Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

Madisonville celebrates 33 years on the banks of the beautiful Tchefuncte River this fall as the Wooden Boat Festival returns, October 19-20, 2024. 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 7 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. Individuals and teams are invited to test their skills in creating and piloting their own seagoing vessels in a contest for bragging rights and an array of prizes. Participation is free and open to all teams and individuals age 12 and over.

The festival features arts and crafts booths lined along Water Street, live entertainment at the Water Street riverfront stage, and the Children's Village at Madisonville Ball Park, 1007 Pine St., which will host ROV demonstrations by Northshore Robotics, painting, a pumpkin patch and more.

Festival supporters will enjoy the "Maritime Mania" Kick-Off Party on Friday evening before the festival, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Visit the website for information on tickets and sponsorships.

Live entertainment will take place at the Water Street riverfront stage. Museum admission is free all day. A complete schedule of events with times and locations, the music lineup, and tickets to Maritime Mania available at


Tickets are $10 per day for ages 12+, free for kids 11 and under. Same-day unlimited re-entry. Your admission ticket also gives you free access to the Maritime Museum. The area in front of the museum will be pedestrian only and closed to vehicle traffic.

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, so park-and-ride off-site is recommended. FREE off-site parking and shuttle service directly to festival grounds will be available from the Sam’s Club Parking lot (69630 Stirling Blvd., Covington). Handicapped and RV parking available at the Maritime Museum, but limited; early arrival is recommended.

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Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival
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  • Mulberry & Water Streets along Tchefuncte River, Madisonville
  • $10 for age 12+, free for age 11 and under
  • Recurring daily