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Steveston Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat at Steveston Festival

The second of two major dragon boat race events in Metro Vancouver each year, the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival takes place in Steveston Village in August.


Dragon Boat Racing in Steveston Village

The regatta is a one-day festival which in 2020 was going to take place on Saturday, August 22nd. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The same was the case in 2021. The festival returns on August 20th, 2022.

Another similar event is the much larger Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival which is a three-day event that usually happens in False Creek near Science World in mid-June.


Dragon Boating Location

The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival takes place in Richmond‘s Steveston Village between the Britannia Heritage Shipyard and Imperial Landing. The Britannia Heritage Shipyard is located at 5180 Westwater Drive and Imperial Landing is at 4000 Bayview Street further to the west.


Festival Schedule

Below is the schedule of events for the 2019 Steveston Dragon Boat Festival. Future event details will likely be similar.

  • 8:00 am – Dragon Boat races begin
  • 9:00 am – Food and market vendor stalls open
  • 10:00 am – Children’s arts and crafts activity tent opens
  • 11:00 am – Main Stage entertainment begins
  • 12:00 pm – Beer Garden opens
  • 5:00 pm – Awards Ceremony


Steveston Dragon Boat Crowds


Entertainment Schedule

Every year there is also live music on the Main Stage, like the following performances that happened in 2019. We expect details to be similar for future events.


Friday, June 21, 2019


Saturday, June 22, 2019


Sunday, June 23, 2019


Dragon Boat Racing Details

At the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival up to six dozen teams compete in races that are 250 and 500 metres in distance. Each boat has about 20 paddlers plus a steerer and a drummer. Up to 72 teams compete each year.

The cost for participation is about $1095 for women, coed teams and seniors, and $445 for juniors (of 12-18 years of age). A full Practice & Race Package including 4 practices cost $2400 in 2019. Early bird registration discounts are also available most years.


Dragon Boat Paddlers at Steveston Village


Advice and Suggestions

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Steveston Village and the Richmond Dragon Boat Festival.

TIP #1: Parking is available starting at 7:00 am for race participants at the T Homma School which is right by the Britannia Heritage Shipyard at 5180 Westwater Drive. The cost is about $5 with proceeds going to the Richmond Food Bank. Spaces are limited so plan to carpool.

TIP #2: Steveston Village is a beautiful and very interesting place. There is a walking and cycling path that goes for miles all along the water and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard is itself a National Historic Site, as is the Gulf of Georgia Cannery located in the heart of Steveston Village. While you’re in the area, get out and explore!

TIP #3: Also taking place in Richmond on Saturday is the Richmond Night Market which costs slightly more than $4 and is located at 8351 River Road not far from the Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. Especially if you’ve never been, and you like markets, it’s worth checking out.

TIP #4: If you want to compete in the dragon boat racing, register well in advance as the event sells out well before race day.


Other Information

For further details about the regatta see the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival website, or, for information on the race in June in Vancouver, click Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival.

For information about the area see Steveston Village or Britannia Heritage Shipyard.

And for information on other major events in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s August Calendar or Festivals & Events Calendar.