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Saturday, August 26, 2017

We're making the most of the final days of summer with a huge weekend of fun including the a Dragon Boat Race & Festival, a Stand Up Paddle race, Montgomery Biscuits baseball and the first college football game of the year! Check out the weekend lineup and a link to special hotel rates for visitors attending these events!

Montgomery Dragon Boat Race & Festival

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - FREE for spectators
Riverfront Park
Over 60 teams from Central Alabama and beyond will converge downtown at Riverfront Park to paddle and party for a cause while in pursuit of the Grand Championship Trophy! Off the water, browse various goods from local exhibitors and artists, enjoy food and drink from local vendors, and find a spot to watch the live music from the Amphitheatre stage. The Festival benefits two local non-profits, Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama.


1st Annual Gun Island Chute SUP Cup

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - FREE for spectators
Riverfront Park
An exciting lap-based course will give paddlers an unique racing experience.  A member of the Southern Stoke Paddle Series, the Gun Island Chute SUP Cup is hosted in conjunction with the 8th Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival.  With over 8,000 people in attendance for the dragon boat races, the GIC SUP Cup will be one of the South's most exciting SUP competitions.  Live music, local vendors, and an Athlete's Hospitality suite makes this event a must for all paddle sports athletes and enthusiasts.  The Gun Island Chute SUP Cup will include a 6 mile long course, 3 miles short course, and 1 mile sprint course.

Montgomery Kickoff Classic Sponsored by Guardian Credit Union

5 p.m. - Tickes are $20 - $100
College Football's Season Opening Game! 2017 will feature two of the current top-ranked FCS teams in the nation, Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Played in historic Cramton Bowl, The Montgomery Kickoff Classic offers fans the chance to experience some of the NCAA Division I FCS college football’s best matchup at a neutral site. Outside of bowl season, this is a great opportunity to see your favorite team play in front of a split crowd. 

Montgomery Biscuits vs. Mobile Baybears

6:35 p.m. - Tickets are $9 - $13
Riverwalk Stadium
Celebrate your college spirit with the Biscuits! Saturday is Auburn/Alabama Night presented by WLWI and 95.1 The Fox.  Show up in your team colors and stay after the game for a MASSIVE MAX Fireworks Show!

Special Rates

Featured Hotel

  • Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center

    201 Tallapoosa Street
    Montgomery, AL 36104
    (334) 481-5000

    Within walking distance of the Riverfront, The Renaissance Montgomery is the perfect place to stay for your weekend adventure.
    $133/ night - click the link a above to get this special rate!