The Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival celebrates 30 years on the banks of the beautiful Tchefuncte River on October 12-13, 2019. Presented by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, this premier family event attracts over one hundred classic boats, hundreds of spectator boats, and wooden boat and music enthusiasts for this two-day celebration.
The festival, open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 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 new this year, the inaugural "Anchors Away" Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Individuals and teams are invited to test their skills in creating and piloting their own seagoing vessel made of cardboard! A wide array of prizes will be presented. 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.
Kids' activities about in the Children's Village, now located in front of the Maritime Museum. There's lots to do, with bounce houses, toss games, an obstacle course by Madisonville Fire Dept., fishing game, and lots of other fun children's activities.
Science fun abounds this year, as the Children’s Village will host STEAM based activity tables on both days of the festival. Northshore Technical Community College will bring its "Starlab" and S.O.A.R.R. brings two flight simulators. Also, on Saturday, kids of all ages will enjoy the competitive robotics demonstration, and the Maritme Museum will host an activities and science table.
With a dual focus on science and outdoors, the festival welcomes The Woodlands Conservancy, a non-profit land trust organization, which will be providing children with the opportunity to plant native seeds in peat containers that they can take home to plant in their yard. They will be attending the festival on Saturday only, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
On Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Audubon Nature Institute brings its "Wetlands Express" program to the festival. The program encourages kids to explore the natural world through live animals and artifacts. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will also give a presentation.
Additionally, the National WWII Museum will be offering tours of a PT305 boat. There is a separate admission of $5 to enter the boat, which goes toward maintenance of the vessel.
Be sure to pick up a map card listing all activities, get eveything stamped and you can pick a prize from the Treasure Chest!
Tickets are $10 per day for adults, $5 for seniors 65+, and free for children 12 and under and Active Duty Military (with ID). Same day unlimited re-entry. Your admission ticket gives you access to the Maritime Museum. The area in front of the museum will be like a pedestrian mall (no traffic).
The music and entertainment lineup will be announced as the event nears.
In addition to the weekend festival, supporters will enjoy the Maritime Mania Kick-Off Party on Friday, October 11, beginning at 7:30 pm. The gala party ticket includes one free ticket for the festival. Visit the website for information on Gala tickets and sponsorships.
Come out and celebrate the unique maritime history and culture of Louisiana!
Take interstate I-12 to exit 59, Louisiana Highway 21. Follow Highway 21 south to Madisonville.
Since parking by festival grounds is very limited, parking at one of the off-site parking lots is recommended. Park for free at Sam's Club (69630 Stirling Blvd., Covington) and ride the convenient fest shuttle to Madisonville, right to festival grounds. On-site handicapped parking is limited.