Photo Courtesy of Terry Baker


Join us to celebrate four days of competition at the 2018 ICF Dragon Boat World Championships! The opening and closing ceremonies will be evenings of celebration you don’t want to miss. 

Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
Lake Lanier Olympic Park
3105 Clarksbridge Road

Free of charge

The event begins at 6 p.m. and features headliner, Craig A. Meyer, multiple award winning, multi-talented singer/actor/pianist, starring in Remember When Rock Was Young – The Elton John Tribute. Other evening activities include, the Parade of Athletes, Pan-Asian dances and a variety of thrilling entertainment. 

Come early and stay late to celebrate Gainesville-Hall County being the first location in the Americas to host this world-renowned competition. Food trucks and Tap It will be onsite with food, beer and wine for purchase beginning at 5 p.m.

More information:

5 p.m.- Food Truck Fun (Food Trucks and beverages from Tap It available for purchase)

6 p.m.- Opening Ceremonies Begin 

No charge to attend – there will be a $10 parking fee (multi-day parking passes will be available for returning to the competitions Thurs-Sunday)

Seat cushions will be available for purchase – you can bring your own chairs if you prefer

No outside food or drink will be allowed

Closing Ceremonies

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
Gainesville Civic Center
830 Green Street, NE

Tickets: $20 (includes BBQ dinner and non-alcoholic beverage)

Click here to purchase tickets or call 770-534-2787.

Tap It will be onsite with beer and wine for purchase

Departure – The Journey Tribute Band will crank out a hit-laden performance starting at 7 p.m. Guests may bring lawn chairs. No outside food or drink is permitted.