Second Annual Harbor District Maritime Festival:
April 29, 2023 9am – 8pm
Marine Vendors & Dealers
Nautical Flea Market
Demonstrations, Food Trucks,
Live Music and More!
Washington’s annual event- the place where kids and adults alike experience the magic of getting on the water, the beauty of watercrafts, and the richness of our maritime culture. Learn from the experts, swap stories with fellow boat aficionados, and bring your family for a weekend they’ll never forget. Come on down to Washington and experience it all yourself: the boats, the craftsmanship, the community, the celebration.
Washington is located on the Pamlico and Tar Rivers in the inland coastal region of North Carolina at the intersection of US 17 and US 264, approximately 125 miles east of Raleigh.
Washington’s rich history adds to the character of the community. The settlement of Washington was laid out in 1775 on the northern bank of the Pamlico/Tar River by Colonel James Bonner and named in honor of General George Washington, his commander-in-chief, the first to have been named for General Washington (prior to his being named our nation’s first president). Therefore, Washington, NC, is “The Original Washington.”
Because of Washington’s strategic location at the junction of coastal and inland rivers, the town developed as a regional shipping center and was recognized as a port in 1784. Washington also was a federal supply outpost during the Revolutionary War. The rivers, although no longer vital to the shipping trade, supply a valuable recreational, ecological, and aesthetic resource.
Washington Historic Harbor District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest commercial and residential historic districts in North Carolina. See the many shops, restaurants, attractions, & lodging opportunities available.
9am – 2pm Marine Market
10am Kayak Race
12pm Boat Parade
4pm – 8pm Sails & Ales
Decorate your boat & meet on the East Side of the Trestle to line up for Parade at 11:45am