All Access Friday | Friday June 22, 2018

Kick off your Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival weekend experience at All Access Friday, a day dedicated to making sure that everyone regardless of ability or background can enjoy the positive benefits of participating in sport. Proceeds from the day benefit our All Access programming and youth programs through the Milton K. Wong Legacy ProjectEvery dollar raised breaks down barriers to participating in our community by allowing thousands of paddlers from every walk of life to paddle regardless of age, culture, gender, sexual orientation, financial resources, and ability.

Festival Kickoff Concert | 5:00 PM

Join us and celebrate the 30th Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival from the Main Stage with live local entertainment. Enjoy our food truck festival and craft beer market, and roam the site as the opening races come down the course!

Visiting Team Welcome | 5:00 PM

We welcome our teams from around North America and the world to Vancouver and Canada at the Visiting Team Welcome Party. Visiting teams and their hosts are invited to join us at this free special event; please email us at for packages for the Festival for North American and International teams, and to RSVP for the Visiting Team Welcome.

Thank you to our Visiting Team Welcome supporters for 2017:

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All Access Cup | 6:00 PM

Nine teams that engage and include individuals of different abilities and backgrounds race for glory, and to raise funds for their charities and causes during the All Access Cup. The participating teams will be announced in early 2018, and the fundraising race will be launched on May 24, 2018 at the 6th annual Dragon Boat BC Legacy Gala.

Applications to be a participating charity for the All Access Cup is now open. Non-profits and charities that serve the Lower Mainland, and work to build a more inclusive and accessible community for all are welcome to apply. To apply to participate in this unique charity fundraising event, please go to Registration under Racer Info, or email for more information.

Survivor Showdown, Flower Ceremony, and Breast Cancer Championship

Cheer on these breast and prostate survivor teams as they race and build awareness around their causes. Afterwards, the boats will come together to participate in a flower ceremony, a paddling tradition where spectators and paddlers are invited to toss carnations in the water to remember friends and family with cancer, and those still battling cancer. We will also run the Breast Cancer Championship to continue Vancouver’s role in promoting activity for survivors.

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