Held throughout the festival grounds
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Enjoy demonstrations by celebrity chefs at the Gateway Pavilion. Step into the Feiro 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 in the Children’s Program..
Cooking demonstrations at the Gateway Center, with kitchen facilities provided by Olympic Restaurant Equipment, will highlight the rich culinary treasures of the Olympic Peninsula.
Demonstrations will be held every hour from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday. For more details
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Immerse yourself in the cultural history of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Tribe will be showcasing many of the projects it has in the works, present singing and dancing performances on both Saturday and Sunday, 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.
Welcoming Ceremony and Blessing
The Opening Ceremonies and Blessing will feature Master Chef Graham Kerr, the Jamestown S’Kallam Tribe and the Lower Elwha Klallam Dance Group at 11:00-11:30am Saturday. A blessing will also be pronounced by a Tribal member.
Music & Art
The Elwha Dance Group will perform at the main entertainment stage at the Crab Central Pavilion. 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.
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 10:00am to 5:00pm on 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.
Take the family to the Feiro Marine Life Center. Free Admission!
Feiro Marine Life Center will be open for extended hours during the CrabFest weekend to share our appreciation for the local crabby crustacean. Visit us anytime between 10:00am and 5:00pm and get up close and personal with our selection of crabs – hermit, decorator, kelp, purple, red rock, shield, pigmy, porcelain, hairy, Dungeness and many more. Of course, we have an aquarium full of other sea life for you to visit as well, but this is the weekend to highlight our crabs. Additionally, join us in the Feiro classroom between 1:00pm and 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday to participate in family friendly crabby crafts. The suggested donation is $4 per family or $2 per individual.
Feiro Marine Life Center is a nonprofit organization engaging visitors in “seeing beneath the surface and becoming stewards of this shared marine environment”. To learn more about the programs and projects, please visit http://www.feiromarinelifecenter.org or find them on Facebook.
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. Overfishing 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.
Join some of the local stewards to learn how to enjoy, appreciate, and protect the Pacific Northwest. Organizations such as the Feiro Marine Life Center and the Olympic Environmental Council will have hands-on activities, or visit with the experts and find out how you can help.