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Annual Wooden Boat Festival
Friday, September 07, 2018

bene hoffmann 19 20160429 1441129361Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between -- North America's largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 42nd year on September 7–9, 2018. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food -- this is a weekend of fun for all ages.

Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival features over 250 boats; 100 presenters from around the world sharing their adventures, talents, and expertise on 4 indoor and 4 outdoor stages; and live music all weekend on the main stage. Find quaint bars, great food, and unbelievable scenery at this festival on the Salish Sea.

The Festival features free boat rides for all ages and a paddleboard pool that kids will love! For those more daring and adventurous, try paddle-boarding and kayaking off the beach. For a more relaxed way to get on the water, rowboats and launch tours are available, and for those who want some nostalgia, sail and row in a historic replica of George Vancouver's 1792 ship!

The Festival runs Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights from 2017:

• Tall ships: Pacific Grace, Pacific Swift, and Schooners Zodiac and Adventuress will be available for tours and charters.
• Matt Rutherford's presentations and movie of his incredible solo circumnavigation of the Americas will entertain and amaze.
• Howard Rice will give a thrilling account of his epic adventure in Tierra del Fuego with a modified SCAMP sailboat.
• Boat Shop: See a ship's wheel being built, a ship in a bottle being constructed, and demos all weekend by the author of The Artful Sailor.
• Authors' Tent: Meet the authors of the latest cruising, adventure, and technical books.

The Wooden Boat Festival is fun for the whole family. Kids Cove features kids' boatbuilding, fish painting on t-shirts, a puppet theater, and face painting. Watch hilarious pirate plays daily on the North Star Stage, take part in marine science activities all weekend, and join a pirate treasure hunt on Sunday. Kids love the paddleboard pool, boat tours on the Martha J, singing sea shanties, and dancing to music on the main stage.

Over 50 vendors will share their wares. See the latest kits for building your own paddleboard, kayak, or wooden boat, and visit new and old favorites for repair and maintenance. Stroll down Artist Way to take in handmade crafts, clothing, and jewelry.

Watch entertaining boat races all weekend long from the Balcony Wine Bar or the infamous Wee Nip Bar.

The weekend ends with the awe-inspiring "Sail-By" at 3 p.m. Sunday, when 300 wooden vessels of all shapes and sizes pour out of the harbor and past the waterfront in full sail celebration.

For the weekend's schedule and more information about all the activities during the Festival, go to Be sure to follow the Wooden Boat Festival event page on Facebook for the latest updates. For media inquires or further information about the Wooden Boat Festival or the Northwest Maritime Center, please contact Anika Colvin at

For the weekend’s full schedule of events, presentations, and activities during festival, please visit

Location NW Maritime Center, 431 Water St, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Contact Anika Colvin,, 360-385-3628
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