National Marina Day celebrations on at Shilshole Bay this weekend

Shilshole Bay Marina will host National Marina Day celebrations this Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m.

The day will celebrate boating and provides an opportunity for communities to visit their local marinas and learn about the important role marinas play as family-friendly gateways, plus the environmental stewardship activities marinas promote.

Visitors can tour the historic schooner Adventuress by Sound Experience, or take part in sailboat rides and youth sailing lessons, kids’ bouncy houses, a boaters’ swap meet, plus a festival of boating-related activities including Ballard community booths, live music, food, and beverages.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will also conduct vessel safety checks and provide boat safety information.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to find out what great things marinas do,” said Bob Ross of Sail Northwest. “Nothing beats being on a boat in Puget Sound.”

The Boater’s Swap Meet is set to kick off at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot just south of the administration building. All other events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Maritime Pacific Brewing Company beer and Domanico Cellars wine garden will open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and live music including Zeptology from 12:30 pm to 2 p.m. and Wet City Rockers from 2:30 pm. and 4 p.m.

The event will also feature the Annual Open Boat Showcase to benefit the Leukemia Cup Regatta, which includes tours of sail and power boats, charter boats, and liveaboard “open house” boats. In addition, there will be “Sail for a Cure” sailboat rides every 30 minutes in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  These specific events have a suggested donation.

Event admission and parking will be free at Shilshole Bay Marina during the celebrations.

Click here to view the complete schedule of activities.

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