Steam into summer with Port Townsend’s first-ever Artisan Food Festival, May 24-25, celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s artisan foods and makers. The weekend includes classes, chef demos, tastings, tours, author talks, dinners and even an artisan cocktail tasting!

Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival

Start at the Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am to 3pm in Uptown Port Townsend featuring over 70 vendors. Chef demos will be from 10am to 2pm and artisan food classes will be going on all day from 10am to 5pm. Learn more at

Steampunk takes over June 6-8 as the Brass Screw Confederacy will “Octopi Port Townsend.” The city will be invaded by wave upon wave of street performers, vendors, musicians, costumed adventurers, and the most eccentric of humanity this side of the time-space continuum. Masters of craft and trade enlighten the masses with the latest scientific discoveries. Take in entertainment to amuse all and delight the most jaded “carnivale officiando.”

Octopi Port Townsend

This year’s steampunkery expands to Fort Worden, an 1897 military post replete with weathered bunkers, military parade grounds and barracks. Saturday night’s Hootenanny will be there. So answer the call to join the Confederacy and go to for a peek at what’s ahead to whet your whistle. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to do a little beach frolicking over the weekend!

Photo and design by Nyk Fury and Samantha Berger

June is Orca Month, so we’re hoping you’ll see a whale when you’re in Port Townsend. Learn about orcas and the story of Hope at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on Fort Worden beach or take a whale watching cruise departing from Point Hudson Marina.

Go whale watching in Port Townsend

Reminisce about the early days of sail with the Classic Mariners’ Regatta on June 7 and 8. Wooden sailboats are the star of this show as they ply the waters of Port Townsend Bay with the first of two races beginning at noon on Saturday. Sunday morning at 9am, watch the rowing race for wood dinghies, shells and kayaks. And at noon, the third and final race of the sailboats begins. At 5pm, winners are celebrated at an awards ceremony in the Northwest Maritime Center. Enjoy the races on both days from any perch along the city’s waterfront and cheer on your favorite boat!

The Taste of Port Townsend returns for its 24th year on June 12 from 4-7:30pm with a tantalizing taste of PT’s finest restaurants and eateries. Tickets are available at and give you admission to all nine venues.The Taste is a fundraiser for the non-profit Main Street Program.