If you love participating in cultural festivals across the city, tune in. The Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is a celebrated tradition in Vancouver dedicated to the Chinese sport of dragon boat racing. Best of all? The series of races are free to attend!

Hosted by the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society, North America’s flagship dragon boat fest attracts over 100,000 visitors every year, who flock to False Creek to witness over 100 teams race at one of “BC’s largest dragon boat races,” according to its Facebook page.

This year, there will be over 200 teams from around the world competing in the festival, according to its website.

Visitors can also enjoy live music on the main stage and check out a variety of local vendors and food trucks.

The family-friendly event kicks off a whole host of outdoor fun across Metro Vancouver with rhythmic drumming, enthusiastic crowds, and a smorgasbord of entertainment.

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Hiring for part-time Dock Staff

And for those looking for a fun summer job – Dragon Boat BC is currently hiring part-time dock staff for the duration of the festival.

According to the job listing, Dock Staff “help maintain the facility and equipment, get clients on the water, and answer inquiries” – and are paid $18 to $19 per hour. 

Festival info & dates

This year’s Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival will take place on June 22nd and 23rd.

Ready to get out on the water even sooner? Dragon Boat BC has kayak and stand-up paddle boards available for rent in Olympic Village from now through September!

So there you have it, Vancouver! Mark your calendars and sign up to race if you’re interested. The dragon boat festival will be in Vancouver before you know it!

Stay tuned for more info on vendors and 2024 programming as it comes.

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival 

When: Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd
Where: Olympic Village
Cost: Free