Friday, August 17, 2018
Join Us At 7:15pm (NEW TIME!)
To Awaken The Dragons!
Dotting of the Eye - A traditional ceremony to celebrate the opening of the festival during which 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!
Blessing of the Boats - A blessing from Rev. Monsignor Michael Wilson, pastor at Our Lady Star of the Sea, for a safe and jubilant festival.
Launching of the "Wish or a Prayer" - Join us for a new addition to our opening ceremony when we launch a hundred lighted miniature boats on Solomons Island Back Creek.
For $10 per boat you can write your own personal message of good wishes, in memoriam, congratulations, or a blessing or prayer.
All donations benefit SMCR's programs for individuals with developmental differences.
All above events will take place starting at 7:15pm at:
Our Lady Star of the Sea Historic Church
14400 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, MD 20688.
Free Admission-Accessible Parking will be located behind OLSS Historic Church.
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.
The Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival is a fun place to bring the whole family!
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!
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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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.
In front of Boomerangs Resaturant
In front of Roy Rogers Restaurant
Parking area at Thomas Johnson Bridge
Corner of Alexander Lane & Solomons Isle. Rd
PO Box 560
Solomons, MD 20688