Big Turnout Expected for 37th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Fest

This year’s Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is expected to have a visitor whose presence is a much appreciated, if unreliable, part of the annual event — the sun.

With forecasts calling for sunny, warm temperatures through next week, organizers are expecting a high turnout for the four-day event, which starts this Thursday, July 4th in Seattle.

“I expect that if it’s sunny, we’ll be somewhere up to around 35,000 people [in attendance],” said Dan Leach, CWB community engagement coordinator and boatwright.

“I’m optimistic we’ll have a good turnout.”

The 37th annual festival, which takes place at The Center for Wooden Boats on the south end of Lake Union, will feature activities including a microbrew tasting night, dragonboat race lessons and workshops on a variety of topics.

On the evening of Saturday, July 6, World Sports Grille (formerly Jillian’s Billiards), is hosting a microbrew tasting night that allows visitors to buy an $8 ticket and sample a variety of regional brews, with proceeds going to support CWB. There will be live music every day of the festival near the beer garden, which will be open late July 4th.

Workshop offerings this year include daily sessions on electrical power for boats, and ship surveying skills demonstrations on July 4 and 5 conducted by Havorn Marine Survey & Shipwright School owner Lee Ehrheart aboard the historic tugboat Arthur Foss.

On Saturday, July 6, the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club and Seattle SAKE Dragon Boat Club — which normally compete against each other — are joining forces to offer a chance for festival attendees (over 18 years of age or 12 to 17 with parent’s permission) to learn dragonboat paddling and participate in a short race.

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