About the Festival

About the Festival

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is a community builder, bringing individuals together to work towards a common goal. Whether teams are focused on improving technique, raising funds for a charitable organization, or simply having fun, the festival unites people across all sectors and brings our community closer together! 

Nearly 20 Years of History  

The Barrie Public Library & Barrie Dragon Boat Festival  

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is held each year in August at Heritage Park. It began in 2003 as an idea developed by Barrie Public Library Fund Development staff member Ann Andrusyszyn. The event was created as a fundraising vehicle to support the need for future library branches in rapidly growing Barrie. Fast-forward to today, and the festival is now the Barrie Public Library’s signature event, as well as the largest fundraiser of the year for several of our participating charities!  

Over the years, dozens of local charitable organizations have benefited from the unique fundraising focus of the festival. Participating teams are asked to raise a minimum of $500 for the charitable organization of their choice, in addition to their registration fee. Many of our charity teams choose to raise funds for their own organizations, using the festival as a platform for their own fundraising efforts.

After a brief hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, being able to participate in-person again for the 2022 festival was unforgettable. We are so excited to be ramping up for the 20th anniversary of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival in 2024!