Opening Ceremony

The spirits of the dragon boats sleep in the mountains until they are awoken by Taoist priests during the Eye Dotting Ceremony. The Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony is conducted to cleanse the area of competition, to bless the competitors and their boats, and to charge the boats and their crews with the Spirit of the Dragon and the Goddess of the Sea.

Watch the Race

Check out the exciting dragon boat races, right in Torpy Park in Downtown Minocqua!  Teams race 300m from East to West, finishing in front of Torpy Park's swimming beach by BJ's Sportshop in an intense display of strength and teamwork.

Children's Activities

Check out the cultural themed hands-on interactive activities under the children's activity tent for young "dragonlings" provided by the Northwoods Children's Museum. 

Forbidden City Food Court

Sample tastes from around the world as well as water and soft drinks in the Forbidden City Food Court provided by Minocqua Lady Lions Club on the upper level of Tory Park throughout the day. Enjoy your food while taking in a performance on the Main Stage, or watching paddlers go by!  A portion of all proceeds will be generously donated by the Minocqua Lady Lions Club to our chosen charity, the Howard Young Foundation.

Dragon Breath Beer Garden

Is there any better way to spend a hot summer afternoon? Check out some awesome music on the Main Stage while relaxing in our huge beer garden serving wine and beer provided by the Lakeland Noon Rotary Club on the upper level of Torpy Park.  You might even catch some crazy paddlers dancing up a storm on stage.  A portion of all proceeds will be generously donated by the Lakeland Noon Rotary Club to our chosen charity, the Howard Young Foundation.


Buy a souvenir to commemorate you were a part of the Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival!  All proceeds will be donated to our chosen charity, the Howard Young Foundation, to advance the health and wellness of all people in the communities we serve.

Awards Ceremony

Battles are won or lost on the water, but the glory comes after. Celebrate the successes of our teams at the Awards Ceremonies, conducted on the Main Stage.

Emergency Services

Need medical attention? Emergency services will be on site to attend to minor injuries. Find their tent near the Registration Booth.

Lose your phone? Your wallet? Your paddle? Lost and found items can be claimed from the Registration Booth. If your item is missing after the close of the Festival, contact our office.

Lost child or parent? Use the Registration Booth as your central meeting point. Volunteers will help reunite lost children and parents. Tell your child to meet you at the Registration Booth if you are separated while at the Festival.

What's Nearby

The Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival is located in the heart of downtown Minocqua. With shopping districts, restaurants, hotels, transit and more within minutes' walk of the Festival, just about anything you need is close at hand.  Check out our location guide for more information.