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Bike Across the Bay via the Kingston Express Ferry

 

With Jefferson Transit’s new Kingston Express Shuttle program, it’s easier than ever to explore the trails around Port Townsend and Jefferson County on bicycle!

The transit service has four stops, the Kingston Ferry Terminal, the Gateway Visitor Center, Four Corners Park and Ride and Haines Place Park and Ride in Port Townsend. You can utilize any one of these as a jumping off point for cycling adventures on the Peninsula, not to mention the amazing trails and pathways in Jefferson County. You can also return from any of these locations. The Express Shuttle is only $8 or $6 for youth under 18 and seniors.

The shuttle comes equipped with bike mounts, and using the shuttle allows visitors to lower their carbon footprint and experience Port Townsend and Jefferson County in a unique and exciting way!

Port Townsend Highlighted as a “Best Of”

Port Townsend, WA

We are gratified to note that Port Townsend has been recently featured online as one of the best places in the nation to visit!

Seattle’s Classic Rock radio station, KZOK, notes that Port Townsend is “The Best Small Town in Washington State,” referencing a recent article in The Insider.

Bollywood Inside, a publication focused on the Indian community, listed Port Townsend as one of “The Best Towns to Visit in America.”

As summer begins in 2022, we hope to see you around town, discovering for yourself why PT is just the best!

June Fun in Port Townsend

Port Townsend kicks into high gear once June rolls around. We’re excited that our “Food Scene” was just named on of USA Toda’s Top Ten Small Town Food Scenes in the US.  Visit us and come hungry!

June 17 – Brass Screw Consortium
Friday June 17-Sunday June 19, 2022

Join the Brass Screw Consortium steampunk extravaganza, June 17-19 in Port Townsend, WA. From darkness into daybreak we reemerge triumphant! Tickets now available! Greetings, True Believers! We endured – and now we’re going to celebrate! Bravely striding from their bunkers and secret lairs, The Brass Screw Consortium reconvenes for its Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Extravaganza on June 17-19, 2022, in Port Townsend, Washington. Coming back stronger than ever, return to the Bazaar of the Bizarre with spectaculous vendors!! Join the Bodgers’ Grande Exhibition—a makers fair featuring YOUR fantabulous works!! Experience the steamy Den of Inequities!! Plus All-Age events for goggled younglings including scavenger hunts and pirate shenanigans!! Bands, busquers and a dazzilicious fashion show!! The Factions dust off their capes and goggles, rewax their mustachios and get ready reignite their competitive tomfooleries throughout the festival! With whom will you ally? And, of course, the grand Hootenanny featuring the finest steampunk bands abetted by those wily green fairies!!! More exclamation points than you can stand!!    https://brass-screw.org/

Location:
Downtown Port Townsend: Cotton Building, Pope Marine Building, American Legion Hall, Northwest Maritime Center and the Cotton Plaza and Pope Marine Park.


June 18 – Rakers Annual Car Show
June 18, 2022 7:30 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m.

Rakers Car Club of Port Townsend invite all makes of All makes, models and years of Autos, Trucks, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Low Riders, and Motorcycles. Enjoy a summer day in the Victorian town of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Goodie Bags, Dash Plaques, Trophies along with food and fun!

Location:
Memorial Field, 550 Washington Street


Ongoing – Port Townsend Farmers Market
Saturdays through October 9am – 2 pm

The Port Townsend Farmers Market operates 9-months out of the year from the first Saturday in April through the 3rd Saturday in December. We are excited to celebrate our 30th Port Townsend Farmers Market season with you this year! Originally founded by a half-dozen vendors in a downtown parking lot in 1992, the Port Townsend Farmers Market has grown to include as many as 80 vendors. Located in the heart of uptown Port Townsend on the 600 block of Tyler Street between Lawrence and Clay streets, the market offers a wide variety of seasonal produce, pasture-raised meat, hard cider, honey, artisan cheese, bread and pastries, prepared food, as well as fine arts and crafts from Jefferson and neighboring counties. From locally grown food to pottery, the items sold travel no more than 50 miles to reach the market. Some of our vendors even bike their products to market.

Location:
650 Tyler Street


Ongoing – Chimacum Farmers Market
Sundays 10 am – 2 pm June through October

Located at Chimacum Corner Farmstand with live music and over 30 farm, food, and art vendors on the grass in the heart of Chimacum.

Location:
9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum


June 13 – Race to Alaska (R2AK)
Race starts June 13, 2022

The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune. It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born.

R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind. It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear. There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. You, a boat, a starting gun. $10,000 if you finish first, a set of steak knives if you’re second. Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course. R2AK is a self-supported race with no supply drops and no safety net. Any boat without an engine can enter. In 2019, 45 teams were accepted and 25 finished.

If you want to be a part of R2AK but don’t have the time or inclination for the full race- join for a full day of all out racing across some of the biggest water in the course. Racers continuing on will clear Canadian customs in Victoria. Stage one finishers get to bask in the glory for a full day and a half.

The Race has 2 stages:

Stage 1 The Proving Ground
Port Townsend to Victoria BC (40 miles)
R2AK starts with an initial race across open water, two sets of shipping lanes, and an international border. The first stage is designed as a qualifier for the full race and as a stand-alone 40 mile sprint for people who just want to put their toe in.

Stage 2: To the Bitter End
Victoria, BC to Ketchikan, AK (710 miles)
Racers start in Victoria at high noon on the Thursday after the Stage 1 start and continue until they reach Ketchikan—or are tapped out by the sweep boat. Other than a waypoint at Bella Bella, there is no official course. To quote the bard, You can go your own way.

Check out the other events, classes and experiences available this June at nwmaritime.org, And be sure to learn about the 2022 Wooden Boat Festival when you visit their site!

Location:
431 Water Street

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