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Lantern Paddle for Species

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

lantern paddle

Get out those LEDs – and if you have one, a kayak or paddleboard. On Friday June 4, Tacomans will light up the Thea Foss Waterway with the first-ever Lantern Paddle for Species, a part of Tacoma Ocean Fest 2021.

With shoreside entertainment from 7-9pm, light art and paddle launch at 9pm, the event isn’t just a cool excuse to rig up lights on your paddlecraft or wave them on land.

You’ll also be helping create a magical twilight moment, celebrating all threatened marine species – like our own orcas and salmon – and reminding our world what we need to do to protect them from pollution, climate change and extinction.


7-9pm: PLU Steel Pan Ensemble & aerialist Deanna Riley

9-10pm: Projection light art

Both outside the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma. The museum will be open. Watch the start of the 70-48 paddle race go out of the waterway from the Museum of Glass at 7pm.

9pm Paddle launch anywhere along Foss Waterway. Wear/bring lights and/or watch on land.

Please mask up and social-distance. Wear a lifejacket and know your water limits. Human paddlecraft only, please. Beginners: Stay inside the enclosed water area outside the Foss Waterway Seaport.



June 4
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
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