Olympia, WA – Vintage, working, and retired tugboats return to the southernmost tip of Puget Sound for three days of free family-friendly fun at Olympia Harbor Days, September 2 to September 4, at Olympia’s downtown waterfront at Percival Landing and Port Plaza.
Presented by the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association, this free festival features tugboat races, vessel tours, children's activities, live band performances, vendors, demos, displays, and more.
Olympia Harbor Days will open with a Squaxin Island Tribe blessing followed by a show on the Main Stage at Percival Landing.
The last remaining Vintage Tugboat Races in the world will be held Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Budd Inlet. Please note that you need to be on the water either on a boat or on the shoreline to see the races.
All weekend, the Port Plaza stage will host entertainment. A full list of entertainment can be found at www.HarborDays.com.
Coast Salish Tribes will present tribal drum making and cultural sharings at the Port Plaza. Hands On Children’s Museum’s Rumble Tug make-race-take activity will also take place at the Port Plaza as part of “Ships of the Harbor” sponsored by Capital Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
The famous Tall Ship, Lady Washington will return to Olympia and will be sharing the Port Plaza dock with the historic Mosquito Fleet Steam Ship, Virginia V. The Lady Washington arrives at the Port Plaza dock on Wednesday, August 31, and the Virginia V arrives at the Port Plaza dock on Friday, September 2. Both ships offer onboard tours by donation and excursions on Budd Inlet. Find tickets at www.HarborDays.com.
The Port of Olympia hosts Harbor Days to celebrate the maritime heritage of our community. For more information: www.HarborDays.com.