Don’t miss the boat at Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration! It’s the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival, sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle, on May 10 – 11.
Enjoy the fun of the world’s largest tugboat races and workboat parade on the downtown waterfront on Saturday, May 10:
The world’s largest tugboat races, workboat parade, three free harbor tours, Seattle Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, vessel tours, kids’ activities, displays and demonstrations.
Most of the events are free and all events are subject to change. The Festival schedule includes:
Harbor Open House, Pier 66 and Bell Harbor Marina
Saturday, May 10, 11 am–5 pm
U.S. Oil & Refining Seattle Tugboat Race Championships
The 30th Annual competition is the largest tugboat race in the world. This year, more than 30 boats are expected to participate. Racing is from the starting line at Pier 62/63 to the Grain Terminal, Pier 86.
Fire Boat Display
Abandon Ship Demonstration by Seattle Maritime Academy
Coast Guard Sea-Air Rescue
Class C Limited Tug Race
Class B Harbor Tug Race
Class A Unlimited Race (if larger tugs are available)
Eighteenth Annual Seattle Waterfront Neighborhood Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off
Discover the best chowder from top Downtown Seattle Waterfront restaurants! Special chowder tasting areas will be created at each restaurant. Buy your Chowder Passport for only $5 at all participating restaurants or at the festival information booth. Proceeds benefit maritime community and youth organizations. Participating restaurants include: Anthony’s Pier 66; Bell Harbor International Conference Center; The Crab Pot; Elliott’s Oyster House; The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Ivar’s; Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hook & Plow; and Six-Seven at The Edgewater. The Chowder Cook-Off is sponsored by the Seattle Waterfront, Metropolitan Improvement District and DowntownSeattleParking.com.
Free Harbor Tours – Noon, 2 pm and 4 pm, Presented by the Port of Seattle
Discover the working waterfront in our harbor. Board at Bell Harbor Marina/Pier 66 one-half hour prior to each departure. There is a limit of 400 guests for each tour. There is a limit of four tickets per adult, 18 years or older. Vessel Tours U.S. Coast Guard, tugboats and other workboat are expected to participate.
Kids’ Fun Free face painting and a kids’ bounce will be available inside the Maritime Events Center.
Check out industry displays by the Port of Seattle, Vigor Industrial, Cummins Northwest, the Coast Guard and others on the plaza at Pier 66.