As a result of the ongoing Coronvirus pandemic, Blue Island Park District has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Blue Island Dragon Boat Festival, previously scheduled for June 6, 2020. We’re currently exploring potential reschedule dates later in the year, when the outbreak has subsided and it’s safe for us to get together and celebrate our community, the outdoors, and this fantastic sport. Please follow us on Facebook at @ChicagoDragonBoats for the latest information and updates, email us at if you have any questions, and thank you for your continued support. #paddlesup

Dragon Boat racing is back in Blue Island in 2020, and it’s bigger than ever.

The Blue Island Park District presents the 5th annual Blue Island Dragon Boat Festival at the MWRD SEPA Waterfall & Park along the Cal-Sag, June 6, 2020, and includes practices, dragon boat races, music, food, drinks, awards ceremony, and after party. The festival is now open for team and individual registration.

register your
pro team


Register your team of 21 today. A bonus for pro teams – every paddler receives a medal, with the winner of the Pro Division taking home the coveted Pro Cup! The registration process is simple, and reserves your practice session, team boat, paddles, life vests, drum, and a coach/steerperson.


register your
community team


Are you a group of family, friends, or coworkers looking for some fun on the water? If you’re new to dragon boating, we have you covered! We’ll match you up against teams with similar skill sets to ensure your races are competitive – and tons of fun for everyone.


register your
BCS team


Breast cancer survivors, family, and friends are invited to paddle in our Survivors division, celebrating women who know what it means to beat the heck out of cancer and the competition.  


register your
group of 10


Is your dragon boat half full or half empty? No matter your perspective, it’s all good with us! Register your partial dragon boat team here and we’ll help match you up with other partial teams and individual paddlers to complete your boat.




Rounding up twenty friends and co-workers can be like herding cats—er, dragons. That’s exactly why we created the Blue Dragons, teams formed by combining participants who have signed up as individuals, couples, small groups etc. This is a perfect opportunity to try the sport, with all necessary equipment included in your registration, as well as practice and a team coach.







Corporate, Organization, Family & Church Team-Building Activity

nothing beats teamwork in a dragon boat

If your internal corporate team, family reunion, or church group needs a fun team building alternative, there is no other comparison to working together in a 46-foot long dragon boat. Paddlers learn the art of synchronization, communication, and stamina – skills that can have a measurable positive impact off the water.


Speaking of dry land, when you’re not racing, you and your group will enjoy unmatched camaraderie in historic Blue Island, with some of the best scenery, food, drink, and people the south side has to offer.


How dragon boating can help you achieve results for your team:

– Better communication with honest, positive dialogue.


– In a dragon boat, it doesn’t matter who you are. The only thing that matters is you’re fulfilling your role and synchronizing with everyone else.


– Competition is healthy and gives purpose for trying harder.


– Using target goals to achieve maximum success.

– Focusing on a task that includes everyone counting on each other to bring their best effort.


– Building meaningful relationships.


– Improved energy level.


– Increased productivity.

“We had a blast! THANK YOU! We all enjoyed the event.” ~ Joel from Chicago Southland CVB.

Our Team Building Program can be customized for any organization, and includes add-on services related to the event like travel, accommodations and food.

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