Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrate Asian culture, traditions and art at North America’s oldest Dragon Boat Festival, which honors the life and death of Chinese patriot-poet Qu Yuan (340 – 278 B.C.). The 2013 Boston Dragon Boat Festival in Cambridge features exciting dragon boat races on the scenic Charles River near Harvard Square and MIT, as well as Asian cultural performances, arts and crafts and authentic cuisine.

Cheer on the dragon boats during the race trails on Saturday from the Pierce Boathouse at MIT down the Charles River. On Sunday, June 9th, the festivities include the final dragon boat races down the river near Harvard Square followed by an all-day festival with fun entertainment. Watch exciting cultural performances under the main tent, including Chinese dance performances, drumming, live music, martial arts and Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, and beautiful arts and crafts.

Boston’s Dragon Boat Festival is a wonderful experience of Asian culture and heritage. Sample delicious Chinese, Japanese and Indian foods from local restaurants and chefs as you watch the racers paddle to victory. This is a fun and free family event and a cool way to kick off summer in Boston.

For more about the Boston Dragon Boat Festival and race schedule, go to


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