Race Day Information

2024 Schedule of Events

Time Event
5:30 AM Parking Opens
6:00 AM Venue Opens / Registrar Opens for Team Check In
6:30 AM Off-site Parking and Shuttles Open
6:50 AM Safety Boat Driver Meeting (base of tower)
7:00 AM Mandatory Team Captain’s Meeting to be followed by Steerer’s Meeting (base of tower)
7:10 AM Blessing of the Boats by Buddhist Monks
7:30 AM Laotian Honor Guard – US Flag
 / National Anthem
7:40 AM Marshalling Opens for Heat 1
8:00 AM Dragon Boat Races Begin
12:00 PM Opening Ceremonies Begin
1:30 PM Finals Begin
3:40 PM (Approx) Awards Ceremony


Shuttle Location

Riverbend Church
1715 Cleveland Hwy
Gainesville, GA 30501

Directions to Riverbend Church from Interstate 985
  • Via I-985 from I-85 Take Exit 24
  • Turn left on Jesse Jewell Parkway
  • Turn right onto Limestone Pkwy/US-129 N/GA-11
  • Turn left onto Clarks Bridge Rd, just past the Waffle House.
  • Turn left onto Cleveland Highway.
  • Riverbend Church will be on your right.
Carpool Lot

New Haven Church
615 White Sulphur Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501

Lake Lanier Olympic Venue

3105 Clarks Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506

Satellite Parking Lot Instructions

There is limited parking at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park. All parking at the venue is $20 per car if paid with cash. If you choose to use a credit card, the payment will be $25 to cover the extra fees.

We encourage you to carpool as much as possible. We will have one off-site lot available with two shuttles running throughout the morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. The cost for the shuttle is $5.00 per person (cash only) for unlimited shuttle service.

Delta Airlines

Flying In?

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival Inc. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM2VZ

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Gainesville, GA Hotel Options

The Dragon Boat Festival has negotiated the following special rates for nearby hotels. Click the hotel image for more details and click the button to reserve at the special rate. If you need to secure a block of rooms for your team, please contact Connie Little with Meeting Street Meeting as the group rooms coordinator. Connie Little / 678-591-4003 / [email protected]

Dragon Boat Rule of Construction

The following rules shall be read and interpreted consistently with each other and shall be read and interpreted to foster the purpose of fair competition and sportsmanship.