wooden boat festival logoWooden Boat Festival

October 8 & 9, 2016

Every year Madisonville and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum pay tribute to the hand crafted wooden boats of the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of boats will line the banks of the Tchefuncte River as 30,000 wooden boat enthusiasts come to celebrate the wonders of wood and water. This festival includes great entertainment from great bands like  The Top Cats and Contraflow, Arts and Crafts, Festival Gifts shop, Children’s Village and lots more.

The Wooden Boat Festival features:
Wooden and Classic boats for tour and display
A Classic Car and Motorcycle Show
A “Quick and Dirty” boat building contest where teams blitz-build wooden boats, parade them through the festival and launch them into the Tchefuncte River. Do they sink . . . or swim? Watch and see!
A Children’s Village full of activities, educational booths, crafts and more for the kiddos of all ages!
A Beer Garden – great for checking in on those college games throughout the weekend! Flat screens, seating, and did we mention, beer?
Arts, Louisiana crafts, food, sun and fun for everyone!


All proceeds benefit the educational programs and exhibits of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and the ongoing preservation of the historic Tchefuncte River Light Station.

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