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Why the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is NYC’s Biggest Fair

Posted by Lawrence Blessinger on Aug 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Dragon Boat Festival

Living in a place like New York, there are literally thousands of different cultural fairs and festivals to attend throughout the year. However, there aren’t many that are bigger than NYC’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, the largest of its kind in the U.S. If you’re thinking about attending this huge, colorful multicultural event, here’s everything you need to know.

A Look Ahead at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Despite what its name suggests, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival actually takes place in Queens on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Back in 1990, the first ever Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival was actually thrown by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office on the Hudson River in Battery Park City.

This festival, which is on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2018, is an annual sporting and multicultural event that celebrates the fifth moon (or fifth month) of the lunar calendar.

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Dragon Boat Racing

The festival derives its name from its main event, dragon boat racing. Throughout the weekend, roughly 180 dragon boat teams from around the world will travel to the heart of Queens for a series of competitive events, including the U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship race on Sunday.

Some of the weekend’s other big new races include:

  • Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary Invitational
  • Hong Kong Family Invitational
  • Hong Kong Educational Invitational
  • Women’s Invitational
  • Senior Invitational

Not to mention, the Municipal Invitational will feature various teams made up of our elected officials, as well as individual teams from NYC government agencies like the NYPD and FDNY.

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Aside from all of the dragon boat racing, the festival will also feature tons of entertainment and activities for the whole family.

For starters, there will be an arts and crafts tent with over 15 artists giving demonstrations about Chinese crafts like calligraphy, rice doll making, kite making and much more.  

There will also be plenty of storytellers and musicians to keep you entertained all day long. For instance, there will be performances by Valerie Green and Dance Entropy, Shaolin Masters, Storyteller Jonathan Kruk and CASYM Steel Orchestra, just to name a few.

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Click here for the entire Dragon Boat Festival schedule.

If you are interested in expanding your horizons at a fun, local multicultural event, look no further than the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, happening in Queens, from August 11 to 12.

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