South Sound Boating Opening Day at Des Moines Yacht Club is Saturday!


The South Sound Opening Day for boating will be held at the Des Moines Yacht Club this Saturday, May 11, and will feature family fun for the whole gang!

Yes, there will be boats and Coast Guard personnel with boating safety materials, and plenty of pomp with bagpipes and a flag ceremony.

There will also be free hot dogs, guided tours of the Yacht Club and grounds, classic cars, pigs roasting on the spit and our own award-winning Mt Rainier Jazz Band directed by bandleader Matt Montgomery playing music from the big band era.

The Des Moines Yacht Club’s gates will open at 11:00 am. Parking space is limited so please park and walk in through one of two gates (entrances located behind the Bank of America or at the south end of the Marina near Anthony’s Restaurant).

Everything is open to the public right through the evening’s dinner/dance. For reservations for the dinner/dance (tickets: $20/adult, $6/children under 12) please call the club at 206.878.7220.

Event Schedule:

  • 11:00 am Gates and displays are open (hot dogs served by the firepit until noon)
  • 11:50 am Jazz Band performance begins
  • 12:00 noon Opening Flag Ceremony
  • 12:45 pm Jazz Band continues
  • 4:00 Static displays close
  • 6:00- 10:30 pm Dinner Dance in the Club Ballroom, BYOB


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