Culture Dose: Boats Afloat

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Anchors Down at Lake Union.

From September 11 though 15, a water-centric extravaganza takes over South Lake Union. Here, attendees get to dream of perhaps one day owning their own vessel—whether a majestic sailboat, an itty-bitty kayak or a palatial yacht. Boats Afloat opens Wednesday at 11 a.m. and continues into the evening with tropical-theme festivities that take place from 4 to 8 p.m.; expect entertainment by Aloha Island Treasures (Hawaiian music and dance), pupus, wine tasting and, with any kind of luck, a pastel sunset fit for paradise.

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This year’s show features 200-plus boats on display as well as a wide range of boating equipment and accessories. Attractions and promos throughout the event range from giveaways of kids lifejackets Saturday and Sunday, free sailboat rides every day courtesy of Discover Sailing, boat-building activities for youngsters Saturday and Sunday and a free ride on the Great Wheel with e-ticket purchases (one ride per transaction).

Find ticket info here. Believe us; you won’t want to miss the boat on this one!

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