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Originally published Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

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Head to the waterfront for a day of fun at the Seattle Maritime Festival

Tugboat races highlight the Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day, Saturday, May 11, at Pier 66 and Bell Harbor Marina.

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Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day

Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Maritime Education Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Survival Suit Races, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Cost: Free.

Location: Pier 66/Maritime Event Center and surrounding area, Seattle.

More information: 206-787-3163 or

Pike Place Market Flower Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pike Place Market, Seattle ( ).

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Celebrate Seattle’s maritime industry and heritage at the Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day Saturday at Pier 66 and Bell Harbor Marina.

The world’s largest tugboat race highlights events on the water, which starts with a fireboat display at noon, followed by a tugboat ballet, workboat parade and racing by more than 30 tugboats at 1:14 p.m. and 2 p.m. from Pier 86 to the finish line at Pier 66.

See the working waterfront from the water on free harbor tours at 11 a.m., 12:45, 2:30 and 4:15 p.m.; space is limited and tickets are available starting at 10:15 a.m. at the festival information booth on Pier 66.

Spectator events include the World Invitational Survival Suit Races — teams of four competing to see who can put on survival suits, jump into Elliott Bay, swim to a life raft and climb aboard in the shortest time.

Industry teams will face off in a boatbuilding competition. Boatbuilding will start at 9 a.m. The teams will race their creations off Pier 66 starting at 4 p.m.

Seattle is known for great chowder and the competition’s on to get your vote at the festival’s Seattle Waterfront Neighborhood Chowder Cook-Off. Chowder-tasting passports are $5, available at tasting stations at Anthony’s Pier 66, Elliott’s Oyster House, The Crab Pot, Ivar’s and several other waterfront restaurants.

Other festival events include tours of docked working boats and a Kids Activity Center with wooden boat building and bouncy houses.

The Maritime Event Center hosts a free Youth and Family Maritime Education Fair with exhibits and information on local marine-educational activities, boating experiences and the importance of the maritime industry to our local economy.

While you’re in the neighborhood, another nearby historic landmark is also hosting a festival this weekend: the Pike Place Market Mother’s Day Weekend Flower Festival. Choose from an abundance of fresh flowers from three dozen local farms set up along Pike Place’s cobblestone street Saturday and Sunday, with gardening tips from expert Ciscoe Morris on Sunday.

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