Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival 2016


Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival!

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Join businesses, organizations, friends and families from throughout the region as they come together on Saturday, September 23, 2017 for the 3rd Annual Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival.


This family-friendly event, which is produced by Bucks County Dragon Boat Association (BCDBA) and presented by St. Mary Medical Center, offers a day of fun, culture and competition with the overarching goal of “paddling out hunger” in the region.

The Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival will be held in scenic Core Creek Park (Langhorne, Pa) and registration is open to teams of all levels – community to sport.

When you’re not racing, you and your fan club can check out the many vendors and cultural presentations that will be offered throughout the day.

For additional information about registration, waivers, scheduling practice sessions, team composition and fundraising please refer to our Festival Rules and Regulations and Festival Q and A.

Bucks County Dragon Boat Association is proud to produce this festival.

Visit us at:  buckscountydragonboat.org

and like us on Facebook 


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Wanna try dragon boating but don’t know where to start? Find out what dragon boat racing is all about thru our Lightning Program. All paddlers welcome. Our experienced and fun coaches will teach you the basics thru on-the-water practice and end with a race night on the Delaware! This is a great way to check out dragon boating while having ALOT of fun!

Team Lightning – Community Race Crew

Spring 2017

Based out of New Hope (metered street parking or lot parking permit is available for purchase)

Practices will begin JUNE 2017


Wooden Paddle and life vest will be provided

Practice nights will be on Monday evenings (6:00 PM) in New Hope:

Monday, June 5, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017 Race Night!

Please arrive at 6:00 pm

Our Boathouse Address is:
156 South Main Street
New Hope PA 18938

There is a spot to leave your keys and bag in our boathouse.

Optional parking permit available

What to wear:

Fast drying clothes, water shoes, hat – bring hydration
This is a water sport, so you may get wet – change of clothes is always a good idea

No Refunds or Credits. We are a volunteer run organization – our focus is on running our dragon boat program. Thank you for understanding.

Registrations will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis.

Register for Lightning Crew

Optional Lightning Shirts

No Prior Experience Necessary!

Anyone can participate in the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival. All you need are two dozen friends, family members or co-workers who are interested in giving dragon boat racing a try!

Each team can register up to 24 paddlers (no less than 18) plus a drummer and a steersperson. A steersperson will be provided for those teams who need one.

$1,300/team (includes entry to the race, one practice for community division teams and all the equipment necessary to race)

  • Teams that register by February 28, 2017 receive $200 off the regular registration fee PLUS a 10′ x 10′ tent for race day
  • Teams that register between March 1 and May 31, 2017 receive $100 off the regular registration fee PLUS a 10′ x 10′ tent for race day
Register Your Team Now

Paddling Out Hunger in Our Community

More than 900,000 individuals in the Delaware Valley are presently at risk of food insecurity. This is a fact that BCDBA is working to change through the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival. With the help of our festival sponsors, vendors and participating teams, we will take a significant step toward realizing our vision of “paddling out hunger” in the region.

Proceeds and food donations from the festival will benefit our charity partner, the Bucks County Housing Group, which operates food pantries in Doylestown, Penndel and Milford Square.

Member of Eastern Regional Dragon Boat Association (ERDBA)
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Thanks to the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation for their support of this event.

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Thanks to all our Sponsors