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What’s Happening in Port Townsend

January 2nd, 2020 by bluegullinn

What’s Happening in Port Townsend

The new year is here and Port Townsend is the perfect place to kick it off right! Always a great place to visit, Port Townsend has outdone itself with great events all January long. There is art, wellness, outdoor activities and strange beverages!

Fort Worden








Photo courtesy of Fort Worden
Start the month off with First Day Hikes at Fort Worden. There will be four separate hikes sponsored by the Washington State Parks on January 1. The hikes will each start at 1 p.m. near the guardhouse at the Park’s main entrance. You can choose between three guided hikes or a self-guided hike. The guided hikes will either cover Fort Worden history, habitat in urban areas, or the best viewpoints at Fort Worden. Better yet, free drinks and snacks will be provided at the start of the hike by Friends of Fort Worden and the State Parks!

Art Walk








Art galleries play a huge role in Port Townsend’s culture. Check out some great local artist at the Port Townsend Art Walk on January 4. Not only will you see great artwork, but you can also explore all that the historic downtown area has to offer.


Madrona Mind & Body










Photo courtesy of Madrona MindBody Institute.
If you’re looking for a healthy response to the Holiday season’s excess, consider the Madrona MindBody Institute’s New Year Yoga Retreat. Running from January 2-5, the retreat includes yoga, meditation, mindfulness, ceremony and creativity. The retreat is available for all levels of yoga experience.

Strange Brewfest








January’s main event is the 16th Annual Strange Brewfest. 2020’s theme is inspired by the cult classic film, Strange Brew, so come as your favorite character, or dress in hockey, flannel or ski parkas. The event has 40 breweries, 80 brews on tap and as always, features a fantastic lineup of bands. Tickets are $40 per person and include a souvenir tasting glass designed with the Strange Brew theme.


Don’t miss these upcoming events in Port Townsend:


Valentines Red Wine and Chocolate






February 9-10 & 16-18
Red Wine and Chocolate Tour


Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby








March 13-15
Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby


Victoria Heritage Festival








March 20-22
Victorian Heritage Festival

Woman on bicycle: Local author Sarah A. Chrisman

Visit us this New Year and enjoy everything Port Townsend!

Art galleries play a huge role in Port Townsend’s culture. Check out some great local artist at the Port Townsend Art Walk on January 4. Not only will you see great artwork, but you can also explore all that the historic downtown area has to offer.

History of Fort Worden

December 14th, 2019 by bluegullinn

Any time of the year is great to visit Port Townsend, WA.
Make sure to visit Fort Worden State Park.

The History of Fort Worden

Point Wilson Lighthouse










Point Wilson Lighthouse was built – before Fort Worden itself – and continues to aid marine traffic today. Point Wilson marks the western entrance into the Puget Sound.

Alexanders Castle







Episcopal rector, Reverend John B. Alexander, builds Alexander’s Castle.
The Secretary of War was authorized by Congress to fortify three points – Fort Worden, Fort Casey, Fort Flagler – for the protection of Puget Sound. These forts are also known as the “Triangle of Fire”.
May 3rd: Steamer, Majestic, arrived from Seattle with 87 enlisted men of the 126th Company under the command of Captain Manus McClosky of Fort Canby, Washington.
May 14th: By general orders from Fort Canby, the Army post at Fort Worden was officially established by the United States Government.

Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden State Park








Summer: 23 buildings, including barracks, under construction — completed March, 1904, at a cost of $59,450.
A communications system was installed to connect forts Flagler, Casey and Worden by cable. A power house was also built to supply electricity to the fort at a cost of $60,000.
September: Headquarters of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound transferred from Fort Flagler to Fort Worden.
July 17th: Electric power brought to the post.

April 6th: World War I declared — Fort Worden expanded with construction of six new buildings: Two 66-Man Barracks, Mess Hall, Latrine, and Officers quarters


A balloon hangar was built at Fort Worden, symbolizing the shift in seacoast defense strategy. The balloon company’s stay was brief as it was soon discovered that wind conditions were not conducive to balloon flight.


