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Foss Waterway Seaport

Quality event and meeting space now available! Choose the Foss Waterway Seaport for your next event!

  • Collection of various sized spaces ideal for weddings, reunions, company events, receptions, and staff retreats
  • Panoramic views of the Thea Foss Waterway, Commencement Bay, Mt. Rainier, and the Tacoma city skyline
  • 420 feet of beautiful waterfront esplanade
  • Access to museum exhibits and maritime artifacts
  • 1,200 lineal feet of guest moorage with secured gangway access to dock

Classroom/Meeting Space: Picturesque views of the working waterfront can be seen from our modern meeting room. Historically decorated with maritime artifacts, this room can accommodate up to 50 persons and features wireless internet service, conference tables, chairs, and serving tables. This space is ideal for meetings, small group gatherings, educational workshops, and catered business luncheons.

Main Exhibit Hall: Enjoy the extraordinary beauty of our historic Balfour Dock building with its dramatic bridge truss style ceilings soaring 55 feet above the exhibit hall floor and direct access to our beautiful esplanade. This grand room houses the majority of our maritime historical artifacts and exhibits, adding interesting, unique facets for guests to enjoy during events held in this adjustable space. Windows offer natural lighting and views of the active waterfront area. Four hour minimum rental required.

Esplanade: This restored and upgraded outdoor esplanade spans the length of the Balfour Dock Building and provides up to 420 feet of social gathering space. Views of Commencement Bay, the Working Waterway, Mount Rainier, docks and floats, and a fascinating variety of marine traffic make this a great location for outdoor celebrations. Enjoy convenient access to guest moorage and the connecting Thea Foss Park and beach. Sound and activity restrictions may apply to events in this area. 

Function Hall: This large, convention sized space with its beautifully crafted ceiling, rustic details, and extraordinary historic character provides the perfect location for large or small events. This unique waterfront event venue (Tacoma’s best–kept secret!) offers endless possibilities of configurations for weddings, concerts, conferences, dances, parties, trainings, receptions, fairs and festivals for up to 1,000 people. Four hour minimum rental required. 

Front Lobby: Our front lobby is available for rental when other meeting or hall space is also rented. This additional space can be used for activities such as coat check; welcome, greeting and sign in station; or food and beverage service tables for your event. 

Entire Facility: For very large gatherings and public events the entire Seaport facility can be rented. Staff assistance is required to customize the layout of spaces for your event.

Moorage: Access your event by boat: The Seaport offers 1,200 lineal feet of side–tie guest moorage at the best rates in town!