CDBA Mission Statement

Save the Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Eigth Annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival, proudly presented by the Cleveland Dragon Boat Association, will take place on  Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Help us to make it the biggest and best festival yet!  Congratulations to Team Panda, Champions  and winner of the Cuyahoga Cup,  and the combined Gathering Place (Cleveland) Dragonflys and (Detroit) Motor City Dragons, BCS Champions and winner of the BCS Cuyahoga Cup.

A full listing of the race results from the 2012 Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival can be viewed here. The 2014 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.

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 Festival

Thanks to our many volunteers, we have been keeping a public collection of photos from the Dragon Boat races over the years. You can view these photos by following the links below (2013 photos COMING SOON!).

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 the 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, the 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.