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Annual Wooden Boat Festival
Friday, September 07, 2018

2018 42nd Wooden Boat FestivalTall 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 is the most education-packed and beautifully located wooden boat event in the world. Featuring more than 300 wooden vessels, hundreds of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations, a who's who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts, there's something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn. Expanded a little each year, the Festival honors its traditions while inviting energetic debate about the latest innovation.

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.

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.

The Wooden Boat Festival is a magical place, and nothing lets you feel the magic more than getting out on a boat! The Festival provides several ways for you to get out rowing or sailing at no charge, but tips go to support youth sailing programs. You can also visit Pygmy Kayaks at their showroom inside the festival grounds or Chesapeake Light Craft at their display on the Point. Other vendors occasionally offer opportunities to get on the water—just ask!

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 www.woodenboat.org. 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 anika@nwmaritime.org.

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

Location NW Maritime Center, 431 Water St, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Contact Anika Colvin, anika@nwmaritime.org, 360-385-3628
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