Events & Festivals

It seems like there is always something happening in Port Townsend.

This constant hum of activity is a reflection of the creative, energetic spirit of residents around these parts, and it means that there is plenty of fun activities to plan your trip around.

Scroll down for a comprehensive event list for events and festivals in Port Townsend and Jefferson County.

However, here is a snapshot of some of the more popular events and festivals held in Port Townsend each year.

APRIL

Opening of Port Townsend Farmers Market

A goat parade, some fiddlers, farmers, some food and craft and bunch of new vendors launch this year’s Farmers Market. The annual Goat Parade will start promptly at 9 am with kids cloven, and not, making their way down a Tyler Street filled with over 50 vendors. The market will be open every Saturday (same hours) through December, with the Wednesday market opening July 2, from 2-6 pm and running through the fall.

Jefferson County Farmers Market, 360.379.9098, www.jeffersoncountyfarmersmarket.org

MAY

Rhododendron Festival

Enjoy the Pet Parade, Bed Races, Grand Parade on Saturday, downtown carnival and the Rhody Run. Rhododendron Festival, 360.301.0783, www.RhodyFestival.org

JUNE

Brass Screw Confederacy and Steampunk Hootenanny

An action-packed weekend bringing together a body of steampunks, Neo-Victorians, and sympathizers set in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend to celebrate humanity’s progress towards a more convivial world. Witness artists, actors, and the aesthetically odd that embrace esoteric apparel, exotic experiments, and fantastical imaginations unfettered by trifles like physics and decorum.  Olympic Peninsula Steam, 360.385.6753, www.brass-screw.org

Classic Mariners’ Regatta

More than just a race, this regatta is a celebration of traditional seamanship and maritime heritage. It’s a rendezvous to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow sailors who have met one another over the years. The regatta is sponsored by the Northwest Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. Wooden Boat Foundation, 360.385.3628 ext 103, www.woodenboat.org

Centrum’s Voice Works

Workshops and public performances for for singers from across the nation and beyond. Held annually at Fort Worden State Park, and produced by Centrum. 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

 

JULY

Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes

One of America’s grandest celebrations of traditional music. A weeklong gathering featuring hundreds of musicians living and learning with the masters of fiddle traditions. Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Enjoy an astonishing array of small-group workshops, craft lectures, guided freewrites, readings and more, with some of the leading voices in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Concerts on the Dock

Local bands perform a wide array of dance music downtown on the corner of Water Street and Madison Street. It’s a great way to celebrate summer in Port Townsend! Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360.385.7911, www.ptmainstreet.org

Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend

Washington’s longest-running summer jazz festival, Centrum assembles a truly outstanding collection of the jazz world’s great artists to offer memorable performances and workshops. Don’t miss Jazz in the Clubs in downtown and uptown Port Townsend! Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

This is a week-long, total-immersion experience that passes down the skills, sounds, stories, laughter, and heartache of the authentic bearers of the blues tradition. For many, it’s a pilgrimage. For others, it’s an intensive week of deeply satisfying music-making. For all, it’s a chance to learn new tunes and styles, and to take playing and performing to a new level. Don’t miss Blues in the Clubs in downtown and uptown Port Townsend! Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

AUGUST

Jefferson County Fair

Enjoy a good ol’-fashioned fair where county residents and guests alike gather to recognize the talents and accomplishments of individuals and families in livestock, agriculture, home and fine arts, crafts, and industry. Jefferson County Fair, 360.385.1013, www.jeffcofairgrounds.com

Uptown Street Fair/Parade/Crafts Fair

Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360.385.7911, www.ptmainstreet.org

SEPTEMBER

Wooden Boat Festival

This festival is the most education-packed and inspiring wooden boat event in the world. Featuring more than 300 wooden vessels, dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations, a who’s who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts, there’s something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn. Wooden Boat Foundation, 360.385.3628, www.woodenboat.org

Port Townsend Film Festival

Six theatres and one glorious film under the stars nightly. Take in over 90 independent, foreign, classic and documentary films, while mingling with new friends and a celebrity or two. Come meet the filmmakers and strike up a conversation. Special guests in 2015 include Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper! Port Townsend Film Festival, 360.379.1333, www.ptfilmfest.com

OCTOBER

Kinetic Skulpture Race

Attempts to marry art and transportation produce hilarious results as kooky, ingenious contraptions try to race the course and strive for mediocrity. Kinetic Skulpture Race, 360.379.4972 or 360.385.7306, www.PTKinteticRace.org

