If you are in downtown Olympia this weekend, be sure to visit the city’s working waterfront and check out the 45th Annual Harbor Days Maritime Festival.
The free, three-day event includes a variety of activities for children and adults at Percival Landing and Port Plaza, such as tugboat tours and races, sand sculptures, and live entertainment. Kids are invited to build their own boats at the Legos Harbor Build activity center, then test the sea-worthiness of their DIY vessels at a nearby pool. History buffs are encouraged to tour the retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tug Comanche, which is now a floating WWII museum, and Tordenskjold, a 100-year-old Bering Sea fishing vessel.
Here is a short-list itinerary of some of the notable events and activities scheduled during the festival:
Fri., Aug. 31
5 p.m. — Squaxin Island Tribe’s opening ceremony, following by the arrival of vintage tugboats
5 p.m. — Arrival of the Mosquito Fleet’s historic steamship Virginia V
Sat., Sept. 1
10 a.m. — Build boats, trains, and planes using Legos
12 p.m. — Tribal canoe races
2 p.m. — Tall Ship battle sailing
6 p.m. — Tall Ship evening sailing
Sun., Sept. 2
12:30 p.m. — Vintage tugboat races
1 p.m. — Tribal storytelling with Roger Fernandes
3 p.m. — Tall Ship adventure sailing
5 p.m. — Squaxin Island Tribe’s closing ceremony, following by the arrival of vintage tugboats
The Harbor Days Maritime Festival begins on Fri., Aug. 31, and runs through Sun., Sept. 2. More information is available online at harbordays.com.