The local area and nearby Seattle and Tacoma are chock-full of entertaining activities. Get up close and personal with some bizarre bugs and an ant farm at the Bug Museum, for instance, or tee off at Port Orchard 18-hole golf course that also caters to fly fishing enthusiasts. Don’t miss the food and entertainment at the festivals dedicated to blackberries and lavender. And be sure to check out the USS Turner Joy Museum Ship and the Puget Sound Navy Museum.
Residents of Kitsap County have dozens of annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.
Allyn Days Salmon Fest & Geoduck Festival
Allyn Days starts off on the third Friday of July and continues through Sunday in Allyn Waterfront Park. There’s a baked salmon fest on Saturday, a Geoduck Festival on Sunday, a mud run, kids’ park, food, vendors and plenty of entertainment under the gazebo.
The Blackberry Festival is held on Labor Day weekend at the Bremerton Boardwalk with festival-related activities stretching up Second Street. Nearly 25,000 revelers come out each year to experience delicious blackberry-centric foods like cobblers, bubble tea, beer, wine, cinnamon rolls, sausages and more. The event also has standard food offerings, pony rides, a super slide and rock climbing wall.
Boeing Seafair Air Show
The first weekend of August brings the Boeing Seafair Air Show to town where you’ll witness the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform dazzling stunts and aerial maneuvers as spectators look on in amazement from the shores of Lake Washington. The Blue Angels participated in their first air show in 1946 and since have performed for an estimated 11 million spectators during air shows each year.
The annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous is held over four days in mid-July at the Port Orchard City Marina. Daily features include live music, dock parties and touring of boats, a raffle, a farmers market, seminars, swap meet and demonstrations. Additionally, registrants receive coffee and doughnuts every morning, a Friday BBQ dinner, the Saturday Dinghy Dash, awards banquet and live auction. The Sunday morning pancake breakfast prepares the fleet for the informal cruiser parade leaving the marina.
Kitsap County Fair & Stampede
Every August, the last weekend before Labor Day, residents of Kitsap County and surrounding areas come out to Bremerton for the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. The fair has something for everyone, including daily shows, a PRCA rodeo, destruction derby, fair food, pageants and games for the whole family. Visit the website for information on the schedule and daily specials.
The annual Lavender Festival takes place in July in Sequim. The free festival has more to offer than just the sweet smell of lavender. There are hundreds of arts and craft booths, three days of live music (dubbed Lavenderstock), a food court featuring a selection of Olympic Coast cuisine and free farm tours. Visit the website for information on the schedule.
Viking Fest is held each year in historic downtown Poulsbo in mid-May. The event includes entertainment at the Kvelstad Pavilion, an artwork competition, the battle of the bands, a carnival, donut-eating contest, lutefisk-eating contest, live music, paddleboard races, road races, a street fair, strong man competition and a parade.
Washington State Fair
The Washington State Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The fair continually ranks in the top 10 largest fairs in the world. The Washington State Fair hosts two annual events: the 17-day Washington State Fair every September and the four-day Spring Fair in Puyallup every April. Situated south of Seattle and east of Tacoma in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier, the Washington State Fair Events Center comprises more than 169 acres. The multiple buildings and facilities are available for rent during the year, making the grounds a valuable community resource.
Whaling Days, the last weekend of July in Old Town Silverdale and on the waterfront, includes live music, carnival rides, the Whale of a Run, Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, Dyes Inlet Dash Outrigger Canoe Race, street fair, destruction derby and the grand parade.