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.
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Thursday September 8, 2022, 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:00
Discovery Stage (outdoors)
Each year we recognize members of our greater maritime community for “The Wooden Boat Foundation Lifetime Achievement in Wooden Boat Community & Spirit,” and “The Wooden Boat Foundation & WoodenBoat Magazine Lifetime Achievement in Boatbuilding & Design.” This heartfelt Festival tradition is open to the public.
Race to Alaska Blazer Party
Friday September 9, 2022, 6 PM, $30
It’s a reunion, awards ceremony, and a kickoff beer bash all wrapped into one! And everyone is invited to join in. This annual event brings lovers of the Race to Alaska and racers together to share stories of this year’s race and be the first to hear changes to the race for the next year. Buy a ticket for admission and get a free drink and fistfuls of finger food.
Tickets on sale summer 2022
International Travel Happy Hour
Interested in going with the Northwest Maritime Center to Norway in 2020 or Japan in 2021? Going to Croatia with us this fall or hope to in the future? Let’s get together, share stories, and start planning for the future. Help us decide where we should go on our next international excursion! Free to all, no RSVP necessary.
Over the Bar: Bell Tolls Ceremony—Facebook Live
Join us online in honoring the mariners and community members we have lost over the past year. The virtual Bell Toll Ceremony will be led by renowned sailmaker and mariner Carol Hasse, who will read the names of those who have crossed the bar. A bell will ring eight times, to mark the end of the departed’s watch on this world.
If you would like to add a loved one’s name to the list that will be read during the ceremony, email email@example.com.
Don’t miss a fantastic performance of Taiko drumming by Japan Creative Arts out of Seattle! Taiko is a form of percussion using large drums that boasts a deep cultural significance throughout Japan. With origins in Japanese mythology and folklore, Taiko drums have been used throughout the nation’s history in all manner of musical ensembles and ceremonies. Hear the thunderous roll of these drums at noon on the Sunday of Festival as they precede a traditional Shinto boat launching ceremony. Photo credit: Tero Patana and Japan Creative Arts.
Shinto Boat Launching
Join us for a traditional Shinto ceremony to launch the recently built Japanese river boat—constructed by Douglas Brooks and class at the Northwest Maritime Center. The launching will be a unique opportunity for visitors to experience a ceremony never seen outside of Japan. A Shinto launching consists of rituals and celebrations of the kami, or spirit that pervades all things animate and inanimate. The boat launching is a celebration of the spirit of the waters and the mountains, as well as the purification of the boat and its builders.