The first Wooden Boat Festival (WBF) in North America in 1978 at Port Townsend eventually joined with Northwest Maritime Center in 2005 to continue to engage and educate people in traditional maritime culture and to inspire people to adventure on the sea–the most powerful teacher you may ever know!
Today, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival at Point Hudson is the largest wooden boat festival in North America. It’s a place where kids and adults alike experience the magic of getting on the water, the beauty of wooden boats, and the richness of our maritime culture. Learn from the experts, swap stories with fellow wooden boat aficionados, and bring your family for a weekend they’ll never forget. Prepare to experience it all yourself: the boats, the craftsmanship, the community, the celebration.
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2021 Wooden Boat Festival
August 27, 2021: despite best efforts the 2021 Wooden Boat Festival is cancelled.
It’s a big shift since last week’s announcement of advanced safety protocols. But this is a rapidly shifting world, and cancelling is the only responsible way forward. The decision to cancel was due to the increasing volatility of the public health environment, as well as increasing COVID anxiety in our participants, exhibitors, and community. Even with the safety measures in place, every day has brought new cancellations from vendors, presenters, and wooden boat owners who remained uncomfortable with the potential risk.
In the end, it became apparent that the festival experience would not live up to the spirit of celebration and community that has been its hallmark for 45 years. Rather than conduct a festival with a reduced scale and less than full spirit, the 2021 festival is cancelled. Those who have purchased tickets or paid to participate will be issued refunds. Please be patient.
Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival is the most education-packed and beautifully located wooden boat event in the world. Featuring more than 250 wooden vessels, 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. The Festival honors its traditions while inviting energetic debate about the latest innovation.
Tickets Include: Access to all Festival boats, all daytime presentations and demonstrations, exhibitors, music performance, kids’ activities, and food vendors. A portion of the Wooden Boat Festival ticket sales go to support the year-round programs and events at the Northwest Maritime Center! Sorry, No Dogs Allowed
When: 45th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, September 10-12, 2021. Hours: Friday & Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM, music & dancing ’til midnight; Sunday: 9 AM – 4 PM.
Location: Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) & Point Hudson Marina, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (55 miles NW via Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry or 78 mi. N of Tacoma). Overnight accommodations can be hard to find. Try: ptguide.com and enjoypt.com.
- Park at Haines Place Park & Ride. Shuttles run all day Friday and Saturday and half a day on Sunday from the Haines Place Park & Ride (by Safeway) and Festival. Cost: $1 dollar for an all-day pass.
- Park at Memorial Field. Memorial Field parking is adjacent to the festival. Just walk two blocks and you are there. You will have easy access to your car all day. This is paid parking; all proceeds support the maintenance and operation of Jefferson County Parks & Recreation-run Memorial Field. All vehicles must exit each night; gates will be locked at 10:00 PM. Cost: Friday: $15, Saturday: $25, Sunday: $15. Any Vehicle 20-30′ is double cost. No Vehicles over 30′
Tickets: Single-Day Tickets: $25/adult, $20/seniors 65+/students (13-18)/active military with ID. Kids 12 and under get in free. Ticket holder eligibility will be verified at the gate. Three-Day Pass (Fri-Sun): $50/adult, $40/seniors 65+/students (13-18)/active military with ID.
Discount Early bird Tickets: Purchase your tickets before August 21 for $5 off single-day passes and $10 off 3-day passes, plus the chance to win great prizes including 3 nights at the Swan Hotel for Wooden Boat Festival 2022! Advance tickets are at Will Call (by the Festival Main Gate).
NWMC members free tickets: Your total number of free tickets is based on your membership level. Your tickets are available for pickup starting Monday, September 6, inside the Chandlery, and during the Festival at the Membership table. NWMC Membership begins at $75/individual, $150/family.
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