THE 40TH ANNUAL LAKE UNION WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
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SATURDAY JULY 2ND – MONDAY JULY 4TH: The Wooden Boat Festival is designed to celebrate the maritime heritage of the Northwest, putting tools in hands and getting people out on the water in historic wooden boats. There’s nothing stuffy about the wooden boat festival. This is an old-fashioned, down-home waterfront event where everything is fun and most things are free.
Saturday, July 2nd; 10am – 6pm
Sunday, July 3rd: 10am – 6pm
Monday, July 4th: 10am – 3pm
On July 4th, all Wooden Boat Festival activities, docks, and the wharf close to the public at 3pm. Private guests of vessels must pass through a security checkpoint after 3pm; contact your vessel’s captain for more details. Lake Union Park is open to the public for viewing the fireworks.
Registration FOR WOODEN BOATS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES IS OPEN
Please fill out the registration application. If you do not have access to your history/info text, you can write “use past info” in the box and we can copy that over from a previous year, but please fill out all the other required fields. Note: We are making a few changes in the festival this year, and may not be able to accommodate all boats that apply. We thank you for your interest and appreciate your patience as we review submissions.
There will be some exciting differences this year, the biggest one being the departure of our recent partner Seafair. Though our community ties and friendship are still strong, Seafair is focusing on their Gasworks Park programming this year and will not have seating in Lake Union Park. This provides an exciting opportunity! We are able to expand our footprint back out into the park and offer more programming to our wonderful audience. Security will still be provided and we are working diligently to ensure the safety and security of our boats and friends.
This means that our footprint will change for the majority of the festival—expanding back out into the park grass on July 2nd & 3rd. We will be decreasing our activity earlier on the 4th of July for the safety of our staff, volunteers, exhibitors, and vendors. But do prepare for fireworks, because the show will be spectacular!
More space means more vendors! This also allows us the opportunity to seek out additional food vendors to join our classic partners such as: Ballard Brother’s Seafood and Burgers, Smokey’s BBQ, Celesto Espresso, and Lopez Island Creamery. Our food providers will be available all three days of the Festival. We are excited to see old faces and new alike! If you’re interested in participating as a booth or vendor, or know someone, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for Quick & Daring
Build a boat in 24 hours and then race it on the final day of the Festival! View rules & submission guidelines here