June 30th: Fort Worden officially closed, ending a 51-year period of military activity.


Battery McKenzie








June 24th: Official opening and dedication program as Fort Worden Diagnostic and Treatment Center.
December 3rd: Navy jurisdiction of fortified areas ends — Army retains command of these areas.
October: Fort Worden selected as an emergency site in case of atomic war, for use as one of the command posts of the civil government.

Fort Worden








November 5th: State Parks acquires additional Fort Worden lands (209 acres) — for future development for camping and recreation areas.

Camping Fort Worden








August 10th: 50-unit campground opened with full hook-ups.
August 18th: Dedication of Fort Worden as a State Park.
Centrum founded as non-profit arts and education organization.

Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum opened by the 248th Coast Artillery Association.

Fort Worden








Marine Science Center opened by local interest group.

Commanding Officers’ Quarters Museum opened under the direction of The Heritage Group.
Fort Worden celebrates its centennial.
The Port Townsend Public Development Authority amends its charter and name to focus solely on Fort Worden. The Commission adopts the updated Fort Worden Public Development Authority’s (FWPDA) Business and Management Plan in October. The Commission directs State Parks staff to negotiate a master lease for the campus portion of the Park.
The Commission approves a master lease with the FWPDA for the 90-acre campus area of the Park pending the accomplishment of specific transition milestones.
The FWPDA accomplishes required transition milestones and takes over day-to-day operations of the 90-acre campus on May 1.


37th Great PT Bay Kinetic Race

October 4th, 2019 by bluegullinn

Kinetic Race in PT Bay






What’s Happening in Port Townsend
This weekend is all Kinetic Knautical with the 37th Great PT Bay Kinetic Race! One of the best events all year, so come check it out!
Theatre is back at Key City Players with “Sea Marks”: An Irish Love Story.
Find out about the S’Klallam Language at the First Friday Lecture Series.
First Friday StoryNight brings the Annual Guild Teller’s Night – Tales with a Twist.
Please check ferry alerts for the Port Townsend/Coupeville (Keystone) route before arriving at the terminal. Make your reservations now.
Ferry goes back to one-boat service beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15. Plan accordingly!
Music & Entertainment
Fri, Oct 4th
Monthly Bingo!
Fri, Oct 4th
Old Alcohol Plant: Swing Street Trio
Fri, Oct 4th
Finnriver: Ian Turner
Fri, Oct 4th
The Keg & I: Beasley
Fri, Oct 4th
Rainshadow Recording: Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys
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Sat, Oct 5th
Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market
Sat, Oct 5th
The Mead Werks Tasting Room Open
Sat, Oct 5th
The Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race
Sat, Oct 5th
PT Library: Harvest Storytime at Finnriver Farms
Sat, Oct 5th
Day of Wine and Rhodies
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Arts & Crafts
Fri, Oct 4th
Art in the Library Exhibit
Fri, Oct 4th
Jefferson Museum: Lockwood “Woody” Dennis Prints
Fri, Oct 4th
PT Gallery: Diane Holmes & Nancy Pascoe
Fri, Oct 4th
Pippa’s Real Tea: Group Art Show
Fri, Oct 4th
Port Ludlow Art League Shows
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Film & Movies
Fri, Oct 4th
Wheel-In Motor Movies
Sat, Oct 5th
Rose Theatre Movies
Sat, Oct 5th
Uptown Theatre Movies
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Dance & Movement
Fri, Oct 4th
Quimper Grange: Partner Dance
Sat, Oct 5th
Rosehips Kween Koronation Ball
Sat, Oct 5th
Hilltop Tavern: Honkytonk Dance
Sun, Oct 6th
Madrona MindBody Institute: Soulful Sunday – Community Dance Church
Mon, Oct 7th
Quimper Grange: Line Dance Class
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Outdoor Recreation
Fri, Oct 4th
4 Hour Whale Watching Tour
Sat, Oct 5th
Tour de Forts
Sat, Oct 12th
PTMSC: Fall Bird Migration Cruises
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Theatre & Drama
Fri, Oct 4th
First Friday StoryNight – Annual Guild Teller’s Night – Tales with a Twist
Fri, Oct 4th
KCPT: “Sea Marks”: An Irish Love Story
Sat, Oct 5th
Ludlow Village Players: Anything Goes
Sun, Oct 6th
KCPT: “Sea Marks”: An Irish Love Story
Thu, Oct 10th
KCPT: “Sea Marks”: An Irish Love Story
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Reading & Lectures
Fri, Oct 4th
JCHS First Friday Lecture Series: S’Klallam Language
Thu, Oct 10th
PT Library: Jefferson County Community Gardens Panel Discussion “A Season Wrap-up”
Thu, Oct 10th
Northwind Reading Series: John Brandi and Renee Gregorio
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Classes & Workshops
Fri, Oct 4th
Yoga at Madrona: Yoga Sculpt Friday
Fri, Oct 4th
Yoga at Madrona: Yoga for Backs Friday
Fri, Oct 4th
Yoga at Madrona: Yoga With Weights
Fri, Oct 4th
Port Townsend Conversation Cafe
Fri, Oct 4th
Prosper Bodyworks: Serene Yoga

