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46th Wooden Boat Festival 2023

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Join us September 8–10, 2023, for the largest festival of wooden boats in North America! Port Townsend's annual Wooden Boat Festival is 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. 

Come learn from the experts, gawk at all the beautifully crafted vessels, and swap stories with wooden boat aficionados. Bring your family and build a toy boat with the kids, watch them print t-shirts with real fish, and cruise Port Townsend Bay together on the boat Admiral Jack. Or grab a few friends and check out the variety of vendors, dig into some local eats, and dance the night away. Whatever your flavor—there’s something for everybody at Wooden Boat Festival. 

Check out our website or our Facebook page to get the latest scoop on everything you can look forward to this year.

Tickets include: access to all Festival boats, all daytime presentations and demonstrations, exhibitors, music performances, kids' activities, and food vendors. Wooden Boat Festival ticket sales support the year-round educational programs and events at the Northwest Maritime Center!

**After purchasing your tickets online, you can check in and get your wristband at Will Call (by the Festival Main Gate). You can also purchase tickets day-of at the Main Gate.**

Early Bird Discounted Tickets!

Buy your 2023 Wooden Boat Festival Tickets before July 15 to take advantage of our discounted early bird rates: Single-Day Early Bird Tickets are $20 and Three-Day Early Bird Tickets are $40.

Single-Day Tickets: $25

Eligible for any of the three days. Discounted ticket rates are $20 for seniors 65+, students (13-18), and active military personnel with ID. Ticket holder eligibility will be verified at the gate.

Three-Day (Fri-Sun) Tickets: $50

Discounted ticket rates are $40 for seniors 65+, students (13-18), and active military personnel with ID. Ticket holder eligibility will be verified at the gate.

**Kids 12 and under get in free!**

No Dogs allowed
Thank you for understanding that due to safety concerns (for both humans and dogs), we do not allow dogs or other pets on Festival grounds (service animals only). Please make other arrangements for your furry companion! 
Options available: Lulu’s B&B for Dogs lulusfordogs.com 360.301.5151
Creature Comforts Pet Services LLC offers hotel/house calls for dog walking creature-comforts-pets.com 360.643.1323 

Nigel Calder Workshop -  Thursday September 7th - Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Click here for tickets, $125 per person, Thursday, September 7th, 8 AM to 3 PM with a one hour lunch break at 12 PM.


Nigel Calder Workshop - Friday September 8th- Boat Electrical Systems Design, Installation, and Troubleshooting

Click here for tickets, $125 per person, Friday, September 8th, 8 AM to 3 PM with a one hour lunch break at 12 PM.

R2AK Blazer Party (Friday, September 8, 6-8 PM). Get your tickets now. Join us for the R2AK Blazer Party on September 8th, 6-8 PM at the Northwest Maritime Center, and mix it up with racers and R2AK high command. We’re throwing that finish line party, recognizing the world records that were established, handing out some awards (including the coveted “Dirtbag Award” for those who finished with the cheapest boat), announcing the details for next year’s race, and snacking and toasting.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events and activities that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact access@nwmaritime.org.

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