2018 Race Cancellation

It is with huge regret and deep disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2018 Celebrating Life Dragon Boat Festival due to logistical challenges and problems with fleet availability.  We are thankful for the support of the teams, sponsors, and vendors who have supported us from the get go.  Our team is already hard at work on solutions and plans for a 2019 race that we will be proud to host and present to the community.

Plans are in progress for a small boat race on September 22 at South Lake Union.  Please watch the Seattle festival web site for updates on what promises to be a very fun race with an unconventional format, open to corporate as well as club teams.



This race is sponsored by:

Todd Baxter at:

And proudly supports:

The mission at Team Survivor Northwest is to provide a broad range of fitness and health education programs to enable women cancer survivors, in any stage of treatment or recovery and at any fitness level, to take an active role in their ongoing physical and emotional healing.

The Celebrating Life Dragon Boat Festival will be held July 28, 2018 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington.   Join the spectators and cheer on approximately 1000 local and visiting athletes from the shores of the lake in this beautiful setting.  Roam the grounds of the park and enjoy food, music and entertainment, arts and crafts, and hands-on activities for the young and the young at heart.

Dragon boating is a sport that captivates its participants and spectators alike.  The Celebrating Life Dragon Boat Festival is proud to present programs that promote diversity and inclusiveness, while paying homage to an activity that has its roots in ancient China and celebrates the many unique aspects of Chinese culture.

Dragon boat racing has a rich history of ceremonial tradition, with dragons traditionally believed to be the rulers of rivers, lakes, and seas, dominating the clouds, mists, and rains from heaven.  Each boat is large enough to seat 20 people with a sweep to steer and a drummer pounding loudly above the thrashing paddles and cheering spectators.

Don’t miss the thrilling competition as these spectacular 40-foot long boats, flamboyantly decorated to feature the head and tail of the dragon, battle it out on the beautiful waters of Lake Sammamish.