Festival Information

The 2024 Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race and Charlotte Asian Festival are set for Saturday, May 11. This annual family-oriented event is a celebration of Asian cultures. We welcome the Asian and non-Asian community in and around Mecklenburg County and throughout the Carolinas. The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. 

Use the links to the right to find updated information about the festival.

The Dragon Boat race is an exciting team competition. An important part of the Chinese traditional calendar, dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago on the life-sustaining rivers of southern China. The Charlotte race is an open competition to anyone 15 years of age or older. The Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival Race are organized by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association, and Visit Lake Norman.



The Asian Festival and Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival follow federal and state guidelines to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. Face masks and physical distancing are not required for fully vaccinated individuals; however, please use common sense and wear a mask if in a crowd and/or in close contact with individuals who are not vaccinated. Bring personal hygiene items like sanitizers and wipes. Unvaccinated people should protect themselves, using such measures as wearing face masks, distancing (when possible), and avoiding locations or activities where there are unmasked individuals.

Masks are optional while on board the shuttle bus to and from the festival site.


CAACC, 501 Brickingham Way, Columbia SC 29229

Festival Organizers

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