Set Sail to Port Townsend in September for Fun, Food, Farms and Films!

September 5th, 2019 by bluegullinn

Wooden Boat Festival












Set Sail to Port Townsend in September for Fun, Food, Farms and Films!

Many of us think September is the best month of the year. The days are warm and nights turn crisp. Slanted sun rays cast magical light early in the morning and late into the afternoon with a wash of golden color wherever you look. Leaves are turning to shades of russet, saffron and amber, falling to the ground and giving a little crunch under your feet.
You might think we’d want to keep this a secret, but no! We welcome you to come and enjoy this glorious time of year with amazing festivals, events and activities to inspire, amuse, entertain and delight you.
Check out what’s happening this month!
Wooden Boat Festival photo by Mitchel Osborne Photography
America’s largest Wooden Boat Festival celebrates its 43rd year and opens Friday, September 6 at 9 am with tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, a fleet of wooden boats and everything in between. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food provide a weekend of fun for everyone. Running through Sunday, September 8, the festival is open until 6 pm Friday and Saturday nights, with music on the main stage until midnight both nights, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
Organized and presented by the Northwest Maritime Center, the festival features 300 wooden boats, 100 presenters from around the world sharing their adventures, talents, and expertise on four indoor and four outdoor stages, plus 50 exhibitors and live music all weekend on the main stage. Meet the authors of the latest cruising, adventure and technical books at the Authors Tent. Find quaint bars, delicious artisan food and unbelievable scenery at this festival on the Salish Sea.
There are boat rides for all ages. The Kids Cove offers kids’ boatbuilding, fish painting on t-shirts, Captain Pirate’s Treasure Hunt, Captain Cloud’s Latest Adventure—a play on the North Star Stage and on-the-water adventures.
Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP), row or sail a longboat, tour the harbor on the Martha J, sail on the historic schooners Adventuress, Zodiac or Martha. Row a historic replica of George Vancouver’s 1792 ship.
The weekend concludes with the awe-inspiring “Sail-By” at 3 pm on Sunday where hundreds of wooden vessels of all sizes and shapes pour out of the harbor and sail along the waterfront in full sail celebration. “If you are into wooden boats or just looking for a great party, Port Townsend is the place to be the second weekend of September,” said Northwest Maritime Center Executive Director Jake Beattie.
For the weekend’s full schedule of events, presentations, and activities during the festival, visit

Farm Tour










If you’re eager to experience a working farm and connect with local farmers, don’t miss the 17th Annual Jefferson County Farm Tour, September 21 and 22. With 19 Jefferson County farms participating in the tour you’ll meet many of the people that are part of the county’s thriving food, fiber, cider, and oyster processing and production. The list of farms also includes yaks, alpacas, Arabian horses, wine makers, a meadery, seed production and much more. Experience farm tours, live music, educational demonstrations and kid’s activities.
The tour is free and open to everyone with a suggested donation of $10 per car. For a full listing of events, call 360.379.5610 or go to

Port Townsend Film Festival










The 20th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival kicks off Thursday, September 19th and concludes on Sunday, September 22nd.
This is the perfect festival for introverts, who can sit in the dark all day and watch movies. And it’s perfect for extroverts who love a good party. The Port Townsend Film Festival has it all. In Port Townsend’s walkable National Historic Landmark District on the waterfront, 98 new independent films will be screened in eight theatres, for three days.
Appearing in person, with his film The Primary Instinct, is character actor, writer and podcaster, Stephen Tobolowsky, who has appeared in over 200 films and will be interviewed on stage for an hour after his screening.
Author Cheryl Strayed appears for a live interview after the screening of her formative film My Brilliant Career. More than 60 filmmakers also appear for Q&A after their films are screened.
The festival includes an outdoor movie under the stars, Friday – Sunday, filmmaker storytelling panels, special events, private parties, plus food and drink, including a Mediterranean Feast on Taylor Street, Friday at 4:30 pm.
See the entire program and buy your pass at

A Few Upcoming Events in October—Save the Dates!
October 3 – Port Townsend Main Street’s Girls’ Night Out,
October 5 – Port Townsend Art Walk, First Saturdays from 5:30-8 pm
October 5-6 – Port Townsend Kinetic Sculpture Race,
October 3-19 – Key City Public Theatre presents Sea Marks,
October 11-12, 18-19 & 24-26 & 31 – Kiwanis Haunt Town,
October 31 – Main Street Downtown Trick or Treat,
We can’t wait to welcome you to Port Townsend!

August in PT is in Full Swing with Music and Fun at Every Turn!

August 1st, 2019 by bluegullinn

Party down in Port Townsend in August with live music all around town, Shakespeare in the Park and summer fairs for the whole family. You won’t want to miss a minute!

The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival heats up the park with “Blues in the Clubs” as a moveable feast of great music for all ages in various venues at Fort Worden State Park. One nightly wristband gives you the freedom to move around to all the venues throughout the evening, gaining the full benefit of the club experience. Centrum’s Blues faculty will play sets in all sorts of interesting combinations on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 from 8 pm – midnight. For more information, go to

Key City Public Theatre is proud to present “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Shakespeare in the Park this month. Jealousy, glamour, ego and lies. In this contemporary version of Shakespeare’s merry comedy, Sir John Falstaff returns to Chetzemoka Park with plans to hustle his way to comfortable retirement by seducing two of Windsor’s prominent wives. But these wealthy and witty women hold all the power throughout an outrageously funny picnic outing. The ladies finally have their day in this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park, adapted and directed by Denise Winter.

Performances run Aug. 2 through 25, outdoors in beautiful Chetzemoka Park (Jackson and Blaine Streets), Fridays through Sundays at 6 pm. All performances are Pay-What-You-Wish at the gate, with advance tickets costing $29, available at the playhouse box office at 360.385.KCPT (5278) or online at

Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass and to dress warmly for when the sun goes down. Picnic fare is welcome. Concessions will also be sold.

The dock is still rockin’ for a few more weeks at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock in downtown Port Townsend. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, the concerts will be Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Local vendors and a beer, wine and cider garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Help us “Go Green” by renting a reusable cup during the concert and returning it at the end of the show. So far this has dramatically reduced the amount plastic used at each concert. Seating opens at 4:30 pm, show starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Bring a chair or a blanket and settle in for some great tunes. For the list of bands, go to

The Jefferson County Fair welcomes you to this year’s Jammin’ Jungle-themed fair, August 9, 10 and 11. Meet farm animals up close. Cheer on riders as they put their horses through their paces. See the largest fruits, vegetables and flowers grown in Jefferson County. Hear music from fantastic bands and get your dancin’ boots on. Take a turn at riding the bull. Indulge in an elephant ear or a corn dog. Or watch the demo derby or mud drag. It’s everything a country fair should be—don’t miss it!

Open 10 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday. For more details and ticket info, visit

The Olympic Music Festival (OMF) presents its 36th annual summer season in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden. World-class chamber music performances take place at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, August 10 through September 8. Programming also includes a free family concert on Sunday, August 25 from 10:30 am – noon at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Since the beginning of his tenure in 2014, OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde has electrified audiences by presenting world-class artists on the Olympic Peninsula in programs that center on the classical chamber music repertoire and, on occasion, venture into styles such as American folk music and jazz. To purchase tickets and for more detailed information about the performances, go to or call 360.385.9699.

Photo by Deja View Photography

On August 17, the beloved Annual Uptown Street Fair and Parade celebrates 29 years of fun in Uptown and includes great local music, the Port Townsend Arts & Crafts Fair, the Jefferson County Farmers Market, tasty food on the street, free art activities for families and much more.

Come hang out with the Uptown businesses and neighbors for the day at this colorful community event. The Arts and Crafts Fair and Farmers Market begin at 9 am; kids’ activities follow from 10 am – 3 pm, and music from 10 am – 4:45 pm. The parade and awards are at 2 pm. Come make a day of it in historic, pedestrian-friendly Uptown. Lawrence Street and Tyler Street are closed for the Street Fair, as well as the Farmers Market location on Polk Street. Bring your appetite—there will be delicious local food vendors at the event. Coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Program and sponsored by generous local businesses. For more information, go to

The Art Port Townsend 21st Annual Artist Studio Tour is a festival of the visual arts featuring an open studio tour of local artists. The tour is the final event of the annual Art Port Townsend Festival. Professional artists open their studios to provide demonstrations and display their work in many different mediums such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, fabric arts, glass and a variety of mixed media. This annual event is a “must see” for regional artists and art lovers. There is no charge for the self-guided tour, running August 17-18 from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information and a map of the studios, go to

A new thing. A fun thing. An arts thing. This summer will find a fresh alternative for music and arts enthusiasts in THING, a new multidisciplinary event August 24 and 25 at Fort Worden. Produced by Seattle Theatre Group (STG) and Adam Zacks—STG’s Chief Programming Office and founder of the Sasquatch! Festival—this two-day event features a unique offering of tightly curated programming including music, comedy, film, dance, food, podcasts, visual arts, and…a mentalist. Go to for tickets, schedule and program info.

Don’t miss the party in August. Visit us for an amazing getaway and enjoy all things Port Townsend!

A Few Upcoming Events in September—Save the Dates!

43rd Annual Wooden Boat Festival, September 6-8

Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, September 1, 7 & 8

Centrum’s Ukulele Festival, September 11-15

20th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival, September 20-22

What is happening in Port Townsend and East Jefferson County July 25, 2019

July 25th, 2019 by bluegullinn

What’s Happening in Port Townsend & East Jefferson County!  July 25, 2019

July 25th, 2019 by bluegullinn



What’s Happening in Port Townsend & East Jefferson County!  July 25, 2019


Mind-Reading & Collaboration with Phina and Joey Pipia at PT Library.

This week’s Main Street’s Concerts on the Dock: The Micaela Kingslight Band.

The monthly Candlelight Concert brings the Summertime Singers.

Out at Fort Worden State Park are the Jazz Port Townsend Mainstage Concerts.

On Friday and Saturday hear The Pipia Sisters: An Evening of Music.

Saturday support the Edensaw Cancer Benefit with Soul Siren.

Sunday afternoon is the Port Townsend Summer Band at Pope Marine Park.


