Dragon Boat Festival

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Free and Groundbreaking event coming to Daybreak!

  • Date & Time: August 28th at 9 am until 3 pm
    • Race: 9 am - 3 pm
    • Kids activities: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Cultural performances: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Locations: 10856 Oquirrh Lake Rd, South Jordan, UT, 84009
    On the Lake - Cross streets Isla Daybreak Road & Oquirrh Lake Road by Spiderman Park
  • Registration Deadline - All registration is CLOSED 
  • This race is intended for NOVICE RACERS and is a SHORT COURSE.
  • There will be onsite food for purchase, entertainment,  games, and cultural performances.
Dragon Boat Race logoJoin us for LiveDAYBREAK’s first-ever Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, August 28th, 2021, from 9 am - 3 pm at Oquirrh Lake! This event will include dragon boat racing with official 40’ dragon boats and a Chinese Festival including traditional food and cultural performances.

The dragon boat race portion of the event is a fundraiser for The Refugee & Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah charity (see below for additional details) and is open for families, neighbors, corporations, sports teams, etc. from the community who want to put together a team to race (16-20, people per team plus a drummer) – a great team-building activity!

Whether you want to join the race, check out the festival, or take a seat on the shore to cheer on your favorite team, don’t miss this rip-roaring premier event right here in Daybreak!

Food Trucks in attendance 

Fatty Tuna Comfort Bowl Abiyaki Hibachi Grill Marquesas Corndogs The Ramen
Pizza Bus Kona Ice District Thai Fusion Waffle Love Thai Chef To Go

History of the Dragon Boat Festival:
The Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday, has evolved into a now internationally celebrated event in many different countries. The origin of the Dragon Boat Festival is said to be from the Warring States period when the patriotic poet, Qu Yuan (343-278 BC), drowned himself in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month after seeing his country invaded and conquered by the State of Quin.

Dragon Boat Racing represents the local people who raced their boats to search for Qu Yuan’s body and dropped lumps of rice into the river so the fish would not feast on his body. In order to commemorate Qu Yuan, this practice continues today each year on the day of his death. It is now said that the winning team of the races will have good luck and happy life in the following year.

Dragon Boat Festival Race Area


See the video for an illustration of dragon boat racing.

The Refugee & Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah, is a private, non-profit organization that provides immigrants and refugees with counseling and support services, ESL classes, interpreting and translation, social services, help for human trafficking survivors to achieve healing and self-sufficiency, and youth and family programs. To learn more about their mission and services, visit their website: Refugee & Immigrant Center | Helping Refugee Community in Utah (aau-slc.org)


11 AM – 1 PM
Show Order:
SLC Ballet
Chinese Fashion Show             
Erhu Trio
Dragon Dance  - Jung Hing Lion Dance group
Solo Dancer, Kaitlyn Cao
Monkwise – Martial Arts Demos
Su Ma Ma Chinese Club - Dancers
BYU Folk Dance
Viola Solo -Shuo Diao

If you have any questions or have a group interested in performing a Chinese act, please contact Sandra Gierisch at sgierisch@livedaybreak.com

Committed Teams
Cross Country Mortgage  Jube Jube’s Dragon Denny's Auto Inc
The Riot Larry H Miller Ford Draper The Providence Athletics
Salt Lake City Corp University Credit Union Valley Behavioral Health
OCA Asian Pacific Islander American Advocates Daybreak Diversity & Inclusion Club Brick Canvas
Skyridge High School – Chinese 5 AP Skyridge High School – Chinese 3 & 4 Zander Real Estate Team
Late Snake  BrideZillas Ladies of Eastlake

People of Daybreak

The Mothership  



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