Marina Fest 2018 will focus on Marina del Rey’s history and on-water activities

MARINA DEL REY — The 8th Annual Marina Fest is coming to Burton Chace Park with an array of boating and Marina del Rey-centered activities for all ages. More than 40 exhibitors will represent the city at the show, which will be held May 19-20.

A major highlight of this year’s Marina Fest is celebrating the local and historic aspects that make up Marina del Rey’s colorful coastal community.

“Marina Fest, now in its eighth year, is a community event featuring all aspects of activities available in Marina del Rey,” Russ Carrington, a producer of the show, told The Log. “This year it includes Discover Marina del Rey, a county-sponsored event, featuring local government agencies,”

Some of the highlights planned for this year’s event include the in-water boat show, where boating enthusiasts will have the chance to view a variety of yachts, sailboats and fishing boats.

Two historic tall ships, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, will be in the vicinity, giving around 10 groups of elementary school students the opportunity to climb aboard. Steve Curran, one of the show’s producers, said the tall ship exhibit is a personal highlight for him as his mother was a third-grade school teacher and that her family first arrived from Tacoma, Washington via boat.

Curran said, “Sometimes we forget about our past, but it’s important to remember where we come from.”

Free boating excursions will be provided by Carefree Boating Club, and electric bike and paddleboard demonstrations will also be on offer as well.

The Kid’s Zone will keep children busy with face painting, bounce houses and crafts.

Live music and a DJ will set the atmosphere.

The boat show is $10 with kids under 15 gaining entry for free. Some Kids’ Zone activities, such as the bounce houses, will have a $5 fee. All activities on site at Burton Chace Park are free, including the historic harbor tours and Tall Ships.

Burton Chace Park is located at Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

For more information about the event or to inquire about exhibiting or sponsoring Marina Fest, visit the website at marinafest.com.

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