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Tacoma Maritime Fest returns this July

5 Mar
2014 Tacoma Maritime Fest attendees add to the community mural on a shipping container.

2014 Tacoma Maritime Fest attendees add to the community mural on a shipping container.

The only annual celebration of Tacoma’s historic waterfront will return to the Thea Foss Waterway on July 18 & 19 this year. The 23rd annual Maritime Fest will take place at its customary location at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street.  This year’s festival will continue to honor the historic working waterfront and maritime trades, as well as reintroduce the public to the modern waterfront – a place that also caters to recreation and dining.

Maritime Fest is a free community event for people of all ages.  Familiar activities include the popular Port of Tacoma tours, toy boat building and remote control boats; and a range of boats from tugs to classic wooden boats, will be on display. Building on last year’s success, they are bringing back their Arts Initiatives, including a found art sculpture contest for adults, and a community-created mural on a sail for children, led once again by local artist Kate Cendejas. Other features include live music and entertainment all weekend, and free entrance to the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum.

Also returning for its 11th year is the wildly popular Quick and Dirty Boat Building Contest.  This contest features local teams of three who have six hours to build a boat from scratch and race it around a course. You don’t want to miss it!

Maritime logoFor more information about Maritime Fest, including parking and transportation details, please visit

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to help support the Arts Initiative portion of Tacoma Maritime Fest through Arts Projects funding. Other event sponsors include: Port of Tacoma, Belina Interiors, City of Tacoma, Foss Waterway Development Authority, Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, Tacoma Community Boat Builders, Tacoma Waterfront Association, Downtown Tacoma Courtyard Marriott and many others.

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