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Teams race on Lake Phalen. Star Tribune

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Dragon Festival 2018

Daily from July 14-15
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Sports - Spectator

The annual Dragon Boat Festival returns to Phalen Park this year, with two days of dragon boat races as well as traditional dance, culture, and music showcases. That includes Taiko drumming, martial arts, kids’ activities, and food. This year is especially exciting: The event kicks off with a groundbreaking ceremony for Xiang Jiang Pavilion, one of three structures that have recently arrived from one of St. Paul’s sister cities, Changsha, China. After the opening ceremonies, there’ll be a Lion Dance procession at 10:30 a.m. from the Phalen boat house to the construction site, where Mayor Melvin Carter and other dignitaries will give brief remarks. Dragon boat races are scheduled throughout both days. Find more info at www.dragonfestival.org.