The 20th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
September 19th & 20th, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-5PM!
It's all eyes on the Bay when speeding dragon boats take to the water for the 20th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival on Treasure Island! Come cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as they race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2015.
This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, delicious food, a variety of clothes and crafts vendors, and kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land where games, arts and crafts, and rides await.
At the heart of the festival is the race excitement, with almost 140 dragon boat teams comprised of nearly 4,000 paddlers representing teams that include local corporations and non-profits as well as competitive teams from across the U.S. and Canada. Come watch your favorite local corporations and community groups battle it out on the water.
Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 11:30 am, where monks will perform a traditional blessing and eye dotting ceremony to awaken the dragons for a weekend of racing, joined by City & County of San Francisco elected officials.
On stage, there will be lion and dragon dances, taiko drumming, Tahitian dancing, martial arts, musical theater, Chinese acrobats, and much more! At the Kaiser Permanente Health and Fitness Pavilion, try the bicycle spin art, get an airbrush dragon tattoo, take a break at the sunscreen bar, and let your kids climb aboard a real dragon boat.
For the Kids…
We'll have lots of activities for the kiddos, including Dragon Land — a 3,500 square foot children's activity pavilion filled with arts and crafts, games, animal balloons, face painting, temporary tattoos and yo yo lessons! Kids can also ride the mini helicopter or spinning dragon rides, climb in a pirate house, test their agility and strength at the Spider Mountain obstacle course. There will also be some fun science, technology and math-oriented activities to complete the rainbow of activities that engage these young minds.
Eating and Shopping
When you get hungry, check out the food selection, including some of San Francisco's favorite food vendors such as Let’s Be Frank Organic Hot Dogs. In addition to popular faves such as sushi and Asian Tacos, you can also try delicious BBQ, savor Thai, Phillipino, Vietnamese, and Hawaiian food, and cool off with a smoothie, Boba tea, or organic frozen treats. Did someone say Dippin' Dots? You've gotta try them if you've never had them.
Dog-friendly, if your Dog is friendly...
Dogs are allowed, as long as they are on leash, comfortable around large crowds & children, and you clean up after them.