Enjoy Valentines Day in Port Townsend, WA

Romantic visit to the Blue Gull Inn B&B





Happy Valentines Day

Red Wine and Chocolates

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Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away. Escape with your sweetheart to Port Townsend for a romantic weekend getaway. We have a wide array of fantastic accommodations to suit your style. Click here for choices and to book your reservation. Many of our restaurants are offering Valentine’s specials too. For more details, contact our Visitor Information Center at info@jeffcountychamber.org or 360.385.2722.

Start your romantic celebration with Port Townsend as your home base and fall head over heels with the Olympic Peninsula Wineries and Cideries during their luscious Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate event over two scrumptious weekends: February 10-11 and 17-19, from 11 am to 5 pm. Let your quest for guilty pleasures run wild with the unmatched, extraordinary blends of Washington grapes, apples and pears—paired with decadent chocolates and local culinary fare. Enjoy a romantic drive through the scenic Olympic Peninsula!

The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine/cider tasting and chocolate samples at the nine participating wineries and cideries. Book here for online tickets. www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org/redwinechocolate.php

What better place to celebrate love than Port Townsend? Over the years, our city has received many accolades from the media naming us the “best of….” Most recently, in 2017, we were named by Architectural Digest as “One of the 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America” and MSN named Port Townsend the “Prettiest Town in Washington.”

With that in mind, we welcome you to come downtown and show your love for our fair city by penning a Love Letter to Port Townsend. You can write a poem, a love letter, or simply list the three things you love most about Port Townsend. Select restaurants and coffee shops will have entry forms. Please enter by February 14 to win prizes.

Concierges are ready to assist you!

On Saturdays, Port Townsend have friendly “Celebrity Concierges” roaming Water Street, from 1-3 pm, offering suggestions for things to do and see, giving directions and answering questions. They’ll be providing coupon books and maps to help you get around downtown. Be sure to look for them!

From now through June, the “Believe It or Knot!” game will pique your interest in unbelievable facts (or fiction) about our salty seaport. From the 1890s Victorian seaport to modern day, the past and present of Port Townsend will have you questioning whether you believe it or “knot.”

Hidden throughout downtown are incredible facts (true or false!) about our city. Find 10 of them at participating businesses. Try your hand to see how well you know your facts about Port Townsend by completing the game to be entered in prize drawings–$100 in monthly gift certificates and a chance to win a grand prize of $500 in gift certificates to spend in downtown businesses. And be sure to tag any of your photos on Instagram or Facebook with #ILovePortTownsend!

Key City Playhouse

Key City Playhouse

Key City Public Theatre will kick off its 60th anniversary season with the Northwest Premiere of the critically-acclaimed, one-woman play, “Spirit Awakening,” written, directed and performed by Akuyoe Graham, at the KCPT Playhouse February 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7 pm with Saturday matinees at 2 pm.

Capturing how Ms. Graham evolved as a human being and performer, an immigrants and a woman, this mythic story is effused with power and strength, sensitivity and emotion as the supremely skilled Graham creates 12 distinct personalities that segue into one another with seamless brilliance as her life takes her from Africa to London to Spanish Harlem and eventually Hollywood. Each step provokes new levels of personal assessment, raising complex questions of split loyalties and the difficulties of rediscovering one’s roots, unimpeded by dogma. One film/theatre critic described her as a “mystic in the theatre, a sage on the screen.”

To purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org or call 360.385.5278.















The sailboat racing season opens with the 27th Annual Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 24. Boats of all construction are welcome. As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing, but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting to be connected with skippers looking for crew.

The regatta is presented by the Northwest Maritime Center and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. www.nwmaritime.org/events/shipwrights-regatta/

Save the date for upcoming events in March and April:

March 2-11
22nd  Annual Port Townsend PlayFest
Key City Public Theatre, Port Townsend
This is a theater lover’s feast offering 10 plays over two weekends, including six one-act plays by local writers and three full-length plays by regional and national playwrights.

March 23-25
Victorian Heritage Festival
Port Townsend
The theme is Victorian Dreams—from roots as traditional as tea and shortbread to the high-flying speculation of Jules Verne, there will be celebrations about all that was best in the hearts and minds of this time in history. Mark your calendar for a grand time for the entire family!

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!


Old School 4th of July. Nothing celebrates America like the 4th of July and after a two-year hiatus, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of fireworks to Fort Worden State Park for the 1st Annual “Old School” 4th of July.

