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CWB gearing up for the 36th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

June 21, 2012

With a little help from our friends, we’re making this year’s Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, Festival at the South end of Lake Union, bigger than ever. There will be with free boat rides, Dragonboat Racing, a new Microbrew Festival, Mariner Baseball, Live Bands on the new Microsoft Stage in Lake Union Park, and a new Independence Day collaboration with Family 4th at Lake Union producer One Reel to link the fun all around the Lake!


A summertime tradition in Seattle, CWB’s festival features some 200 wooden boats ranging from rowing dinghies to the 133-foot classical schooner Adventuress. During the festival, visitors will be able to board dozens of historic sailing and rowing vessels from the CWB collection, and board many of the historic private vessels brought to the show by their proud owners. Classic rowboats can be rented, and free steam and sail rides will be running non-stop.

New this year, is a partnership with One Reel, the non-profit producer of the Gas Works Park based Family 4th at Lake Union, Presented by Starbucks. One Reel will present a special day of live music in both Gas Works Park and at the Wooden Boat Festival in South Lake Union Park on the 4th, and broadcast the National Anthem and synchronized fireworks soundtrack live in both parks for spectators around the lake to enjoy.

Festival Highlights:

DRAGONBOAT RACING: The Racing June 30th by the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club is special because spectators are invited to join the race, and because instead of going in a straight line they will race around a tight three turn Barrel Race course. Join a team today at the Flying Dragons web site:

MARINER NIGHT AT THE MARINERS: The Seattle Mariners Baseball club is supporting CWB by offering special reduced price tickets to their game on Monday, July 2 at 7:10pm against the Baltimore Orioles. Go online and purchase a $20 ticket for only $15 and almost half of the ticket price comes back to CWB as a donation! Purchase tickets today at

QUICK AND DARING BOAT RACE: Everett’s Thain Boatworks / Earthwise Ventures is sponsoring a race where teams have just 24-hours to construct a boat and then race it; sailing a leg, paddling the next and anything goes on the homeward leg. Building is Saturday and Sunday, and the Race is at 4pm on the 4th of July

NW Microbrew & Music: Jillian’s Billiard is back run the beer garden and as a special new treat this year has put together a Northwest Microbrew and Music Night on the evening of Tuesday July 3rd. Buy an $8 passport to taste the work of some of the Northwest’s best brewing minds, and all the money raised goes to support the Center for Wooden Boats.Fireworks Small

The 36th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

Dates: Saturday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 4

Time: Opens 10 a.m Daily

Location: The Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union Park

1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA‎ 98109

Cost: FREE! Donations gratefully accepted.

More Info: Log on to or call 206-382-2628

For the full schedule….see our website at

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