Cultural & Environmental Happenings

Many exciting cultural and environmental activities are held throughout the festival grounds.

Enjoy demonstrations by celebrity chefs at the Gateway Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday. Step into the Feiro Marine Life Center for a hands-on experience. Visit with organizations such as the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary and Olympic National Park in their booths on City Pier. Marvel at the Marine Art Debris exhibits in the main Crab Central Tent and near Hollywood Beach.

Welcoming Ceremony and Blessing

Saturday, 10:00am – Gateway Pavilion
The Lower Elwha Drum Group will perform as part of the Welcoming Ceremony, and a member of the Tribe will offer a blessing on the Festival. The Welcoming Ceremony is sponsored by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

Cooking Demonstrations

The Olympic Peninsula is rich with culinary treasure at the Gateway Pavilion, with the kitchen stage provided by Olympic Restaurant Equipment. Demonstrations will be held every hour from 12:00noon to 5:00pm on Saturday and 12:00noon to 4:00pm on Sunday. For more details

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Elaine GrinnelImmerse yourself in the cultural history of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Members of the Tribe will be performing at the Welcoming Ceremony at 10:00am in the Gateway Pavilion. Sponsored by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

Marine Science & Education Programs

Olympic Discovery Center

Discovery CenterTake 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. The Olympic Coast Discovery Center is a great place to begin your learning adventures on the Olympic Coast. It has information for the whole family about marine conservation, the animals and habitats of the Olympic Coast, and the part you play in protecting our marine environment.

Trained Discovery Center staff and dedicated volunteers will provide detailed information on where to hike, where to see whales, the best views or secluded beaches. You’ll get road distances and driving times, and tips for getting the most out of your visit. You will also learn about the history of exploration of the Olympic Coast and the many tools that researchers use to understand the underwater landscapes, living communities and ocean processes that make Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary the ecological treasure it is.

See the deep sea video displayed in the Deep Worker Theater, featuring a mock-up interior of the DeepWorker submersible and wrap-around projection screen. The center is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.


Get a close-up, real-time view of the ocean and tidepools!

The Feiro Marine Life Center showcases sea stars, crabs, scallops, anemones, fish and a giant Pacific octopus, all collected within 20 miles of Port Angeles from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Get a hands-on view at the microscope station and check out some of the area’s natural history through displays of whale bones and shells, sculptures and murals, and three touch tanks.

The Marine Life Center is a fun, safe and easy way for people of all ages and physical abilities to experience the marine waters of the North Olympic Peninsula.

The admission fee is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for youth ages 3-17. Children under 3 are free. Hours are 10am-5pm daily through October 8, 2017.

Environmental Programs

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, 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.

Learn about the removal of the Elwha dam in 2012 and the Glines Canyon dam in 2014, as part of the Elwha River Ecosystem Restoration Project, the largest dam removal project in history.

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, Olympic National Park, Sierra Club, and NOAA/Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary will have hands-on activities, or visit with the experts and find out how you can help.