This year's Saint Martin's University Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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 4,000 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, 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 the inside scoop check out our Saint Martin's University "Insights" feature article.

Exclusive Dragon Boat Festival hotel package

For more ideas on what to do in the South Puget Sound, visit the Olympia Visitor and Convention Bureau website for inspiration.

Schedule of events

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
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!

We have 52 teams and we need your help to make the Dragon Boat Festival a success! We are looking for 75 volunteers to assist with setup, takedown, and marshalling during the event. Volunteers receive a commemorative t-shirt and a free lunch voucher.

Sign up using our volunteer form here.

For questions, please contact

Sponsors of the 2016 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.

Some of our sponsors include 94.5 ROXY, the Associated Students of Saint Martin's University, Olympia Federal Savings, as well as the following sponsors: