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Dragon Boat Racing in the Bay

San Francisco's a cultural melting pot, to be sure, and few things are more fun than free festivals that celebrate the city's colorful, oh-so-cultural side. With that in mind, we can't say enough good things about the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, highlighted by 40-foot dragon boats, games, creative arts, crafts, exhibits, entertainment, live dance and music – in other words, a little bit of everything that makes festivals so much fun. An action-packed weekend for families, this 19th annual event is the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the U.S. and features 130+ dragon boat teams and 3,500 paddlers racing the 500 and 300 meter courses. You'll find locals and guests of San Francisco hotels mingling amid the magic shows, Chinese acrobats, hip hop dancers and gospel performers. Mark your calendar now for September 20-21 and make a weekend of this wonderful event celebrating a 2,000+ year-old Chinese tradition.

Address: Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay