Dragon Boat racing is back in Blue Island in 2018, and it’s bigger than ever.

The 3rd annual Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival will take place at the MWRD SEPA Waterfall & Park along the Cal-Sag, June 2, 2018, and includes practices, dragon boat races, music, vendor village featuring the Southland’s best food, craft beer, awards ceremony, and after party. The festival is now open for team and individual registration.   


Dragon Boating is an incredible way to build team unity, show community pride, and compete against your friends, neighbors, and fellow organizations and companies for the ultimate bragging rights: Dragon Boat Festival Champions.


June 2nd, 2018.  Registration at 7am, races begin at 8am.

register your full team

Start assembling your team of 21 today.  The registration process is simple, and reserves your practice session, team boat, paddles, life vests, drum, and a coach/steerperson.  No experience or equipment necessary!


Begin registering your team today!  Click the button below.


register your team 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.


join an existing team

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.



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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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