Frequently Asked Questions
Park for free downtown where there are more than 2,000 parking spaces. There are also paid lots, so please watch the signs.
Parking lots in Port Angeles have numerous accessible spaces, including the nearby parking lot underneath the Gateway Transit Center Pavilion where the Cooking Demonstrations take place. Since there are limited spaces there, we have a “Disabled Drop-Off” location on Railroad Avenue (in front of H20 and Dairy Queen). You may drop people off and then find a parking space.
ATMs AND CREDIT CARDS
The closest ATM is at the Landing Mall (just north of the big tent). There are also ATMs at First Federal (First & Laurel Streets) and Safeway (south on Lincoln Street) and other nearby banks. Our inside food booths accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Many, but not all, of the outside vendors take credit and debit cards.
DO YOU ACCEPT CANADIAN CURRENCY?
Unfortunately, we do not accept Canadian currency due to the exchange rate. Outside vendors may do so, at their discretion.
CAN I BRING MY DOG TO CRABFEST?
Yes, but not in the Crab Central Tent, as that is considered a restaurant (with the exception of service animals). There are additional outdoor food vendors, plus all of the other activities where your dog is welcome on a leash. Please scoop! But if you want the crab feed, main stage, beer and wine, and fun of the main tent, then we recommend you leave your pet at home.
WHERE ARE RESTROOMS LOCATED?
Restrooms are located in the Gateway Pavilion (Cooking Demonstration stage) and on City Pier on the west side of the triangular building that hosts the Crab Derby. Additionally, there are portable toilets outside the main tent on the water side.
CRAFT & MERCHANT VENDORS
The festival vendor spaces fill up fast and space is limited. The application deadline is in May. After the deadline has passed, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org to check on status and be added to the waiting list. Normally there are no last minute spaces available.
STREET PERFORMERS / BUSKERS
The Festival appreciates street performers. Due to the limited size of the site and the tight spacing of activities, the Festival may regulate and play street performers so that they do not interfere with Festival programs or lines. Please check in at our information booth for updates based on crowd and location.
NONPROFIT AND CHARITY GROUPS
We have spaces for nonprofit groups by application only. Once the festival begins, no one may set up tables, chairs, or booths. We are looking for groups which have an environmental, maritime or conservation theme. You may distribute information or campaign materials and solicit signatures, but not to captive audiences (such as the crab feed line) or inside the tent or other buildings.
CRABFEST SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY!
The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival makes donations each year to a variety of community organizations. Our donation programs include nonprofit groups who volunteer for the Festival, gift baskets to support local fundraising events, and direct cash donations.
Some of the groups we have supported include: Feiro Marine Life Center, North Olympic Land Trust, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Peninsula College Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Peninsula College Soccer, Sequim Irrigation Festival, North Olympic Skills Center, Puget Sound Anglers, Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club, Washington Hospitality Association, First Step Family Support Center, Leo Bourget/Don DeFrang Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting the Port Angeles Food Bank, Captain Joseph House Foundation, Sequim Lions Club, Port Angeles Food Bank, WALA Washington Assoc. for Learning Alternatives, and Center Valley Animal Rescue.
If you are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and would like to request a donation of a souvenir gift basket, including Crab Dinner Tickets, for your special event fundraiser, please e-mail us at email@example.com and provide a brief description of your organization and your event as well as your contact information. Please allow at least 3 weeks advance notice.
FIRST AMENDMENT POLICY
The Festival is held in a public space. Distribution of information or campaign materials and solicitation of signatures for petition drives is permitted as long as contact is not made with captive audiences, such as people in line for an event or inside the tent or other buildings. We reserve the right to move and position political campaign activities for crowd control purposes.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost property is taken to the information/merchandise booth located in the Crab Central Tent. After the festival, please call 360-452-6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your lost item was turned in.
Fantastic shirts, hats, hoodies, aprons, tie die and our famous “crab rocks” are available! Find all this and more at the Info Booth inside the Crab Central Tent and the Merchandise Booth at the entrance to the pier. All sales happen during the festival; we do not take online or phone orders during the year.
IS THERE INTERNET SERVICE AVAILABLE AT CRABFEST?
Yes! There is free WiFi at the festival site through Olypen.com, thanks to the City of Port Angeles. Select Olypen from your wireless menu.
WHERE IS THE SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET?
During Crab Festival the Farmers Market moves to the Vern Burton Community Center parking lot on Fourth and Peabody Streets, just a few blocks from the festival. The hours are 10am-2pm. The Port Angeles Farmers Market is your best source for locally grown food and local crafts on the Olympic Peninsula. We have a great representation of local farms featuring organically and sustainably grown vegetables and fruits. Many local artisans also make our Market their home, featuring beautiful handmade art and crafts.
WINE AND BEER
Can you drink alcohol at CrabFest?
Wine and beer are served in one designated area: The Crab Central Tent (which includes the crab feed, 8 food booths and the music stage). Alcohol must be purchased onsite. Bottles of our terrific local wines (from 8 wineries) can be purchased to consume in the designated area or to take home unopened.
CAN I TAKE MY FRESH COOKED CRAB BACK TO CANADA?
Yes! You can take cooked crab and other seafood into Canada.
Can I volunteer for CrabFest? Yes, we need your help! There are positions available throughout the weekend, so register online in advance or come to either of the information booths during the festival. All volunteers will receive a Volunteer T-shirt. Volunteers who work two or more shifts during the weekend will receive a free ½ crab dinner.
FUN FOR KIDS
Check out the Grab-a-Crab Tank Derby (cost is $5). Also, the Feiro Marine Life Center, located on City Pier (small admission charge), allows visitors to explore our marine environment with hands-on exhibits and activities. For more marine education and fun for families, visit the Olympic Discovery Center, next door at The Landing Mall, second floor.
Who designed the CrabFest artwork?
The Red Salish Crab was designed by local Native American Artist John Goodwin, also known as Nytom. The copper ‘Welcome Crab” was created by Clark Mundy, and the Crab Festival logo is by Cory Ench http://www.enchgallery.com. Artists Sarah Tucker and Jennifer Bright created the sea debris sculptures.
CrabFest is normally scheduled for the beginning of October, the weekend prior to Canadian Thanksgiving.
October 6 – 8, 2017
October 5 – 7, 2018
October 11 – 13, 2019
October 9 – 11, 2020