Rip Up the River
August 18-20, 2017


Visit here for the complete festival schedule and map. Learn when and where the important races and entertainment are taking place.


View race schedules as well as results for each race.


Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas on-site during the festival and for events prior to the festival. No paddling or water experience is necessary. It takes many dedicated volunteers to make the festival a success.


The Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival welcomes sponsorships from the community. Visit here to view our sponsorship package.

Rip Up the River

Join us for the 20th Annual Dragon Boat Festival from August 19-21, 2017
A family friendly paddling and cultural festival

The Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival Association (EDBFA) was formed in 1996 and hosts an annual festival each year during the third weekend in August – rain or shine.

The EDBFA also runs an annual season practice grid where teams train for the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival as well as for other festivals occurring across Canada. From the social recreational paddler to competitive teams looking for a berth at the national level, to represent Canada in international competitions – there is a team for everyone in our association.

Practices are scheduled and held at Rafters’ Landing located at (98 Avenue & 97 Street) on the south side of the river by the Edmonton Queen Riverboat’s docks. This practice and meeting site is clearly recognized by a colorful dragon mural painted on our trailer and shares the site with the Edmonton Queen Riverboat office.