Come celebrate the heart of Uptown in this annual neighborhood block party, Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9am-5pm.

The Uptown Street Fair and Parade includes the Port Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair, the Jefferson County Farmers’ Market, tasty food on the street, free art activities for families, and performances by local musicians. Come make a day of it –grab a bite to eat at the Farmer’s Market and have a picnic on the Rec Center Lawn.

“This is the 24th annual Uptown Street Fair in Port Townsend-it’s an historic neighborhood event which Port Townsend looks forward to each year”, according to organizer Donna Harding of the Port Townsend Arts Guild. “A percentage of the booth fees from the Arts Guild supports local student art scholarships and this fits in well with the artistic spirit of the day.”

For more information and schedule, visit http://ptmainstreet.org.

Jefferson County FairAhoy There! Sail into summer in Port Townsend and enjoy a barnacle-covered old-fashioned country fair “wit’ a ruckas fer the’whole family” at the Jefferson County Fair August 8, 9 and 10. Open 10am to 9pm Friday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm Sunday. For more details, visit http://jeffcofairgrounds.com.

Meet farm animals up close and personal. 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 riding the bull. Indulge in an elephant ear or a corn dog. Everything a country fair should be—don’t miss it!

The diversity of Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders will be showcased on Saturday, August 9 from noon to 5pm at the Northwest Cider Association’s 4th Annual Summer Cider Day downtown at the Northwest Maritime Center. Summer Cider Day is the association’s largest event of the year and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognized cider region.

Summer Cider Day offers more than 70 different varieties of hard cider and features 21 regional cidermakers from Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. For more information, go to http://nwcider.com.

Uptown Street Parade

The 24th Annual Uptown Street Fair and Parade is a neighborhood event Port Townsend looks forward to every year. Start with the Farmers Market and its diverse, delicious offerings of local foods and products. Grab a bite and listen to the live bands, including the Port Townsend Summer Band performing at 11am. Shop in the Uptown stores and at the Arts and Crafts Fair. Watch the parade at 1pm and join the fun! For more information, go to http://ptmainstreet.org.

Wooden Boat Festival

Crowning the summer festival season is the 38th Wooden Boat Festival—a feast for the eyes and festival fun for the entire family!

The festival is filled with spectacular vessels, captivating speakers, and opportunities to row, paddle and sail. The Wooden Boat Festival runs September 5, 6 and 7, with three days of live music and kids activities. Festival hours are 9am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sunday. The weekend culminates with the awe-inspiring “Sail By” at 3pm Sunday.

For those who can’t wait until Friday, Bar Harbor opens to the public Thursday night at 5pm with live music from 5:30 until 10pm.

This year’s festival features more than 250 wooden vessels and dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations. Legends of the sailing and boating world come to share their talents and knowledge with thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts. With over 50 vendors, see the latest kits for building your own paddleboard, kayak or wooden boat, visit new and old favorites for repair and maintenance, or stroll down Artist’s Way to take in the handmade crafts, clothing and jewelry.

For the weekend’s schedule and more information about additional activities during the festival, visit http://woodenboat.org.

Visit us this summer and enjoy everything Port Townsend!

Shakespeare in the Park features tragedy and comedy Port Townsend’s waterfront Chetzemoka Park.

Shakespeare in the Park is a summertime family tradition, so bring your blanket, a picnic, and prepare to laugh, or cry—or both!

Euripides’ “The Trojan Women” is presented August 1-10, 2014. This classic Greek tragedy is directed by Amanda Steurer, who artfully directed last summer’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

An ensemble of stunning actresses faces the consequences after the fall of Troy. Are they doomed to slavery, or will they become the wives of their conquerors?

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, and a concession stand serves hot dogs, beverages and light refreshments.

The outdoor performances at Port Townsend’s waterfront Chetzemoka Park run Fridays through Sundays at 6 p.m. (Open seating begins at 5:30 p.m.). The show runs about 70 minutes, with no intermission. A modern Shakespeare spoof, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” follows the next two weekends, August 15-24.

Admission is by suggested donation. More info: call 360-385-KCPT (5278) or visit http://www.keycitypublictheatre.org/.