World Beat Festival Dragon Boat Race


Salem Riverfront Park, Salem, OR US


Founded June 30, 1998
Jun 30 - 01, 2018

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Named by the Oregon Festival and Events Association:
2006 & 2007 Best Cultural Heritage Event
2008 Best Festival in Oregon
2010 & 2012 Best Music Program Within a Festival
2009 & 2011 Best Performing Arts Event

Join 30,000 attendees and come be a part of the 16th annual World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2013. Taste the ethnic foods; listen to music and discussion from around the world; see performances from Africa, Asia and Europe; and have your children explore the kids’ activity tents and collect passport stamps from every continent. Discover that our neighbors and friends come from all over the world and live right here in our community. The World Beat Festival is Salem’s most vital expression of who we are, and contributes significantly to our community success.

This Festival we have a special focus on the culture of Japan; so expect plenty of unique traditions from the Land of the Rising Sun to be a part of the many cultures you will explore.

23 acres, 5 World Villages, 9 performance areas, 65 nations and cultures, 125 cultural performances, dragon boat races, 20 food vendors, 3 parades, 4 children’s activity tents, 1 Oregon.

The World Beat Festival is a program of the Salem Multicultural Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an appreciation and  understanding of the cultural diversity in our community. We have 1½ staff, 14 committees, and 1,000 volunteers who make it all happen. We ask for a $5 donation at the gate.

Meeting our mission:
98% of Festival attendees say they learn about cultural diversity in our community 94% of guests say they feel more accepting of people from other cultures as a result of their visit 100% percent say they plan to visit again 

Weekend of June 25/26, 2016 (update to be provided shortly)

Location: Riverfront Park Salem, Oregon

Distance: Approx. 250m course with a possible fun run at the end of the day

Cost: $550 per team, $25 discount for first 10 to register

Registration: Opens online February 15th / Space is limited and we recommend registering
early to guarantee your team’s participation in the event.

4 race guarantee


Competitive mixed

All teams MUST have at least eight female paddlers.


Competitive women's

All 20 paddlers MUST be women.



crew members and drummer are between the ages of 12-19 by the event
date, with the exception of the steersperson and manager. Crew members
under the age of 18 must have
a signed parental or guardian consent in order to participate. Junior
teams MUST have at least eight female paddlers. Steersperson needs to be
approved by Festival staff prior to race day.  The team manager must be
over 21 years of age.



in this division use the Salem World Beat Dragon Boat Festival as a
team building activity for an existing community organization. They may
participate in the Dragon
Boat Festival annually but outside of this festival have limited or no
racing experience.  The World Beat Dragon Boat Club will provide two
on-the-water practice times for each community team. In order to
participate, each paddler is required to attend at
least one practice prior to the Festival. All teams MUST have at least
eight female paddlers.



Survivor teams – TBD

Master - If mixed – must have at least eight female paddlers

Grand Master - If mixed – must have at least eight female paddlers


We are looking forward to a great day on the water. If you have any question prior to registration please contact  Jules.Halvarson@nordstrom.com


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