2018 Tacoma Maritime Fest has something for everyone


Launched in the early 90s, the 25th Maritime Fest, celebrating Tacoma’s historic waterfront, is set for July 28 and 29. Come to the Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock St.) for this all-ages event and be part of this valued maritime tradition that honors Tacoma’s rich maritime history, the trades that defined its past, and the activities and industry that shape it now. 

Celebrating the City of Destiny’s 46 miles of waterfront and rich history, Maritime Fest brings together an array of waterfront organizations: industrial, environmental, recreational, and nonprofit. Tacoma Maritime Fest is a tradition that nearly a quarter-million people have enjoyed during the past two decades. It is the only community event that celebrates Tacoma’s most important asset: its waterfront.

On the docks, you will encounter the Tacoma Youth Maritime Foundation Sea Scouts and various heritage boats and schooners including the Odyssey, the Curtis and the Vérité.

There will be live music both days of Maritime Fest. There will also be roving pirates, a bounce pirate ship, face painting, shanty singers (because who doesn’t appreciate a good shanty?), skilled craftspeople showing off their boat building and model boat building talents, hands-on model toy boat building for festivalgoers and food trucks.

Admission to the Maritime Fest and the Foss Waterway Seaport is free thanks to support from KeyBank.

Maritime Fest Schedule: 

Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free admission 

Dock side tours of vessels

A Maritime Garage Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in partnership with Foss Harbor Marina

Paddleboard activities from the docks adjacent to the Seaport. Purchase tickets for 10 a.m. Paddle Board Yoga on the Foss at www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-board-yoga-on-the-foss-tickets-45821101147. Purchase tickets for 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Paddle Board on the Foss at www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-paddle-board-on-the-foss-tickets-45821148288.

Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free admission 

Dock side tours of vessels

Glass Fest Northwest at the Museum of Glass with a boat shuttle between the Seaport and the Museum of Glass

Port of Tacoma boat tours leaving from the north end of docks. To reserve a free seat go to www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-port-of-tacomas-centennial-boat-tours-tickets-33720352482

Limited free parking is available along Dock Street. The organizers highly encourage visitors to look at using public transit options, riding a bike, or even walking down to Dock Street from the downtown core via the 11th Street/Murray Morgan Bridge. A water shuttle will run between the Museum of Glass and the Foss Waterway Seaport. The distance between the Museum of Glass and the Foss Waterway Seaport is one mile with large portions walkable via the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade.

For more information on Maritime Fest, visit www.fosswaterwayseaport.org/maritimefest.

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