Tenth Annual Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Port Plaza, Port Plaza, Olympia, WA
Paddles up! The yearly Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of diversity
and culture that features community vendors, local performers and the famous
dragon boat race. For inquiries about the 2015 event, please
e-mail us today.
This annual celebration, inaugurated in 2006, draws over 4,000 spectators.
Saint Martin's University is proud to host the event with the cooperation of
Beyond the spirited dragon boat races, there are Chinese traditional art
demonstrations, traditional lion dances, music, and martial arts
performances. This festival has always been a celebrated time for the
community. To get an inside scoop check out our Saint Martin's University
"Insights" feature article.
For more ideas on what to do in the South Puget Sound,
visit the Olympia Visitor and Convention Bureau website for
Sponsorship and donation opportunities
There are two major ways to support the Saint Martin's University 2015
Dragon Boat Festival:
Become a sponsor
As a sponsor, you will be aligning your company with the Saint Martin's
University Dragon Boat Festival and therefore gain exposure to a diverse
group of enthused participants and spectators. As the popularity of the
dragon boat race grows larger every year, the festival's attendance is
expected to surpass over 4,000 onlookers! This premier community event will
be covered by various media, including TCTV, radio, The Olympian, and local
news stations. Drawing crowds from Washington and Oregon, the Saint Martin's
University Dragon Boat Festival is an ideal opportunity to relay your
message to the local and regional communities.
Friends of the Festival
The Saint Martin's University Dragon Boat Festival Organizing Committee
appreciates any donation amount from our supporters. Help continue the SMU
Dragon Boat Festival by
making a gift today!
Please contact Josephine Yung at
or call 360-438-4375.
Registration for community boardwalk vendors is now closed. Thank you to all
who have registered and we look forward to seeing you at the festival!
The Dragon Boat Festival takes place in the
Port Plaza of Olympia near the Marine Terminal. It is a beautiful
location with views of the Washington State Capitol Buildings and Olympic
Mountains. The event site is downtown, near the
Olympia Farmers Market and favorite local restaurants.
Please be mindful of parking and leave your car in SMU Dragon Boat Festival
designated locations or a public parking space. There is plenty of free
street parking downtown so please feel free to utilize that. Download a
map of parking
for the event, or consider using the
Dash Shuttle for riding to the event! We hope you come and enjoy the
festive day at this beautiful location!
Looking for a place to stay
overnight while you're in Olympia for the festival? Our host hotel,
Red Lion Hotel, has provided participants of the Dragon Boat Festival a
discounted rate. Call 360-252-0977 and reference that you are with the Saint
Martin's Dragon Boat Festival or
book online today.
The Saint Martin's Dragon Boat Festival is about more than the boat racing.
It is a time for the community to come together and celebrate culture.
Celebration songs and dances are performed, boats are blessed and a
traditional lion dance is even performed!
Here are just some of the performances to look forward to at this year's
River Ridge High Taiko Drum Group
SMU Hawaii Club
Traditional Lion Dance
Chinese folk dancing
Japanese Soran Bushi dance
Teams - registration and rules
Interested in being a part of this amazing event but don't want to paddle?
Stay tuned for more information as the event draws closer.
Sign up here to volunteer.
8:00 a.m. Team registration and check-in
8:15 a.m. Team captains' meeting
9 a.m. Welcome
9 a.m. Team marshalling
9:10 a.m. Dotting of the eye ceremony
9:15 a.m. Blessing of the boats
9:20 a.m. Dragon dance
9:30 a.m. Dragon boat races begin
10:15 a.m. Performances begin
4 p.m. Final heats
4:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and closing remarks
Thank you to our sponsors!
Associated Students of Saint Martin's University (ASSMU)
Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation
Olympia Federal Savings Bank
Saint Martin's Board of Trustees