NC Chinese Lantern Festival Opens Friday

Cary, NC – The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival starts its third year later this week, complete with new displays and performances, as well as the promise of a five year partnership with Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Read more


Koka Booth Amphitheater Gets First Budget Surplus

Cary, NC – One of Cary’s most distinctive locations is Koka Booth Amphitheater. And if you visited the venue in the past year, you may have been a part of their first budget surplus since opening in 2001. Read more

Parkinson’s Event Brings Attention and Exercise

Cary, NC – Parkinson’s disease affects close to one million Americans and can take a serious toll on speed, balance and overall mobility. And an annual event in Cary not only fundraises for research of the disease but gives its patients a fun way to fight its progression. Read more

Pictures: Opening Week of Hob Nob Jazz

Cary, NC – The Hob Nob Jazz Series returned to Booth Amphitheatre last Wednesday for a four-week run. The weather was perfect for the enthusiastic crowd that gathered to hear the funk and soul infused sound of Marcus Anderson. Read more

Hob Nob Jazz Series – A Cary Original

Cary, NC – In another sign of the maturation of the Cary music scene, the Hob Nob Jazz series returns to the Crescent at Booth Amphitheatre tonight for the start of a 4-week run.
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Editor’s Journal: Jim Gaffigan’s Comedy Show


Cary, NC — I’m a volunteer with the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, and, as a volunteer, I had the opportunity to stay for the sellout Jim Gaffigan show this past Friday, August 14, 2015. Read more

Drag Bingo Comes to Cary


Cary, NC — Did I wander into a Rocky Horror showing? Nope, just a drag bingo game. Read more


Dragon Boat Festival Coming to Cary


Cary, NC — Rowing meets Chinese culture in this ancient, hallowed race. The Dragon Boat Festival is coming to Cary on September 27, 2014.

Chinese Culture Fest

Labeling it an annual event, the nonprofit group, Asian Focus, is bringing an ancient Chinese Tradition to Koka Booth. The first Dragon Boat Festival will be held with rowing competitions, Asian foods, merchandise and dances.

The Race

In long, thin boats, 20 people are packed in and handed paddles. Their purpose? To row as fast as they can. Directed by one man on a rudder and kept in rhythm by a drummer, the racers compete against other boats to reach a finish line and claim first place. Corporate and competitive dragon boat teams from around the state will be coming to compete. Feel inclined to give the race a shot? Here is the registration site. Apart from supporting the community, the race is also a great way to get a work out in while having some fun. Above all else, this is a team building competition so if you want to put your ability to work with others to the test, this will be one of the best ways to do it.


Starting nearly 2,500 years ago in southern China, dragon boat races were held as a fertility rite, an event that was to bring a prosperous rice harvest and protection from illnesses. Emulating the battles of dragons, the Chinese deities of water, the races were held as homage to these bringers of prosperity.

An alternative origin suggested is the death of Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet. The poet drowned himself in the Miluo River despite the efforts of local villagers to save him. To protect his body from both fish and evil spirits, the villagers would beat drums and disturb the water with their paddles. From there on, the search for his body became a traditional race held on the anniversary of Qu Yuan’s death.

As a break from the usual hum drum of Cary life, I actually find myself looking forward to this. I doubt I’ll actually take part in the races (don’t think I could raise the money to get in, much less find twenty people to crew the thing) but it would be a welcome sight to watch. I’m curious as to what kind of food will be available, what cultural dances will presented, and what sort of knick-knacks can be picked up. Admission to the festival is free but beyond that… In any case, this is nothing short of novel. If nothing else, I definitely plan on checking it out.

Event Details

Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, NC

Admission: Free

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Cary Weekend: Nickel Creek, Josh Groban and More


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Interview: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek


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