In collaboration with Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Thunderbull Productions, locals and visitors will enjoy a memorable weekend of excellent music, delicious food and “Old School” traditions. Saturday, July 4th, carries the weekend’s momentum to a climax with a pie-eating contest, field games, piñatas, free root beer floats, a car show, live music and much, much more, all culminating in an epic display of fireworks. www.jeffcountychamber.org and  www.centrum.org.

Pack the car, load up the kids and dog, and come to Port Townsend for summer fun!

Looking for a place to stay during your visit in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Enjoy the Blue Gull Inn B&B, www.bluegullinn.com

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. Our home was built by ND Hill in 1868. If you can imagine, our home was built 3 years after the end of the Civil War. ND Hill and his family and had a large home with a large dining room, perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. Join us for a great Breakfast!!! ND Hill was our local pharmacist, back then a pharmacy is a combination today of a pharmacy and hardware store.

If you like history, here is your trivia of the day. The ND Hill House actually was owned by the Hill Family for 90 years, it was finally sold in 1958.This home was built at the beginning of the Victorian era, the style of the home is Gothic Victorian.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B  www.bluegullinn.com  Stay in one our 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool bath tubs. Have coffee or a glass of wine on our sweeping front porch. Relax in our parlor or dining room, a casual, country Victorian theme.  The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Looking for more to see and do in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Art Community. Lots of great places to shop and dine for a list check out www.enjoypt.com or,  www.ptguide.com

If you decide you want to move to Port Townsend. Remax is here to help you you’re your dream home or lot.  Contact John Eissinger www.johneissinger.com

Centrum voice-works

Centrum voice-works

Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers

June 23-28, 2015
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers….. You’ll learn new songs, about your range, and how to find your key.

Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers _ Centrum

Join us for Centrum’s latest gathering of singers! Voice Works is held at Fort Worden State Park, a venue unparalleled in beauty and facility. Expect four days and five nights of intense fun, singing instruction, repertoire building, and merry music making with some top drawer vocalists.

Singing is compelling, a natural human effort to communicate. Singing maintains culture, and it makes you feel good. The combination of world-class artists and passionate singers at Voice Works creates a rare community, safe for participants of all levels to participate.

Day and night you’ll soak up styles, songs and stories in a wide range of vocal traditions. Through close observation and personal experimentation you’ll learn about breathing, phrasing, dynamics, how to make your voice blend, and what makes your voice unique.

Before I came to Voice Works, I loved singing, but I never felt comfortable with what it sounded like, or my ability to blend with other people. But that class with Pharis – the warm-ups, the breathing – and then you’re in to your day, you’re warmed up, you’re opened up in a way that makes it possible for your voice to come out, it’s like you’re prepared for anything ….

Specifically, you’ll learn to sing harmony, vintage country duets, classic jazz, swing, how to find a third part, traditional Mexican music, Appalachian ballads, Irish folk songs, mountain gospel, honky-tonk songs, bluegrass, and much more. You should expect intensive study, community building, singing, public performances, dances, house parties, song swaps, and a participant showcase every day.

When you go round in a circle, and your instructor says “Try this, try that,” it somehow becomes so unthreatening, and it’s really fun. Everyone has such a unique and different voice, you learn SO much from other participants, and you start to understand your sound is okay, it’s all right. It’s your voice.

Besides absorbing a variety of cultural and stylistic music, daily technical sessions will be on the schedule. A vocal warm-up class starts off each morning, and a class teaching you a set of vocal exercises to build your voice to its full potential will be offered twice each day.

The workshop is open to everyone. Differing levels of ability are expected, and the faculty will respond to participant need accordingly. If you’re on the beginning end of the spectrum, you’ll find an ample slate of classes to address your needs; likewise, advanced singers will find plenty to challenge them. If you can’t help singing, or if you’ve always wanted to sing with people but for whatever reason you don’t, you should plan to be at this workshop.

It is truly wonderful to sing with others and what a supportive environment for singers of all levels of experience. Time and time again we were reminded of what a beautiful gift we give by singing.

Centrum’s Mission, Vision & Values


Centrum’s mission is to promote creative experiences that change lives.

Through inter-generational immersive workshops, we bring together aspiring and master artists to foster creativity, find and provide mentorship, and build community. Our public performances are the culmination and celebration of our workshops and programs, where we welcome audiences to share in those creative experiences.


Centrum’s vision is of a future where creative artists and learners of all ages and backgrounds connect through direct and shared artistic experiences.


Centrum is committed to providing outstanding service and experiences to our participants, faculty, audiences, volunteers, supporters, and community.

We believe that:

  • Creative experiences have the power to change lives
  • Traditional art forms, and the cultural context in which they were formed and continue to evolve, are essential keys to our nation’s multicultural heritage and future
  • Creative artists and writers thrive in partnership and alliance with others
  • A close connection with our community helps us better serve all of our audiences, partners, and neighbors
  • There is value in providing an environment for lifelong learning for people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of their level of expertise or professional aspirations
  • A safe and nurturing environment builds confidence and promotes creative expression and critical thinking skills

Historic Sites

Many Historic Sites to Visit while in Port Townsend, WA.

Tall ships in Port Townend Bay

Tall ships in Port Townend Bay

Blue Gull Inn B&B

Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, WA

Wooden Bell Tower

Wooden Bell Tower

Like many young communities in the Puget Sound, Port Townsend aspired to greatness.

Calling itself the “Key City” and the “New York of the West,” Port Townsend quickly became a bustling seaport and customs gateway to the Pacific Northwest, with an impressive waterfront commercial district of stone and brick buildings and many elegant Victorian homes on the bluff above.

Although economic activity shifted from Port Townsend to Seattle, much of the 19th Century and early 20th Century remains intact. In 1976, the waterfront district and the residential area on the bluff were designated a National Historic District, and Port Townsend is today recognized as one of only three Victorian Seaports on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you want to explore the history of Port Townsend, your first stop should be theJefferson County Historical Museum next to City Hall downtown. In addition to impressive exhibits and helpful staff and volunteers, the Museum leads walking toursthrough the downtown and uptown districts, helping visitors to glean the exciting history of the area.

Some of the more impressive and notable sites to explore include:

The Rothschild House

  • Located at the corner of Jefferson and Taylor Streets in uptown Port Townsend, the Rothschild House is virtually unchanged from a hundred years ago. Managed by JCHS, the home features original furnishing and decor. Learn more.

The Jefferson County Courthouse

  • The Jefferson County Courthouse majestically overlooks Port Townsend Bay and the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. Approved for construction in 1890, the Courthouse’s deep red, smooth bricks were shipped in from St. Louis, and nearly 800 tons of sandstone were brought in from Alaska. Learn more.

The Port Townsend Post Office and Customs House

  • The Port Townsend Federal Building – originally home to the Port Office and Customs House,  is the oldest federally constructed post office in Washington state, and the only example of Richardson Romanesque design in a federal building in Washington.  Still in use today, the building was constructed in 1893.  Learn more.

Uptown Victorian Homes

  • Strolling the uptown district of Port Townsend and sampling Victorian architecture is a favorite pastime of visitors and locals alike (although many of these historic homes are private residences – please respect their privacy). Learn more.

Downtown – the whole thing!

  • The entire downtown core is a National Historic District! Look around and imagine yourself walking the same streets and seeing the same buildings more than a hundred years ago
Tall ships in Port Townend Bay

Tall ships in Port Townend Bay

Early History of Port Townsend, WA

The City of Dreams, Port Townsend, WA is one of the finest examples of a Victorian Seaport in the United States. It is one of 3 Registered Victorian Seaports in the US. The other 2 are Cape May, NJ and Galveston, TX.

Port Townsend, WA was the City of Dreams.  Originally named ‘Port Townshend’ by Captain George Vancouver (for his friend the Marquis of Townshend) in 1792, Port Townsend was immediately recognized as a good, safe harbor, which it remains to this day. The official settlement of the city took place on the 24th of April, 1851. Called the “City of Dreams” because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast, wealthy and prosperous, somehow though, those early dreams failed to materialize because the rail road never came.

For several thousand years the only occupants were native Indians. In the late 1700s and early 1800s the Indian population thrived. Many American Indian tribes were in the area at the time, they included:, Chimakum, Hoh, Klallam, Quinault and Twana. They were all in the area which is now Jefferson County.

In the 19th century, Port Townsend, WA was a very well known seaport. It is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. It has a large deep water bay that made it a natural stopping off point for ships and crews. Sailing ships had to stop here to pay tariffs and tolls before entering Puget Sound.

In those early days Port Townsend was as very “wild town”. Most of downtown was brothels and bars to accommodate all the sailors. There are actually tunnels that run under parts of town, so when a sailing ship needed a crew, some of the bars actually had trap doors in them. The sailors would get drunk or drugged and would wake up aboard ship.

Like many small towns in the Northwest. Port Townsend described itself as the “Key City” and the “New York of the West” It quickly became a bustling seaport and customs gateway of the Pacific Northwest. Located right on the water at the entrance of Puget Sound, it was very visible from the water. Many boaters even today find Port Townsend by boat. It had an impressive downtown, many of the commercial building were built of brick and stone and many elegant Victorian homes on the hillside above. It must have been very inviting town as you passed by, especially after months at sea.

