Arts & Entertainment
Arts & Entertainment to Enjoy in PT. National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” and arts and entertainment is a large part of the reason why.
For more than three decades, artists of all ages have flocked to Centrum, the nonprofit arts organization located at Fort Worden State Park, for artist residencies, workshops and performances. Centrum’s summer performance festivals in music and literature are national events, drawing thousands to the area.
Copper Canyon Press, also located at Fort Worden, is the nation’s premier poetry publishing house. Copper Canyon Press fosters the work of emerging, established, and world-renowned poets for an expanding audience.
Located at the entrance to downtown,Northwinds Arts Center is a hub of visual arts and literary activity, producing educational programs, lectures, readings and workshops, and by providing juried and invitational venues for displaying the work of regional artists.
Key City Public Theatre is perhaps the most active and vital theater organization on the Olympic Peninsula. Their year-round slate of performances and workshops draws audiences from around the region.
Port Townsend’s location, coupled with its proximity to the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland metro areas, makes the town an attractive destination for national music acts and audiences looking for intimate performance experiences.
From music, to theater, to visual and performing arts, Port Townsend is a destination not to be missed. Be sure to visit PTGuide.com’s comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar to find out what’s happening in Port Townsend.
Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. Take a walk on the beach. Fort Worden was built in 1902 to help protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Walk through the concrete bunkers and slam the big steel doors. Bring your flashlight, it is pitch black inside.
Walk along the sandy beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Off in the distance is Whidbey Island.
Port Townsend is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. All ships entering and leaving the Puget Sound, pass right past Port Townsend, WA. In the early days of Washington State many ships made port in Port Townsend to take advantage of our deep water port but more importantly all the brothels and bars on the downtown waterfront.
Stay at the Blue Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast
For those interested in wooden boats or just spending time outside on our beautiful waterfront, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta is taking place in Port Townsend June 6th-8th. Hosted by the Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. This event is for wooden boats and will be wonderful to watch from a higher vantage point, just ask the innkeepers where to go. Also, be sure to check out the NW Maritime Center and browse through The Chandlery to pick up a nautical souvenir.
When travelling to Port Townsend it is easy to be overwhelmed by restaurant choices. For Japanese food my pick is Ichikawa. My personal favorites are the daily Bento box or Chef’s choice combos (always good and allows me to try something new). There are options for the no-raw-fish eaters as well, their tempura udon is very good. You don’t have to take my word for it, check out the reviews on Yelp or Tripadvisor. They are located downtown, across from the Port Townsend Ferry Dock. This is a smaller establishment and can get very busy on the weekends, I recommend making a reservation. If you are with a group of 8 or more, reserving the Tatami room is fun and a little more private.
We welcome not only an extended weekend but the unofficial start to summer. The weather has been wonderful lately and will hopefully hold out through Monday. Regardless of what Mother Nature decides to throw our way us Washingtonians won’t let a little rain spoil our good time. There is the Shrimp Fest going on in Brinnon, WA the 24th & 25th. If you are looking for live music stop by the Quimper Grange to hear Portland’s New Iberians play Zydeco, Blues, Soul, & New Orleans Rock’n’Roll; you can even join in a dance lesson. Getting hungry? The 1st Annual Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival sounds delicious and interesting!
Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Surprise that special someone with a weekend getaway to Port Townsend. Jewelry is nice but why not give them an experience they will remember forever? I would suggest a nice bottle of wine from The Wine Seller, chocolates from Elevated Ice Cream and some beautiful fresh flowers from Petals in Uptown Port Townsend. Treat them to a romantic dinner at one of the delicious local restaurants and there is no going wrong.
What a better excuse to come to Port Townsend than to do a little holiday shopping? With so many wonderful and unique shops in our downtown area you are sure to find that perfect gift for anyone. Forget the mall….browse through local stores with a beautiful waterfront view. Some fantastic places to stop in are Wandering Angus, The Green Eyeshade, Henery Garden Center, Maestrale, Forest Gems Gallery and Tickled Pink. After a day of shopping be sure to check out The Undertown for a hot cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
With a little under two weeks until Labor Day weekend it is a great time to get over to Port Townsend to enjoy the last of the summer weather. The dahlias are blooming and just strolling through the Uptown neighborhood can offer some lovely views of water, gardens and Victorian homes. The weather this time of year is perfect for a weekend getaway… so why not plan one?
If you come to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula one of the activities you have to partake in is whale watching. Puget Sound Express has been operating for 27 years and leaves from Point Hudson. They have a few different tours to choose from. They have a 98% whale watching success rate and even have a guarantee on that 2% chance you don’t see any whales. In my opinion the boat trip through the area would be worth the money, but throw in guaranteed whale sightings and I am sold. If that hasn’t convinced you, check out Puget Sound Express on facebook and TripAdvisor as well.