2018 AZ Dragon Boat Festival

2019 Festival - Dates Announced

2019 marks the Arizona Dragon Boat Association‘s 16th annual dragon boat festival. Join us on March 30 & 31 for 2 days of exciting dragon boat competition with teams from all over the United States and beyond.

Festivities start at 8am each day on the north shore of Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Over the years, we’ve welcomed hundreds of teams and thousands of paddlers and spectators from all over the world, come experience a tradition of over 2000 years!


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Team Information

The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival welcomes teams from all over the world, looking to get out of the cold and enjoy some competitive races on the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. We offer 10 Divisions:  Mixed | Women | Open | Collegiate | Corporate | Masters | BCS | Adaptive or Disabled Athletes | Youth | High School.  Standard races are 500m. Additionally, we offer our “Guts & Glory” and “Knock Out” races, with limited availability. Proceeds for the “Guts & Glory” and “Knock Out” races, go to support the AZ Disabled Sports organization.



2018 Registration Fees are as follows:

Early Bird (thru Jan 31) Standard (due Mar 1)
Mixed | Women | Open $650 $750
Collegiate $450 $550
Corporate $800 $900
Masters | BCS $250 $350
Youth | High School FREE  FREE
Knock Out Race $50 $75
Guts & Glory Race $100 $150

Note:  High School and Youth divisions will be FREE in 2018 only.

Paddlers must be at least 14 years old to race, with the exception of the Youth Division where the age limit is from 8 – 14 years old. Mixed teams must have a minimum of 8 male and 8 female paddlers. Women’s teams must be female and have a minimum of 16 paddlers, however there are no gender requirements for steersperson or drummer. Open teams must have a minimum of 16 paddlers.  Collegiate, Corporate and Masters must have a minimum of 16 paddlers, 8 of which must be female. BCS teams must have a minimum of 16 paddlers, all of which must be breast cancer survivors, however there is no BCS requirement for the steersperson or drummer. Youth and High School Divisions have no gender restrictions but must have a minimum of 16 paddlers.  We allow a maximum roster of 25 team members and therefore, will only be providing 25 medals per winning team.

Out-of-town team practices will be on Friday, 03/23/18. We will require all teams to sign waiver forms and deliver them to the practice coordinator(s). All team(s) must comply to all of the Tempe Town Lake’s rules at the practices, the practice coordinator will review this information with your steers.

For any questions on team information, please contact Lana Walther or Michele Laye at azdbateams@hotmail.com.

Are you interested in being an event volunteer?  See the section below for more information.

Corporate Teams

Dragon boating provides the ultimate team building platform to boost morale while promoting key abilities essential in a work environment. Dragon boat racing is an exhilarating and addictive sport that requires communication and team work to be successful. Rhythm, discipline and focus are just a few characteristics important to this awesome sport.

Our annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival offers an opportunity for local and regional businesses and organizations to join in the fun. We had another record year for participants in 2018 and look forward to more great teams to join in 2019! Compete with companies like Mayo Clinic, Wells Fargo, SRP, Intel, AT&T and many more.

We make it easy to participate, and the best part is – no experience is necessary. We’ll provide you with everything you need, including equipment, practice time AND a qualified coach!

If you are still hesitating because of lack of confidence, there’s even more help!  We’ve developed a New Corporate Dragon Boat Captain’s Starter Kit just for you.  It has everything you need in order to field a successful Dragon Boat Crew in our festival for the very first time!  We provide you guidance on funding your team, recruiting tips, putting together a roster, and lots of logistical tips on planning out everything from the practices all the way through race weekend!  Download the Captain’s Starter Kit now!

Intel Dragon Boat Team


Best Western Tempe

Best Western Inn of Tempe

Dragon Boat Team Rates:  $139/night
King room, Mar 23-25 – AZDBA discounted rates are good until 2/28/2018.

5 min walk to the Tempe Town Lake
Amenities:  free hot breakfast, free airport shuttle, free wifi

670 N Scottsdale Road
Tempe, AZ 85281
tel: 480-784-2233

Red Lion Inn & Suites

(Just a 22 min walk or a 5 min drive to the Tempe Town Lake)

2018 Dragon Boat Team Rates:

  • Two Queen Beds:  $209.00 nightly rate

We offer the following features to offer the Group:

  • Complimentary Shuttle within 3 miles of our hotels, including pick-up and drop-off @ Sky Harbor International Airport including Tempe Marketplace, Mill Avenue and ASU
  • Complimentary full, breakfast buffet daily
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Outdoor Pool & Spa

Please book by the below link by 02//28/2018 to receive the group rate.


Choose red box BOOK NOW

Choose the dates (March 23-25) and click Group Code

Put in code ARIZ0323  (that is ARIZ zero 323)

1429 N Scottsdale Rd.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Radisson Hotel Phoenix

The Radisson Phoenix Airport

Dragon Boat Team Rates:
2 Double Beds- $184/night (2 people per double size room), $194/night (3 people per double size room), $204/night (4 people per double size room)

10 min drive to the Tempe Town Lake
Amenities:  complimentary high speed internet, expanded work area with ergonomic chair, HBO, cordless 2-line phone, complimentary shuttle to and from PHX, restaurant and lounge open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A breakfast buffet is also available for $14.99/person or $10.00/person, if added to your daily rate per person.

TO BOOK: Guests can make their reservations (before 2/23/18) by calling Central Reservations at 888-201-1718 or click the BOOK NOW button.

427 N 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
tel: 602-220-4400

Courtyard Tempe Downtown

Click here for group rate for Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Or call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 on or before Friday, February 23, 2018 to make your sleeping room reservations.  Please identify yourself as part of the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival Room Block group staying at the Courtyard Tempe Downtown, located at 601 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ  85281.



Overnight self-parking rate of $12.00 per car per daily. In/Out privileges only apply to over-night guest parking. Parking at the Courtyard Tempe Downtown Hotel is based upon availability in the Hotel’s parking lot.



The hotels will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport as needed on the following schedule:

Shuttle hours: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm

From the airport to the hotel: on request (please call when you are ready).

From the hotel to the airport: starting at 5:30 am every 30 minutes on the hour and the half hour (Pbook reservations for the van at least a night in advance at the front desk).

601 S Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
tel: 1-800-321-2211


The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival has over 2000 paddlers from all over the country attending to compete. With that many attendees, we require a full staff of volunteers to help with the days’ business – from set-up and parking to staging crew and dock hands – we have to fill all the roles!

Here’s how it works in 4 easy steps:
1) Click the link to volunteer  AZDBF 2018 Volunteer Sign-up
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Review the waiver
4) Submit! It’s Easy
Note: We do not share your email address with anyone.
To see all positions and to answer some of your questions download the volunteer packet.
If the packet does not answer all of your questions please contact azdbavolunteers@hotmail.com  and someone will get back to you.