What is the River City Dragon Boat Festival?


Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! The drummer at the helm of the boat beats the drum to set the pace, as 20 team members heave in time with each beat, slicing their paddles into the water, propelling the 46-foot-long dragon boat towards the finish line. The atmosphere is electric. The competition is heated. The boom of the drum, the glistening lake, the yell of the steerer’s commands to the team, the fireworks, the food trucks, the children’s activities, the cheering of the crowd, and multiple brightly colored dragon-scaled boats neck and neck in fierce pursuit of the finish line… all for a great cause! This is NOT your average fund raiser.

Where Is This Amazing Event?

Lake Willastein Park in Maumelle, AR

Google Map of Lake Willastein Park

When Does the Fun Begin?

The River Cities Dragon Boat Festival is a two-day celebration that starts with set up and a kick-off party on June 16th and culminates with a full day of racing and fun on June 17th.

Why Are We Doing This?

Last year, the River Cities Dragon Boat Festival raised $115,000 for the Children’s Protection Center (CPC), a non-profit, child advocacy and safety center to help abused children. With more teams getting involved, we plan to raise even more this year! The River Cities Dragon Boat Festival is not only a total blast, it helps out the ones who need it the most. It’s a win-win!