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Meet a Mariner. We put the Sea in Seattle!

 Seattle Maritime Festival

Stories of the Sea - Thursday, May 9

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 and presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman. 


Free Fishermen's Terminal Walking Tour - Friday, May 10

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 11

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seattle Maritime Academy

4455 Shilshole Ave NW

– just east of the Ballard Bridge - see map below

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? Build a boat? Experience Maritime! It’s the Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle with 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 and learn about Fishermen’s Terminal 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.



NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

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


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Corps is responsible for the planning, designing, building, and operating locks and dams; design and construction of flood protection systems; and environmental regulation and ecosystem restoration.


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.


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.


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.


Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The Sanctuary is rich with marine life, diverse habitats, history, and Native American culture. Come and learn about ocean processes, the underwater landscape, marine wildlife, marine habitats and traditional cultures and maritime history.


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.


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.


Say Hi to a Fish

NOAA Fisheries

Fun, hands-on display by NOAA Fisheries, which is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat.


NOAA Age and Growth Program

The Age and Growth Program is a cutting-edge research organization that provides age data that contributes to our basic understanding of a species whether it is in the context of sustainable fisheries, species conservation, or species ecology.


Captain’s Nautical Display

Founded in 1897, Captain's Nautical Supplies has outfitted generations of Northwest boaters. Today, they also stock binoculars, books, travel gear, and more


Washington State Ferry System Display

Our Ferries maintains the largest fleet of ferries in the United States at 23 vessels, carrying 24.2 million passengers in 2016. As of 2016, it was the largest ferry operator in the United States, and the fourth-largest ferry system in the world.


Port of Seattle Entertainment Stage

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

1:15 - 2 p.m.                    School of Rock

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.              Alleyoop Musical Games and Puppets!         


Special Events

Water Display - Seattle Fire Department, 11:15 a.m.

Tour a Seattle Fire Department Fireboat

Tour the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol Boat

Tour the Seattle Maritime Academy Maritime Instructor

Tour a NOAA Navigation Response Team Boat 

Tour a Compass Courses Life Boat - on the plaza

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

The EverGrey Photo Booth


Food Trucks

Alaska Weathervane Scallops

Franz Bakery Seattle Sourdough Baking Company

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Secret Sausage

Trident Seafoods’ Fork and Fin


Other Displays

Port of Seattle Information Booth

Seattle Propeller Club Festival Information Booth with Seattle Maritime Academy


All events subject to change.



Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast

Friday, May 17

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

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

Upcoming Events

Join the celebration of our working waterfront!



Opening of Cruise Season


May 4

Opening Day of Boating Season sponsored by Seattle Yacht Club

Lake Union, Ship Canal, Lake Washington


May 5

Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Service


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

Fishermen's Terminal Walking Tour - FREE

10:30 a.m. to Noon

Limited to 40 guests

Email for tour reservations:

Meet between Chinook's and Bay Cafe

Sponsored by the Port of Seattle


May 10 and 11

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 and Port of Seattle

Seattle Maritime Academy


May 16

Fishermen’s Memorial Safety Fair Dock 9 


May 16-19

Anacortes Boat Show

Northwest Marine Trade Association


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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