The Best Summer Festivals: 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival

Port Townsend, Washington; September 7-9

Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden boats at Port Townsend     Photo: Kevin Mason

It’s been written that there is “nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame said it best, but those who agree need to be at this late-summer Wooden Boat Festival that takes place in a historic Victorian village 40 miles northwest of Seattle. The eye candy here is endless: More than 300 wooden kayaks, native canoes, tall ships, sailboats, and powerboats will be on display or in use. Watch a boat-building demonstration, sign your boat up, or, if you don’t have one, sign on to crew during the Classic Mariner’s Regatta, or network with the countless other passionate wooden boat fanatics.

Where to Stay: Fort Worden State Park is on the beach a mile from the festival, with 30 forested tent sites adjacent to hiking trails. Book quickly.

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