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Issue 20July 2017
'Awakening' for Regina Dragon Boat Festival
Be sure to mark Sept. 1 and 2 down on your calendars and experience one of Regina’s most unique festivals! 2017 marks the 26th year for the Regina Dragon Boat Festival. So many activities happening throughout the weekend… food, dance, music and of course races!
The event begins Friday afternoon with the “Awakening the Dragon” ceremony. This Chinese ceremony will be performed by a Taoist Priest who will dot the eyes of the dragon’s head on the boat; this is a symbolic act of ending the dragon’s slumber.
Races will run throughout the weekend, ranging from 200-metre sprints to longer 2000 meter races! Furthermore, spectators and participants can enjoy the beer tent and cabaret happening both Friday and Saturday night. Lots of fun cabaret activities will happen like beer paddles races, flippy cup, drum battle, balloon pop and team chants! On Saturday, don’t miss out on the pancake breakfast available for only $5, as well as the family area and cultural performances happening throughout the afternoon.
The Regina Dragon Boat Festival is a must-see for both visitors and residents! For more information on the festival, or to register a team click here.
New night race added to QCM
Queen City Marathon (QCM) is September 8-10 and it’s not too late to sign up! There are plenty of races to get involved in, ranging from 5k all the way to 42.2k. Plus get the family involved with shorter races that are available for kids.
This year’s QCM is highly anticipated, as a new race will debut, the University of Regina Night Owl 5k. This race will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The most exciting feature of this particular race… glow sticks and headlamps. Participants will be lighting their way around the lake! In addition, this race is non-competitive and no awards will be distributed, so there’s no excuse not to register!
Running the same weekend as QCM is Regina’s newest music festival – Swamp Fest! The festival was created by five friends who felt the need to increase the visibility of the alternative music scene in Regina and throughout Western Canada. The two-day event will feature several local musicians such as: The Garrys, Snake River, The Bureau and The florals. Although, stay tuned for further announcements on additional performances!
Swamp Fest is no ordinary festival in Regina! The event is taking place on Willow Island in Wascana Park, so festival-goers will be taken on a boat back and forth from the island throughout the day.
The weekend is laid out perfectly! Grab your runners and get some exercise during the day, then make your way over to Willow Island and celebrate at Regina’s very first Swamp Fest!
Hang with the Locals
First ever international soccer friendly in Regina
Regina’s first-ever international “soccer friendly” at the new Mosaic Stadium on Saturday, July 22 when the New York Cosmos will host Valencia CF.
Curling fanatics gear up for Pinty's Grand Slam
For the very first time, Regina will host Pinty’s Grand Slam from September 5-10 at the Co-operator’s Centre at Evraz Place! This event marks the 2017-2018 season kick-off and will bring 60 elite curling teams to the Queen City.
Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is series of curling events that features world-class men’s and women’s teams. The teams are members of the World Curling Tour and will fight to compete in this upcoming Winter Olympics.
“Regina is a natural choice to host an event like Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling,” said Mayor Michael Fougere at the media event announcement in Regina. “Our extensive experience hosting major sporting events, our large and enthusiastic volunteer base, and our outstanding venues mean that some of the greatest curlers in the world will be experiencing one of the greatest host cities in Canada.”
This is an amazing opportunity for curling fans from Saskatchewan and across the country. So come experience world class curling first hand!
To purchase tickets for Pinty’s Grand Slam, click here.