The 21st annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by Kaiser Permanente, will bring Chinese traditions to Lake Merritt.
A fleet of 40-foot decorative dragon boats will glide along the water while boaters beat Chinese drums Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18.
Saturday features traditional Chinese blessings of the boats as the dragons are “awakened.” Both days include food and craft vendors, games for all ages and free arts, crafts and games for children. Guests will have a chance to build their own boat.
The festivities get going at Lake Merritt in Oakland with free admission. Complimentary shuttles from BART stations and designated parking structures will be available.
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