Date and time of event President Roy Heynderickx ceremoniously dotting the dragon's eyes Dragon boat team paddling Lion Dance Teams competing

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Saint Martin's University Dragon Boat Festival was held at Port Plaza in Budd Inlet on Saturday, April 27, 2013.




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Ninth Annual Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Port Plaza, Olympia, WA

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Paddles up! The yearly Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of diversity and culture that features community vendors, local performers and the famous dragon boat race. For inquiries about the 2014 event, please e-mail us today.

Team registration is now closed.


Sponsorship

Current sponsors

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There are two major ways to support the Saint Martin's University 2014 Dragon Boat Festival:

Become a sponsor

As a sponsor, you will be aligning your company with the Saint Martin's University Dragon Boat Festival and therefore gain exposure to a diverse group of enthused participants and spectators. As the popularity of the dragon boat race grows larger every year, the festival's attendance is expected to surpass over 4,000 onlookers! This premier community event will be covered by various media, including TCTV, radio, The Olympian, and local news stations. Drawing crowds from Washington and Oregon, the Saint Martin's University Dragon Boat Festival is an ideal opportunity to relay your message to the local and regional communities.

Review the 2014 SMU Dragon Boat sponsorship packet, benefit flyer and OIPD fact sheet for additional information.

Friends of the Festival

The Saint Martin's University Dragon Boat Festival Organizing Committee appreciates any donation amount from our supporters. Help continue the SMU Dragon Boat Festival by making a gift today!

Questions?
Please contact Josephine Yung at jyung@stmartin.edu or call 360-438-4375.

Community boardwalk

Showcase your business or organization with a booth at Saint Martin's Dragon Boat Festival! As a Community boardwalk participant you will reach out to over 4,000 festival athletes and spectators. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to advertise and add to the festive atmosphere of the day, it also demonstrates your commitment to the community and supporting Saint Martin's University.

2013 Community boardwalk vendors

  • Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team
  • Kirei Jewelry
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Olympia Visitor and Convention Bureau
  • Olympia-Kato Sister City
  • Lacey Rotary Duck Dash
  • Saint Martin's University Admissions
  • Saint Martin's University Bookstore
  • Saint Martin's University International Host Families
  • Timberland Regional Library
  • Washington Dragon Boat Association
  • Port of Olympia
  • SMU Social Squad

2014 registration is now closed

For more information please contact:
SMU Dragon Boat
dragonboat@stmartin.edu
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500

Dragon boat location

The Dragon Boat Festival takes place in the Port Plaza of Olympia near the Marine Terminal. It is a beautiful location with views of the Washington State Capitol Buildings and Olympic Mountains. The event site is downtown, near the Olympia Farmers Market and favorite local restaurants.

Please be mindful of parking and leave your car in SMU Dragon Boat Festival designated locations or a public parking space. There is plenty of free street parking downtown so please feel free to utilize that.  Download a map of parking for the event, or consider using the Dash Shuttle for riding to the event! We hope you come and enjoy the festive day at this beautiful location!

Accommodations

Looking for a place to stay overnight while you're in Olympia for the festival? Red Lion Hotel has provided participants of the Dragon Boat Festival a discounted rate. Call 1.800.733.5466 and reference that you are with Saint Martin's Dragon Boat Festival or provide Group Block Code SAIN0425. Booking may be done online as well at www.olympia.redlion.com and enter promo code SAIN0425 to receive the discounted rate.

Performances

The Saint Martin's Dragon Boat Festival is about more than the boat racing. It is a time for the community to come together and celebrate culture. Celebration songs and dances are performed, boats are blessed and a traditional lion dance is even performed!

The following performances were seen at the festival in 2013:

  • River Ridge High Taiko Drum Group
  • SMU Hawaii Club
  • Traditional Lion Dance
  • Kung-Fu
  • Tai Chi
  • Chinese music
  • Chinese folk dancing
  • Japanese Soran Bushi dance
  • Group Quetzalcoatl
  • SMU Dance Hip Hop Group

Teams

This annual celebration, inaugurated in 2006, draws over 4,000 spectators. Saint Martin's University is proud to host the event with the cooperation of the Washington Dragon Boat Association.

Beyond the spirited dragon boat races, there were Chinese traditional art demonstrations, traditional lion dances, music, and martial arts performances. This festival has always been a celebrated time for the community. To get an inside scoop check out our Saint Martin's University "Insights" feature article.

Racing rules and regulations are available for review. 

Team registration is now closed!

Volunteer

Interested in being a part of this amazing event but don't want to paddle? You can sign up here to volunteer.

We have multiple opportunities for you to come and help out at this fun, community event. We look forward to seeing your name on the volunteer registration list!

Day of event schedule

  • 8:30 a.m. Team registration & check-in
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome
  • 9:10 a.m. Dotting of the eye ceremony
  • 9:20 a.m. Blessing of the boats
  • 9:30 a.m. Team marshalling
  • 9:45 a.m. Dragon boat races begin
  • 10:30 a.m. Performances begin
  • 4:00 p.m. Final heats
  • 5:00 p.m. Awards ceremony and closing remarks