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 2019 fest Aug. 22-25.

Green lighted dragon float
Photo from the Dragon on the Lake Facebook page

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. 22-25, 2019, Lake Orion will be buzzing with excitement for all of the great activities going on in town.

The festival kicks off Thursday from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at the Dragon Pub in downtown Lake Orion where all ages enjoy the dancing and music performed by Planet of Fun.

On Friday night, grown-ups can converge at the festival once more for live performances by RockStar ($5 cover charge) and euchre tournament. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and each play is $10.

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.

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But it’s really on Saturday and Sunday that fun really starts for families. The Kids Zone will be open around on South Broadway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to offer clown performances, kid-friendly music, bounce houses and more.

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 some fees do apply for some activities, so come down to Lake Orion to check it out.

Want to learn more about the 2019 Dragon on the Lake Festival, other metro Detroit festivals in August or family-friendly things to do this weekend?  Visit the Metro Parent calendar. 

This post was originally published in 2013 and is updated regularly. 

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