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Lantern Paddle for Species

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

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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 are 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.

NOTE: Paddling is done entirely at your own risk! We take no responsibility for your safety on the water. If in doubt, stay on land.



On the west side, there are parking and launch spots at Thea’s Park (535 Dock St), the Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock St, park in Republic lot), and Dock St Marina (1817 Dock St, park on street or under Museum of Glass).
On the east side, try Waterway Park (1930 E D St).
For Covid-19 safety, we are encouraging people to spread out. However, we encourage paddlers to converge roughly in the area between the Foss Waterway Seaport and the 11th St bridge, for maximum visual effect.
This is a community light event – we don’t supply lights or lanterns. Instead, we invite you to be creative and bring your own! LEDs, holiday lights, glow lights, luminaria, even just a flashlight or two: Get creative but remember – single-use plastic harms the ocean.
We also don’t supply/rent paddlecraft. Foss Harbor Marina may be renting out.


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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