Boats Afloat Show brining sailboat, powerboats and shoreside activities to South Lake Union Sept. 15-18.

The Boats Afloat Show returns to  Seattle’s South Lake Union on September 15-18, to spotlight a world-class fleet of power and sailing yachts, quality shoreside exhibitors and a full line-up of activities. It is the largest floating boat show in the Pacific Northwest and is presented by the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association (NYBA).

The show is a “go-to” opportunity to view spectacular luxury craft from the U.S. and Canada and learn about the latest boating lifestyle and technology trends. Showgoers will have an opportunity to explore and discover a variety of dream boats as the region’s top brokers and dealers share information about the vessels on display.

Attractions include a collection of classic boats, the 90-foot Olympic Star serving up beverages and BBQ selections along with a taco bar and wok station, a live jazz stage and cooking demonstrations by Trinity Mack, Culinary Director for Waterways Cruises and Events and Lakeside at South Lake Union.

For “newbie” sailors, the Seattle Sailing Club will offer two, 3-hour “Intro to Sailing” courses aboard two J/80 sailboats each day of the show. The club will also provide free, 45-minute rides aboard J/80 and J/105 sailboats during show hours.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society adds to the on-the-water fun with free boat rides on scenic Lake Union Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Young boaters won’t be left out as the Center for Wooden Boats provides a workshop area where kids can build their own toy boats to take home.

Hours for the four-day event are Thursday and Friday (September 15-16), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday (September 17), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday (September 18), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Admission is $16 for adults 18 and over, $5 for teens ages 12-17, and free for children 11 and under. A multi-day All Access Pass is available for $30.

The Boats Afloat Show is located on scenic South Lake Union at 901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. For more information visit