The historic ship Zodiac
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  284-3254 or  272-2662.
For more information about Festival of Sail, follow the links below to:
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.
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  284-3254 or  272-2662.
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.
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 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.