through out the festival grounds
Saturday & Sunday
10 am - 5 pm
Enjoy demonstrations by celebrity chefs at the Gateway Pavilion. Step into the Fiero Marine Life Center for a hands on experience. Visit with organizations such as the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary in the Environmental Education Area, or bring your family to take part inthe Children's Program..
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Demonstrations will be held every hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more details
Immerse yourself in the cultural history
of Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.
The tribe will be showcasing many of the projects it has in the works, hold singing and dancing performances both days of the festival and have artwork on display.
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe events will be located on Lincoln Street, in the area between the Gateway Transit Center and Kokopelli Grill.
Opening Ceremony - The Elwha Klallam Dance Group will be the special guests during the festival’s Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday. A member of the tribe will also
present a blessing.
Music & Art - The Elwha Dance Group will perform at the main entertainment stage at the Crab Central Pavilion On Saturday at 12:15pm. The tribe will display one of the three canoes that are used in the Tribal Canoe Journey — an annual event where tribes from Western Washington and
British Columbia use traditional waterways.
Projects - Folks will be on staff to discuss many of the projects the tribe is working on, including the Elwha River dam removal project, salmon
restoration, the new hatchery, the Valley Road project, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s Heritage Center — just to name a few!
The Elwha River dams — the 108-foot Elwha Dam and the 210-foot Glines Canyon dam — were constructed in the early 1900s without fish ladders, preventing salmon from migrating upsteam to spawn. Removal of the two dams, scheduled to begin in 2011, is the nation’s largest dam removal to date. It will restore the river to its natural freeflowing state, allowing salmon and other anadromous fish to once again reach habitat and spawning grounds. The Lower Elwha Klallam tribe has lived on the river for over 2,700 years. In fact, Port Angeles was once home to a huge village called Tse-whit-zen, which was unearted in 2003 and is one of the largest and oldest Native American villages found in the nation.
The tribe’s new Heritage Center is at 401 E. First St., Port Angeles. The 9,908-square-foot training facility will be open for tours at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Elwha River Casnio & Shuttle -
The Elwha River Casino, which is owned and operated by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, will host a Pendleton Prize Pack giveaway and sell crab-themed items in its booth. The casino opened in March and features more than 100 electronic slot machines, a full-service deli and a barista bar.
During Crab Fest, the casino will provide a free shuttle service between the festival grounds and the nearby casino.
Shuttles will leave from the festival every hour beginning at noon on Friday and Saturday. They will arrive at the casino 25 minutes later.
Shuttles will leave from the casino every half hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. and arrive at the festival 25 minutes later.
On Saturday, the last shuttle will leave the Elwha River Casino at 8:30 p.m. and arrive back at the festival at 8:55 p.m.
On Sunday, the last shuttle will leave the casino at 5:30 p.m. and arrive at the festival at 5:55 p.m.
Take a trip beneath the ocean without getting
wet at the Olympic Coast National Marine
Sanctuary’s Discovery Center, located adjacent
to the City Pier on the second floor of The
Landing Mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.
The center is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration (NOAA) and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. While there, you can view information about the coast, Washington’s maritime heritage, marine life and preservation.
Hop into the Deepworker Theater for a few minutes to see actual underwater videos produced and narrated by sanctuary researchers.
To get an up close view of marine life, stop by
the Feiro Marine Life Center, a nonprofit public
aquarium located on the City Pier, which will also
be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday both days.
The center is a partnership between Peninsula
College and the City of Port Angeles.
Visitors can spend hours observing the obvious— and not so obvious — marine life in the many tanks at the center. Come on in and have a look at the sea cucumbers, basket stars, rock fish, sponges, gunnels, sculpins, scallops, tubeworms and more. The center will also host special exhibits for the weekend and will provide children’s crafts in the center’s tent. Admission to both centers is free.
The North Olympic Peninsula is quite literally
an outdoor paradise, with the rugged Olympic
Mountains and forests to the south, and the
picturesque coastline along the Strait of Juan de
Fuca to the north.
Port Angeles Harbor, Dungeness Bay and numerous other sites up and down the coast are home to the world famous Dungeness Crab, as well as clams, oysters, several species of salmon and more. However, this paradise has its problems. Contamination periodically shuts down
shellfish harvesting in coastal waters. Over fishing and damage to spawning habitat have significantly reduced the once amazing salmon runs of the Olympic Peninsula. Come and learn about the many efforts that are underway locally to restore salmon runs, improve water quality, save endangered species, and improve our local crab and shellfish fisheries all in one spot.
These organizations will be gathered inside the Education Pavilion or other locations set up on City Pier:
• Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
• Olympic National Park
• Feiro Marine Life Center (set up outside center entrance)
• Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center (on the east side of the pier)
• Olympic Environmental Council
• Sierra Club
• Clallam County Shoreline Master Plan Program
Join some of the local stewards to learn how to enjoy, appreciate, and protect the Pacific Northwest. Organizations such as the Fiero Marine Life Center and the Olympic Environmental Council will be have hands on activities, or visit with the experts and find out how you can help.
This year, there will be several activities to
entertain the smaller members of your family.
Many of the events at the Crab Festival
focus around the native environment, animals
and sea life. This year organizers have program to educate the future
stewards of the Pacific Northwest: the kids.
The Children’s Program offer an area for the kids to
feel comfortable at the festival.
Stop by their booth to get information
on family crafts and find out more about
some of the environmental education geared
towards the kids.
Join us both days for the “Small Fry Series,” where kids can pull up a piece of carpet to hear stories from the storytellers, learn about the marine life around them, and find out what it takes to care for their surroundings.
Kids who get their card stamped when visiting the Environmental Education Booths will get a prize and are entered into a drawing.
Weather permitting, there will also be an interactive Chalk Art Project on Sunday.
For more fun, stop by the Feiro Marine Life Center on Saturday or Sunday, where children can decorate fish cut-outs as part of the Fish on the Fence fundraiser project for the marine center. Fish on the Fence will ultimately be a streaming display of the marine life decorated and mounted on the fence around The Landing mall, all while raising money for the center in the process. Children can decorate a small herring for just $5. Kids can also create a “fish printing” for free at the marine center. Using a rubber fish and paint, you can create an interesting print on paper. Or if you bring a T-shirt, you can print the fish on the shirt.
Other activities will also be available at the marine center’s classroom...