|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 3 and Saturday, August 4 from 8 pm – midnight. For more information, go to www.centrum.org.
Rock out at the Trail Blaze Ball on Saturday, August 4 at Memorial Field in downtown Port Townsend. The fun starts at 4 pm with live local bands playing and from 7 – 10 pm, the rockin’, rollickin’ sounds of FreddyPink will have you dancing the night away. Food trucks with a local beer, cider and wine garden will be available along with trail outfitters and vendor booths. The evening is open to all ages with a suggested donation of $20 at the gate in support of the Olympic Peninsula’s magnificent Olympic Discovery Trail. https://olympicdiscoverytrail.org/odt-event/
In a Viking saga of love, honor and betrayal, Key City Public Theatre is proud to present the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark in Hamlet at Shakespeare in the Park. Taken back to 932AD, Hamlet is reimagined as a saga where thanes and raiders seek fortune, power, and ultimately, a seat in the hallowed halls of Valhalla.
Directed by Marc Weinblatt, Hamlet features a cast loaded with KCPT mainstays and promises a thrilling take on the most famous of the bard’s work.
Performances run Aug. 3 through 26, 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 http://www.keycitypublictheatre.org/.
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 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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” this year 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 http://www.ptmainstreet.org/page14/page14.html.
The Jefferson County Fair welcomes you to this year’s Bug Up-themed fair, August 10, 11 and 12. 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 http://jeffcofairgrounds.com.
The Olympic Music Festival (OMF) presents its 35th 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 11 through September 19. Programming also includes a free educational concert for children and their families on August 26 at 11 am.
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 www.olympicmusicfestival.org or call 360.385.9699.
Key City Public Theatre will celebrate its 60th birthday on August 14 with a fun and fabulous dance party. The party will start at 7 pm at Chetzemoka Park—dance til dusk on the Hamlet set with the Prince of Denmark himself!
Photo by Deja View Photography
On August 18, the beloved Annual Uptown Street Fair and Parade celebrates 28 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 – 5 pm. The Uptown Pub is hosting an outdoor beer garden. The “GRANDLY LOCAL PARADE” is 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 http://ptmainstreet.org.
“Jelly” by David Eisenhour
The Art Port Townsend 20th 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 18-19 from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information and a map of the studios, go to www.northwindarts.org/programs/art-port-townsend/aboutstudiotour/
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!
42nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival, September 7-9
Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, September 1, 2, 8 & 9
Centrum’s Ukulele Festival, September 12-16
19th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival, September 21-23