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Lantern Paddle for Species

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Get out those LEDs – and if you have one, a kayak or paddleboard. On Friday June 2, Tacomans will light up the Thea Foss Waterway with the annual Lantern Paddle for Species, a part of Tacoma Ocean Fest 2022.

With FREE shoreside/inside entertainment from 7-11pm, lantern-making workshop, FREE 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 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.

WHERE: Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma MAP IT
PARKING: Republic lot north of Seaport
LAUNCH: Launch your SUP or kayak from the Seaport’s ramp and dock, or float down from Thea’s Park just north.


6-11pm: Museum open with hands-on marine science and a sneak peek at this year’s Ocean Fest art. Food trucks and beer garden in front parking lot.

7-8pm: PLU Steel Pan Ensemble, plus start of Seventy-48 paddle race (watch them go by!) Make your own glowing ocean-themed DIY lantern inside the museum education area, led by artist Cheryl Rux.paper bag lanterns

8-9pm: Vuelta La Luna aerial circus

9-10pm: Paddle launch from FWS dock or Thea’s Park, and circle in front of Seaport. Wear/bring lights and/or watch on land. Native American flutist Paul Chiyokten Wagner, projection light art and roaming illuminated puppets.

8-9pm and 9:30-11pm: DJ spinning inside the museum


Please stay safe. Wear a lifejacket and know your water limits. Human paddlecraft only, please. Beginners: Stay inside the protected water area beside the dock.

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. If sick, stay home.



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 – after 8pm.)
Join our FREE lantern-making workshop with Bell Street Creative, inside the museum from 7-8:30pm. All materials supplied!
Or get 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.
Need to rent paddlecraft. Foss Harbor Marina rent out next door. Stay tuned for other opportunities.


June 2
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
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