Event Information

Friday, August 17, 2018


Join Us At 5:30pm To Awaken The Dragons!


The "Dotting of the Eye" and "Blessing of the Boats" will take place on the front lawn of Our Lady Star of the Sea Historic Church, 14400 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, MD 20688.


In this traditional ceremony, the pupil of each dragon's eye is painted in so the dragons can see. With another stroke of a brush, paint is added to their tongues so the dragons can breathe, now the dragons are ready to race for us!  A "Blessing of the Boats" will take place immediately following the "Dotting of the Eye".


Free Admission-Accessible Parking will be located behind OLSS Historic Church.

Saturday, August 18, 2018      


Paddles Up! It's Race Day!

Join Us On The Solomons Island Riverwalk

National Anthem & Color Guard at 8:30am

First Race Starts At 9:00am

Times and event schedules are subject to change.


  • Free Admission.
  • Event is accessible, accessible parking located at the riverwalk. 
  • Free Shuttle from parking area, located at the T. Johnson bridge. 
  • National Anthem, Color Guard, Dragon Boat Races.
  • Dragon Ribbon Dance, Music, Vendors, Fun Activities.
  • The Dragonnette's Nest; A family activity area for kids and adults with dragon face painting, a scavenger hunt and more.
  • Parade of Teams.
  • Awards Ceremony takes place at the Solomons Island Gazebo located on the riverwalk.


The Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival is a fun place to bring the whole family!

Hungry? Thirsty? In the Mood to Shop? Take some time to visit our special vendors area located on the grounds of Our Lady Star of the Sea Historic Church, where you'll find loads of Artisans, Merchants, Food Vendors and Fun Activities. AND don't forget to visit the "Team Village" to check out the team tents, costumes and fun activities.

The Parade of Teams takes place at the lunch break. This is your opportunity to cheer for your favorite team members who will be all "decked out" in their kooky costumes and don't forget to keep your eyes open for all the team drummers who have even crazier costumes than their team-mates. We'll wrap up the day with the Awards Ceremony, so be sure to stick around to see if your favorite team is in the winners circle!


Award Catergories:

  • The top three teams with the fastest times.
  • The team with most funds raised.
  • The individual paddler with most funds raised.
  • Both team funds & individual funds prizes are based on money collected prior to festival day).
  • Team costumes.
  • Best dressed drummer.
  • Best team tent decorations.
  • Other fun categories.


The Awards Ceremony will bring an end to the Festival Events,

but we hope you'll stay awhile ~ there's lots more to do on our island:

~ View a spectacular sunset ~ Savor Solomons Island fare at a local restaurant ~

~Spend the night or the weekend at a Solomons Island bed and breakfast or hotel ~  

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Important Notes:

FRIDAY: No shuttle service or reserved parking for the Opening Ceremony on Friday.



-Accessible parking will be located close to race course, watch for signs.

-Parking for all other festival attendees will be located in the field at the Thomas Johnson Bridge.

-Parking shuttles will run on SATURDAY only.

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

-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

          In front of the Gazebo on the Boardwalk

          In front of Tiki Bar & Grill Sergeant Restaurant



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