Dragon on the Lake Festival in Lake Orion

The dragons return to this annual Lake Orion event Aug. 28-30, 2015, to breathe an artistic flair into the historic town, igniting an entertaining weekend for dragon-enthusiasts and skeptics alike.

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Legend has it, a “ferocious dragon” was spotted on Lake Orion more than a century ago. And for the last six years, dragons have returned to the lake as residents from across southeast Michigan gather to celebrate inventive storytelling, art and community. Lake Orion’s seventh annual Dragon on the Lake runs Aug. 28-30, 2015, serving up fun for the whole family.

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The fun begins Friday night with the 5K run through downtown. Book it back to shore in time to witness the lake explode with color as the lighted-boat parade takes off with a fire-breathing dragon in the lead, or stop by Green’s Park for a viewing of How to Train Your Dragon.

The real action takes place downtown Saturday and Sunday at the Made in the USA Art and Craft Fair. Thirty to 40 booths showcase purchasable art pieces, while other artists demonstrate their work on the Art Stage. Novice and seasoned artists’ skills converge on the sidewalks. You can register for the Chalk Art Challenge and turn a 4-by-8 foot slab of concrete into an inspired masterpiece using pastel chalk. Those who create the most breathtaking portraits are eligible for cash prizes.

Take the youngsters to the Kidz Zone, featuring a stage for puppet and magic entertainment, climbable inflatables, llamas to ride and arts to craft. Don’t miss your chance to get your face painted, and to meet Darius, the Chinese dragon, who will put on a performance.

Kids too old to have their faces painted and hang out with mythological creatures? Take them to the Xtreme Zone, featuring BMX and skateboard demonstrations, extreme inflatables, flight simulators, robot demonstrations and more.

Return Sunday for a day jam-packed with boat races – including a Jet Ski show. The painted dragon boat races are especially sure to enthuse. Root for your favorite colorful dragon as it darts across the waves.

Mom and dad might appreciate The Dragon Pub, a beer and wine tent featuring entertainment and vendors for the entire weekend. Saturday’s the Rockin’ 80’s fest at the tent. Tease your hair and dust off those MC Hammer pants for a night dedicated to the oldies.

Come out to meet a host of dragons and the charismatic ladies and gents who keep the fables alive. Festival hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 8-11 p.m. (7 p.m./5K)
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Get more information on the Dragon on the Lake Festival in Lake Orion and other fun things to do in southeast Michigan in the Metro Parent calendar.

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