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.


COVID-19 Update and New Festival Volunteer Provisions

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 under the age of 12 will be required to wear a mask at all times.

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

All Festival volunteer-related events, including orientation trainings and Sunday’s Volunteer Party, will be held outside in the Bar Harbor tent—where spacing and ventilation are plentiful!

To further protect the safety of all volunteers and participants, the Festival team at NWMC will be adding a number of special provisions this year. We hope these will also help YOU enjoy the Festival to its fullest!

  • All volunteers will be required to complete a NWMC COVID-19 Volunteer Responsibility Agreement prior to participating in their first volunteer shift. This is different documentation from the 2021 Release Waiver, and you can complete it anytime.
  • All volunteers in Kids’ Cove—including Kids' Boatbuilding, Fish Painting, and Paddleboard Pool—will be required to mask up during the entirety of their shift.

Click here to read more about our Festival COVID policies.

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 volunteering and helping keep our communities safe, and we can’t wait to see you!


Why Volunteer?

We have an incredible community of over 500 volunteers who come together each year to make this Festival happen. Volunteering for the Festival is a great way meet new friends, experience the Festival from the inside, and simply have some fun! If you volunteer for 3 shifts, you'll also receive a volunteer t-shirt and a 3-day Festival pass! Not ready to commit to 3 shifts? No problem! We can still use your help, and you'll get into the Festival for free on the day(s) you work.

Have questions?

We're excited for you to join the Festival team, and we want to make it easy for you to get involved. Read through the information below, and if you still need help, give volunteer coordinator Angela Hewitson a call at 360.385.3628 x124 or email her at volunteer@nwmaritime.org.

Step 1

If you’re new this year, fill out the volunteer application. Then move on to step 2. Please note that if you fill out the volunteer application in 2021, you will need to complete a 2022 release waiver. Then move on to step 2 below.

If you’re a returning volunteer, you will need to sign the 2022 release waiver. Then move on to step 2.

Step 2

Shifts go live summer 2022
Once shifts go live in the summer of 2022, select your shifts! Remember, working 3 shifts gets you a volunteer t-shirt and a 3-day pass. Volunteering fewer than 3 shifts gets you into the Festival for free on the days you work.

Select your shifts below (scroll down), then move on to step 3.

Step 3

Ready to find out how to be the best volunteer ever?

Take a look at our volunteer handbook to learn everything you need to know about volunteering at the Wooden Boat Festival.

How to be the best volunteer ever

Join the fun!


Select Your Shifts

Shifts go live summer 2022

If you’ve already filled out the volunteer application (or, for returning volunteers, if you’ve filled out this year’s release waiver) it’s time to read about the different volunteer crews, then select your shifts. Please use the same name and email address for each shift you select. Be sure to hit “sign up” before moving on!


Select Your Shifts

If you’ve already filled out the volunteer application (or, for returning volunteers, if you’ve filled out this year’s release waiver) it’s time to read about the different volunteer crews, then select your shifts. Please use the same name and email address for each shift you select. Be sure to hit “sign up” before moving on!



We love our volunteers!


Have questions?

Our volunteer coordinator, Angela Hewitson, is happy to help! Give her a call at 360.385.3628 x124 or email her at volunteer@nwmaritime.org.