Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival August 18 & 19, 2017 Bridging the gap for those with developmental differences
Solomons Island Dragon Boat FestivalAugust 18 & 19, 2017 Bridging the gapfor those with developmental differences 

       Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival      

It's Outrageous!  It's Contagious!

AND It's coming back to Solomons, Maryland

on August 18 & 19, 2017!

Check back soon for pre-registration race information

Dragon Boating is fun, fast-paced and contagious! It has become one of the world's fastest growing team water sports and it's coming back to the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival in Solomons Island, Maryland to be held on August 18 & 19, 2017!  Watch as teams of 16 paddlers, a drummer and a steer-person work together to cross the finish line faster than their competition!


Dragon Boats, Steers-persons, PFD's & Paddles
for the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival
will be provided by 22Dragons.


Teams and paddler pre-registration information coming soon.

2017 Vendor opportunities - coming soon.

Volunteer opportunities available for 2017

call the info line: 240-298-9957


 All Festival Events are Handicap Accessible

Great news! ~ handicap accessible parking

will be located closer to the races in 2017!




Friday, August 18

Festival Opening Ceremonies

on the front lawn of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church

14400 Solomons Island Rd.

ASL interpreter will sign at the Opening Ceremony.


Saturday, August 19

National Anthem and Color Guard at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Dragon Boat Races start at 9:00 a.m. and will end at approximately 3:00 p.m.




Races will take place on the Patuxent River

in front of the Solomons Island Riverwalk.

Marketplace and Food Vendors will be located

on the properties of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

Get a "sneak peak" of the racing teams as they practice

 in the evenings during the week of August 14, 2017.

-More details coming soon-


Free Admission ~ Donations Encouraged. 

Proceeds will support programs for individuals with developmental differences.


The Event Info page will be edited as information becomes available


2017 Team & Paddler Pre-Registration

Coming Soon!

~ No experience necessary~

Visit the Teams/Paddlers page to read the team requirements and general information. Then click the Team/Paddler Registration link to register your team name, or to register as an individual paddler. Don't forget to invite friends & family to support you with a donation or just to come and cheer you on! Visit the FAQ page for other helpful information or email us here with your questions: 

 ~ Volunteer at our event~

Click the link for information about the many volunteer oportunities available

or call 240-298-9957.


   This is a fun & exciting volunteer opportunity ! Sign up now!


-No shuttle service is available for the Opening Ceremony on Friday.



-Handicap accessible parking available.

-Parking in the field at the Thomas Johnson Bridge will be reserved for those attending the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival.

-Parking shuttles will run on SATURDAY only.

-Last shuttle departs from Solomons Island to parking area at Thomas Johnson Bridge at 4:30 p.m.

-Shuttle Stops:

          In front of Boomerangs Resaturant

          In front of Roy Rogers Restaurant

          Parking area at Thomas Johnson Bridge

          Corner of Alexander Lane & Solomons Isle. Rd.


-Opening and closing ceremonies will be signed by an ASL interpreter.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival is to build awareness, knowledge and understanding between individuals with developmental differences

and the general public through education, program development and athletic competition.

The Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival will provide funds to support programs developed through Southern Maryland Community Resources, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) qualified charity.


A limited number of Inagural (2016)  Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival T-Shirts and Commemorative Coins

are available now.

Visit the online store

for details.

Thank you

to our 


Festival Sponsors!

Don't miss your chance to experience the

"Dragon Fruit" adult cocktail

offered at the Island Hideaway

This delicious adult beverage was such a hit during the 2016 Dragon Boat Festival that Island Hideaway has decided to keep it on the menu and will continue to donate a portion of the proceeds to SMCR, Inc.



Contact us:

Solomons Island D.B.F.

P. O. Box 560
50 Alexander St
Solomons , MD  20688

Phone:  240-298-9957


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