Come and join us at the Port of Olympia: 701 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501.

An annual celebration of diversity and culture, the Dragon Boat Festival features community vendors, local performers and the famous dragon boat race. This event draws over 5,000 spectators from the surrounding South Puget Sound region. Saint Martin's University is proud to host the event with the cooperation of Kaikane Events.

Beyond the spirited dragon boat races, enjoy the traditional lion dances, music, and performances. This festival has always been a celebrated time for the community. To get the 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 inspiration.

Dragon Boat 2017 race results

Schedule of events

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location: Port Plaza, Olympia

9:00 a.m.Welcome!
9:10 a.m.Dotting of the eye ceremony
9:15 a.m.Blessing of the boats
9:30 a.m.Dragon boat races begin
10:00 a.m.Performance begins
4:00 p.m.Final heats
4:30 p.m.Awards ceremony and closing remarks


Join the fun and volunteer!

Interested in volunteering? We need volunteers to assist with setup, takedown, and marshalling during the event. Volunteers receive a commemorative t-shirt and a free lunch voucher.

For questions and to volunteer, please contact

Sponsors of the 2017 Dragon Boat Festival

A special thank you to our sponsors for supporting the Saint Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival! Funds generated from the Dragon Boat Festival help enrich international programs, build scholarships for study abroad and other academic exchanges, and advance international faculty development.

Our sponsors include the Associated Students of Saint Martin's University as well as the following sponsors:

Olympia Federal Savings

Thurston County

94.5 Roxy

Capitol City Press

Essentia Water

Olympia Federal Savings

TwinStar Credit Union

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

Squaxin Island Tribe