Barcelona Dragon Boat Festival 2024

Barcelona Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the “Barcelona International Dragon Boat Festival,” is an annual sporting and cultural event held in Barcelona, Spain. A dragon boat is a long, narrow canoe-like boat, typically decorated with a dragon’s head and tail, that is paddled by a team of rowers to the beat of a drum.

The festival usually features dragon boat races, where teams from various countries and regions come together to compete in a series of races. These races are not only a display of teamwork and athleticism but also a celebration of cultural diversity and camaraderie. The event includes traditional dragon boat ceremonies, cultural performances, and other festivities that highlight the spirit of the sport and the culture of the participating teams.

The event is named the Barcelona Dragon Boat Festival, but it is organized in the city of Castelldefels, a city with a population of 65,000 people. The distance between the center of Barcelona and Castelldefels is about 22 kilometers and it takes about 30 minutes to drive to the city by car.

Barcelona Dragon Boat Festival 2024

Dates: May 18-19, 2024
Location: Castelldefels, Canal Olimpic de Catalunya.

It is important to know that this is an international event. As a result, there are lots of visitors coming from abroad to look at the event and there are lots of international competitors coming for the races. There are all sorts of packages available in which you can combine the Dragon Boat Festival with Barcelona sightseeing programs. You can read more about the festival itself and travel packages at

If you want to read more about other festivals, sports events, exhibitions, and concerts in Barcelona, look at our events calendar.