Unique entertainment and a fascinating cultural event unite at the racing of Dragon Boats on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Lake Lanier Olympic Park at the north end of the lake.
These boats look a bit alarming, but it’s all part of a rather ancient tradition.
You can study the history of this 2,000-year-old sport by clicking on this link: Dragon Boat History.
This incomparable gathering of athletes, observers and folks simply out for a good time includes masterful dancing, unusual food and music you might never have heard before.
The dramatic Opening Ceremony at 12:30 PM is spectacular.
History of Dragon Boats on Lake Lanier
The Hong Kong Information Center in Atlanta conducted the 18th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Atlanta in September 2013. The Festival took place at Lake Lanier on the same venue that hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Rowing and Paddling events.
Activities commenced with races beginning at 9 am and the colorful Opening Ceremonies at noon. The race has grown from a handful of teams and a few spectators to an event which is one of the hallmark diversity events in the metro Atlanta area.
The event now boasts a field of more than 50 teams with over 5,000 spectators and a wide variety of Chinese artisans either performing or displaying their wares.
We’ll see you on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to watch Dragon Boats race on Lake Lanier.