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Save the Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Ninth Annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival, proudly presented by the Cleveland Dragon Boat Association, will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Help us to make it the biggest and best festival yet!  Congratulations to the Steel City Dragons, Champions and winner of the Cuyahoga Cup, and Pink Steel, winner of the BCS Cuyahoga Cup. Both championship teams hail from the "Steel" City of Pittsburgh.

A full listing of the race results from the 2014 Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival can be viewed here. The 2015 Festival will take place on the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland's historic Flats at Nautica Entertainment Complex, 2000 Sycamore Street. Races will be 500 meters on the Cuyahoga  River which, on race day, will be closed to all commercial river traffic (special thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard).

A Little History

The Festival acknowledges dragon boat history and its connection with Asian culture and will promote the people and unique cultures of  Cleveland's Asian community. Dragon Boat racing incorporates high energy, fitness, team building and recreational exercise in a fun and  competitive atmosphere! It is an excellent recreational sport for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Individual strength is less  important than teamwork, coordination and cooperation.

Proceeds from the Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival will benefit The Gathering Place.  The Gathering Place is a caring community that supports,  educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.  Join us for thrilling races, team spirit and fun on the banks of the majestic Cuyahoga River in Cleveland's Historic Flats. The races will be an exciting and exhilarating event!

Photos from the 2014 Festival

Thanks to our volunteer photographers who have provided a public collection of photos of the 2014 Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival. You can view their photos by following the links below.

Photos from past festivals

The Metroparks

The Cleveland Dragon Boat Association (CDBA) also owns and operates three dragon boats on the Cuyahoga River. We are located at Rivergate Park, another  gem in the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace, that provides the only public access to the river's  commercial navigation channel. All active members of CDBA volunteer their effort to benefit families and individuals of all ages, as well as the business,  civic and not-for-profit organizations in Northeast Ohio. Throughout the paddling season, CDBA and Cleveland Metroparks provide a variety of teambuilding and recreational program activities to the Greater Cleveland community.

Contact us to learn how you can be a part of this exciting community!


Cleveland Rowing Foundation The Gathering Place Asia, Inc.