The Tacoma Dragon Boat Association is kicking off the 2018 season! 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!

The 2018 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, May 19 at Thea’s Park on the Foss Waterway in beautiful Tacoma! We will hold competitive club races and community and corporate team races. Thank you to MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health for sponsoring this event! Please see the RDBF page for more information and to register.

Photo of dragon boats and tug boat in Tacoma
2017 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival on the Foss Waterway, Tacoma

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
We practice on the beautiful Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma.

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.

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!


In addition to holding the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival, we also compete in dragon boat races in the Pacific Northwest and other locations. Dragon boat racing is a lot of fun! Last year, we competed in races in Olympia, Salem, Kent, and Portland. Some members joined other dragon boat clubs and competed in Canada and Puerto Rico! In previous years, we raced in Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Montana — even Fuzhou, China! We’re starting to plan our 2018 race schedule. More details to come!

Gold medal winners in the Victoria 2016 races!
Great team at the Salem 2016 race!