The SJ Dragon Boat Festival

The Saint John Dragon Boat Festival is an exciting fundraising event that combines the thrill of team dragon boat racing with a unique cultural festival. Local musicians and performers as well as traditional Chinese dancers will take turns entertaining the crowds throughout the day while spectators watch their favorite teams compete on the 200 meter race course and soak in some festival atmosphere.


The first Saint John Dragon Boat Festival was held on August 27, 2005 at the Renforth Wharf site off James Renforth Drive in Rothesay , NB. Thousands of spectators joined the 48 teams that day and started a tradition that has made the festival one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer. Today, over 1400 participants gather on the shores of the Kennebecasis River to continue the tradition of raising money for St. Joseph 's Hospital Foundation and have a blast doing it.

The Saint John Dragon Boat Festival is a fundraising project of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to raise funds that help meet the needs of St. Joseph’s Hospital for equipment, research and education. Together with our sponsors, your donations help to ensure St. Joseph’s Hospital continues to meet the needs of the residents of Greater Saint John now and in the future.

This year we will celebrate the 5 th anniversary of the Saint John Dragon Boat Festival and we've taken on a very exciting project. Our goal will be to raise the $250,000 needed to transform a portion of our inner-city property into a Wellness Garden and Sanctuary for our patients and their families.

» NB Southern Railway's Dragon Boat Express
ALL ABOARD Come ride the rails to the 2009 Saint John Dragon Boat Festival August 29, 2009 On NB Southern Railway’s Dragon Boat Express $10.00 Adults $7:00 Youth (under 14) Return trip

» 2009 Practice and Race Schedules are now posted

» 2008 Saint John Dragon Boat Festival Exceeds Target On Saturday, August 23, over 1300 participants competed in the 4 th annual Saint John Dragon Boat Festival presented by the Telegraph Journal. Festival Chair, Bob Boyce

August 29, 2009 8am - 6pm

Come out and cheer for your team! View the schedule here.

Breakfast with the Knights of Columbus

Everyone welcome.

Opening Ceremonies

- Cancer Survivor Challenge Cup
- Breast Cancer Pink Carnation Ceremony

Chinese Cultural Performances

Rip Cord

Chang Yong Taekwondo College Demonstration

World Music Players

Caravan Dancers


Chinese Cultural Performances

11 th Hour

Renforth Fencing Club

Southern Comfort

Final Races

Closing Ceremonies