In the early 1880, because of Port Townsend’s waterfront location, the business men of the day decided to bring the railroad to town. It only made sense to off load and load ships here and then ship the goods by rail. That dream lasted until 1892. At that time the railroad said it was too expensive to travel all the way to Port Townsend. Back then, the largest port was Seattle, so the railroad went there instead. Port Townsend then went into a huge depression because of the railroad.


Events for you to Enjoy while you are visiting Port Townsend. While here stay at the Blue Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast

Victorian Seaport

Victorian Seaport

Taste of Port Townsend, June 12

Local restaurants offer samples of farm-to-table deliciousness Port Townsend is known for.

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


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


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


Port Townsend Ukulele Festival at Fort Worden State Park, Sept. 3-7

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

38th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 5-7

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

15th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival, Sept. 19-21

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!

Port Townsend Film Institute, 360.379.1333, www.ptfilmfest.com

Port Townsend Fall Pub Crawl, Sept. 29

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


Returning the Bones at Key City Public Theatre, October 1-26

How do you choose between your country, your people, and yourself?

In 1948 in a small southern town, a young African-American medical student is faced with a choice only she can make — continue to risk her life in the fight for Civil Rights or escape to Paris to live a life she’s always dreamed of. Based on a true story.

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

32nd Annual Kinetic Skulpture Race, October 4-5

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

The Odyssey at Key City Public Theatre, October 5-26

Shipwrecks, sirens and sex goddesses meet cannibalism, death and revenge

Voyage across land and sea, explore the underworld, and climb Mt. Olympus with the brave and courageous hero, Odysseus, as he valiantly seeks his homeland and the arms of his wife and child. You’re sure to recognize yourself in this sometimes comic, at times harrowing, and always thrilling, epic adventure.

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

Downtown Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 31

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


9th Annual Woodworker’s Show, Nov. 1-2

See amazing hand-crafted furniture and other practical (or not) works of wood art. A woodworker’s ball is Saturday night.

Port Townsend School of Woodworking, 360.344.4455, www.ptwoodschool.com

Jefferson County Holiday Craft Fair, Nov. 1-2

Jefferson County Fair, 360.385.1013, www.jeffcofairgrounds.com

Main Street’s Merchants Open House/Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29

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


Cinderella at Key City Public Theatre, Dec. 4-28

Believe in the magic of possibility
Inspired by traditional British pantomime, this Cinderella combines splendor, slapstick and song in a unique all-ages celebration of the girl whose unwavering sincerity elevates her from rags to riches. When all seems lost, what’s left for Cinderella but to hope.

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

Community Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa, Dec. 6, 4:30pm

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

Holiday Victorian Homes Tour and Yuletide Festival with Father Christmas, Dec. 13

Tour some of Port Townsend’s most beautiful heritage homes decked out in their holiday finery. Then stroll downtown where carolers, a holiday salon, and Father Christmas will be on hand to lend some seasonal cheer.

Olympic Peninsula Steam, 360.385.6753, www.olympicpeninsulasteam.org

Port Townsend Winter Pub Crawl, Dec. 29

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

New Year’s Eve Cruise to Protection Island, Dec. 31, 1-4pm

Ring in the New Year by joining the Port Townsend Marine Science Center for an early winter bird migration cruise to Protection Island or south toward Port Ludlow, weather depending. Reservations required.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center, 360.385.5582 ext 104, www.ptmsc.org

First Night Celebration, Dec. 31, 6-9pm

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

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment to Enjoy in PT. National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” and arts and entertainment is a large part of the reason why.

For more than three decades, artists of all ages have flocked to Centrum, the nonprofit arts organization located at Fort Worden State Park, for artist residencies, workshops and performances. Centrum’s summer performance festivals in music and literature are national events, drawing thousands to the area.

Copper Canyon Press, also located at Fort Worden, is the nation’s premier poetry publishing house. Copper Canyon Press fosters the work of emerging, established, and world-renowned poets for an expanding audience.

Jazz at Centrum

Located at the entrance to downtown,Northwinds Arts Center is a hub of visual arts and literary activity, producing educational programs, lectures, readings and workshops, and by providing juried and invitational venues for displaying the work of regional artists.

Key City Public Theatre is perhaps the most active and vital theater organization on the Olympic Peninsula. Their year-round slate of performances and workshops draws audiences from around the region.

