The Tacoma Dragon Boat Association is wrapping up the 2017 season — thanks for a great year on the water! We practice year-round and are getting ready for 2018! Find out more about joining the team, practicing, participating in the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival and more! Paddles up!


2018 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival — May 19, 2018 at Thea’s Park!

Hold the date for the 2018 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival! It will be held on Saturday, May 19 at Thea’s Park on the Foss Waterway in beautiful Tacoma! We plan to have competitive club races and community and corporate team races. More details to come!


Rainier Dragon Boat Festival – Thank you for a terrific day of dragon boat racing!

Photo of dragon boats and tug boat in TacomaThank you to the community and corporate teams in the Tacoma area and the dragon boat clubs from around the Northwest for spending a beautiful Saturday with us on the water! We hope you, your family and community members enjoyed the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival! Thank you to Multicare Health System for sponsoring this event!

The race results are available here. Pictures are available on our Facebook page and will be included on this website soon! Please tag yourself, share and post your race photos — thank you! A drone flying over a dragon boat race took this video! Thank you to Metro Parks Tacoma for sharing this video! DroneWorks, LLC is the photographer.

Thank you to Shiela Marsh, Rainier DB Festival Race Registrar, for organizing this event! We appreciate all the work of our TDBA members! Many members helped coach community teams and steered and drummed during the races. Other members worked the docks, registration, start and finish lines, opening ceremony, award ceremony, and more. Thank you all!

We hope to see you on the water soon and back to the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival in 2018! Paddles up!


Become a Member of the Tacoma Dragon Boat Association

Try dragon boating — the first three paddles with the Tacoma Dragon Boat Association are FREE! Drop by one of our practices or email us ahead of time. Membership dues are just $100 per year. It’s great exercise with a unique view of the beautiful Northwest! Learn more about joining the team here.

Photo of dragon boat practice

Practice Schedule

(We don’t go out on days below 34 degrees, lightning, or winds over 15 miles an hour; otherwise, we usually paddle on.)

  • Mondays & Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Sundays: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. — The Sunday sessions are a little less strenuous and are great for those getting back into paddling shape and for paddlers new to the sport.

We leave from Johnny’s Dock, 1900 East D. St. If you are new, please arrive 20 minutes early so you can sign your waiver and get your gear. See you there!