Festival Information - Free admission - Accessible

Friday, August 16, 2019

Join Us To Awaken The Dragons! 


Dotting of the Eye -A traditional ceremony to celebrate the opening of the festival during which the pupil of each dragon's eye is painted in so the dragons can see. With another stroke of a brush, paint is added to their tongues so the dragons can breathe, now the dragons are ready to race for us!


Blessing of the Boats - A blessing from Rev. Monsignor Michael Wilson, pastor at Our Lady Star of the Sea, for a safe and jubilant festival.


Wish and a Prayer Celebration -  Join us for a new addition to our opening ceremony when we'll float a hundred lighted miniature boats on Solomons Island Back Creek.

For $10 per boat you can write your own personal message of good wishes, in memoriam, congratulations, or a blessing or prayer.

All donations benefit SMCR's programs for individuals with developmental differences.


All events listed above will take place at: Our Lady Star of the Sea Historic Church, 14400 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, Maryland. 

Free Admission - Accessible Parking will be located in lot behing OLSS Historic Church

Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Race Day!

National Anthem & Color Guard at 8:30am - We'll start off the day with the National Anthem, followed by  presentation of the colors.

First Race Starts At 9:00am

Festival Highlights:

  • Free Admission, Free Shuttle from Free Parking Area, Accessible Event with Designated Accessible Parking Area.
  • Dragon Dance, Music, Craft and Food Vendors, Fun Activities.
  • The Dragonnette's Nest: A family activity area for kids and adults with dragon face painting, a scavenger hunt and more.
  • Parade of Teams.
  • Awards Ceremony takes place at the Solomons Island Gazebo located on the riverwalk.
The Parade of Teams takes place at the lunch break. This is your opportunity to cheer for your favorite team members who will be all "decked out" in their kooky costumes and don't forget to keep your eyes open for all the team drummers who have even crazier costumes than their team-mates. We'll wrap up the day with the Awards Ceremony, so be sure to stick around to see if your favorite team is in the winners circle!


For Everyone's Safety:

Please remind family and friends that the best place to view the races is from the riverwalk.

An important note to those who may choose to view the races from the water. 

You must remain anchored when the dragon boats are on the race course.

The race area is a no wake zone.



Other Important Notes:

The Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival is a fun place to bring the whole family!

Take some time to visit our vendors area located on the grounds of Our Lady Star of the Sea Historic Church, where you'll find loads of Artisans, Merchants, Food Vendors and Fun Activities. AND don't forget to visit the "Team Village" to check out the team tents, costumes and fun activities.



Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival 


PO Box 560

Solomons, MD  20688


2019 Sponsors:

Thank You CPFCU - Third Year - 2019 Presenting Sponsor
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