If you happen to venture over to Sloan’s Lake Park this weekend you’ll be in for a very festive treat as 52 teams will be competing in the 11th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The festival kicks off tomorrow at 10 a.m. with a spectacular opening ceremony with an awakening the Dragon Spirit Ceremony, a 75-foot dragon dance and parade.
While the festival represents all Asian cultures, the focus this year is on Japan and promoting fundraising efforts for earthquake relief aid. Besides watching the boat races festival goers can get an inside look on various Asian cultures. With Dragonland, a kid friendly zone, the Asian Marketplace (hello shopping!) and the Taste of Asia Food Court (no shortage of wontons here), you’ll be able to find something to keep you occupied during the festival.
At Dragonland the kids can participate in an Asian drumming program by the Children’s Museum of Denver, or have fun with Chinese character face painting and tattoo by the Colorado Chinese Language School, or if you just want the kiddos entertained head over to see Richard Nakata and his Magic performance.
Head over to the main stage to see acts varying from Wendy Woo, or Erhoopla: Chinese string music, Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Academy, Polynesian dance by Pacific Pride & Island Hearts, Nkauj Hnub Nraug Hli Hmong Dance Group, Thai Harmony, Denver Taiko and many, many more.
No festival would be complete without trying different foods from all these cultures. Don’t expect your typical menu items as a multitude of true Asian cuisine will be prepared. Some of the great restaurants and eateries attending include: Bam-Bu, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Kokoro Restaurant, Imperial Chinese Restaurant, Little Grass Shack (Hawai’ian), and more.
There will also be Asian wellness: learning how to incorporate yoga, meditation, and qi gong into your daily life.
The Asian celebration is on:
Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking will be open at Invesco Field and free shuttles will run to Invesco starting at 7 a.m., ending at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information: http://www.cdbf.org/