Celebrating our Five Star Working Waterfront
Celebrating our Five Star Working Waterfront

The 2016 Seattle Maritime 101 and Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival are designed to showcase and celebrate our Five Star Working Waterfront. More than 30 festivals, special events, public tours and other activities area planned from April through May.


The highlight is the annual Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival! TravelMag said the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival is one of Seattle's top summer festivals!


May 9

18th Annual Maritime Career Day, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College, 6737 Corson Avenue South

FREE! Come meet with representatives from more than 35 businesses, maritime organizations and training schools! Enjoy cool demonstrations and industry displays. Career day is primarily targeted toward middle school and older students, as well as adults interested in a new job or career. Maritime Career Day is sponsored by Harley Marine Service with Compass Courses. For further information: info@seattlemaritime101.com.


May 12

Stories of the Sea, 7 - 10 p.m.

Highliner Public House, Fishermen’s Terminal, 3909 18th Avenue West

Maritime Poetry and Music Slam!!!  Limited to 15 performers.

To register: info@SeattleMartime101.com

Sponsored by Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Vigor and presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman. 


May 14                

Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Harbor Open House, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pier 66 and Downtown Waterfront

Three free harbor tours, Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, vessel open house at Bell Street Pier, Vigor welding booth, military and government displays, survival suit public time trials, face painting, spin art, Puget Sound Maritime crafts for kids, Center for Wooden Boats kids’ boat building, and other activities.


The free harbor tours are presented by the Port of Seattle. Learn about the Working Waterfront as we cruise Elliott Bay. Board the vessel at Pier 66 one-half hour prior to each departure for a 1 hour tour. Departures are 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. There is a limit of 200 guests for each tour. Limit of four tickets per adult.  Tickets are only available day of event at the Port of Seattle information booth.


Participating restaurants in the Chowder Cook-Off include Ivar’s, The Edgewater Hotel’s Six Seven Restaurant,  Anthony’s at Pier 66,  Elliott’s Oyster House, Bell Harbor Conference Center, The Crab Pot, and The Fisherman’s Restaurant. Purchase a Chowder Passport at the Festival Information Booth or at any participating restaurant for only $5 and you’ll receive a delicious 3 ounce sample of chowder from each restaurant. Sampling stations are located at the participating restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Seattle Propeller Club’s charities.


Confirmed participating vessels for tours in Bell Harbor Marina include the Canadian Navy's Glendyne, Seattle Maritime Academy Instructor, Global Diving’s Munson, King County Research Vessel Liberty, Seattle Harbor Patrol and Seattle Sea Scouts Propeller.  In addition, the Port of Seattle will have their Bomb Squad Truck and Dive Truck and the Coast Guard will have a trailered vessel on the plaza at Pier 66. Also, look for displays from Puget Sound Maritime and Captain's.


Details at www.seattlepropellerclub.org


May 20                

Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast

Marriot Waterfront Hotel          

Sen. Patty Murray will be the keynote speaker and the breakfast will include the presentation of the Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award and the Seattle Propeller Club Public Official of the Year Award. Details at www.seattlepropellerclub.org



All events subject to change.

*There is no admission charge to the Festival grounds.  All events subject to change

Upcoming Events

Dozens of free events, tours, and festivals are set for April and May during Maritime 101.


The highlight is the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival from May 12-14, with the Harbor Open House on the Downtown Waterfront at Pier 66  on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Key events: Three free harbor tours, Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, vessel open house at Bell Street Pier, Vigor welding booth, military and government displays, survival suit time trials, face painting, sand art, Center for Wooden Boats kids’ boat building, and other activities. 


For details, please click on the Events Tab. All events subject to change.



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