Each year, a coalition of community organizers, sponsors, shipmates and talented Tacomans come together to create a festival celebrating the history and accomplishments of the Tacoma waterfront. The waterfront—over 46 miles of shoreline—has proved to be one of our city’s most valuable resources; from shipping and industry to food and recreation, our waterway has it all.

Around 1875, Tacoma was christened the “City of Destiny,” when the Northern Pacific Railroad agreed to locate its western terminus within our fair city’s limits, near the deep waters of Commencement Bay. The rest, as they say, is history, as what followed created a boom of epic proportions and Tacoma truly became the place “when rails meet sails.” Our working waterfront continues to shape our community, and its innovations, ingenuity, and creativity has established Tacoma as a great maritime city.

Come celebrate this nautical life with us at the 22nd annual Tacoma Maritime Festival on Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, Sunday 21st from 10-5:00pm. This year’s festival will host activities, music, and food for the entire family to experience. From the Tall Ship’s cannon battles to Quick and Dirty Boat Building, to Captain’s seminars and the Kid’s Zone, there will be something for everyone. Admission, as always, is free.