Tempe events: Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Author: Nancy

Posted on: September 27, 2016



Tempe events include the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival at Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park this Saturday and Sunday.

The dragon boat races are an ancient folk tradition with roots in southern China. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned with up to 20 paddlers. One team member pounds a drum to keep the paddlers’ oars in sync; the drum represents the heart of the dragon.

Now in its  13th year, this popular event draws thousands of locals and visitors to Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park to enjoy the beautiful dragon boat races, performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers and lots of good food.

You can enjoy The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, October 1-2 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.azdba.com.

Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.

September 27: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: Around the World
ASU Gammage

September 27: Cold War Kids
The Marquee

September 28: Kamikaze Karaoke
Tempe Improv

September 28-October 29: 3D Astronomy Shows
Marston Exploration Theater

September 28-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night
Tempe Center for the Arts

September 29: Dropkick Murphys
The Marquee

September 29: Ballet Under the Stars
Tempe Center for the Arts

September 29-October 1: Stray Cat Theatre presents  John
Tempe Center for the Arts 

September 29-October 2: Flip Orley
Tempe Improv

September 29-October 2: ASU Lyric Opera Theatre presents H.M.S. Pinafore
ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

September 30: Scott Westerfeld: Swarm
Changing Hands Bookstore

September 30: Phantogram
The Marquee

September 30: Analog Outlaws
Tempe Marketplace District Stage

September 30: Echo Canyon Chamber Ensemble
Tempe History Museum

September 30: hello Friday
Tempe Center for the Arts

October 1: Sistahs Two
Tempe Marketplace District Stage

October 1: Tempe Tour de Fat
Tempe Beach Park 

October 1: Dueling Harpsichordists with Harpsichord Duo Zweikampf
ASU Organ Hall

October 1: Katastro
The Marquee

October 1-2: Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
Tempe Town Lake

October 1-16: Childsplay presents Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
Tempe Center for the Arts

October 2: El Puente Theatre Festival and Mask Procession
Tempe Center for the Arts

October 2: Tempe Tardeada Festival
Tempe Community Complex

October 2: 6th Street Market
24 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

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