Opening Ceremony

The spirits of the dragon boats sleep in the mountains until they are awoken by Taoist priests during the Eye Dotting Ceremony. The Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony is conducted to cleanse the area of competition, to bless the competitors and their boats, and to charge the boats and their crews with the Spirit of the Dragon and the Goddess of the Sea.

Watch the Race

Check out the exciting dragon boat races, right in Torpy Park in Downtown Minocqua!  Teams race 300m from East to West, finishing in front of Torpy Park’s swimming beach by BJ’s Sportshop in an intense display of strength and teamwork.

Children’s Activities

Check out the cultural themed hands-on interactive activities under the children’s activity tent for young “dragonlings” provided by the Northwoods Children’s Museum. 

Forbidden City Food Court

Sample tastes from around the world as well as water and soft drinks in the Forbidden City Food Court provided by Minocqua Lady Lions Club on the upper level of Tory Park throughout the day. Enjoy your food while taking in a performance on the Main Stage, or watching paddlers go by!  A portion of all proceeds will be generously donated by the St. Germain Primetimers to our chosen charity, the Howard Young Foundation.

Paddler’s Pledge 

The Paddler’s Pledge Program is an integral part of the festival’s fundraising efforts. You may donate on behalf of a team or directly to the Howard Young Foundation.


By sponsoring the Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival you will be supporting the Howard Young Foundation make a difference in our community and surrounding areas.