The 2018 Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival is a Dragonboat Canada qualifying event and will include a 2000m (2K) race. 

Festival Races

Challenge cups

Novice challenge—Teams with 8 or more new paddlers race for gold and glory before the official festival races begin.  Winners will be announced at the Sunday awards ceremony. Registration was at the time of festival entry

Grand Master Dragons challenge—for "seasoned" paddlers age 50+. Registration is on-site until 2 PM Saturday. Teams will be randomly formed. 

Pink Ribbon challenge—Teams of breast cancer survivors are a picture of fitness, strength, and unity in this challenge cup. Registration was at time of festival entry

Stay tuned for a possible Youth challenge cup for Paddlers 14-18. 

Only gold medals are awarded for challenge cups.

Divisions and Races

See the page Race grid for a detailed schedule and more information about divisions.  

    Festival Features


    This year we are pleased to announce the following entertainment groups:

    Music and race announcing

    Race Announcer Wade Sorochan returns for a 16th year, announcing the races, while Roman Entertainment DJ keeps the festival grounds pumping with tunes in between. Meanwhile, The One 93.1 Radio livecasts from the festival grounds. 

    Opening ceremonies entertainment

    Watch martial arts demonstrations, along with the traditional Chinese Lion Dance.  

    Throughout the festival grounds

    • Martial arts demonstrations
    • Orbitz


    • Aurora Yoga Studios
    • Massage Students with CDI

    Little Dragons Family Fun Area

    There's lots of fun to be had in the Little Dragons Family Fun area. Visit the balloon artist, jumpy castle, and make art work that your little dragons can take home with them.  

    All children must be supervised, and participation is at your own risk.


    Beverage Gardens

    After a long day on the water, you deserve a nice cold beverage in our beverage gardens. Sponsored and run by the Leduc Canadian Brewhouse.

    This partnership means that for the first time, the beverage gardens offer full drink service (beer, wine, highballs, etc.), and accept debit/credit cards.

    The Beverage Gardens are all–ages. Minors must be supervised.  

    Don't miss the hosted events for paddlers at 8 PM on Saturday evening. 


    Paddler parties and overnight

    For those who want to tempt fate with early morning races, after the gardens close, head to the paddler parties. Friday night's is at the Canadian Brewhouse and Saturday's is at Kosmos. 

    Please consider staying in Leduc afterwards, at Best Western Premier Leduc, which is offering discounted rates for festival-goers. 

    Vendors + Community groups

    Several vendors and community groups have chosen to participate this year. Please visit their tents, booths, or areas during the festival. 

    • Alley Kat Brewing
    • Breast Friends Racing Team
    • CB Display Boxes
    • Chateau Lacombe Edmonton
    • City of Leduc 
    • Lars Works
    • Leduc Transit
    • Leduc Trophies
    • Lynx Society
    • Mr. Printer
    • Orbis Sports
    • Staples Leduc
    • Tony Wong
    • Typhoon8 

    Food Trucks

    • Lemon Grass Grill
    • Mini Golden Donuts   
    • So-Cal Smoothies
    • The Purple Perogy
    • Crooked Crepes
    • Momma Potato
    • Nikita's Creamery
    • Aurora Coffee (Sunday only)

    Water Bottle Refill + Misting Station

    Please bring your reusable water bottle.  We have a truck on site with valves so you can disperse your own drinking water.  A misting station and shower station (for water emergency rinsing) is located near the washroom area.


    2018 Festival Sponsors


    50/50 draw

    50/50 tickets will be sold beginning the week of festival as some of our teams will be practicing on site. 

    Ticket prices

    1 ticket for $2

    3 tickets for $5

    Claiming your prize

    Winners do not have to be on site in order to win. 

    The winner will be posted and can contact the committee to claim their prize. 

    Check out our website, social media and the information tent for the winning number!

    Festival News and updates