Teams paddling to victory on the Patuxent River while an excited crowd looks on at the 2018 Solomons Dragon Boat Festival

Fourth Annual Dragon Boat races coming in August

News Release, SMCR

SMCR is excited to announce the 4th Annual Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival, presented by Cedar Point Federal Credit Union on Saturday, August 17, 2019 on the Patuxent River along the Solomons Island Riverwalk.

The Solomons Dragon Boat Festival is a fun filled event of friendly competition and team building while raising funds for much needed programs for SMCR, Inc. Race day will be filled with intense, heart-pounding action and the sounds of Chinese drums will fill the air.  A variety of entertainment, food, crafts and kid- friendly activities will round out the event. This free day of fun begins with the Dragon Boat Races on the Patuxent River and includes a parade of teams, live entertainment, a vendor village, and a free parking shuttle. For more information, visit

Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties Sheriff’s departments compete for glory in the 2018 Solomons Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Racing has become one of the fastest growing team water sports events! Dragon Boat Teams consist of 16 paddlers, a drummer and a trained steer person. Our dragon boat provider is 22Dragons, visiting us all the way from Montreal. Teams can be local businesses or local groups looking for some fun and to help raise funds for an excellent cause. This year, we are excited to announce our ala carte team option in which each team member raises a certain dollar amount to pay for the cost of a team.

When you can see us: Race Day is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, August 17. Practice sessions occur from 4-7 p.m. throughout the week leading up to the races and are open to the public to view from the Solomons Riverwalk. We also host a Dotting of the Eye Ceremony on Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m. outside Our Lady Star of the Sea on Solomons Island, during which the public can help paint the dragons’ eyes to awake the sleeping beasts!

Our Cause: SMCR Inc. creates opportunities for people with differing abilities, providing social, recreational, and educational programs for the entire community, with an emphasis on accessibility for those with developmental differences. For more about SMCR Inc and the work we do, check our website at

The AMEWAS Trolls take to the river to begin their second race in the 2018 Solomons Dragon Boat Festival

For more details on becoming a sponsor or floating a team for the Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival, visit our website at or contact Bonnie Elward at for a Sponsorship Prospectus.

Join the cause. Live the adventure. Float your boat. Become part of the most exciting event coming to Solomons in 2019. As they say in the Dragon Boating community, “Paddles Up!”

All proceeds from this event will support SMCR, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c ) (3) organization, with the mission of “Creating opportunities for people with differing abilities in Southern Maryland.“

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