The easy, hassle-free way get to the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is to park at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and take a shuttle bus to and from Sloan’s Lake Park. Parking costs $5 per car — so carpool for the best deal! — and the shuttle buses are FREE and run every few minutes.
Parking at Mile High stadium was one of the most consistent requests we received during 2009 and 2010, when we didn’t provide the service. Many festival guests parked there last year when we brought it back. This year, we’re putting even more of a priority on getting as many festival visitors as possible to park at Mile High and take our shuttles, because it’s best for the environment and best for the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood.
Over the years, CDBF's Cultural Unity Stage has showcased not just the best local hip-hop artists including breakdance groups, musicians, rappers and DJs, but also added drummers, Polynesian dance troupes, and martial arts groups. This year, Cultural Unity is proud to add a new perspective, Parkour -- the acrobatic athletic movement of running, jumping and climbing around obstacles. Apex Movement, shown here, was the first Parkour training program in the Western Hemisphere when it began teaching its moves in 2006.
In 2011 we introduced a new performance and invited the public to join in the fun: A Japanese Obon Dance.
The Denver Buddhist Temple Minyo Kai dancers are returning for CDBF 2012, so watch the video above, and plan on joining us in front of the Main Performing Arts Stage at 6 pm Saturday July 28!
Think of it as Japanese line dancing, only in a circle instead of lined up side-to-side. Best of all, you don't need to know any dance moves in advance, and you don't need to wear any fancy kimonos or traditional outfits. You can, but it's not required.
The Japanese hard-rock band Kazha (left), which is popular at Anime festivals across the country, is traveling from Los Angeles and joining a showcase of top local talent on CDBF's new Band Stage.Also playing the Band Stage, which will be located in the Beer GHarden (all ages allowed, but ID required for a wristband to purchase alcohol) will be CDBF favorites such as Wendy Woo and Dwight Mark, as well as newcomers 3Jewlz and Saving Avery. Returning from last year's Main Stage are One Sun One Moona and Kenny Lee Young.
Watch James Dimagiba, one of our two Volunteer Coordinators
The Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Academy, shown here, returns for the 12th year to perform both the colorful Dragon Dance during the Opening Ceremonies, and their usual breathtaking martial arts demonstration on the Main Performing Arts Stage.
You'll see 23 exciting acts over the weekend on the Main Stage, featuring the best local traditional performers such as Christina Yeh Dance Studio, Filipino American Community of Colorado, Thai Harmony Traditional Arts Colorado, Mudra Dance Studio and Denver Taiko, but also some new faces including Rose Wang (solo kung fu) and Wahana Cipta Indonesian group.
Melanie Yamamoto's striking Dragon against a red background was chosen as the co-winner of the 2012 Design Competition, and the image will be used for our promotional poster. Noted Denver artist Tony Ortega was the other co-winner with a beautiful pastel, "Team Work."
This 30-second spot for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival features KDVR anchor Deborah Takahara, KDVR reporter Chris Jose and KWGN reporter Jacki Jing in a light-hearted scenario that's a sequel to last year's promo, where Chris Jose had to paddle while Deborah Takahara relaxed in the boat. Watch for it on KDVR Fox31, KWGN CW2 and on Comcast channels until the festival!
New this year, we’re very excited to announce that as part of our commitment to celebrating athletic competition and healthy lifestyles, we’re hosting the first-ever Dragon 5K Run/Walk at Sloan’s Lake on Sunday July 29 at 8 am, during the festival!
We want this to be a fun, family event, and commemorate the Year of the Dragon — so participants are welcome to wear dragon-themed costumes, masks and hats (we’ll supply the t-shirts).