10th Annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival

Charleston Dragon Boat Festival - Voted "Lowcountry's Favorite Fundraising Event" in the 2016 Post & Courier's Charleston Choice Awards!

The 10th Annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival was a remarkable success, raising more than $170,000 toward the cancer survivor programs of Dragon Boat Charleston.  Registration for 2018 will open on December 1, 2017.   

The Charleston Dragon Boat Festival is a fun day for corporate and community teams to picnic and paddle together on the Ashley River in 41 foot dragon boats. There's a reason we were voted "Favorite Lowcountry Fundraising Event" in the Post & Courier's Charleston Choice Awards! It's because you can't beat paddling to the beat of a dragon heart on the Ashley River with your friends!

General Information

  • Registration is $850
  • DBC asks each paddler to raise at least $50
  • No experience necessary, we will provide your training
  • Each team should consist of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and some alternates.
  • Only 2 Club paddlers per team (club paddler is defined as anyone who practices/ed regularly with a team, has attended a camp/clinic or has attended races).
  • Team members must be at least 14 years of age. Waiver forms are required.
  • Mixed teams must have a MINIMUM of 8 female paddlers
  • Less than 8 women on a team will put your team in the men's division
  • 2 practice session will be provided two weeks before the festival

How does your donation benefit Lowcountry cancer survivors? On average, it costs individuals $250.00 per person to participate with Dragon Boat Charleston (that does not include travel costs). Our mission is to make sure cancer survivors are able to participate WITHOUT ever paying that cost. Survivors participate in year-round paddling, yoga, nutrition, support and off-water exercise programs FREE OF CHARGE!


Check us out in the Post & Courier's Choice of Charleston Awards!  

As a 501(c)3, DBC relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors to help fund its programs for the Charleston community.


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Phone: Executive Director: 843-714-4131

Athletic Program Coordinator: 843-714-3682

Mailing Address:  DBC, 1643 Savannah Hwy. #261, Charleston, SC 29407