Dragon Boat Races
The biggest dragon boat races in the southern hemisphere.
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Feb
Sat 1 Feb, 8am – 5pm (Eye Dotting Ceremony from 8.30am)
Sun 2 Feb, 8.30am – 3pm
Free to spectate
The Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Races return to Darling Harbour this year, where more than 3,000 paddlers will churn up the waters as thousands of spectators watch the 12m long dragon boats battle it out.
To ensure a safe weekend of dragon boat racing, Taoist monks will perform the blessing of the waters and a unique eye dotting ceremony: dabbing red paint onto the eyes of each boat’s figurehead, which is said to awaken the dragons.
Following the ceremony and before the races, a lion dance performance will take place.
Presented by the City of Sydney, don’t miss this exciting event at this year’s Sydney Lunar New Year Festival.