With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors – Port Townsend has activities for every taste.
Lawrason Driscoll stars in a 21st-century take on one of the great tragedies of all time – a tenuous tapestry woven from the delicate threads of hubris and frailty, blindness and sight, loyalty and love. April 17-May 10.
Head Uptown Wednesdays and Saturdays to explore products from more than 70 vendors & 40 farms.
Visitors to the Jefferson County Farmer’s Market will find an amazing array of local produce, from artichokes and arugula in the spring to berries, flowers, tomatoes and zuchinni in the summer, and apples, pumpkins, and wild mushrooms in the fall- brought to the market by more than 40 local growers come from primarily Jefferson and Clallam County.
Food producers bring Artisan breads and pastries, 3 local cheesemakers, Espresso and Coffee, Wine and Cider, Salmon, Oysters, Kombucha, Pickles and more. Local artisans feature Cedar Furniture, Pottery, Garden Sculptures, Handmade Soaps and Salves.
When thinking of Port Townsend’s early days, images of shipping and lumber, rough streets and genteel houses spring to mind, but the U.S. Army established Fort Townsend in 1856. The 18th Annual Victorian Festival looks at how the military shaped culture during those volatile decades of expansion, civil war, and economic tumult.
Here’s a quick glimpse of activities to participate in over the weekend, but for more details and to purchase your ticket, go to www.VictorianFestival.org.
Start with a Victorian Pub Crawl on Friday night, featuring sea shanties, saloons, “shanghai tunnels,” and fine vintage cocktails throughout a staggering selection of Port Townsends (in)famous watering holes.
Saturday is filled with fascinating events and presentations you won’t want to miss. Manliness in the Morning begins at 11:30 am, a very civilized hour for any gentleman. Learn about Victorian Bicycles or how the Military Influenced Women’s Fashions, as well as Steamboat Rides departing from Point Hudson Marina, all at 12:30 pm. At 2:30 pm, enjoy a Fencing Demonstration or discover the secrets behind Victorian Corsets. A perennial favorite of the festival is the Victorian Fashion Show at 4 pm and the Victorian Ball from 7-11 pm. Many more presentations and activities are offered throughout the weekend, so be sure to check out the full schedule at www.VictorianFestival.org.
Sunday morning, take the Insiders’ Historic Building Tour and see for yourself the incredible, authentic buildings of this Victorian Seaport. Join Port Townsend’s Main Street Program [link to Main St page] for the Tour—your ticket inside four of Port Townsend’s cornerstones. Tour these splendid edifices with docents who can offer the inside scoop on when and why, who and how.
It’s a weekend of fun and history, you won’t want to miss.