Please check ferry alerts for the Port Townsend/Coupeville (Keystone) route before arriving at the terminal. Make your reservation now.


Finnriver Live Music on the Land

Join us at the Finnriver Cider Garden in Chimacum for local food, craft cider, live music & more.
Open Daily. All ages welcome.

Friday – Music on the Porch with Salish Strings
Saturday – Bread and Gravy
Sunday – Norman Baker

Thanks for helping us celebrate the ‘culture’ in agriculture! Learn more here!


Music & Entertainment

Thursday July 25

Concerts on the Dock: The Micaela Kingslight Band

Centrum: Jazz Port Townsend – Jazz at Fort Worden (Thur-Sat)

Discovery Bay Brewing: Taproom Trivia

Candlelight Concert: Summertime Singers

Disco Bay Detour: Open Mic Jam Session

Keg & I: These Guitars Say Sorry

Cellar Door: Red Shift

Sirens Pub: Karaoke featuring Louie’s World

Uptown Pub: Music Trivia!

Friday July 26

Centrum: Jazz Port Townsend Mainstage Concerts (Fri-Sat)

Free Fridays at the Fort

PT Vineyards: Wine Down Fridays

Pourhouse: Deseo Carmin

Finnriver: Music on the Porch with Salish Strings

Old Alcohol Plant: Lost in the Shuffle

PT Brewing: Smooth Operators

Keg & I: Jack and Joe

The Pipia Sisters: Two Evenings of Music (Fri-Sat)

Cellar Door: The Hasslers + Reach For The Sky

Disco Bay Detour: Raygun Carver

Sirens Pub: Merit Parcel

Saturday July 27

Edensaw Cancer Benefit with Soul Siren

PT Vineyards: Summer on the Plaza

Discovery Bay Brewing: Happenstance

Pourhouse: Toolshed Trio – The Wedding Band

Finnriver: Bread and Gravy

The Palindrome: Abakis, Strong Sun Moon, Eleanor Murray

Old Alcohol Plant: The Hounds of Townsend

Cellar Door: Hot Damn Scandal

Sirens Pub: Not-Verbatim

Uptown Pub: Jack and Joe

Sunday July 28

Finnriver: Norman Baker

PT Brewing: Allyn Guthrie

Port Townsend Summer Band: Pope Marine Park

Keg & I: Forest Buetel & Liisa Gilberson

Folk/Labor Singer George Mann in Concert

Sirens Pub: Kalan

Rainshadow Recording: Richard Smith

Cellar Door: The Best Intentions

Theatre & Performing Arts

Thursday July 25

PT Library: Mind-Reading & Collaboration with Phina and Joey Pipia

Community Events

Saturday July 27

Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market

Sunday July 28

Chimacum Farmers Market

Readings & Lectures

Thursday July 25

The Practice of Personal Storytelling: A Panel Discussion

The Castle: Silent Reading

Arts & Crafts


Art Events

Classes & Workshops

This week

Next week

Recreation & Sports


Port Townsend-San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour

4 Hour Whale Watching Tour (2x/day)

Saturday July 27

PTMSC: Summer Puffin Cruises

Film & Movies


Daily Shows

Friday July 26

PT Library: Family Movie Night


Puget Sound Express 4-hour Whale Watching Tour

Want an amazing whale watching experience, but don’t have all day to spend on the water? Our 4 Hour Port Townsend Whale Watching Tour is the perfect trip for visitors and travelers with a busy schedule. Visit the Olympic National Park. See Victorian Port Townsend. Explore Sequim’s lavender fields – AND see whales!

Visit Puget Sound Express today!


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What’s Happening in Port Townsend

July 11th, 2019 by bluegullinn

What’s Happening in Port Townsend

July 4th, 2019 by bluegullinn

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

July 1st, 2019 by bluegullinn

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

  Posted on July 1, 2019 by 

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

Get set for fun on the 4th and some of the hottest music in the Pacific NW.

Summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Bring your family, your best friend, your sweetheart or come solo, but whatever you do, be sure to check out all the fun. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer!

