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 Seattle Maritime Festival

From an epic poetry slam to a free walking tour of Fishermen’s Terminal and from a Family Fun Day featuring more than 30 free activities to the annual Festival breakfast, this year’s Seattle Maritime Festival was the most successful ever.


The festival, which is Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration, is presented by the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle. Events took place from May 10-18.


The highlight of the activities was the annual Family Fun Day which brought thousands of families ot the Seattle Maritime Academy for a cargo ship full of free activities on Saturday, May 12.


Experience Maritime Activities

Free Argosy Ship Canal Tours - 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Presented by the Port of Seattle

Pilot a workboat at the full mission bridge simulator - Seattle Maritime Academy

Try your hand at welding - Vigor

Kids – Build your own boat! - Center for Wooden Boats 

Ballard Locks - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Oceanography - NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Try your hand at tossing a heaving line and a life ring - Seattle Maritime Academy

Learn about the Schooner Adventuress - Sound Experience

Abandon Ship! – Learn about the 7 steps of survival at sea - Seattle Maritime Academy

How to use flares and emergency signals - NPFVOA

ROV demonstration - Port of Seattle

Survival Suits Races (on land) - Compass Courses, Seattle Maritime Academy, Fisheries Supply

Salish Sea Expeditions

Vessel Traffic Monitoring System - Marine Exchange of Puget Sound

Learn about nautical charting - NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey

Knot Tying – Sea Scouts, Seattle Maritime Academy and Northwest Marine Trade Association

Life Boat Display - Compass Courses Maritime Training

Dive Team - Port of Seattle

Sea Scouts

Washington Sea Grant

Diving and Photography - NOAA

Oil Removal Demonstration - Global Diving and Salvage


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

Evergrey Photo Booth


Food Trucks

Trident Seafoods

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Secret Sausage


Other Displays

Port of Seattle

Seattle Propeller Club and Festival Information Booth

Youth Maritime Collaborative

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

Upcoming Events

Join the celebration of our working waterfront.


Seattle Maritime Festival


Opening of Cruise Season


May 4

Opening Day of Boating Season sponsored by Seattle Yacht Club

Lake Union, Ship Canal, Lake Washington


May 9

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 10

Walking Tour of Fishermen's Terminal - FREE

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Sponsored by the Port of Seattle

RSVP to come


May 11 and 12

Northwest Paddling Festival sponsored by Northwest Marine Trade Association

Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah


May 11

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

Seattle Maritime Academy


May 17           

Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club

Marriot Waterfront Hotel


May 17

Tacoma Propeller Club Chowdown   


May 22

National Maritime Day


All Events Subject to change.

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