Welcome to the 45th Wooden Boat Festival!

At the Northwest Maritime Center and Wooden Boat Festival the health and safety of our attendees, participants, volunteers, and staff is our number one priority. We are committed to hosting a Wooden Boat Festival that is fun, educational, follows federal, state, and local safety recommendations.

COVID best practices, guidelines, and regulations are continuing to change. We are working to keep these guidelines updated and consistent with current regulations and medical science.

Health & Safety Requirements for Visitors & Participants

  • Stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID
  • If you currently have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for the virus within the last 2 weeks, please stay home unless you have been cleared as non-contagious.

    Also, please stay home if you’re not vaccinated and have traveled internationally OR had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks.

  • Wear a mask indoors if unvaccinated
  • Washington State Department of Health requires that everyone who is not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask indoors. Thank you for your attention to this regulation.

  • Wash your hands
  • While visiting our campus or participating in our activities, please remember to wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

  • Report symptoms
  • If you visit the Festival and develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive within 2 weeks, please contact us immediately at covid@nwmaritime.org

  • Respect others
  • Visiting the Festival and participating in our activities should be an enjoyable and memorable experience. To preserve that opportunity, we expect everyone to be respectful and considerate of those around you.

What We’re Doing to Help Keep You Safe

  • We have moved all Festival activities outdoors this year.

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols in all Festival spaces, including restrooms

  • Marked space to promote physical distancing in the Chandlery and restrooms

  • Providing hand sanitizer and disposable masks at all entrances

  • Providing info to all staff and volunteers about COVID-19 symptoms, spread, and the benefits of vaccination

  • Strongly encouraging vaccination among all our staff, volunteers, and participants

  • We are paying special attention to maintaining the safest possible environment in our youth programs, particularly since children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Wooden Boat Festival 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

It’s with heavy hearts that, despite our best efforts, we have canceled this year’s Wooden Boat Festival. Click here to read our full update.

Welcome to the 45th Wooden Boat Festival!

The Wooden Boat Festival has always been about celebrating the best parts of our community, our sense of volunteerism, our passionate and joyous spirit, and of course our community’s proud tradition of craft and wooden boats. We want it to continue to mean those things for our local community, volunteers, participants, and attendees—we want you all to feel as safe as possible when you attend the Wooden Boat Festival.

We are continuing to follow the recommendations of Jefferson County Public Health regarding outdoor events which they continue to confirm are a safe way to gather. As a reminder, all Festival activities will be held outside this year, and all attendees are strongly encouraged to mask up. Additionally...

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required

Wooden Boat is all about community, and after hearing concerns from some in ours about unvaccinated out-of-town visitors, and about gathering together in groups; and following emerging best practices for large-scale outdoor events, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all 2021 Wooden Boat Festival participants, volunteers, staff, and attendees 12 and over. Those 12 and over who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. All attendees ages 2-11 will be required to wear a mask at all times.

Please be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the Festival.

See below for more information and FAQs.

What We’re Doing to Help Keep You Safe

  1. Vaccinated-only Festival.
    All participants, volunteers, staff, and attendees 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination. Those 12 and over who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. We also strongly recommend masking up.

  2. More Space, New Layouts, All Outdoors!
    All Wooden Boat Festival activities will take place outdoors. Festival layouts and presentation spaces have been adjusted to allow for greater physical distancing and reduce opportunity for crowding.

  3. Increased Hygiene & Sanitation
    Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available for free at festival entrances and at food & beverage locations. Hand wash stations will be provided around the Festival campus. Shared objects in kids’ activity areas (e.g. oars, etc.), and portable toilets will be cleaned regularly.

Please stay home if:

  • You've experienced COVID symptoms in the 48 hours prior to Festival;
  • You've tested positive for COVID-19 in the 2 weeks prior to Festival;
  • You've been exposed to someone in the 2 weeks prior to Festival who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • You've travelled to international destinations subject to travel or quarantine advisories in the 2 weeks prior to Festival.

Wooden Boat Festival would not be possible without your help and cooperation through all of this. Thank you for helping keep our communities safe, and we can’t wait to see you!

While we are doing what we can to reduce exposure, by attending Woden Boat Festival you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions