Roust the rabble and batten down some hatches! Airships and blunderbusses, submarines and privateers – all in search of elusive mermaids and pirate gold.

Celebrating Port Townsend’s designation as one of three Victorian Seaport in the US, come decked out in your piratical steampunk finery for another amazing year….

The 2017 Brass Screw Confederacy features:

…and did we mention PIRATES?!?!

This year’s festival comingles distillates of the very finest of year’s past including Friday’s Den of Iniquities with Hot Damn Scandal, Saturday’s Hootenanny with burlesque and peepshows for the naughty, and sweet sweet absinthe for the nice.

2017 Classic Mariners Regatta takes place June 2-4, 2017 at the Northwest Maritime Center. Beautiful wooden boats, high caliber sailors racing their hearts out, and a friendly atmosphere that is more potluck than yacht club.

The 34th Classic Mariners Regatta kicks off on Friday with a welcome party and rowing race for dinghies, shells and kayaks.

Two races happen Saturday. the first starts at noon and the second immediately after. Regatta participants can enjoy an optional dinner on the deck overlooking Port Townsend Bay at the Maritime Center at 6 pm.

The final race starts at noon on Sunday and the weekend concludes with an awards ceremony for the rowing race and the regatta – complete with hand sewn pennants! – at 5 pm after the race.

All races are open to classic sailboats of all sizes. Wooden power boats are welcome to join in as spectators.

Photo by Ashlyn E Brown.

Talk like a local and call it “Rhody!” Join us May 17-21 for a jam packed week of community celebration and fun!

For those of us in Port Townsend, this term encompasses anything going on during the week of the festival. We simply call all of it “Rhody.” Feel free to do so too. Make plans to join us this year for Rhody and celebrate our Port Townsend “community holiday” with us. Here’s the scoop:

Wednesday, May 17
6pm Trike Race begins
Thursday, May 18
4:30pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field
Friday, May 19
3:30pm Kiddies Parade begins and the Carnival is ongoing through the evening
6:30pm Bed Races begin
Saturday, May 20
1pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade with a Cake Picnic to follow
Sunday, May 21
11am Rhody Run XXXIX begins or

Rhody Run