2016 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival


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.

Festival Hours:

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.



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

2016 Quick & Daring Boatbuilding

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Compete to win the Lake Union Challenge Cup! Build a boat in 24 hours during the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, then race against other teams on Lake Union. The contest is a stretching exercise for the boatbuilder’s creativity, planning and construction skills, but its special purpose is to provide an exciting and enjoyable experience for contestants and spectators.


June 11th – Design Submissions Entered
June 17th – Entrants Notified of Acceptance

To Submit an Entry:

Deliver design submissions in person or by mail to
The Center for Wooden Boats
Attn: Quick & Daring
1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109


music schedule


10:45am – 1:45pm Rabbit Stew
12:00pm – 1:00pm The Ginger UPs
1:15pm – 2:15pm 85th Street Big Band
2:30pm – 3:30pm Silver Lining
3:45pm – 4:45pm Scarlett Locomotive
5:00pm – 6:00pm The Whateverly Brothers


10:45am – 1:45pm Burgundy Pearl
12:00pm – 1:00pm The Toucans
1:15pm – 2:15pm Kessler and Perasso
2:30pm – 3:30pm Opland and Freeman
3:45pm – 4:45pm Pint and Dale
5:00pm – 6:00pm Maritime Folknet Shanty Showcase


10:00am – 11:00pm Alice Howe
11:15am – 12:15pm Tania Opland
12:30pm – 1:30pm Larry Murante
1:45pm – 2:45pm Hounds@Bay
3:00pm – 4:00pm Joe Euro