The Rotte river runs from the city center through several neighborhoods like Oude Noorden and Crooswijk. On Saturday, August 27 the fourth Waterfestival on the Rotte takes place between Crooswijksebocht and the Zwaanhalskade between 11 AM to 5 PM.
There are canoes, sloops, rowing boats, sailing boats and SUPs to use. The Dragon Boat Race on the Rotte provides a spectacle. Daredevils can attack a real obstacle course and a challenging climbing wall. Visitors don’t have to get on the water as there are beach beds, parasols, and palm trees on the banks while lounge music plays. The aim of Waterfestival is to bring back nature into the city. So there will also be a forester of Staatsbosbeheer and a bee-keeper. Natuur- en Vogelwacht Rotta and WaterWijzer are also present. All activities are free of charge.
Dragon Boat Race at Waterfestival on the Rotte
The Dragon Boat Race will offer a competitive race on the water. According to centuries-old Chinese tradition, teams compete in real dragon boats. Led by the loud drum rolls and the encouragement of the public, the teams paddle to the finish. Everyone is welcome to take part. A team consists of 14 to 18 people. Advance registration is required via this link.
During the Waterfestival on the Rotte, alderman Vincent Karremans officially opens the Crooswijksebocht. It underwent a big renovation. The festival on the Rotte is made possible by the Municipality of Rotterdam and other councils and various parties.