The North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is an annual event that supports the work of important regional non-profit organizations by raising funds through a community-focused summer festival that welcomes outdoor enthusiasts, families, and paddlers from throughout the Greater Midwest, Canada, and around the world. The festival engages individuals and groups in athletic participation, celebrates the beauty of the North Shore, rekindles people's connection to Lake Superior, and benefits the region by fostering economic vitality. All proceeds from the festival are split evenly between WTIP North Shore Community Radio, the North House Folk School, and the North Shore Healthcare Foundation.
Dragon Boat racing is the fastest growing water sport in the world and, because of its extreme popularity in Asia, is rated the second most popular sport in the world according to Paddler magazine. In recent years the sport has taken off in North America and many major cities and regions in both the United States and Canada can now boast that it has a Dragon Boat Festival as part of its summer event schedule.
The goal of the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is for folks to have a good time while raising money to benefit local nonprofits.