Port Townsend’s location, coupled with its proximity to the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland metro areas, makes the town an attractive destination for national music acts and audiences looking for intimate performance experiences.

From music, to theater, to visual and performing arts, Port Townsend is a destination not to be missed. Be sure to visit PTGuide.com’s comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar to find out what’s happening in Port Townsend.

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. Take a walk on the beach. Fort Worden was built in 1902 to help protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Walk through the concrete bunkers and slam the big steel doors. Bring your flashlight, it is pitch black inside.

Walk along the sandy beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Off in the distance is Whidbey Island.

Port Townsend is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. All ships entering and leaving the Puget Sound, pass right past Port Townsend, WA. In the early days of Washington State many ships made port in Port Townsend to take advantage of our deep water port but more importantly all the brothels and bars on the downtown waterfront.


Stay at the Blue Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast 

We’re Over the Moon About All the Fun in June!


It turns up the heat with the hottest Steampunk Hootenanny ever, featuring bands from across the country, burlesque, and a diverse array of entertainments. All-ages attractions include: Tactical Croquet, Airship Apprentice (our own collectible card game), Hugo award-winning Phil & Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius, Rise of Aester’s annual assembly, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, bands, magic, and mayhem galore!www.brass-screw.org

Race to Alaska 2015

The first-ever Race to Alaska (R2AK) starts with a celebratory send-off party hosted by the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) on June 3. The “Pre-Race Ruckus” will be held in the Pope Marine Park (adjacent to the NWMC) from 5-7 pm and will feature live music, a beer garden and food carts. There will be an opportunity to see the boats and meet the characters who have entered into this inaugural event.

Over 60 teams will depart Port Townsend in the wee hours on June 4 (rumor has it sometime between 4 and 5 am!), headed for the Stage 1 finish in Victoria, BC. Stage 2 will leave Victoria on June 7. The race ends 750 miles later in Ketchikan, Alaska. The winner receives $10,000 and the second place finisher gets a set of steak knives. Join the fun at the “Pre-Race Ruckus” to send them off in style the day before the race start! www.NWMaritime.org


The 32nd Annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta begins the next day on June 5, at the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), concluding on Sunday, June 7. This event draws classic wooden boats from across the state to race, rub elbows and celebrate the beauty of wooden boats. The races are open to classic sailboats of all sizes, kayaks, dinghies and row boats.

The weekend kicks off with a welcoming gathering on Friday night. Saturday brings two races, the first starting at noon and the second one commencing immediately after. A loosely-organized race for wooden dinghies, shells and kayaks will be held Sunday at 9 am, if there are enough participants. The final sailboat race will start at noon and the weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 5 pm.www.NWMaritime.org

Visit our new Port Townsend Visitor Information Center recently relocated to 2409 Jefferson Street (the former home of Northwind Art Center), just off Sims Way. This will provide easy access for you as you’re coming into Port Townsend and you’ll love the fresh new look. The volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you not only to Port Townsend, but to the new Visitor Center as well.


Also on the move, the Fort Worden Visitor Center relocated from the Guardhouse, near the entrance to the park, to the Park Administration Office across from the Parade Grounds. The Visitor Center and gift shop is managed by the Friends of Fort Worden, with all proceeds from sales going toward support of the park. Stop by, learn about Fort Worden, and pick up a few gifts for friends and family. www.fwfriends.org


The 2nd Annual Fort Worden Open House is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates the diversity of Fort Worden and the Lifelong Learning Center. Rediscover the natural beauty and rich history of this 434-acre state park on Saturday, June 13.

From 2-6 pm, bring the whole family and learn about the innovative programming and extraordinary events presented by Fort Worden’s 12 campus partners. And don’t forget your dancing shoes! There will be live music and entertainment at the Fort Worden Commons all afternoon, culminating in an all-ages concert with Locust Street Taxi and special guests performing in the USO Building beginning at 7 pm.

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Nothing celebrates America like the 4th of July and after a two-year hiatus, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of fireworks to Fort Worden State Park for the 1st Annual “Old School” 4th of July.

In collaboration with Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Thunderbull Productions, locals and visitors will enjoy a memorable weekend of excellent music, delicious food and “Old School” traditions. Saturday, July 4th, carries the weekend’s momentum to a climax with a pie-eating contest, field games, piñatas, free root beer floats, a car show, live music and much, much more, all culminating in an epic display of fireworks. www.jeffcountychamber.org and  www.centrum.org.

Pack the car, load up the kids and dog, and come to Port Townsend for summer fun!