How many events can boast that they are the largest in the United States?
Well, the Boston Dragon Boat Festival can - and it's right in your backyard.
Taking place over the course of two days, the festival is full of cultural performances, street vendors, and of course, boat races along the Charles River. It is the first and largest dragon boat festival in the country, and it has been taking place since the late 1970's.
Nearly 50 teams compete in racing heats over the weekend, with the final winners crowned towards the end of the day on Sunday. The event is great for all ages as there is something for everyone.
- Free. The festival is free, but if you're so included, make a donation to the organization.
- Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The only way to find a comfortable seat is to grab some grass.
- Places to Watch. Both the John W. Weeks bridge and the Cambridge side of the Charles River are great places to view the shows. In additional, the street festival and cultural performances are located there as well.