Schedule, Sponsored Events, Activities & More!

2019 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 30TH – 5:00 P.m. – 8:00 P.m.

Saturday, AUGUST 31ST – 10:00 A.m. – 7:00 P.m.

Sunday, September 1st – 10:00 A.m. – 6:00 P.m.

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

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.

What’s Happening for OHD 2019 On Land and On Sea:

Sea Adventures, Tugs, Boats and Marine Activities:  Vintage Tugboat Show and Races, Ships of the Harbor Tours, Bay Cruises on the Vintage Steamship Virginia V & Sailings Tall Ships Lady Washington - Purchase tickets here. Cruise to Olympia with 2 night stay at the DoubleTree**. Cabela's Boat Display, Port of Olympia Tours, Legos Harbor Build, Boat Building 101, Puget Sound Estuarium Sea Creatures, Hands on Children’s Museum Rumble Tugs Racing, Sea 3 Marine Research Vessel, Tug Comanche – a floating WWII Museum, a hundred year old fishing Bering Sea Fishing Vessel, Water Safety Information, Working on the Water Workshop for Teens, and Remote Controlled Tugboats.

Land Attractions, Demos, Displays and Fun Activities: Squaxin Island Tribe Art, Cultural Displays and Salmon Bake, Demos and Activities, Sand Carving and Quick Carve Contests, Hundreds of Arts & Crafts, Importers Booths, Food G’Alley, Kiwanis Hotdog & Snow Cone Stand, Live Music, Wood Carving and Joint Making Demonstrations, Pirate Parade Samba Style, Make a Pirate Hat, Pirate Chest with Prizes for Kids, Robotics Demonstrations, Civil Air Patrol Flight Simulator, OHD Raffle with Great Prizes, The BaLunatic Man, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Caricature Artist, South Sound Urban Sketchers, Meet the Capital Lakefair Princesses and Amazon of Olympia Wonder Woman, Climb Aboard an OFD Firetruck, Commercial Businesses with Games and Contests, South Sound Reading Foundation Book Giveaway, OHD Circus by Vuelta La Luna, Local Non-Profit Info Booths and Activities with Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters and the annual Car Raffle, Walkabout the Harbor, Shakespeare After Dark, America's First Corp Army Jazz Band, Barbershop, Bagpipes, Sea Shanties, and Great Local Bands. Photo Ops with Tuggy the Tugboat, Mini Tugs Smitty J & Jane B and a Great Old Ford Pick-up!

And More to Come As Final Planning Continues:
Olympia Yacht Club Sailing Club Demo, Oyster Treats, Forging Demonstrations, Canoe Carving, Lemay Vintage Work and Delivery Trucks, and so much more!

NEW! Workshop for Teens
Olympia Harbor Days - Working on the Water with The Seafarer Collective

Olympia Harbor Days and The Seafarer Collective invite you to join us for a 90-minute youth-focused introductory workshop to learn more about the exciting professional opportunities on the water today, and share resources that will prepare participants for entry-level positions in the industry. This event will provide an overview of the types of vessels that mariners can work onboard, potential career pathways to explore, and the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Participants will be invited to tour the Steamer Virginia V at the conclusion of the workshop and are encouraged to explore the other vessels that will be present at Olympia Harbor Days. Click here for more information and to register.

NEW! Pre-Event Activity - Friday afternoon, August 30
Olympia Harbor Days Walkabout with Capitol Volkssport Club
The Olympia Kiwanis Club has partnered with Capitol Volkssport Club and will offer walk around the harbor (both a 10K and 5K) to kick off Olympia Harbor Days. Registration opens at Batdorf and Bronson Tasting Room on Market Street at 2 p.m. Out of town walkers are offered special deals at Hotel RL** 
More information can be found at under the Special Events tab or click here to download PDF.

NEW! Post-Event Activity Friday & Saturday ONLY!
Olympia Harbor Days - Shakespeare After Dark with Oly Arts

The Olympia Kiwanis Club has partnered with Oly Arts and is presenting the last two showings of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.  Both shows start at 8 p.m. at the Port Plaza.  Stage will be under the Lookout Tower.  Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy the show. 
More information can be found at Both shows are FREE to the Community.

Hourly from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, August 31
Tour the Working Waterfront with Port of Olympia

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Thank you to our 2019 community partners, sponsors, donors and advertisers (in alphabetical order):
Anthony’s and Hearthfire Restaurants, Capital Heating and Cooling, Cabela’s, Capital Business Machines, City of Olympia, Commencement Bank, Costco, DoubleTree Hotel, Fiddlehead Marina, Fred Goldberg Family Foundation, Fremont Tugboat Co., Heritage Bank, Hotel RL, ILWU Local 47, L & E Bottling, Lucky Eagle Casino, Olympia Federal Savings Bank, Panowicz Jewelers, Port of Olympia, Rainier Dodge, Seifert Law Offices, Stormans Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway, Squaxin Island Tribe, Timberland Bank, The Rants Group, Total Wine & More, Washington’s Lottery, Tugboat Annie’s, and WestBay Marina!

We love community input – send an email to with ideas on what you would like to see at OHD 2019!

**Visit our Lodging and Parking Page for rates and booking information.

***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.