A taste of Asian culture is on tap this weekend with the Dragon Festival at Lake Phalen on St. Paul’s East Side.
A major highlight: the dragon boat races on Saturday and Sunday. Fancifully decorated and raucously rowed, the boats are fun to watch from shore and must be even more fun to take out on the course. Practice sessions are Saturday, with the competition on Sunday.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, with an opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. It focuses on the local Asian Pacific Islander communities, with food, arts, crafts, cultural performances and music.