After a 2 year hiatus the 2022 Dragon Boat Festival returned to Sloan’s Lake.  The 250m and 500m dragon boat races were packed full of excitement. Some of the races came down to an arm’s length between 1st and 2nd place.

The smell of local food vendors was intoxicating. So many great choices of food. 

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a staple summer event in the Denver community, returned to Sloan’s Lake Park on July 23 and 24, 2022. After two years of cancellations due to COVID-19 and toxic algae blooms, the park was filled with dragon boat races, great food, an Asian marketplace, endless entertainment and thousands of members of the community gathering for a sorely missed annual celebration.

“This event had been running continuously for 19 years and allowed people to experience phenomenal culture and food before we had to take a brief, unexpected pause,” said Sara Moore, Executive Director of Colorado Dragon Boat. “We’re so excited to be back this year and to continue this tradition for the 20th iteration of our event. This summer’s event is going to be better than ever and we can’t wait to continue this work for the next twenty years.”

📷Curt Thompson