Friday 5 pm-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-7 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm
43 Years of Tugboats and Maritime Heritage celebrated on the beautiful
Olympia, Washington Waterfront with lots of exciting
NEW fun, features and activities for 2016!
Ahoy! Welcome to Olympia Harbor Days! If you are a tugboat enthusiast, a history buff, an arts & crafts lover, or simply someone in search of lots of fun, mark your calendar for Labor Day weekend: September 2 -4, 2016, Friday 5pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Olympia Harbor Days is an annual festival celebrating the return of the tugboats to Olympia for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to summer. Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at Olympia’s Percival Landing. Many of them are open for tour on Saturday during the festival. Be on hand Sunday as the tugs leave shore to participate in the Annual Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races in the deep channel of the bay. (Click on the Tugboat tab to see the 2015 winners!) Come join us for 43 years of Tugboat touring and racing, arts and crafts booths, entertainment, food, and a special kids area, as Maritime Heritage is celebrated on the beautiful Olympia, Washington waterfront!
Keep up with us all year long on Facebook at Olympia Harbor Days!
Come with your sense of adventure and join the Olympia Kiwanis to experience the South Sound’s classiest event…with a little something for everyone in the family!
Annual Tugboat Show and Races
Tugboat are on show with many available to board on Saturday. Then on Sunday the Tugs process from Percival Landing on around noon into the deep channel of Budd Bay, the southernmost point of the Puget Sound. Best place for viewing the procession is the Percival boardwalk. Click on the schedule tab to plan your Labor Day Weekend and find all the wonderful activities Harbor Days has to offer. You can hear live race updates on Mixx 96.1 with our fabulous DJ Dave Mann.
NEW for 2016!
Stand Up Paddleboard Competition and Demonstration
Come watch SUPers from all around the sound race in both a 6K and 3K competition starting at Port Plaza at 10AM Saturday. Then stick around for a kids competition. This will be followed by a demonstration of Yoga and Pilates on the boards. Registration for any 3 of the races can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olympia-harbor-days-sup-race-tickets-25662627610 or for information and questions please contact Chris at West Bay Paddleboards 360-584-0582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW for 2016!
Timberland Library Readings for Kids and Free Books
Maritime themed books are being selected for 3 reading times during the festival on Saturday afternoon at the Port Plaza. Kids – be sure to bring your listening ears, a towel or blanket to sit on and sunscreen! The South Sound Reading Foundation will also be visiting the festival on Saturdays with free books for kids!
NEW for 2016!
Harbor Days Summer Ale
This year for the first time, Fish Brewing Co. will be brewing up something special just for the festival. Introducing Harbor Days Summer Ale – A clean, refreshing summer ale with a large hop presence. This beer is light, aromatic, citrusy and resiny. Light golden color, made with mosaic and Amarillo hops. 4% ABV and 30 IBUs. You can purchase a pint or 2 at participating establishments (list to be posted soon) in Olympia while supplies last.
Join (or watch) Zumba in the Park at the Port Plaza from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM for their last outdoor exercise show of their summer series. Find their schedule here if you want to get in shape ahead of time!
Arts & Crafts Show 2016!
As tradition, Olympia Harbor Days will have another amazing arts and crafts show! Many of your favorite artisans from the Pacific Northwest will be returning with new work. We also have many new craftsman, some who reside right here in Olympia!! Come do your holiday shopping early!
VENDORS – We sold out in 2015 and are now 90% sold out for 2016 festival booth. Hurry!
2016 Food, Music and More Fun
Lucky Eagle Casino will be back again smoking the most wonderful Cedar plank Alder smoked salmon in the universe!! Of course you can get your fill of traditional carnival food, kettle corn, shaved ice, and Kiwanis Hot Dogs. Our new coffee/smoothie/Italian soda truck Pony Espresso will be there as well.
Music and more will be announced soon — watch this website for 2016 details and schedules as they become firm.
2106 Annual OHD Raffle
This year the proceeds from the raffle will go directly into the Olympia Kiwanis Foundation for College Scholarships for area High School Seniors. Tickets are on sale now and prizes are shown on our Donations and Raffle page on this website — just click the tab at the top. Send us an email if you want to buy tickets. 23 great prizes totaling over $4100. You have to play to win!
Location and Directions
Harbor Days is located at 405 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA 98501-8208
CONSIDER RIDING THE BUS! Visit INTERCITY TRANSIT for routes and schedules!
The Kiwanis Club of Olympia
The Kiwanis Club of Olympia, www.olympiakiwanis.org, was chartered September 15, 1921. It was the first club in the Olympia area and is still the largest and most active. Olympia Kiwanis has been and continues to be one of the leading clubs in the district. As a faithful servant to our community and children, Kiwanis puts on Olympia Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tugboat Races, encouraging FREE family interaction, fun, and community enrichment.
The Olympia Kiwanis Club has several major projects you can participate in: Olympia Harbor Days, Roast beef booth to raise money, Firewood Crew, Olympia High School Key Club, Youth and Community Services, Kiwanis Garden, are just a few. Interested applicants can download an application.
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2016 Sponsors and Community Partners!
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL THESE BUSINESSES. PLEASE SHOW THEM YOUR SUPPORT WHEN YOU CAN!!
LES & MARY ELDRIGE