There are Lots of Reasons to Visit Port Townsend in June, July, and August!

Brass Screw Confederacy and Steampunk Hootenanny, June 6-8: 

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. Theme is “Octopi PT!”

Olympic Peninsula Steam, 360.385.6753, www.brass-screw.org

31st Annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta, June 6-8

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, June 23-29

A workshop for singers.

Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Port Townsend Summer Pub Crawl, June 23

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

A Life in the Theatre at Key City Public Theatre, June 26-July 13

An exhilarating showcase for two terrific actors
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s uproarious backstage comedy about actors at the end and beginning of their careers. A deliciously revealing look at living your life on the stage.

Key City Public Theatre, 360.385.5278, www.keycitypublictheatre.org

Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, June 29-July 6

A foot-tapping celebration from the masters of fiddle traditions with special concerts on the 4th of July!

Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

JULY

Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, July 10-20

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, July 10-August 28 (every Thursday), 5:30-7pm

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, July 20-27

2014 is shaping up to be an epic year for Jazz Port Townsend. Artistic Director John Clayton has worked with Centrum to assemble 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, July 27-August 3

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

Key City Public Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Park, August 1-24

The Trojan Woman with, August 1-10

In the aftermath of war, what happens to the women and children left behind?

Are they doomed to slavery or will they become the wives of their conquerors? Their fate and the fate of their victors hang in the balance.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), August 15-24

A parody of ALL of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes flat!

Three overachieving actors attempt to perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays
in one fast-paced, witty and physical performance! It’s an evening of laughter for Shakespeare lovers (and haters) alike.

Key City Public Theatre, 360.385.5278, www.keycitypublictheatre.org

78th Annual Jefferson County Fair, August 8-10

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

2nd Annual Summer Cider Day, August 9, noon-5pm

Discover the delicious diversity of Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders and meet at least 15 cidermakers, while tasting from 50 varieties of local and regional ciders. The day offers the experienced cider enthusiast, as well as the newly cider curious, a chance to sample a complete range of cider styles and flavors.

Northwest Cider Association, 360.336.3727, www.nwcider.com

24th Annual Uptown Street Fair/Parade/Crafts Fair, August 16

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

Whale watching on PS Express every day all summer: A terrific day boat trip from Port Townsend takes you to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands for lunch and then off to see the Orcas! This is a super comfortable trip and the best way to see the Orcas in their natural habitat….Puget Sound! You can easily walk to the boat from A Bungalow on the Bluff. So you can see that there is a lot to see and do in Port Townsend this summer! Don’t forget to make your reservations for A Bungalow early as summer is a busy time.

Scenic Alternative Routes to Port Townsend

Let's face it….you can't find a route to Port Townsend that isn't scenic. Whether you come by car, ferry, bicycle, or plane….there are wonderful things to see and do along the way. With the help of Google maps, we have mapped out some alternative scenic routes for you which will provide ideas for stops, pictures taking, and good places to eat along the way. Check our website for activities going on in Port Townsend this summer! Enjoy! Seattle to Port Townsend via Hood Canal Burlington (and points north) to Port Townsend Port Townsend to Seattle via Whidbey Island

Birdwatching on the Olympic Peninsula

Winter offers some of nature's best surprises, whether it is seeing the sun rise over the Cascade mountains to the east, the glorious sunsets to the west, or the opportunity to see the birds of the pacific northwest in their natural playground. The Olympic Birdwatching Loop is the perfect guide to discover the birds in our own backyard! The Washington state Audubon Society offers a viewable online map of birdwatching on the Olympic Peninsula. We also have a local Port Townsend chapter that offers terrific trip opportunities to see local bird habitats with local experts. The best part….they are absolutely free!