You can be a part of this maritime tradition that celebrates Tacoma’s most important asset—its waterfront—while honoring Tacoma’s rich maritime history including the trades that defined the city’s past and activities and industry that shape it today.
This two-day event, which is set for Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, is an all-ages event bringing together an array of waterfront organizations from industrial and environmental to recreational and nonprofit. 2018 marks its 25th anniversary, and over the years the festival has attracted just short of a quarter-million people!
All weekend long you’ll enjoy live music, roving pirates and bounce pirate ship, face painting, model toy boat building, food trucks and more!
Saturday head to the Foss Waterway Seaport where there will be dockside tours of The Odyssey, The Curtis, and The Vérité vessels, Tacoma Youth Maritime Foundation Sea Scouts, heritage boats and schooners, a maritime garage sale in partnership with Foss Harbor Marina (10am to 4pm), and paddleboard activities such as paddleboard yoga and introduction to paddleboard.
The fun continues Sunday, 10am to 5pm, where there will once again be dockside tours of vessels, boat shuttle between the Seaport and the Museum of Glass and Port of Tacoma Boat Tours leaving from the north end of docks.
There is no admission fee to attend Maritime Fest. It is encouraged that those who would like to attend use public transportation, bike or walk from the Downtown Core, as free parking is limited along Dock Street.
For more information about the event or if you are a vendor looking to participate, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who would like to volunteer can go online to volunteer form and select “Maritime Fest. For paddleboard activities, to reserve a seat on one of the Port of Tacoma Boat Tours or to sign up to volunteer at this year’s event, you can find links to each online at FossWaterwaysSaport.org/maritimefest.
Be a part of Tacoma’s rich maritime history by attending the 25th Maritime Fest. It’s good, educational, waterfront fun for the entire family.
By Jillian Chandler. Photo Courtesy of Tacoma Maritime Fest.