See the majestic sport of Dragon Boat Racing at the Hope Chest's annual Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat FestivalSM. Join us for a day of dragon boat racing and fun-filled activities for the whole family.

Please be advised that all volunteers or paddlers must be at least 14 years old. 

For those unfamiliar with the sport, dragon boating is a boat of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steer person. It is a team sport that requires power, speed, synchronization and endurance. Dragon boat participant skills will range from novice to competitive though no experience is required. Teams will represent local Western New York corporations, breast cancer survivors, police forces, firemen, and other community organizations.

With its beginnings in Southern China, dragon boating today is the fastest growing international team water sport and soon to be an Olympic event. Race festivals are held year round at numerous locations around the world and now proudly in Buffalo New York.

Team Members

All teams have twenty (20) paddlers, one drummer (1)  and three (3) alternates. We supply all the equipment and steer person.

Click here to register online each member of your team. If you choose complete and mail the the Dragon Boat Festival Registration Form, click here to download. This document includes a waiver which each team member MUST submit prior to participation in the race.


  • Corporate/Community Mixed*
  • Breast Cancer Survivor

*Mixed teams must be comprised of eight (8) women.

Race Distances

  • Corporate/Community Qualifying Round, Semis & Finals - 350m
  • Top 8 Mixed Crews – 2000m Final

Race Format

  • All crews will race to qualify for the semifinal round - 350m distance
  • Top 8 crews advance to the A division, next 8 to the B division and so on
  • In each divisional semi-final, the winner and 2nd place team advance to the divisional championship final.  3rd and 4th place finishers advance to the consolation final.

  • A 2000m loop race for the top 8 seeded crews will be scheduled at the end of the day, contingent upon timely completion of divisional racing. 


The Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat FestivalSM is dependent upon the generous support from corporate and individual sponsors in our Western New York Community. Click here for more information on sponsorship levels, and benefits. 


Participants, spectators, sponsors and advertisers can get the latest up to date information on Hope Chest's Annual Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat FestivalSM Event APP. Participants -  access up to the minute race results and standings!  Sponsors -  showcase your business  in an interactive platform.  Advertisers - Share your message in full color.   Advertisers can click Add To Cart button below to pay online through Paypal. Black and white or color camera ready artwork to be supplied by advertiser.  Acceptable formats include Adobe InDesign, Illustrator or high resolution PDF files. Please include all fonts and embedded image files. Image files must be 300 dpi.  If sending a business card or simple text, please mail to PO BOX.  E-mail camera ready artwork to  hopechestbuffalopp@gmail.com by May 12, 2018. Program costs are indicated below:

Celestial Ad $500
Imperial Ad $250
Jade Business Card Ad $100
When:  Saturday June 16, 2018
Time:  7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Buffalo RiverWorks
             359 Ganson St
             Buffalo NY 14203

 Schedule of Events

7:00 AM

Team Registration, Volunteer Check In

7:45 AM

Team Captain Safety Meeting – Marshalling Area

8:00 AM

Welcome and Dotting of the Eye Ceremony

8:15 AM

Team Warm Up hosted by Ellen Coleman BAC

8:30 AM

Races Begin

9:15 AM

Deadline for submitting t-shirts for contest

9-10:00 AM

Team Costume Photos

10:00 - 4:00PM

Kids Corner: Free Activities for Children

11:00 AM

Breast Cancer Survivors Champion Race

Best T-Shirt & Costume Winners Announced

11:15 AM

11:30 AM

Carnation Ceremony

Breast Cancer Survivor Championship Race Winner Presentation

2:45 PM

Basket Raffle Closes - winners posted by 3:30 pm

4:00 PM

Final Race & Award Announcements by celebrity host Alan Davis

NOTE: All alcohol must be purchased on premises from an approved vendor.  



Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St

Buffalo NY 14202



Race Entry Fee:    

Corporate Team:

$1,200.00 up to March 31, 2018

$1,400 AFTER April 1, 2018

Community/Club Team

$1000.00 up to March 31, 2018

$1,200 AFTER April 1, 2018

Breast Cancer Survivor Team $850.00

Registration Deadline: Kindly pre-register no later than May 1, 2018

To pay for your team registration using PayPal, select your option and click Add To Cart button below.                  



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