Cultural & Environmental Happenings

Held throughout 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 in the Children’s Program.

Welcoming Ceremony and Blessing

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
The Opening Ceremonies and Blessing will with be with renown chef Graham Kerr, the Jamestown S’Kallam tribe and the Lower Elwha Klallam Dance Group. A member of the tribes will also present a blessing.

Chef Demonstrations

The Olympic Peninsula is rich with culinary treasure, and this year the culinary demonstrations move to the  Gateway Center, with kitchen provided by Olympic Restaurant Equipment.
Demonstrations will be held every hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more details

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

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.

Music & Art Programs

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.

Marine Science & Education Programs

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary’s Discovery Center

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.

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 10am and 5pm and get close up 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 and 4 Saturday and Sunday to participate in family friendly crabby crafts. The suggested donation is $5 per family or $2 per individual.

On Saturday evening during CrabFest and beginning at 6pm, we invite you to share in the tasting of a new beer created just for the Feiro Marine Life Center. To celebrate our love of crabs, BarHop Brewery is concocting a specialty beer for the occasion. BarHop is located two blocks west of the marine life center on Railroad Avenue. So come on down and raise a glass with Feiro at Barhop, and enjoy good music, fun games, a chance to win exciting raffle prizes and try BarHop’s  latest beer!

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.

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, 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.

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.