Seattle Maritime. We put the Sea in Seattle.
Seattle Maritime. We put the Sea in Seattle.

Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival

Stories of the Sea

Thursday, May 10

7 - 10 p.m.

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

Maritime Poetry and Music Slam!!! 

Limited to 15 performers.

Click here to register.


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


Free Fishermen's Terminal Walking Tour

Friday, May 11

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Sponsored by the Port of Seattle

Limited to 40 guests

Meet between Chinook's and Bay Cafe

RSVP at 


Family Fun Day

Saturday, May 12

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Seattle Maritime Academy

4455 Shilshole Ave NW

– just east of the Ballard Bridge


Don’t miss the boat at Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration! Want to pilot a tugboat or a ferry boat? Try your hand at welding? Fire an emergency flare? Or be in a Survival Suit Race?


It’s the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle at The Seattle Maritime Academy.


Experience Maritime Fun – Free Events

Free Argosy Ship Canal Tours

11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Presented by the Port of Seattle

Discover the working waterfront on the Ship Canal, check out Fishermen’s Terminal and learn about the Ballard Locks Centennial on this free one-hour tour. Board one-half hour prior to each departure from the Seattle Maritime Academy dock. There is a limit of 200 guests for each tour and four tickets per adult, 18 years or older. Tickets only available at the Festival.


Pilot a workboat at the full mission bridge simulator and engine room

Seattle Maritime Academy

The Academy provides the classroom instruction and hands-on training on working vessels that you need to prepare for a career in the regional and global maritime industry.


Try your hand at welding


Vigor partnered with South Seattle College to form the Harbor Island Training Center, the Classroom-In-A-Shipyard designed to meet the needs for all maritime companies in Puget Sound. Special thanks to West Coast Insulation


Kids – Build your own boat!

Center for Wooden Boats  

The Center is a maritime museum that brings people together through a shared passion or interest for boating, maritime skills, or just a love of the water.


Commercial diving demonstration and display Diver’s Institute of Technology

DIT has been training world-class divers since 1968.


Ballard Locks

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Learn about the busiest locks in the United States.



NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Learn about tsunami research, acoustics, ocean circulation, and ocean observing systems.


Damage Control Trailer

U.S. Coast Guard - Hands-on practice with various types of flooding scenarios you might encounter on fishing boats.


Try your hand at tossing a heaving line and a life ring

Seattle Maritime Academy

Academy graduates fill vital roles in the maritime sector, including in commercial and passenger transportation, commercial fishing, deep sea sailing and the workboat industry.


Learn about the Schooner Adventuress

Sound Experience

Adventuress is a century-old National Historic Landmark tall ship. Sound Experience fosters environmental sustainability, youth development, and maritime careers through shipboard programs.


Abandon Ship! – Learn about the 7 steps of survival at sea

Seattle Maritime Academy

The Academy offers high-quality, hands-on training to help professional mariners with the skills needed to advance their careers.


How to use flares and emergency signals


Since 1985, NPFVOA has teamed with the Coast Guard and led the way in developing the safety standards for the maritime industry.


Check out the ROV demonstration by the Port of Seattle

See what’s under the sea when you view the images from a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). ROVs are unoccupied, highly maneuverable, and operated by a crew aboard a vessel.


Join in Survival Suits Races

Compass Course and Seattle Maritime Academy

Hourly $25 Gift Certificates for the fastest competitor in this on-the-shore event.


Salish Sea Expeditions

Since its founding in 1994, more than 12,000 middle and high school students, 1,000 teachers and hundreds of schools have sailed the waters of Puget Sound as part of their innovative “science-under-sail” programs.


Vessel Traffic Monitoring System

Marine Exchange of Puget Sound

The Marine Exchange facilitates safe, secure, efficient and environmental responsible marine operations.


Learn about nautical charting

NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey

Coast Survey provides navigation products and services that ensure safe and efficient maritime commerce on America’s oceans and coastal waters, and in the Great Lakes.


Knot Tying

Seattle Maritime Academy and Northwest Marine Trade Association

Try your hand tying nautical knots.


Life Boat Display

Compass Courses Maritime Training

This Edmonds school provides the most needed training for mariners on a frequent and consistent schedule.


Check out the Port of Seattle Dive Team

Port of Seattle

The Port Police Dive Team use their specialized skills in underwater search and recovery of waterborne crimes, hull and pier sweeps as part of dignitary protection, and community events.


Check out the Sea Scouts

Sea Scouting is America's premiere on the water high adventure and personal development program for over 100 years.


Washington Sea Grant

A leader in research, outreach and education for nearly 50 years, Washington Sea Grant helps people understand and address the challenges facing Washington's ocean and coasts.


NOAA Diving and Photography

NOAA divers conduct research and the program has over 400 divers, the largest complement of divers of any civilian federal agency.


Oil Removal Demonstration

Since 1979, Global Diving and Salvage has specialized in marine salvage, commercial diving and environmental remediation. We're the largest diving contractor on the West Coast.


Deck Machinery Display

Markey Machinery is a world leader in high quality custom deck machinery since 1907.


Port of Seattle / KEXP Entertainment Stage

Noon – 12:45 p.m.          The Not-Its!

1:15 - 2 p.m.                    Knut Bell and the Blue Collars

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.              The Knast


Special Events

Water Display

Seattle Fire Department, 11:15 a.m.


Tour a Seattle Fire Department Fireboat


Tour a U.S. Coast Guard vessel – on the plaza


EverGray Photo Booth


Food Trucks

Trident Seafoods’ Fin and Fork

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Secret Sausage


Other Displays

Port of Seattle

Seattle Propeller Club

Festival Information Booth


All events subject to change.


Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast

Friday, May 18

Marriot Waterfront Hotel       

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

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


Photos by Don Wilson, Port of Seattle, Seattle Maritime Academy and Saunderson Marketing Group.

Upcoming Events

Join the celebration of our working waterfront.


April 21

Duwamish Alive! Restoration and Cleanup   


Earth Day at Shilshole Bay Marina


Seattle Maritime Festival


Opening of Cruise Season  


May 5

Opening Day of Boating Season sponsored by Seattle Yacht Club

Lake Union, Ship Canal, Lake Washington   


May 10

Stories of the Sea Maritime Poetry and Song Slam sponsored by National Fisherman Magazine and Pacific Marine Expo

Highliner Public House, Fishermen’s Terminal


May 11 and 12

Northwest Paddling Festival sponsored by Northwest Marine Trade Association

Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah


May 11

Walking Tour of Fishermen's Terminal - FREE

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Sponsored by the Port of Seattle

RSVP to come


May 12

Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club

Seattle Maritime Academy


May 18           

Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club

Marriot Waterfront Hotel


May 18

Tacoma Propeller Club Chowdown   


May 22

National Maritime Day


May 26 - 27

NW Seaport Classic Workboat Show

South Lake Union Park  


All Events Subject to change.

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