5 performances you can see at the Dragon Boat Festival for free

Jun 15 2017, 12:32 am

Vancouverites, this year’s Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is almost here.

The highly-anticipated festival is taking place from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25 at Concord Pacific Place. And this year, it’s set to be even bigger and better than before.

It’s free to attend the festival and you can spend two days checking out the action-packed races on the waters of False Creek, shop at the European-style Portobello Market, or grab some food at one of the many food vendors onsite.

Additionally, you can attend a number of live music performances over the duration of the festival. With musicians spanning several different genres, you’re sure to find something that gets you on your feet dancing.

We’ve compiled a list of five acts you’ll want to see at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival.


Kutapira/Dragon Boat Festival

Check out Kutapira to hear the best in Zimbabwean marimba fused with West African and Afro-Cuban percussion.

When: Friday, June 23, 5 pm
Where: Main Stage


Latin punk that started out by Venezuelan-Canadian brothers Javier and Victor Badillo – super upbeat and guaranteed to get you pumped.

When: Saturday, June 24, 2 pm
Where: Main stage


Alonso/Dragon Boat Festival

Get ready for deep electro-acoustic rhythms, sensual Spanish guitar playing and emotionally expressive musicianship at Alonso’s free performance.

When: Saturday, June 24, 5 pm
Where: Main Stage

Big Easy Funk Ensemble

This band showcases the great music that’s grown out of New Orleans. Inspired by 60s funk sounds, Big Easy mixes funk, jazz, and blues to create groovy tunes.

When: Sunday, June 25, 3:30 pm
Where: Main Stage

Mostly Marley 

Mostly Marley/Dragon Boat Festival

Classic Reggae at its finest which will take you on a musical journey through some of the best reggae beats.

When: Sunday, June 25. 12:30 pm
Where: Main Stage

If you want to be part of the festivities at the festival, you can sign up to volunteer right now as team-building leaders are needed. You’ll get to enjoy all the action of the festival and gain some valuable experience at the same time.

By volunteering you’ll also receive some awesome perks like complementary meals, snacks, a t-shirt, and an invitation to the post-party on June 28. Email Dragon Boat BC general manager, Ann Phelps at [email protected] to sign up.

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2017

When: June 23 to 25
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
Tickets: Not required – free event

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