Capital Dragon Boat Races 2016 in Washington DC

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The Capital Dragon Boat Races are being held this summer, celebrating Asian culture and bringing a family-fun event to the Washington DC area. The regatta is an open competition, seeking participants of ages 12 years of age or older. No experience is required and training sessions are being offered. Dragon boat racing is an important part of the Chinese traditional culture, dating back more than 2,300 years.

The 2016 event (formerly the National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta) will feature a variety of racing throughout the day. Community teams will race 3 500m races while premier teams will race in 2 500m races and one 1,000m race. The Washington Channel features a protected waterway with wide lanes and deep water making it an ideal setting with excellent access to downtown Washington DC. The races are fun to watch!

Date and Time: August 27, 2016, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Southwest Waterfront, 600 Water Street, SW Washington DC.

 Parking is available in various surface lots around the area in addition to metered parking along Water Street and M Street.

With a prime location along the Potomac River and excellent access to downtown, the Southwest Waterfront is in the process of being transformed into a vibrant world class urban community. The waterfront will be renamed, The Wharf. The first phase of the development is projected to open in 2017. Read more about the Wharf development.