Welcome to the 2nd Venice Canoe & Dragon Boat Festival!

A spectacular 200mt sprint event held in just as spectacular surroundings, and a prestigious Opening Ceremony that features a parade of dragon boats and drums along Venice’s Grand Canal!

The idea of holding a dragon boat Festival has been maturing since 2009 when Venice Canoe & Dragon Boat and Venice Sport Events started organising various dragon boat and canoeing events including the Italian DB Championships, the annual Venetian End-of-School Year finals (now in it’s 10th edition with over 1000 schoolchildren participating) and the International Flatwater Canoe and Kayak regatta in Auronzo di Cadore. With our Club based in Venice, what more spectacular place to be able to race in, or simply paddle around.

Our Festival is aimed at both the professional racing teams and also for who just love to paddle for fun. 

This Festival has been designed to fit in with another just as spectacular event held annually in Venice – the Vogalonga – a 33km non-competitive rowing event now in it’s 40th edition, that sees thousands of rowers and paddlers from all over the world snake through the Northern Lagoon and along the Grand Canal in a myriad of colourful boats of all shapes and sizes (dragon boats included, of course!) 

This, we believe, gives paddlers the opportunity to not only participate in two memorable events, both spectacular in their surroundings, but also to visit in what is a unique city – Venice.