Get set for fun on the 4th and some of the hottest music in the Pacific NW.

Summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Bring your family, your best friend, your sweetheart or come solo, but whatever you do, be sure to check out all the fun. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer!


Celebrate America’s birthday at Fort Worden and get ready for the biggest and best party of the year at the “Old School” 4th of July. Don’t miss an epic lineup of live entertainment, food vendors, field games, free root beer floats, a tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, and a community portrait, all culminating in a glorious laser light show at 10:20 pm. The festivities begin at 4 pm on the parade grounds at Fort Worden. Headline sponsors for the event are Thunderbull Productions, the City of Port Townsend, the Friends of Fort Worden and Seattle Theater Group, along with many local businesses.

An ”Old School” 4th overlaps with Centrum’s Festival of Fiddle Tunes, a week-long immersion workshop presenting fiddle styles from specific regions of the world. Two performances will honor this American holiday: Fiddles on the Fourth is at 1:30 pm in the McCurdy Pavilion and at 7:30 pm, enjoy Fireworks and Fiddles featuring artists from Iowa, Georgia, Western Canada, New England and Louisiana Cajuns, also at the McCurdy Pavilion. For tickets, go to

photo by David Conklin

Rock the dock this summer at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock, in downtown Port Townsend on the waterfront across from City Hall. The series, sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, runs every Thursday, July 11 through August 29, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Come to dance, see friends, enjoy a drink and have a bite. Local vendors and a beer/wine/cider garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Seating opens at 4:30 pm, show starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Bring chairs or blankets and settle in for some great tunes. For more into and details about the bands that are playing, go to

Centrum offers the Free Fridays at the Fort concert series July 5 through August 4, showcasing fiddle tunes, jazz and blues on the lawn of the Commons at Fort Worden and is free to the public. Performances begin at noon and go until 1 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic lunch or grab something to go at Reveille in the Commons. In the rare event of inclement weather, alternative plans will be posted on

The wildly popular Olympic Music Festival presents its 36th annual summer concert series, offering 12 world-class performances of chamber music and other styles over six weekends, July 13 and 14, and August 10 through September 8. Concerts are presented in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden.

Opening weekend celebrates the festival season with Art of the Violin I. Superstar Sarah Change joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for an exclusive recital to kick off the summer season. Together, the duo explores treasures of the violin and piano repertoire including Beethoven’s powerful “Moonlight” and “Appassionata sonatas,” Bazzini’s demonic Round of the Goblins; and Ravel’s dazzling gypsy fantasy, Tzigane. Buy tickets early as space if limited and expected to sell out:

Jazz Port Townsend is the perfect opportunity to experience excellent musicians, soak up a weekend of jazz in a seaside paradise and participate in a wide array of mainstage and nightclub performances, July 25-27. Artistic Director John Clayton inspires a true sense of family during this special week of events that showcases internationally-known performers in new and unexpected pairings. Jazz Port Townsend has emerged as one of the leading jazz festivals in the nation.

Festival mainstage performances take place in Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion. Jazz Port Townsend also features the popular Jazz in the Clubs series, in venues throughout Fort Worden. Come alive with the sounds of jazz. Jazz in the Clubs: Thursday, July 25, 8-11 pm, Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, 10 pm – 12:30 am. Mainstage Concerts: Friday, July 26, 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 27, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. For more information, go to

A few upcoming events later this summer—Save the Dates!

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 28-August 4.

Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, August 10-September 8,

Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the ParkThe Merry Wives of Windsor, August 1-25,

Jefferson County Fair, August 9-11,

Uptown Street Fair, August 17,

Concerts on the Dock, every Thursday in August,

Wooden Boat Festival, September 6-8,

Pack up your dancin’ shoes, favorite shorts, best hat, music-loving friends and family, and head to Port Townsend for some epic fun and sizzling hot summer events this month. We can’t wait to see you!

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

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