Port Townsend Ukulele Festival at Fort Worden State Park

Expect intense fun, ukulele instruction, and merry music making with some of the finest ukulele instructors and players working today. Workshop offerings will feature a wide variety of styles – jazz, blues, swing, Hawaiian, pop, novelty, and jugband ukulele. Classes include chords, melody, improvisation, performing tips. For beginners and more advanced musicians alike. Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Downtown Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 31

Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360.385.7911, www.ptmainstreet.org

NOVEMBER

Jefferson County Holiday Craft Fair

Jefferson County Fair, 360.385.1013, www.jeffcofairgrounds.com

DECEMBER

 

Community Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa

Carolers saunter the streets of Port Townsend framed by festival window displays and fabulous holiday shopping with unique gift items culminating with the lighting of the community tree and a visit from Santa. A perfect way to launch the holiday season. Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360.385.7911, www.ptmainstreet.org

First Night Celebration

First Night is an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve community celebration focusing on art, culture and heritage with a maritime theme tying it all together. Good for all ages. Jefferson County Historical Society, 360.385.1003, www.jchsmuseum.org

JANUARY

  • 1 Polar Bear Dip – Nordland
  • 3 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 23-24 Strangebrew Festival

FEBRUARY

  • 7 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 7-8 Red Wine and Chocolate tour
  • 12 Foghorn Sting Band, KCPT
  • 14-16 Red Wine and Chocolate tour
  • 15 KCPT Dinner Theater @ Alchemy
  • 16 Art4Education Dance
  • 20 Sylvia Herold, KCPT
  • 22 Oscar Night
  • 25 Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, KCPT
  • 28 Annual WBF Shipwrights’ Regatta

MARCH

  • 7 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 7 JCHBA Home Show, Mt View Commons
  • 5-15 PT Playfest, KCPT
  • 12-15 Ft Worden Kitemaker Conference
  • 14 Pt Library Book Sale
  • 14 Tides of March Auction
  • 21 JeffCo Community Garage Sale
  • 20-22 Victorian Heritage Days
  • 22 Building tours
  • 29 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival

APRIL

  • 4 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 4 PT Farmer’s Market Opens! 9am – 2pm
  • 9-12 Your Alternative Writing Program
  • 17 Wheel-in Drive-in Opens!
  • 18 Earth Day Spring Clean up
  • 23-M 10 The Visit, KCPT
  • 24-25 Granny’s Attic at Cape George Colony
  • 25 AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour
  • 25-26 Annual JeffCo EXPO
  • 22-26 Centrum’s Choro Series

MAY

  • 1 Art Wave Begins – Childrens’ Art in Stores
  • 1 NW Big Band Concert
  • 1-2 Annual Marina and Rummage Sale
  • 1-10 The Visit, KCPT
  • 2-3 NO Port Townsend – Coupeville Ferries
  • 2 Opening Day of Boating Season
  • 2 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 6 Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
  • 9-10 Rhody Arts & Crafts Fair
  • 9 Wearable Art Show
  • 9-17 80th Rhododendron Festival
  • 16 Rhody Festival – Grand Parade
  • 17 Rhody Run
  • 23-24 PT Artisan Food Festival
  • 24 Olympic Art Festival, Quilicene
  • 24 Tractor Days – Nordland General Store
  • 25 PT Summer Band, American Legion, 11:30am
  • 29-31 Steampunk Hootenanny
  • 30 Kiwanis Fish Fry

JUNE

  • 4 Race to Alaska
  • 5-7 Annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta
  • 6 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 6 Annual Chili Cook-off, Fairgrounds
  • 7 Chimacum Farmers’ Market Opens! 10am-3pm
  • 11 Taste of Port Townsend
  • 13 PT Library Book and media sale
  • 15-21 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival workshops
  • 18-J19 The Mystery of Irma Vep, KCPT
  • 21 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival
  • 20 Rhat Island Regatta
  • 23-28 Centrum’s Voiceworks
  • 26 Free Fridays at the Fort
  • 28 Raker’s Car Show, Memorial Field, 9am
  • 27-28 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 28 PT Summer Band, Chetzemoka Park, 3pm
  • 28-J 5 Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes

JULY

  • 1-5 Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
  • 1 PT Wed Farmers’ Market Opens! 2pm-6pm
  • 1-19 The Mystery of Irma Vep, KCPT
  • 4 PT Summer Band, American Legion, 7:30pm
  • 3 Free Fridays at the Fort
  • 4 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 4-5 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 9 Concerts on the Dock
  • 9-19 Centrum’s Writers’ Conference
  • 10 Free Fridays at the Fort – noon
  • 11-12 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 16 Concerts on the Dock
  • 18 Jazz in the Alley
  • 17 Free Fridays at the Fort
  • 18-19 Pocket Yacht Palooza
  • 18-19 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 19-26 Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend
  • 23 Concerts on the Dock
  • 24 Free Fridays at the Fort
  • 24-25 Festival By The Bay
  • 25 Edensaw Brewfest
  • 25-26 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 26 PT Summer Band, Chetzemoka Park, 3pm
  • 30 Concerts on the Dock
  • 19-26 Jazz Workshop
  • 26-A 2 Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Festival
  • 31 Free Fridays at the Fort

AUGUST

  • 1-2 Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Festival
  • 1-2 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 7-30 Midsummers Night Dream KCTP Chetzamoka Park
  • 1-31 Art Port Townsend
  • 1 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 8-9 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 6 Concerts on the Dock
  • 2-8 Centrum’s DANCE This! Grades 9-12
  • 8 Summer Cider Day
  • 13 Concerts on the Dock
  • 14-16 79th Jefferson County Fair
  • 15-16 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 15 PT Summer Band 11am Community Center
  • 15 Kiwanis Classic Car Show
  • 15 Uptown Street Fair/Crafts Fair
  • 16 All County Picnic
  • 17-18 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 20 Concerts on the Dock
  • 22-23 Olympic Music Festival, 2pm
  • 22-23 Art PT Studio Tour
  • 27 Concerts on the Dock
  • 30 PT Summer Band, Pope Marine Park, 3pm
  • 27 Concerts on the Dock
  • 29-30 Olympic Music Festival
  • 30 Main Street Community Celebration

SEPTEMBER

  • 4-6 Story of Poor Sea Village Girl, KCPT
  • 5 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 5-7 Summer sidewalk sale
  • 5-6 Olympic Music Festival
  • 11-13 Wooden Boat Festival
  • 12-13 Annual Crafts by the Dock Fair
  • 19 Quilcene Fair
  • 19-20 Annual JeffCo Farm Tour – WSU
  • 16 PT Farmers’ Market Final Wednesday!
  • 25-27 Port Townsend Film Festival
  • 26 Quilcene Half marathon, 10K, 5K

OCTOBER

  • 1 Girls’ Night Out
  • 2-4 PT Kinetic Skulpture Weekend
  • 5 PT Library Book and media sale
  • 3 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 7-11 Centrum’s Ukulele Festival
  • 14-18 Centrum’s Ukulele Festival
  • 17 PT Yacht Club Garage Sale
  • 18 Harvest Festival – Nordland
  • 23-24 Haunted Bordello
  • 25 Chimacum Farmers’ Market Last Day!
  • 31 Main Street Downtown Trick or Treat
  • 31 Wheel-in Drive-in Closes

NOVEMBER

  • 7 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 7 Scandia Fall Festival
  • 7-8 Woodworkers Show
  • 7-8 JeffCo Holiday Craft Fair – Fairgrounds
  • 8 KCPT Dinner Theater @ Alchemy
  • 11 PT Summer Band, American Legion, 10:30am
  • 27-28 PT Arts Guild Holiday Sale
  • 28 Quilcene Holiday Craft & Gift Bazaar
  • 28 Antique Sale
  • 28 Merchants’ Holiday Open House
  • 28 Thanksgiving Cruise (PTMSC)

DECEMBER

  • 4-5 Festival of Lights – Unity
  • 3-20 A Christmas Story, KCPT
  • 5 PT Community Tree Lighting, Santa Visit
  • 5 Gallery Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 5 Tree Lighting – Nordland Store
  • 5 Procrastinators Sale, Masonic Hall
  • 6 Santa Arrives by boat in Nordland
  • 12 Fiber FourSome Sale, 1202 Lawrence
  • 12 Yuletide Festival
  • 12 Olympic Art Festival, Quilcene
  • 12-13 Chimacum Craft Fair
  • 19 PT Farmers’ Market Last Day!
  • 26-27 The SantaLand Diaries, KCPT
  • 31 First Night Celebration
  • 31 New Year’s Eve Cruise (PTMSC)