Kansas City Annual International Dragon Boat Festival

Kansas City Annual International Dragon Boat Festival

Drum Rollers and Dragons will kick off a day of racing 

The Dragon Boat Festival is a Kansas City tradition beginning in 2005. Funds are raised for scholarships to help Kansas City college students and students in China. The festival has three components: dragon boat races, a culture showcase, and entertainment. Dragon boat racing is a team-building opportunity. Teams are from local colleges, community organizations, and companies. The festival is hosted by Kansas City-Xi’an Sister City Committee and the Society for Friendship with China in partnership with Kansas City Parks and Recreation. The festival is on the second Saturday of June. 

WHAT: 17th Annual Dragon Boat Festival 

WHEN: June 10th, 10 a.m. to approximately 2:30. p.m., practice begins at 8 a.m. 

WHERE: Brush Creek (by Mill Creek Pkwy), Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO 

The heart of the event is the Dragon Boat Race on Brush Creek, a nod to the river dragons in the Miyou River in China and the fishermen who searched for Xu Yuan in 300 BCE. Dragon boat festivals are held throughout the world in late spring to commemorate this event.  

Entertainment above the Creek includes an array of music and dance and activities such as calligraphy demonstrations and children’s activities.