Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sound’s maritime heritage, education, and event center, will officially welcome and host the 27th Tacoma Maritime Fest from 10am to 5pm on August 29 & 30, 2020.

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 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.

The 2020 Tacoma Maritime Fest features family friendly activities for all to enjoy. Admission to the Festival and the Seaport is FREE, as are most of the activities.

Highlights include:

  • Seaport Museum Exhibits and Activities
  • Dockside tours and viewing, day sails and on-board tours, food trucks, and entertainment
  • Make that Boat Float Container-board Boat Building and Racing
  • Get out on the water with lessons and activities
  • Maritime Garage Sale
  • Port of Tacoma tours: The FREE Port of Tacoma boat tours are only available on Sunday. Tickets must be reserved in advance, stay tuned for details.

All weekend long enjoy:

  • Seaport Museum Exhibits and Activities
  • Dockside tours and viewing, day sail and on board tours
  • Food Trucks and Entertainment  
  • Activities for Kids:
    • Connect with Roving Pirates;
    • Build a model toy boat at the Toy-Boat Building booth
    • Sit with a storytelling Mermaid while she tells sea tales
    • Bounce in the Pirate Ship Bounce House
  • Ships in a Bottle Model & Ship Makers
  • Boats! Our docks will be filled with historical and industrial vessels including motor, sail and specialty boats – some are free for boarding
  • Get out on the water!
  • Maritime Art – Find the Urban Sketchers and various artists sketching throughout the museum
  • A Maritime Garage Sale
  • Enjoy live music both days
  • FREE water shuttles

Make That Boat Float

  • Cash Prizes
  • Adult Single Passenger: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place fastest race times
  • Adult Multi-Passenger: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place fastest race times
  • Youth: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place fastest race times
  • Best Sinking: (or closest to sinking) – 1 award