Revelers ring in boat season earlier this spring. Photo by Sofia Lee

The Seafarer’s Guide to Puget Sound Boat Parties

Landlubbers welcome.


10 Shilshole Boatfest: Seas the Bay! If you’ve ever been interested in boats, Shilshole Boatfest will teach you a thing or two. Learn all about boat safety and ownership on different rides, from sailing to powerboating. 7001 Seaview Ave. N.W. Free. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

14 Seafair Kickoff Seafair will welcome the summer by announcing the new King Neptune and Queen Alcyone. Enjoy classic hydroplaning, among other things, and learn what Seafair has in store for you this summer. 401 Pine St. Free. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

17–18 Classic Weekend Visit Bell Harbor over Father’s Day weekend to watch as nearly 50 motoryachts parade into the Marina. Hop aboard to experience the classic boats first-hand. 2203 Alaskan Way. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

18 Father’s Day Brunch Cruise A perfect day cruise on Lake Union or Lake Washington. The two hours include a private table, with favorite dad foods like prime rib and ham, while the captain narrates the surrounding sights. Locations vary. $72. 11 a.m.

24 Get Out & Boat—Seas the Day Pick from an assortment of 50 boats to glide across South Lake Union in. This event marks its second anniversary with a fleet doubled in size due to its popularity. For anyone interested in becoming a boat owner. 901 Fairview Ave. N. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.


1–4 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Celebrate the Northwest’s sailing/boating culture at the 41st annual Festival, with vendors and live music TBA. 1010 Valley St. Free.

8 Pirate’s Landing Welcome the Seafair pirates at Alki Beach. Enjoy food from different vendors and watch the pirate-look-alike contest. Alki Ave. S.W. Free. 1:30 p.m.

16–17 Tacoma Maritime Fest Join Tacoma in honoring the trade that defines its maritime past. With live music, boat tours, and free entry to the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, plus live music and activities for kids. 705 Dock St., Tacoma, Free, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


4–6 Seafair Weekend This yearly event, started in 1950, is a Seattle staple. Watch the Blue Angels take flight while boats race at high speeds across Lake Washington. 4316 S. Genesee St. Prices vary.

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