Start your year off with art and see the incredible array of creativity, not only in the galleries in town, but also the restaurants, shops and hotels. Port Townsend is known as an arts community and you’ll find the creative spirit is alive and well here.

Salmon Artwork at JHS

Art Walk is January 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm where you can indulge your senses with creations from our local artists. PT Shorts is January 7 and 8, a free monthly program, featuring dramatic readings of contemporary literature, read by critically acclaimed authors. Readings are produced by Key City Public Theatre, presented in partnership with Northwind Arts Center’s Reading Series. They are held the first Saturday of every month at 7:30 pm, to coincide with the downtown Art Walk with an encore performance on the following Sunday at 5:30 pm.

City of Angles Ensemble

Centrum presents its Port Townsend Chamber Music Series on January 15 at 2 pm in the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden with the City of Angeles Ensemble. This quintet of top Los Angeles-based musicians will play selections from Strauss, Poulenc, Schumann, Jacques Ibert, Gernot Wolfgang and Mozart. The series exists to showcase the brilliant talent of many of the world’s finest classical artists along with the top echelon of the most promising young talents in the field today. The intimacy and warmth of the Wheeler Theater provides an ideal venue for dynamic performances and master classes.

Strange Brew Fest
Photo by Kevin Mason

There’s no time for winter blues—bring on the strange brews and plan to attend the 13th Annual Strange Brewfest, Jan. 27-28, boasting wildly inventive, palate-challenging craft brews featuring over 30 breweries and cideries, along with more than 60 strangely crafted concoctions.

Strange Brewfest 13, is the Mount Olympus of beer festivals, as the 13th version of Port Townsend’s ode to Northwest brewers and their imaginations lets you party like Greek Gods and Goddesses!

This iconic festival is an indoor-outdoor event based in downtown Port Townsend at the American Legion Hall in our National Historic Landmark District.

Strange Brewfest gathering

Taste is not the only sense that Strange Brewfest 13 will tempt. Be dazzled by the sights and sounds of the weekend with a continuous lineup of rockin’ music. Indulge in the carnival-like atmosphere that this festival is known for and enjoy its tasty food, too.

Admission to Strange Brewfest 13 is $30/person which gives you a souvenir tasting glass, four tasting tokens and a wristband for both days. Additional tasting tokens are $1.50 each. This is a 21+ event. Make reservations for accommodations soon as Port Townsend gets sold out quickly for this event!

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We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend in 2017! Happy New Year!