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47th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2024

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Join us September 6–8, 2024, 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 hundreds of 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 (excluding Nigel Calder workshops), exhibitors, music performances, kids' activities, and food vendors. Wooden Boat Festival ticket sales support the year-round educational programs and events at Northwest Maritime!

  • Early Bird Discounted Tickets!
    Buy your 2024 Wooden Boat Festival Tickets before June 15 to take advantage of our discounted early bird rates: Single-Day Early Bird Tickets are $25 and Three-Day Early Bird Tickets are $45.

  • Single-Day Tickets: $30
    Discounted ticket rates are $25 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: $55
    Discounted ticket rates are $50 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!

*After purchasing your tickets online, you can collect them during the Festival at Will Call (by the Festival Main Gate). You can also purchase tickets day-of at the Main Gate.*

Don’t forget to buy your tickets to these special Festival events!

Half-day Workshops with Nigel Calder*

Renowned boat systems expert Nigel Calder, acclaimed for his bestselling books including "Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual," returns to Wooden Boat Festival this year to give his invaluable seminars on marine diesel engines and boat electrical systems.

  • A Detailed Look at DIY Diesel Engine Maintenance 
    Thursday, September 5 | 8 AM–11 AM | $60 | Learn more
  • My Diesel Engine Is Acting Up: What May Be Wrong, and Can I Fix It? 
    Thursday, September 5 |  12 PM–3 PM | $60 | Learn more
  • Commonly Seen Electrical Installation Mistakes on Boats and How to Fix Them 
    Friday, September 6 | 8 AM–11 AM | $60 | Learn more
  • Practical Electrical Systems Troubleshooting for Boaters 
    Friday, September 6 | 12 PM–3 PM | $60 | Learn more

Another great event during Festival!

R2AK Blazer Party*  

$35 | Friday, September 6 | 6–8 PM

Join us for the R2AK Blazer Party on September 6, 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.

The link to purchase tickets coming soon! 

*Tickets to the Blazer Party and Nigel Calder workshops do not include admission to Wooden Boat Festival. If you plan on attending Festival, please make sure to also purchase a single-day or three-day pass.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events and activities that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To learn more, visit our website

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,, 360.301.5151

Creature Comforts Pet Services LLC offers hotel/house calls for dog walking,, 360.643.1323 

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