Multicultural Boston regularly holds festivals celebrating its various ethnic communities. In mid-June, the Chinese community honours the memory of the first great Chinese poet by holding a dragon boat race on the Charles River. The long Chinese racing boats are operated by rowers who stroke to the sound of a large drum. Join the large boisterous crowds following the exciting action from the river's bridges and banks. Concerts, traditional dance, and other artistic performances are held at various stages at the edge of the water, alongside Chinese food stalls and craft and calligraphy workshops. The summer atmosphere is exotic and electrifying.
Boston Dragon Boat Festival
Along the Charles River
From 11 to 12 June 2016
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on 11 June 2016 (races only); 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on 12 June 2016