2018 Tacoma Maritime Fest

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The 25th Maritime Fest celebrating Tacoma's historic waterfront is set for July 28th and 29th. Join us at 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 & 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.

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

We would also like to thank Click! Cable TV, the City of Tacoma, the Port of Tacoma, and Tote Maritime for sponsoring this year's Tacoma Maritime Fest!

What to expect:

Saturday, July 28th (10 AM - 6 PM)

  • Free admission to the Foss Waterway Seaport courtesy of KeyBank
  • Dock Side Tours of Vessels
  • A Maritime Garage Sale from 10 AM - 4 PM in partnership with Foss Harbor Marina (253-272-4404)
  • Paddleboard activities from the docks adjacent to the Seaport:
Purchase tickets for 10 AM - Paddle Board Yoga on the Foss https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-board-yoga-on-the-foss-tickets-45821101147
Purchase tickets for 12:30 PM - Introduction to Paddle Board on the Foss https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-paddle-board-on-the-foss-tickets-45821148288


Sunday, July 29th (10 AM - 5 PM)

Who's going to be on the docks?

  • The Tacoma Youth Maritime Foundation Sea Scouts
  • The Odyssey, The Curtis, and The Vérité
  • Various heritage boats and schooners

We'll also have:

  • Live Music both days
  • Roving Pirates
  • Bounce Pirate Ship
  • Face Painting
  • Shanty Singers
  • Skilled craftspeople showing off their boat building and model boat building talents
  • Model toy boat building
  • Food Trucks

Planning to join us?

Limited free parking is available along Dock Street. We 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 1 mile with large portions walkable via the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade.

Would you like to volunteer for this event? Click here to visit our volunteer form and select "Maritime Fest". We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Need more information or are you a vendor looking to participate? info@tacomamaritimefest.com will get you in contact with a staff member.

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