Wooden Boat Festival Returns

One of the most popular events on the Olympic Peninsula will resume after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. Port Townsend’s 45th annual Wooden Boat Festival will be held at Point Hudson from September 9 to 11. The biggest event of its kind, it showcases hundreds of wooden boats and typically draws thousands of attendees.

This year’s lineup will feature a variety of new activities:

  • Sailor-authors Lin Pardey and Nigel Calder, together with lost-at-sea survivor Steve Callahan, will share their voyaging stories and their expertise.
  • A special Croatia boatbuilding theme will explore the rich maritime history of that country.
  • The Innovation Marketplace and Green Boating Stage will be eco-focused, with presenters sharing ways to make boats and operations more sustainable.
  • The Adventure Stage and Racer Alley will move across Point Hudson with more space to highlight adventures large and small.
  • The Wee Nip bar will offer live music and expanded harbor views.
  • The many ways for attendees to get on the water will include boat tours, private sails, paddle-wheelers, and rowing skiffs.

More than 500 volunteers come together each year to make the festival happen. People who want to experience the festival from the inside can volunteer for three shifts to receive a commemora- tive t-shirt and a three-day festival pass. Single-day volunteers will receive free admission on any day they work. Register to help at woodenboat.org/volunteer.

Beyond celebrating the beauty of seagoing vessels, the Wooden Boat Festival honors the men and women who have dedicated their lives to craftsmanship and intention. It also honors this region, where the maritime trades are very much alive.


Available at woodenboat.org/tickets.