Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival, May 11-13

Maritime Festival
Cruisin' Community


Stories of the Sea

Thursday, May 11

7 - 10 p.m.

Highliner Public House, Fishermen’s Terminal, 3909 18th Avenue West

Maritime Poetry and Music Slam!!! 

Limited to 15 performers.

To register: info@SeattleMartime101.com

Sponsored by Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Harley Marine and presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman.

Sponsored by Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Harley Marine and presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman. 

Free Fishermen’s Terminal Walking Tour

Friday, May 12

10-11:30 a.m.

Get a behind the scenes look at Fishermen’s Terminal.

Limited to 40 people. Registration required.

Specify Fishermen’s Terminal Tour.

RSVP: portregistration@portseattle.org.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

Saturday, May 13

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Seattle Maritime Academy

4455 Shilshole Ave NW – just east of the Ballard Bridge

Don’t miss the boat at Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration! 

It’s the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle at The Seattle Maritime Academy from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. All events are free and subject to change.

Free Ship Canal Tours

11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Presented by the Port of Seattle

Discover the working waterfront on the Ship Canal, check out Fishermen’s Terminal and learn about the Ballard Locks Centennial on these free one-hour tours. Board one-half hour prior to each departure. There is a limit of 200 guests for each tour. There is a limit of four tickets per adult, 18 years or older. Tickets only available at the Festival.

Experience Maritime Activities

Pilot a workboat at the full mission bridge simulator and engine room - Seattle Maritime Academy

The Academy provides the classroom instruction and hands-on training on working vessels that you need to prepare for a career in the regional and global maritime industry.

Commercial diving demonstration and display – Diver’s Institute of Technology

DIT has been training world-class divers since 1968.

Fishing Net Repair Demonstration - Island Net and Design

Try your hand at mending a fishing net.


Damage Control Trailer – U.S. Coast Guard

Hands-on practice with various types of flooding scenarios you might encounter on fishing boats.

Join in Survival Suits Races – Fisheries Supply, U.S. Coast Guard and Seattle Maritime Academy

Hourly Fisheries Supply $25 Gift Certificates for the fastest competitor in this on-the-shore event.

Try your hand at tossing a heaving line and a life ring – Seattle Maritime Academy

Academy graduates fill vital roles in the maritime sector, including in commercial and passenger transportation, commercial fishing, deep sea sailing and the workboat industry.

Try your hand at welding – Vigor

Vigor partnered with South Seattle College to form the Harbor Island Training Center, the Classroom-In-A-Shipyard designed to meet the needs for all maritime companies in Puget Sound.

How to use flares and emergency signals - NPFVOA

Since 1985, NPFVOA has teamed with the Coast Guard and led the way in developing the safety standards for the maritime industry.

Oceanography - NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Learn about tsunami research, acoustics, ocean circulation, and ocean observing systems.

Dealing with marine debris - NOAA Marine Debris Program   

The NOAA Marine Debris Program leads national efforts to research, prevent, and reduce the impacts of marine debris.

Kids – Build your own boat! - Center for Wooden Boats   

The Center is a maritime museum that brings people together through a shared passion or interest for boating, maritime skills, or just a love of the water.

Learn about the science of oil spills – NOAA Office of Response and Restoration      

This is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris.

Abandon Ship! – Learn about the 7 steps of survival at sea - Seattle Maritime Academy

The Academy offers high-quality, hands-on training to help professional mariners with the skills needed to advance their careers.

Oil spill clean-up products demonstrations – Global Diving & Salvage

Over 35 years of experience in commercial diving, marine construction, environmental services, marine casualty response, and both topside and subsea inspection and testing services.

How to use fire extinguishers – Alexander Gow

Alexander Gow Fire Equipment Company has been serving the fire protection needs of the Pacific Northwest for over 80 years.

Fisheries – NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Learn about salmon and marine mammals of Puget Sound and what NOAA is doing to recover endangered species.

Check out some awesome maritime gear – Captain’s Supplies

Since 1897, Captain’s has been the global premium marine outfitter providing reliable equipment and expertise for mariners, adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Check out the Port of Seattle Dive Team – Port of Seattle

The Port Police Dive Team use their specialized skills in underwater search and recovery of waterborne crimes, hull and pier sweeps as part of dignitary protection, and community special events.

Learn about nautical charting - NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey

Coast Survey provides navigation products and services that ensure safe and efficient maritime commerce on America’s oceans and coastal waters, and in the Great Lakes.

Check out the Vessel Traffic Monitoring System – Marine Exchange of Puget Sound

The Marine Exchange facilitates safe, secure, efficient and environmental responsible marine operations.

Special Events

Water Display – Seattle Fire Department, 11:15 a.m.

Tour a Seattle Fire Department Fireboat

Tour the Bratt Training Tug from Harley Marine

Tour a U.S. Coast Guard vessel – on the plaza

Other Displays

Port of Seattle/Ballard Locks Economic Impact Study Report

Seattle Propeller Club Festival Information Booth

Beach Camp at Sunset Bay

Food Trucks

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Secret Sausage


Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Breakfast

Friday, May 19

Marriot Waterfront Hotel         

Washington Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib will be the keynote speaker and the breakfast will include the presentation of the Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award and the Seattle Propeller Club Public Official of the Year Award.

There is no admission charge to the Festival grounds.  All events subject to change.

 Photos by Don Wilson, Port of Seattle, Seattle Maritime Academy and Saunderson Marketing Group.