions.
Need medical attention? St. John’s Ambulance will be on site to attend to minor injuries. Find their truck near the Information Booth.
Lose your phone? Your wallet? Your paddle? Lost and found items can be claimed from the Information Booth. If your item is missing after the close of the Festival, contact our office.
Lost child or parent? Use the Information Booth as your central meeting point. Volunteers will help reunite lost children and parents. Tell your child to meet you at the Information Booth if you are separated while at the Festival.
Need cash? Many on-site services accept debit or credit cards, but we also provide ATM machines for quick and easy access to your money. Find these near Paddlers Village and the Information Booth.