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The Wooden Boat Festival is a magical event, and nothing lets you feel the magic more than getting out on a boat! The festival provides several ways for you to get out rowing or sailing at no charge, but tips go to support youth sailing programs.

Wooden Boat Festival by Mark Saran

Sign ups start at 9:00 am for morning sails and noon for afternoon sails. Sign up EARLY; slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Row and Sail a Longboat

  • Friday 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday 9:15am to 4:30pm
  • Sunday 10am– 4:30pm

Sail a Thunderbird

  • Friday 9:30am – 5pm
  • Saturday 9:30am – 5pm
  • Sunday 9:30am– 2pm

WBF by Deborah BachGet Out and Paddle

  • Visit Pygmy Kayaks at their showroom inside the festival grounds or Chesapeake Light Craft at their display on the Point.

Schooner Sailings

  • Adventuress – Daily sails from the NWMC dock at 11am and 3pm. Sign up at the Sound Experience booth or the NWMC dock.
  • Odyssey – Daily sails from City Dock, at Pope Marine Park right outside festival gates. See crew for times and to sign up.

Regattas and Races
Anyone interesting in racing aboard someone else’s boat should attend the skippers’ meeting(s)— boats are often looking for crew. Times for awards ceremonies will be announced at skippers’ meeting(s).

  • 26’ and Under Race: Friday at 2:30pm, Skippers’ meeting at 1pm at NWMC beach.
  • Rowing Regatta: Saturday 10am. Skippers’ meeting at 9am Compass Rose.
  • NW Schooner Cup: Saturday 3pm: Skippers’ meeting 9am NWMC Beach.
  • T-37 Model Boat Races: Sunday 10:30am Inner Harbor – Check in at Tippecanoe booth for more information.

concerts-on-the-dockLocal/Regional Music and Emerging Bands Featured on Thursdays – July 11-August 29, 2013.

Downtown Port Townsend continues to rock with all-ages free concerts on Thursdays through August 29th at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza.

The concert series is produced by the Port Townsend Main Street Program. “We look forward to bringing these free outdoor music concerts to the Civic District Plaza on Thursdays from July 11th to August 29. We’re starting the shows a bit earlier this year. The seating opens at 4:30pm, with music beginning at 5 pm and ending at 7:30 pm. The concerts are made possible by our generous sponsors and we thank them for supporting summer fun in Port Townsend,” according to Mari Mullen, executive director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program.


  • July 11th The Better Half
  • July 18th The Solvents, backed by Aardvark with The Pitfalls
  • July 25th Locust Street Taxi
  • August 1st Buck Ellard
  • August 8th Ranger and The Re-Arrangers
  • August 15th Toolshed Trio
  • August 22nd Off The Hook
  • August 29th Emerging Artists Night & DJ Dance Party! With 2013 Stars of Tomorrow Winners “Daughters of Albion,” with “The Cold Comfort,” and DJ Silace Amaro

Visit Main Street’s 2013 Concert on the Dock page for complete information.

McCurdy Pavilion

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival mainstage performances take place at Fort Worden’s McCurdy Pavilion.

August 2-3, 2013, Centrum presents the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, the largest gathering of country blues west of the Mississippi. Led by Artistic Director Daryl Davis, the Festival turns the Victorian seaport and arts community of Port Townsend into the summer destination for the blues.

The lineup of mainstage and club performers includes Gaye Adegbalola, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Rich Del Grosso, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Grant Dermody, Eleanor Ellis, Leroy Etienne, Andra Faye, Dom Flemons, Mary Flower, Billy Flynn, Chase Garrett, Boo Hanks, Michael Harris, Jake Heck, Angela Hill, Orville Johnson, Arthur Migliazza, Dean Mueller, Jon Parry, Jerron Paxton, Del Rey, Caitlin Romtvedt, Lauren Sheehan, Tim Sparks, Jay Summerour, Clay Swafford, Elijah Wald, Lightnin’ Wells, Warner Williams, Phil Wiggins and Maria Woodford.

The Festival’s mainstage shows take place at Fort Worden State Park’s McCurdy Pavilion—a renovated WWI-era balloon hangar that has been converted into a 1,200-seat performance hall. Smaller, more intimate performances will take place in Port Townsend’s intimate downtown clubs and restaurants. The mainstage and club performances serve as the public capstone to a weeklong blues workshop attended by 225 blues participants from all over the country.

“Acoustic blues, also called traditional, pre-war or country blues is the original music of rural African-Americans that originated in the Southern USA in the 1920’s and 1930’s,” said Centrum blues program manager Mary Hilts. “Traditional blues honors the commonality of the human spirit and shares its sorrow and its joy. Centrum is honored to present musicians who are keeping the country blues traditions alive. We have flown them in from across the country to share with you the heritage of traditional blues.”

“The acoustic blues tradition is as American as apple pie,” said Centrum executive director Robert Birman. “No destination in the country offers as much diversity or wealth of talent on one stage as will be represented at our Saturday afternoon, August 3rd Blues Showcase at McCurdy Pavilion. In addition, our Friday and Saturday night club dates downtown are the epitome of integrity and authenticity. It’s all at our doorstep in Port Townsend this week only. I hope to see you with us!”

Visit Centrum’s blues website for complete performance and workshop information.