The Festival is this coming Labor Day Weekend!
VINTAGE TUGBOATS, A 25-FOOT SALMON, A TON OF BRICKS and a BEER GARDEN!
By land or by sea, there is something for everyone at Olympia Harbor Days
Olympia WA - Only at Olympia Harbor Days, this weekend August 31 – September 2 will you find vintage tugboats, a 25-foot salmon and a ton of bricks and so much more. Final plans are headed for the finish line, making way for the 45th Annual Edition of Olympia Harbor Days Vintage Tugboat Races and Festival, South Sound’s largest and free maritime festival at the Olympia waterfront. Over 55,000 are expected to attend. The award winning event is presented by the Olympia Kiwanis Club with title sponsor the Squaxin Island Tribe. “This free family friendly event has been 45 years in the making and 3 years in finessing – bringing new and exciting features and landside activities as well as increasing the tugboat and harbor ship participation.” says Executive Director Carol Riley.
A wide array of music will be found on Washington’s Lottery Main Stage at Percival Landing next to the amazing international food alley. Sea Shanties, the Army’s First Corps Jazz Band, and Taiko drumming add to the sounds of many of Olympia’s classic rock bands. From the Boardwalk to Columbia Street will be hundreds of vendors offering so much that all your holiday shopping can be accomplished without going online! Booths include arts, crafts, commercial, importers, non-profits and food. “We have enjoyed our many years at Olympia Harbor Days (OHD). We started doing OHD because our daughter lived down that way and she helped us every year. Now they have their own business so we are passing the torch.” Randy Yaple, Yaple Kettle Corn.
And what is the South Sounds largest harbor festival without Pirates, Vikings, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, Caricatures, Woodcarvers and so much more. There is even a Treasure Chest at the Harbor House for those that come to the festival dressed like a pirate.
Riley wants to thank the many community businesses and maritime partners for continued or new sponsorship to keep the tugs and ships coming to Olympia and allowing the expansion of land side offerings. “Without the support of the community and sponsors over the years, this festival would not have been able to become what it is today” says Riley.
For a complete schedule and all festival details or for more information, please visit www.HarborDays.com. Find the special event program in The Olympian this Sunday or through the link on the website or pick up a copy at the festival. Net proceeds and suggested donations support Kiwanis scholarships and activities that benefit kids and their families.
Carol Riley, Executive Director Phone: 360-556-0498 Email: info@HarborDays.com