Festival Schedule

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule

Steveston Dragon Boat Festival Schedule of Activities

The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival promises to be a great day of fun, entertainment and paddling. The event begins at 8:00 AM with dragon boat racing beginning and then food, activities and vendor booths open at 9:00 AM. By 10:00 AM great entertainment on the main stage begins to celebrate a sizzling summer.

  • 8:00 AM- Dragon Boat Racing Begins
  • 9:00 AM – Food, activity and vendor booths open
  • 10:00 AM – Children’s Arts and Craft tent opens
  • 10:00 AM – Entertainment begins on Main Stage
  • 5:00 PM  – Medal Ceremonies

Also at the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival for 2018

Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance Team

12:10PM         Chinese Lion Dance on the Boardwalk

2: 00PM         Chinese Dragon Dance & Procession

The Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance Team is based in Vancouver and is well known to the community.  The team has participated in the Chinese New Year’s parade in Chinatown for over 10 years and also participated in many charitable events, such as taking part in the “Walk with the Dragon” in Stanley Park, visiting old folks’ homes and fundraising for
the flooding victims in China. Also well known is the Ladies Lion Dance Team, founded by Sifu Raymond Cheung in 2004.

These teams have entered in lion dance competitions, received many special awards and performed demonstration in many big events and martial arts tournaments. They have also been invited to do the performances for many major malls, public markets, schools, universities, and the grand opening of stores and businesses throughout the lower mainland.

11:30AM – 3:30PM

CircusWest will be on hand at the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival entertaining crowd with unicycling, juggling and stilt walking. CircusWest is the one-stop hub for circus arts on the West Coast training children, teens, and adults to develop skills in circus arts and performance while increasing their fitness and self-confidence in a safe and fun environment. CircusWest has numerous performance troupes which create and produce circus entertainment for fairs, festivals, theatres and corporate events. Join the circus, or have them join you by contacting www.circuswest.com.



Be sure to check out these amazing food and snack offerings!


Lions Club
Mr. Tube Steak

All Day
DJ – Stephen Yau

10:00 am 
Rose Ranger

Raised on the North Shore of Vancouver, Canada, Rose Ranger was immersed in the world of arts from an early age at her alternative school Windsor House and through her mother who was a film teacher at Simon Fraser University. Rose studied tap, ballet and jazz at Vanleena Dance Academy, theatre and voice at Capilano University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and eventually picked up the guitar and began writing and recording her own original songs.

Since then Rose has recorded five albums including an array of singles with a distribution deal through Warner Music Canada and a publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis. Rose wears many hats in the entertainment biz as a singer, songwriter, voice over artist and actor working out of Vancouver, British Columbia and Los Angeles, California. From Top 40 Pop to Electronic, Country and Singer-Songwriter genres, Rose co-writes with numerous multi-award winning hit songwriters including Ryan Stewart (Carley Rae Jepsen, Hedley, Simple Plan), Nick Bearden (Jamestown Revival), Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter), Mark Makoway (Moist), Kyprios (Sweatshop Union) and many more. Rose has been a guest performer for Stiletto Entertainment and Disney Cruise Lines and she is a vocalist with Cirque Du Soleil’s talent roster of performers and also adjudicates songs for the Independent Music Awards.

Performing both solo and with her band, Rose has toured in Canada, America, Germany, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. The multi-talented artist’s independently released single “Beautifully Broken” was written and produced by Rose with her co-producer Davey Badiuk (Dragonette, Tegan and Sara) receiving airplay on Top 40 Hit Radio in both Canada and America and Stingray Digital Radio.

Stay tuned for Rose in the role of the wife on the ABC drama television series “The Good Doctor” which stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) and is executive produced by David Shore (creator of the critically acclaimed TV series “House”).

11:30 am

Winston Matsushita Trio

1:00 pm

Los Tambores

2:30 pm 

Las Estrellas de Vancouver

Mariachi Las Estrellas de Vancouver is Canada’s only all-female Mariachi band. Since it began in September 2014, the group has gathered some of the most highly skilled woman musicians in Vancouver and has developed a devoted following and a lot of interest in and out of the local Latin community. The group has hosted sold out self-produced events with visiting musicians and scholars from San Diego and LA. We have also been showcased in one of the largest Latin Festivals of the Pacific Northwest – Carnaval del Sol 2016. The repertoire is very traditional and we play many of the most popular Mexican songs in many genres and from most regions in Mexico.

We are part of the movement of women in Mariachi and strive to bridge the gender and cultural gap. To continue this movement, we will be participating in the first ever International Women’s Mariachi Festival in Mexico in June 2017. The hosting Mexican group will then visit Vancouver in August along with one of our greatest inspirations Dr. Leonor Xochitl Perez who has studied the history of women in Mariachi for the past 20 years. We are honoured to be a part of this history and we would like to make you a part of it, too!

Group contact:
Michelle Cormier
604 440 2355

4:00 pm

The Palomars


The Palomars are a rockabilly and hillbilly swing combo made up of some of the stalwarts of Vancouver’s roots scene. Taking high energy rockabilly, mixing in some uptown hillbilly jazz, and film noir, the combo will get you jumping in no time. Since releasing their “Out Of  The Past” Album and subsequent singles, the Palomars have received international interest, plays and reviews reaching fans across North America to Europe. “Your album is brilliant, one of the best of the year, will be at the top of our radio” says DJ Chema Valbuena (Spain). When The Palomars are performing you can always guarantee a packed dance floor.

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