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 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, AUGUST 31ST – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 1st – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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:
Vintage Tugboat Show and Races, Ships of the Harbor Tours, Bay Cruises on the Vintage Steamship Virginia V & Sailings Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Cruise to Olympia with 2 night stay at the DoubleTree**. Squaxin Island Tribe Art and Cultural Displays, Demos and Activities, Port of Olympia Tours, Kiwanis Hotdog Stand, Sand Carving and Quick Carve Contests. Hundreds of Booths and Activities: Arts & Crafts, Importers, Food G’Alley, Live Music, Legos Harbor Build, Boat Building 101, Marine Activities with Puget Sound Estuarium, Hands on Children’s Museum Activities, Sea 3 Marine Research Vessel, Tug Comanche – a floating WWII Museum, a hundred year old fishing Bering Sea Fishing Vessel, Water Safety Information, Remote Controlled Tugboats, Robotics Demonstrations, Wood Carving and Joint Making Demonstrations, Pirate Parade Samba Style, Make a Pirate Hat, Pirate Chest with Prizes for Kids, OHD Raffle with Great Prizes, The BaLunatic Man, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Caricature Artist, Meet the Capital Lakefair Princesses and Amazon of Olympia (Wonder Woman), Commercial Businesses with Games and Contests, South Sound Reading Foundation Book Giveaway, America's First Corp Army Jazz Band,
Photo Ops with Tuggy the Tugboat and Mini Tugs Smitty J & Jane B!
And More to Come As Planning Continues:
Beer and Wine Garden and Salmon Bake,
Forging Demonstrations, Olympia Circus Performers, Cabela's Boat Display, Canoe Carving, Sea School For Youth, and so much more!
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 2PM. Out of town walkers are offered special deals at Hotel RL** More information can be found at https://capitolvolkssportclub.org/ under the Special Events tab or click here to download PDF.
NEW! Olympia Harbor Days After Dark Friday and Saturday ONLY!
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 8PM 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 http://thetempestolympia.com. Both shows are FREE to the Community.
Thank you to these early 2019 OHD & Olympia Kiwanis Club Community Partners, Sponsors and Advertisers:
Squaxin Island Tribe, Port of Olympia, City of Olympia, Capital Heating and Cooling, Heritage Bank, Washington’s Lottery, DoubleTree Hotel, Commencement Bank, L & E Bottling, ILWU Local 47, Fred Goldberg Family Foundation, Capital Business Machines, Olympia Federal Savings Bank, Fiddlehead Marina, Stormans Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway, Timberland Bank, WestBay Marina, Hotel RL, The Rants Group, Seifert Law Offices and Fiddlehead Marina!
We love community input – send an email to info@HarborDays.com with ideas on what you would like to see at OHD 2019!
*IMPORTANT: Tickets for Virginia V Tugboat Racing Spectator Seats and Cruises and Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Sailings will be available for online purchase soon!
**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.
Virginia V Advanced Excursion Ticket Booking: August 30 – September 1, 2019 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 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.
Virginia V Schedule & Pricing. Secure your tickets now!
August 30 (Friday) Weekend Cruise To Olympia from Tacoma with 2 night stay & excursion (click on the "Cruise to Olympia" tab above for details)
August 31 (Saturday) Olympia Harbor Cruise #1: Boarding 12 p.m. Cruise from 12:30-1:30 p.m. $20 pp (12 & under Free)
August 31 (Saturday) Olympia Harbor Cruise #2: Boarding 3 p.m. Cruise from 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 pp (12 & under Free)
September 1 (Sunday) Tugboat Race Viewing Boarding 12 p.m. Race Viewing from 12:30-3 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 email@example.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 28 – September 3, 2019 Port of Olympia, Port Plaza Dock
Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, will visit the state capitol for Olympia Harbor Days! The tall ships will offer vessel tours by donation, Battle Sails, and Tugboat Race viewing.
Sailing guests will embark on sailing experiences as it was done for hundreds of years. Join in a sea shanty, enjoy breathtaking views, and meet the modern day crew that travels the west coast. Battle sails feature fast-paced maneuvering and live black powder cannon fire as the ships vie to win. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babies. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own (no glass please). Accessibility is addressed on a case-by-case basis, so please talk to us ahead of time to be sure we can accommodate your needs. Please call 1-800-200-5239 if you have any questions. All sales are final, no refunds allowed.
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!
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE & PRICING:
August 28 (Wednesday): Vessel Tours: 1-4 p.m. ($5 donation) / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($49-55)
August 29 (Thursday): Vessel Tours: 1-4 p.m. ($5 donation) / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($49-55)
August 30 (Friday): Vessel Tours: 1-4 p.m. ($5 donation) / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($49-55)
August 31 (Saturday): Vessel Tours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) / Battle Sail: 2-4 p.m. ($59-79) / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($49-55)
September 1 (Sunday): Vessel Tours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) / Battle Sail: 2-4 p.m. ($59-79)
September 2 (Monday) Labor Day: Vessel Tours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) / Battle Sail: 2-4 p.m. ($59-79)
September 3-4 (Tuesday-Wednesday): Vessels Closed
September 5 (Thursday): Available for Education Programming
September 6 (Friday): Available for Education Programming / Evening Sail: 6-8 p.m. ($49-55)
September 7 (Saturday): Vessel Tours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) / Adventure Sail: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ($49-55) / Battle Sail: 2-4 p.m. ($59-79)
September 8 (Sunday): Vessel Tours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($5 donation) / Battle Sail: 2-4 p.m. ($59-79)
September 9-10 (Monday-Tuesday): Vessels Closed
September 11 (Wednesday): Departure