Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragons are returning!

September 23-24, 2022


The Dragon Boat Festival benefits Gilda’s Club New Hampshire and our goal of opening a Clubhouse for men, women, teens, and children impacted by cancer.

The Festival will be a day of preparing: painting the dragon heads and practicing on 9/23 then on the 24th Dragon Boat races, a flower ceremony for loved ones touched by cancer, and fun for anyone racing or watching!

Dragon Boating is easy to learn, extremely safe, and an activity where men and women compete side-by-side towards the same goal. Dragon boats are long, narrow (40 feet long) crafts. The crew consists of 16 paddlers sitting two abreast, a drummer who sits at the head of the boat and beats out a paddling rhythm for the crew, and a steersperson at the rear of the boat. Regardless of how young, old, big, or little: once a paddler is in stroke, they are contributing to their team! Add the outdoors, the water, the visual spectacle of dragon boating, and you get a perfect activity for friends and family

Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate, and we provide the boats, paddles, life jackets, a time to practice, and the racecourse! We recommend about 18-21 participants per team, with both men and women participating. The minimum age to paddle is 13 years old.

Participation is Easy – create your team, designate a Captain, have the Captain register your team, and agree to raise a designated minimum amount in donations for Gilda’s Club New Hampshire.

UPDATE: For 2022, we’re excited to announce that the Dragon Boat Festival will officially kick off on Friday evening (9/23) with the “Awakening of the Dragons” Ceremony hosted by our friends at the NASWA Resort. This will be a wonderful opportunity for teams and supporters to gather to enjoy some festival spirit!

Become a Sponsor

We are actively seeking Event Sponsors for the Dragon Boat Festival. You will be prominently featured in front of scores of local residents and business owners all while supporting the opening of the very FIRST Gilda’s Club in all of New England!

You are welcome to contact Pat Anderson at (603) 387-6775 or Pat@gildasclubnh.org for more information on becoming a Sponsor, forming a team volunteering for the Festival.