Rentals

                                             TACOMA'S BEST KEPT SECRET!

Enjoy the extraordinary beauty of our historic Balfour Dock building with its dramatic window wall and intricate bridge truss-style ceilings soaring 55 feet above the exhibit hall floor with direct access to our beautiful esplanade. 

  • Customizable spaces ideal for weddings, receptions, reunions, proms, company events, fund raisers, concerts & more ...
  • 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
  • Enthusiastic staff assistance to help plan and staff your event


Choose the Seaport for your next event!

Main Exhibit Hall:  This grand room houses the majority of our historic maritime artifacts and exhibits, adding interesting, unique facets for guests to enjoy during events held in this adjustable space. Our new window wall offers natural lighting and views of the active waterfront area. Ideal for events up to 400 seated and 800 reception style.  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. The Function Hall is unavailable for events until late 2014 due to the exterior wall construction beginning in January, 2014.

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! (Moorage Rates)

Deposit: A refundable cleaning deposit of $500 is required for all events. Additional fees may apply.

Food/alcohol service: All food service must be handled by a licensed food services caterer. The Seaport requires contact with chosen catering service prior to the event. For events where alcohol is sold, the renter must provide an appropriate Washington State Liquor Control Board liquor license and trained servers for the event.

Booking: To reserve space at Foss Waterway Seaport for your next event or meeting, please contact Earla Harding (253.272.2750 ext. 106) or earla [dot] harding [at] fosswaterwayseaport [dot] org.