Family Events Dragon on the Lake Festival in Lake Orion The legend of a dragon inspires the annual Dragon on the Lake festival in Lake Orion. Check out the 2017 fest Aug. 24-27. « Previous Next » Shelby Stewart • August 18, 2017 1 Comment Total: 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 Back in 1894, those who lived on Lake Orion were reportedly terrorized by a monster, commonly referred to as a dragon, that was anywhere from 18-feet to 80-feet long. Over a century later, the legend still inspires the annual Dragon on the Lake Festival. From Aug. 24-27, 2017, Lake Orion will be buzzing with excitement for all of the great activities going on in town. The festival kicks off Thursday at the Dragon Pub in downtown Lake Orion with the Foam Party. All ages enjoy the dancing and music, as well as the room full of foam, from 3-6 p.m. and grown-ups (21-plus) get to party from 7-10 p.m. Also on Thursday is the Orion Township Fire Department’s Chili Cookoff where local fire departments will battle it out to see who makes the best chili. Nab a ticket for $20 to taste-test and vote on who should win. A live comedy show runs concurrently from 6-9 p.m. On Friday night, grown-ups can converge at the festival once more to try a selection of craft beer and wine from 6-9 p.m. accompanied by live music from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. After you’ve had your fill, at dusk on Friday, head outdoors to check out the annual Lighted Boat Parade. This parade can be seen from anywhere on the shore of Lake Orion, and the lights are a beautiful sight reflected on the water. But it’s really on Saturday and Sunday that fun really starts for families. The Kids Zone will be open around the Orion Art Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to offer clown performances, live animals, kid-friendly music, bounce houses and more. And for older kids, check out the Xtreme Zone, which is full fun for teens. You can also check out the Dragon Boat Races, the Chalk Art Challenge area, where artists will also be transforming the sidewalks into colorful chalk drawings of dragons, an art & craft fair, jet skis shows and more. Admission is free, but there is a fee for some activities. Come down to Lake Orion to check it out. Want to learn more about the 2017 Dragon on the Lake Festival in Lake Orion? Visit the Metro Parent calendar for this and other rad events in metro Detroit. This post was originally published in 2013 and is updated regularly.