The historic ship Zodiac

The Schooner Freda B

The historic ship Hawaiian Chieftain

Mama Duck - the largest rubber duck in the world

The historic ship Lady Washington

The Lady Washington with Mount Rainier

The historic ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

The Schooner Adventuress

The historic ship Zodiac

The Schooner Freda B

The historic ship Hawaiian Chieftain

Mama Duck - the largest rubber duck in the world

The historic ship Lady Washington

The Lady Washington with Mount Rainier

The historic ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

The Schooner Adventuress

Festival of Sail Tacoma

Thursday, June 15 - Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thea Foss Waterway

Join us on the shores of Puget Sound for Festival of Sail Tacoma 2017. It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore.

When you're in town to see the ships, there's so much more to explore. If you have questions or need recommendations from a local, call our Visitor Information Center at [253] 284-3254 or [800] 272-2662.

For more information about Festival of Sail, follow the links below to:

Buy Tickets or see the detailed Schedule of Events

Schedule:

  • Thursday 11:00 AM-7:00 PM (No on-board tours)
  • Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Sunday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Price: 

  • Single-Day Festival Only Pass $9
  • Single-Day On Board Tour Pass $12
  • Multi-Day On Board Tour Pass $20
  • Day Sail $95; Fast Pass $60
  • Parade of Sail Day Sail $150

 

Getting Here

With throngs of visitors expected to come to the waterfront for a glimpse, tour or sail, parking could be tricky. We recommend Tacoma's simple and accessible public transportation from locations throughout the region:

Sounder Commuter Train - From cities as far north as Everett and as far south as Lakewood, simply pay the fare (between $3.25 and $5.75, depending on how far you're traveling) and exit at Tacoma Station. From there, you can take a taxi, Uber or Lyft, or the free Tacoma Link Light Rail.

Tacoma Link Light Rail - From Tacoma Station, the Tacoma Link Light Rail Tacoma Dome Station is just out the door and across East 25th Street. Tacoma Link Light Rail is your free ride into downtown Tacoma, to the Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

Downtown to Defiance Trolley - The trolley that starts operation this summer will take you from the Tacoma Convention & Trade Center to several stops along the Dock Street and the Thea Foss Waterway, which is the site of Festival of Sail.

 

Where to stay

The Festival of Sail is convenient to several major hotels in downtown Tacoma, and only a short trip away from those in Fife, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup and Sumner. See the slider below for some great options, and for tailored recommendations, call our Visitor Information Center at [253] 284-3254 or [800] 272-2662.

Tacoma's only waterfront hotel located two miles from downtown. It's tastefully decorated 90... More

Upscale. Downtown. Located in the heart of Tacoma's financial and theater districts, this... More

Located right next door to the famous Tacoma Dome arena in Tacoma, Washington, the BEST... More

Tacoma's newest downtown hotel is open for business. Just steps away from Tacoma's vast... More

Hotel Murano, Tacoma's only full-service upscale hotel, is centrally located in downtown... More

 

Where to eat

Downtown Tacoma, the waterfront and the surrounding communities are full of delicious eats that you won't have to travel far to enjoy. Here are some of the top places to grab a bite.

Seafood that’s fresh, not farmed. Beef that’s 100% Grass-Fed. All natural ingredients with... More

Harbor Lights is located on scenic Ruston Way, overlooking Commencement Bay in Tacoma. For... More

Voted the 2014 Best Restaurant and Service for the South Sound, by South Sound Magazine.... More

Delightful new American menu with coastal influences from the Mediterranean, Pacific... More

Katie Downs is a great Northwest-themed waterfront tavern and eatery specializing in... More

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Take your out-of-town guest to a superb waterfront restaurant. A unique eating experience on... More

 

What to do

While the historic ships are the main show for the weekend of the Festival of Sail, there are plenty of other things to keep individuals, couples and families entertained. From enjoying one of the best museum districts in the country to gazing into a shark's eyes, there's something to suit every taste and imagination.

The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is Tacoma's stunning link to the Thea Foss Waterway and the... More

We offer "pay as you will" so that all families can come to the Children's Museum of Tacoma.... More

Walk into Fort Nisqually and experience daily life in the 1850s at a regional trade and... More

The mission of the Foss Waterway Seaport is to celebrate Tacoma's rich maritime heritage... More

Located on the historic Gig Harbor waterfront, the new Harbor History Museum offers top-rate... More

LeMay - America’s Car Museum explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at... More

Tacoma Art Museum is dedicated to connecting people through art, and showcasing and... More

Discover the stories of Washington's past. Explore and be entertained while you learn about... More

Point Defiance Park is Tacoma's 760-acre jewel, which is home to the acclaimed Point... More

Acclaimed zoo + aquarium featuring polar bears, sharks, elephants, tigers, clouded leopards... More

Exotic tropical plants and seasonal floral displays await you at the W.W. Seymour Botanical... More

Explore this beautiful Chinese style garden, on the southern point of the Ruston Way... More

 

Community activities

The Tacoma community is excited to host this eye-catching festival, and there are a few special events happening that you might want to build into your schedule if you're going to be in town for Festival of Sail.

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Every third Thursday of the month means free access to Tacoma's museum district hotspots, such as Museum of Learn More...
Each day brings a different nautical connection to Job Carr Cabin Museum during Festival of Sail, including preschool boating Learn More...
While you're in town...

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In 1997, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Harold LeMay owner of the largest... More

With so many family-friendly options near the Tacoma Dome, your show can become a trip to... More

Itinerary: Year-Round - Day 1: Wake up inspired at Tacoma's glass-art inspired hotel, Hotel... More