The Seattle Boat Show, Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2018, expands to a third location this year.
The Seattle Boat Show expands to a third location this year, adding boats on display at Bell Harbor Marina on the downtown waterfront, along with the South Lake Union and CenturyLink Field Event Center displays and activities, daily from Friday, Jan. 26, through Feb. 3. The show’s three locations display a thousand watercraft, from stand-up paddleboards to superyachts, all the latest accessories from hundreds of exhibitors, with boating and fishing seminars, food and drink vendors, and events and activities for all ages.
The new Bell Harbor Marina location at Pier 66, handy to downtown Seattle and waterfront attractions, displays boats on the water and features access to the Historic Point Ruston Ferry, with local beer and wine available onboard.
At the South Lake Union Boat Show venue, activities include the Charity Chowder Chomp Cook-off noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28, with samples from local seafood restaurants and a chance to vote for which one should win the honor of “Best Boat Show Chowder.” The event is a fundraiser for the local nonprofit Salmon for Soldiers, providing fishing programs for veterans with disabilities, PTSD and other challenges, with the winning restaurant earning a charitable donation in its honor to the organization.
Seattle Boat Show
CenturyLink Field Event Center: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 29-Feb. 1; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle
South Lake Union: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle
Bell Harbor Marina: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2203 Alaskan Way, Seattle
Cost: $15, $5/ages 11-17, ages 10 and younger free
Also at South Lake Union, see the boats on display from the water on all-electric, enclosed 21′ Duffy boats on guided, 20-minute tours of South Lake Union, with information about the Seattle Boat Show boats moored there.
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The largest display of boats and accessories, all the free seminars and many other activities are indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center, including a variety of attractions for young visitors at Kids AquaZone. Special events at CenturyLink include Uncorked wine tasting, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and Sails and Ales beer tasting, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2; each event is $30 including show admission.
Monday, Jan. 29, is Women’s Day at the Seattle Boat Show, an opportunity to meet local female boaters and take part in 10 free seminars presented by women in the maritime industry. Admission is free for women for the day with a pass available online.
Free shuttle service runs continuously among all three Seattle Boat Show locations every 20 to 30 minutes, from one hour before the show opens to one hour after the show closes daily. Online tickets for the Boat Show include free parking at Bell Street Pier Garage daily and free parking at South Lake Union Garage on weekends.