On Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m-5 p.m., the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival will celebrate the traditional sport of dragon boat racing as well as rich Southeast Asian culture.
So far, twelve teams have registered for the first-ever festival, and trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three winners in the race.
The race commemorates both the traditional use of dragon boats in maritime and naval activities, as well as the Southeastern Asian cultural celebration of the Water Festival, a holiday rejoicing in the water gods for providing irrigation for rice fields and nourishment.
The RiverStage will be commandeered by traditional and non-traditional entertainment, including Neary Chea Chor, a classical dance celebrating Cambodian women; and Cambodian dance and hip-hop act Jig-K-Ly.
And of course, there will be food. Authentic cuisine (such as Cambodian barbeque, kabobs and veggies) from Cambodia, Thailand and the Phillippines will be provided from local food vendors, including KBHA Cambodian Temple, Sam’s Cambodian Kabobs, Cousin Sunny’s and Palau.
Enjoy the dog days of summer by the water!
Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Market Street
When: Saturday, September 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: www.southeastasiandragonboatfestival.org