Dragon Boat

Darwin International Dragon Boat Festival 2023

City of Darwin are hosting the Dragon Boat Festival at the Darwin Waterfront as a free event to the community.

Dragon boat racing demonstrations will run over the course of the day, showcasing a rare and unique cultural experience with the local Darwin community. Experienced teams from Darwin’s Sister Cities will also be participating in the races, facilitating deep cultural exchange connections between our cities.

A traditional dragon boat eye-dotting ceremony will take place at the beginning of the festival. In Chinese custom, the eye-dotting symbolises the awakening of the dragon and provides it with life, eyesight, taste, and power.

The festival’s program will also feature hands-on, interactive activities and cultural displays, including traditional performances, food stalls, painting, paper cutting, mahjong, Chinese calligraphy and more to showcase our diverse and vibrant community here in Darwin.

The International Dragon Boat Festival will be held in partnership with City of Darwin and the National Foundation for Australia–China Relations, with major funding from Australian Government and NT Major Events.

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    4 – 5 June 2023

    Entry cost

    Free entry


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    • Carpark
    • Conference/Convention Facilities
    • Family Friendly
    • Kiosk
    • Parents Room
    • Public Toilet
    • Restaurant
    • Shop / Gift Shop
    • Free Wifi
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