Center For Wooden Boats
Wooden Boat Festival, Lake Union Park, Seattle
June 30 – 4th of July
This year’s Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the south end of Lake Union is bigger than ever, with free boat rides, Dragonboat Racing, a new Microbrew Festival, Mariner Baseball, live bands on the new Microsoft Stage in Lake Union Park, and a new Independence Day collaboration with Family 4th at Lake Union producer, One Reel to link the fun all around the Lake!
A summertime tradition in Seattle, The Center for Wooden Boat’s festival features some 200 wooden boats ranging from rowing dinghies to the 133-foot classical schooner Adventuress. During the festival, visitors will be able to board dozens of historic sailing and rowing vessels from the CWB collection, and board many of the historic private vessels brought to the show by their proud owners. Classic rowboats can be rented, and free steam and sail rides will be running non-stop.
New this year is a partnership with One Reel, the non-profit producer of the Gas Works Park-based Family 4th at Lake Union, presented by Starbucks. One Reel will present a special day of live music in both Gas Works Park and at the Wooden Boat Festival in South Lake Union Park on the 4th, and broadcast the National Anthem and synchronized fireworks soundtrack live in both parks for spectators around the lake to enjoy.
DRAGONBOAT RACING: Racing on June 30th by the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club is special because spectators are invited to join the race, and because instead of going in a straight line they will race around a tight three turn Barrel Race course. Join a team today at the Flying Dragons web site.
MARINER NIGHT AT THE MARINERS: The Seattle Mariners Baseball club is supporting CWB by offering special reduced price tickets to their game on Monday, July 2 at 7:10pm against the Baltimore Orioles. Go online and purchase a $20 ticket for only $15 and almost half of the ticket price comes back to CWB as a donation! Purchase tickets today at mariners.com/CWB
QUICK AND DARING BOAT RACE: Everett’s Thain Boatworks/Earthwise Ventures is sponsoring a race where teams have just 24 hours to construct a boat and then race it, sailing a leg, paddling the next and anything goes on the homeward leg. Boat building is Saturday and Sunday, and the Race is at 4:00 pm on the 4th of July.
NW MICROBREW & MUSIC: Jillian’s Billiard is back run the beer garden and as a special new treat this year has put together a Northwest Microbrew and Music Night on the evening of Tuesday July 3rd. Buy an $8 passport to taste the work of some of the Northwest’s best brewing minds, and all the money raised goes to support the Center for Wooden Boats. For more information on the Festival, visit CWB.org or call 206-382-2628.
The 36th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
Dates: Saturday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 4
Time: Opens 10:00 am Daily
Location: The Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union Park, 1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109
Cost: FREE! Donations gratefully accepted.
Guest blogger Dan Leach from The Center for Wooden Boats contributed this post. Thanks, Dan! 4Culture supports The Center for Wooden Boats through various programs, including Sustained Support.