2023 N.E.W. Dragon Boat Festival
Corporate Festival Mixed
$1000 - Community/Non-Profit Team
$1000 - Cancer Survivors Entry
$800 - Youth
$600 - Club Teams
Join us for the N.E.W. Dragon Boat Festival at Leach Amphitheatre, Oshkosh. The event will feature dragon boat races, performances, food trucks, artists, and vendors to celebrate Northeast Wisconsin’s diverse people. The Festival is free and open to all.
The N.E.W. Dragon Boat Race Festival is an outdoor event that celebrates the diverse communities of Northeast Wisconsin. The festival welcomes newcomers to the region by promoting community-wide social connectedness and belonging, and boosting local economies through a conscious curation of multi-ethnic food fair, cultural arts and performances, immersive activities, global vendor market, and affinity fair. Presented by the City of Oshkosh, City of Oshkosh DEI Committee, and the Northeast Wisconsin Chinese Association (NEWCA), this traditional dragon boat race encourages teams of all skills and abilities to compete. Gather your friends, family and co-workers to form your dragon boat racing team of up to 24 individuals, and experience team building, fundraising, camaraderie and fun!
Race Format: 2 races guaranteed every team (possibility of 3 races for qualifying teams). Medals for top 3 finishers in each division
Secure your spot with a minimum $250 deposit. Remainder of registration fee due by August 15th.
- Competitive Dragon Boat Club $600
- Youth (ages 14 to 18) $800
- Community (nonprofits, government) $1000
- Cancer Survivor $1000
- Corporate $1200
Note: If you would like to race but don’t have a full team, you can either register as a Team Captain and let us know how many paddlers you need (we will help, but no guarantees) or contact NEW Dragon Boat Festival and we will put you in touch with teams needing paddlers.
Each division must have a minimum of 3 teams registered. If fewer are register, divisions may be combined.
Register and pay in full by August 15th. No refunds after August 15th. Registration closed August 15th.
- 1 practice scheduled in the week leading up to the event.
- Racing a minimum of 2 times (max 3) on race day on a 300 m racecourse on the Fox River.
- 1 race event t-shirt (must be registered and waiver signed before 15 August to guarantee t-shirt in requested size)
- All of the necessary equipment during the race, including a boat, life vests, paddles, drum, and a steersperson/coach.
Teams will be made up of 16 to 20 paddlers and 1 drummer (no prior drumming experience necessary!). There are no gender requirements; men, women, trans people, nonbinary, are all welcome on all teams!
The maximum number will be capped at 48 total teams. Do not wait too long to register!
The registration link is now live!… NEW Dragon Boat Festival
Paddle for a Cause
Our goal of the festival is to foster a sense of belonging to the region, as well as to raise funds and awareness for The Education Fund of the Oshkosh Community Foundation and NEWCA (North East WI Chinese Association). Rally your friends and family to support your boat. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Oshkosh Area School District Education Foundation for cultural programing and to NEWCA.