Annually marking the first weekend of summer, the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival brings together North America’s premier dragon boating regatta and an epic lineup of free concerts! This year is no different as the 2017 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival has put together a top notch lineup.

Kicking things off on a stacked Thursday night are The Sheepdogs, Said The Whale and The Elwins. Friday, in what’s sure to be a fantastic evening, are Dear Rouge, The Zolas and Kalle Mattson. Continuing the festivities on Saturday are the spectacular Half Moon Run, Darcys, Kasador, and Twin Flames. Artistic Director Antony Cooper says “The Festival has a tradition of presenting an incredible line up of Canada’s best talent and this years line up does exactly that. From start to finish you race, you rock!”

2017 Line Up

Thursday June 22

9:30 The Sheepdogs

8:00 Said The Whale

6:30 The Elwins

Friday June 23

9:30 Dear Rouge

8:00 The Zolas

6:30 Kalle Mattson

Saturday June 24

9:30 Half Moon Run

8:00 Darcys

6:30 Kasador

5:00 Twin Flames


The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a multi-day celebration of the arts, sports, culture and heritage that attracts over 75,000 visitors each year. The Festival, which annually has 200 teams in competitive, corporate and community categories, is one of the hottest sporting and entertainment events in the Nation’s Capital. Recognized as North America’s largest dragon boating festival the event offers free admission to world class entertainment, marquee concerts, amusement attractions, sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, beach-side bar, children’s area and non-stop racing.

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