Adventures at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

Explore the Wooden Boat Fest in Port Townsend with Pallin' Around. Then, explore the Hood Canal in a 1969 restored mahogany Grand Banks.

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Explore the Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend WA with Pallin’ Around Charters. Held on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula for nearly 50 years, it is a fun experience for serious boaters, families, and those looking for an interesting weekend! A tremendous part of the identity of the “most Washington of Washington coastal towns” is wrapped up in boats, boat building, and, specifically, wooden boats. Formed in the late 1970s by wooden boat aficionados pushing back against the advent of fiberglass boats, this festival has grown to the largest of its type due to the thousands of visitors that flock to this charming “Victorian Seaside Town” the weekend after Labor Day. The sights of beautiful wooden boats, stories of the boats and their owners, inside look at maritime careers, and chance to get out on the Salish Sea draws visitors from around the world.

How to Visit the Wooden Boat Festival

The Wooden Boat Festival is usually held the weekend after Labor Day, when Port Townsend weather can range from a sunny 80 degrees to a foggy 50 degrees. The 300-ish boats show up on Thursday and depart Sunday. Presentations are spread throughout the festivals hours (9AM-6PM Friday and Saturday, 9AM-4PM Sunday) with live music extending until 11PM. To attend, tickets range from free (12 & under) to $25 for a one-day pass and $50 for a three-day pass. Seniors, active military, and teens should ask for their discounts.

Since parking is very limited near the festival grounds, ride your bike or park at Haines Place Park & Ride (next to the Safeway) to catch a free ride downtown. While tickets are available same-day, accommodations tend to book months in advance. Unless you have a service animal, please leave all pets at home. Get more details at

Visiting with Kids

For Serious Boaters

Side Trips

After you have explored the Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend WA with Pallin’ Around Charters, let’s take some side trips!

Our Favorite Food Spots

Port Townsend Boat Yard


Fort Worden

Gunther the Gray Whale at Union Wharf

Wandering Port Townsend