Schedule, Sponsored Events, Activities & More!

2018 Olympia Harbor Days Vintage Tugboat Races & Festival
an Olympia Kiwanis Club event, with the return of the Vintage Tugboats,
Tall Ships, Virginia V and so much more!*
Tons of fun for the whole family all weekend long!
And it’s FREE! Toot Toot!
Watch this page for more details!

Friday, August 31st – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 1st – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 2nd – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

All scheduled events and activities are subject to change without notice.

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Olympia Harbor Days is a free community festival, however your donation today will help the Olympia Kiwanis Club in its service to helping children and families in the community.

Just some of 2018's Olympia Harbor Days events and activities:
(Last Updated: July 25, 2018)

Vintage Tug Show and Races, Harbor Tours on the Vintage Steamship Virginia V, Bay Sailings on a Tall Ship, Beer Garden and Salmon Bake, Legos Harbor Display and Building Tables with Pools to Float Your Boat, Make a Salmon-Bot and Tour the inside of a 25 Foot Salmon Named FIN, Sand Carving and Quick Carve Contests, Forging Demonstrations, Vikings, Estuarium Marine Activities, Remote Controlled Tugs, South Sound Reading Foundation Book Giveaway, Pirates Parade, Capital Lakefair Princesses, Olympia Circus Performers, America's First Corp Army Jazz Band, Port of Olympia Tours, Robotics Demonstrations, Cabela's Boat Display and Kiwanis Hotdog Stand.

Buy a raffle ticket to win a Panowicz diamond watch, a Cabela’s kayak and a pair of stand-up paddleboards, dinner certificates for 2 at Anthony's or Hearthfire Grill, designer sunglasses from Clarus Eye Center, an overnight stay including golf and massages at Little Creek Casino and Resort, handmade maritime quilt and more. Raffle tickets are on sale now!

*IMPORTANT:  Tickets for Virginia V Cruises and Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain excursions and Tugboat Racing Spectator seats are available for advanced purchase! View schedules and ticket links below (scroll down).

***Note:  All events and activities are subject to last minute changes and weather conditions.  All ships have limited refreshments and snacks aboard for sale. It is advised that you bring your own food based on your needs for the time you will be on the water.

Click here to view Emergency Information.


Virginia V Advanced Excursion Ticket Booking:  August 31 – September 2, 2018  Port of Olympia, Port Plaza Dock

The Steamer Virginia V is a National Historic Landmark and a treasure of Puget Sound maritime history. From the homeport in the city’s vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, Virginia V travels the waters of Puget Sound and explores the region’s rich history as it cruises south to attend Olympia Harbor Days. Virginia V is scheduled to attend again in 2018 and 2019, each year offering a Weekend Cruise to Olympia from Tacoma.

Come aboard at Olympia Harbor Days! Experience a piece of the past with a tour of the Olympia Harbor and Tugboat Race Viewing.  A ticket is required for all passengers. All boarding starts 1/2 hour prior to cruise time. Find ticket links below.

SCHEDULE & PRICING  - click on link to purchase tickets:
August 31 (Friday) Weekend Cruise To Olympia from Tacoma with 2 night stay & excursion (click on the "Cruise to Olympia" tab above for details)
September 1 (Saturday) Olympia Harbor Cruise #1: 12-1 p.m. $20 pp (12 & under Free)
September 1 (Saturday) Olympia Harbor Cruise #2: 3-4 p.m. $20 pp (12 & under Free)
September 2 (Sunday) Tugboat Race Viewing 12-3 p.m. $30 per person (12 & under Free)
Sunset Cruise to Tacoma 3 p.m. $50 pp (must provide own transportation home from Tacoma) - email info@harbordays.com for details


Watch above video as Ralph Munro takes us through the history of the "Lady Washington" and its significance to Washington's maritime history!

Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Advanced Excursion Ticket Booking: August 29 – September 4, 2018  Port of Olympia, Port Plaza Dock

Lady Washington the official tall ship of Washington State and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain will make sail from their homeport in Aberdeen, WA and offer family-oriented evening sails, Tugboat Race Viewing and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstration of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing and maritime storytelling.  A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult with discount prices as noted.

Come aboard at Olympia Harbor Days! Experience a piece of the past with a tour of the Olympia Harbor and Tugboat Race Viewing. A ticket is required for all passengers. All boarding starts 1/2 hour prior to cruise time.

For information about private charters on the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, contact us by calling 360-556-0498. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Seaport office line - 360-532-8611!

SCHEDULE & PRICING  - click on link to purchase tickets:
August 29 (Wednesday): Vessel Tours: 1-4 p.m. ($5 donation) / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($42-$49)
August 30 (Thursday): Vessel Tours: 1-4 p.m. ($5 donation) Hawaiian Chieftain
August 31 (Friday): Vessel Tours: 1-4 p.m. ($5 donation) / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($42-$49)
September 1 (Saturday): Vessel Tours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) / Battle Sail: 2-5 p.m. ($42-$79) / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($42-$49)
September 2 (Sunday): Vessel Tours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) / Adventure Sail: 3-5 p.m. ($42-$49)
September 3 (Monday) Labor Day: Vessel Tours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) Hawaiian Chieftain /  Adventure Sail: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ($42-$49) Lady Wash.
September 4 (Tuesday): Vessels Closed
September 5 (Wednesday): Passage: Olympia to Kirkland (Est. Trip Time: 26 hours ) ($260)

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