Boston Dragon Boat Festival

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You don’t have to go to Hong Kong to get a glimpse into the allure of Asia. Held on June 8th and June 9th, the 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returns to deliver a majestic, cultural display at the Charles River in Boston! Witness 54 teams from around the world compete for coveted medals and honors. Over 20,000 participants and spectators turn out to witness this 3,000 year old Chinese tradition. The Festival premiered in 1979, and has since grown from a small neighborhood event into a highly-anticipated Boston attraction. Best of all – it’s free! Build lasting memories with your travel companions and experience this unique cultural tradition!

Teams compete over a 500-meter course in colorful, 39-foot Hong Kong style dragon boats. Time trials begin at 7:00am on June 8th- so sneak a peek at the teams before they compete! The real races take place from 7:00am – 5:00pm on the Charles River. Stake out your vantage point to see these stunning, illustrious dragon boats in action.Boston Dragon Boat Festival

The fun doesn’t stop there! The Dragon Boat Festival boasts plenty cultural delights to provide you with a taste of Asian culture. From 12:00pm – 5:00pm, the Cambridge Side Main tent will feature a Chinese waist drum dance, dragon dance, traditional Chinese music, Tae Kwon Do demonstration, and Chinese and Asian arts demonstrations. With so much activity, you may work up an appetite. Luckily, there will be plenty of vendors preparing authentic Asian cuisine for your enjoyment! For the full schedule, as well as directions, check out the official website.

Boston is known as one of America’s greatest maritime cities. So while you may not be competing in the Dragon Boat Race, you can still explore the waters surrounding Boston! Take to the seas on a high-speed catamaran for a stunning Whale Watch excursion! Take a 60-minute Charles River Tour as your Captain points out relevant historic sights along the waterfront. Relish the history of Boston on the Boston’s Tall Ships experience as you climb aboard the 125-foot Liberty Clipper, fashioned in the stately tradition of the mid-1800s. You can include it all for one low price with your Go Boston Card!

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