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Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival
October 14 - October 15
Madisonville celebrates 33 years on the banks of the beautiful Tchefuncte River this fall as the Wooden Boat Festival returns, October 14-15, 2023. Presented by Maritime Museum Louisiana, this fun family festival attracts over one hundred classic boats, hundreds of spectator boats and wooden boat and music enthusiasts for this two-day celebration, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A pre-festival gala at the Museum, “Maritime Mania”, is held on the Friday evening before the festival.
The festival offers tons of fun for kids of all ages, including arts and crafts booths lined along Water Street, the Quick ‘n Dirty Boat Building Contest and Parade on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and the “Anchors Away” Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals and teams are invited to test their skills in creating and piloting their own seagoing vessels in these contests for bragging rights and an array of prizes. Participation is free and open to all teams and individuals age 12 and over. Boat-building activities will take place in the parking area across the street from the museum. The Regatta launches at 3:00 PM from the small dock on the south side of Water Street.
Tickets are $10 per day for adults, $5 for seniors 65+, $5 for children 5-12 years of age and free for children 5 and under and Active Duty Military (with ID).