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Solomons Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, August 21, 2021

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Festival Sponsors

Witness the action!

See the final race from 2019. Experience the excitement as the best of the best competed for the trophy! Paddling in this race are: AMEWAS "Drag'n Butt"; Avian Engineering, LLC; and O'Brien Realty "River Rats". Want to see who wins? Check it out!

About Our Festival

The annual Solomons Dragon Boat Festival is a fun, family-oriented event featuring 30 teams of paddlers competing for glory on the Patuxent River!

Saturday, August 21, 2021 will be a full day of dragon boat races complete with a parade of teams, lunchtime entertainment, caricature artists, children’s activities, vendor village and awards ceremony. Events throughout the week include a traditional Dotting of the Eye Ceremony, practice sessions and a Flash Mob. Expect all this and more in 2021!

The event raises funds for SMCR and its members with developmental differences.

Dragon Boating

What is Dragon Boating?

The roots of dragon boat racing go back over 2,000 years to the southern provinces of China

Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him, beating drums and pounding paddles on the river’s waters. They threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from devouring Qu Yuan’s body.

Out of the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals, dragon boating evolved into the sport we know and celebrate today in Solomons, Maryland and around the world.