The Winter Rendezvous is a popular Kitsap Peninsula festival that celebrates local boats, eats, vintners, cider houses, distilleries, and more. Running from February 12 to February 14 at historic downtown Poulsbo, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the festival is in its third edition.
The fun begins with a welcoming party at the marina, where there will be live music, food and drinks, and prizes given away to kick off all the fun events happening over the weekend.
The Lovers & Liquors Valentine’s Expo, held on February 13, will feature local chocolatiers, jewelers, and Valentine’s Day-themed gifts. Then, the Glögg Fest will offer free glögg at seven locations throughout downtown, which the public can vote on their favorite. A tour through the delicious world of pickled herring will be held at the Marina Market during the Pickled Herring Expo, along with a taste of the largest selection of licorice in the US. On Saturday, the Historical Society will offer a handful of Downtown Historical Tours in the morning, where visitors learn about the settlers of Poulsbo and the various businesses that have occupied the historical buildings. Artisan shops and exhibitions will be open late until 8:00PM for the 2nd Saturday Art Walk that evening.
And don’t forget about the Winter Rendezvous opening ceremonies! Held at the Austin-Kvelstag Pavilion at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park, the Poulsbo All-Stars Drumline will perform and the Poulsbo Vikings will light the traditional bonfire. Drinks and snacks will be available.
For all your Winter Rendezvous accommodations, book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. We’re conveniently located and have a wide variety of beautiful guestrooms to suit all your needs. We look forward to welcoming you!
The stage is hot this month in Kitsap County, with fabulous concerts and theatrical events. If you’re in town to catch any of the shows, be sure to book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. With options for sweeping views, jetted tubs, and fireplaces, we provide comfortable and luxurious accommodations to suit all of your needs. We also have fabulous on-site amenities, including a deluxe daily breakfast buffet, a martini lounge, and a café.
Totally 80s Totally Murder Mystery Dinner
Head over to the Point Casino on Friday, January 15 and step back in time for the Totally 80s Totally Murder Mystery Dinner. Enjoy a three-course dinner and a cash bar while attempting to solve a theatrical macabre mystery set in the 1980s. Doors open at 6:00pm and dinner begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online.
Brunch With Bach
Brunch with Bach is the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra’s annual fundraiser. Held on January 23 at Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside, the concert will feature live musical performances by various youth ensembles as well as silent and live auctions and, of course, a delicious brunch.
Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
Take a day trip to nearby Bainbridge Island for the beautiful marimba melodies of South Africa. The Anzanga Marima Ensemble returns to Bainbridge Performing Arts for its fourth annual performance on January 15, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Tickets are available online.
There’s always plenty going on in beautiful Kitsap County; from art shows, to outdoor events— and of course, concerts! This January is the perfect example of that fact, as dozens of fantastic performers, representing a wide range of genres, are set to take the stage at some of the region’s most beloved venues.
So, without further ado, here are a few nearby concerts we recommend checking out this January!
Chris Switzer | January 5
On January 5, make the short drive to South Pacific Sports Bar in Bremerton to enjoy the unforgettable acoustic works of Chris Switzer. The talented Kitsap native will be taking the stage at 7:00 for a show you don’t want to miss!
Naomi Wachira | January 9
On January 9, talented folk artist Naomi Wachira takes the stage at Rolling Bay Hall, just a short drive from our hotel. The Kenya-born singer-songwriter, who you’ll recognize as the woman behind songs like African Girl and You Better, has been compared to artists like Tracy Chapman and Amy Winehouse. She’s set to take the stage at 10:00!
The Bangalores | January 9
On the same night that Naomi Wachira performs at Rolling Bay Hall, The Bangalores are scheduled to take the stage at The Charleston in Bremerton. The zany metal act will be supported by Bremerton’s own The Sunshine Wall, as well as Salem Knights and Earth to Ashes. No visiting hard rock fan should miss this night!
Dmitri Matheny | January 16
On January 16, make a short drive north to Cafe Jacamoe to enjoy the music of award-winning jazz flugelhornist and composer, Dmitri Matheny. He’ll be taking the stage at 9:00pm, alongside his talented band, for an evening of music that should not be missed.
Tower of Power | January 26
On January 26, legendary Californian R&B band Tower of Power is set to take the stage at Bremerton’s beautiful Admiral Theatre, just a short distance from our hotel. They’ll do so with classic songs like So Very Hard to Go and You’re Still a Young Man. The show begins at 7:00. Enjoy!
Yes, this January, Kitsap is a concert-goers dream! Feel like exploring the region’s thriving live music scene for yourself? Simply book a room at our cozy, waterfront hotel today and let the fun begin! You won’t regret it!
This January, the performing arts take center stage in beautiful Kitsap County. Whether you’re a fan of theatre, live music, or comedy, the region is sure to have something for you over the coming weeks—and all the fun can be found within easy driving distance of our cozy hotel.
Here are the highlights!
The EDGE Improv | January 2
If you’re looking for a laugh, make the drive to Bainbridge Performing Arts on January 2. There, you’ll have the chance to witness the laugh-out-loud, on-the-spot comedy of The EDGE. The improv group, who have been busting our guts for more than two decades, have generated dozens of fantastic reviews over the years. Don’t miss your chance to find out why! Tickets are $16, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers.
Gypsy Jazz Concert By Pearl Django | January 8
On January 8, take a short drive to Collective Visions Gallery for a fantastic evening of live music courtesy of Pearl Django. The owner of an infectious gypsy jazz sound honed over nearly two decades, this highly regarded band is sure to get you moving. Tickets cost just $20, and the show begins at 7:00. Don’t miss it!
Arsenic and Old Lace | January 15- February 6
If theatre is more your cup of tea, the place to be is the Jewel Box Theatre, a nearby venue that will host a fantastic rendition of Joseph Kesselring’s Broadway classic starting on January 15. Directed by the talented David Siskin, tickets for this show cost $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Find a full list of show times here.
For fans of the performing arts, there’s never a bad time to visit Kitsap, as the region’s various stages are always abuzz with excitement. This January, however, that’s truer than ever, as you’ll find unforgettable performances around every corner! All it takes to join in on the fun is a room at our cozy hotel. Book yours today and enjoy excellent amenities, a beautiful location, and competitive rates!
With Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to start getting into the spirit of the season, and there’s no better way to do that than to soak in a Christmas concert! Here are five of the best taking place in Kitsap Peninsula this December.
“Star of Wonder” - December 4-5
The Amabile Choir will present the holiday show “Star of Wonder”
at Bainbridge Island’s St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. The chorus will be accompanied by keyboardist Paul Roy as it performs songs about the Star of Bethlehem. The suggested donation per ticket is $15.
“Ready or Not, It's Christmas” - December 5
The Kitsap Chordsmen are a barbershop chorus, and “Ready or Not, It’s Christmas”
presents their energetic musical style within the context of a meta story about getting ready for a Christmas concert. This afternoon show takes place at the South Kitsap High School Theatre, and tickets range from $15 to $20, depending on your seat.
“Come They Told Me!” - December 13
The Harstine Island Community Choir will offer a mix of hymnal classics and modern favourites in “Come They Told Me!”
Beginning with a candelight procession, it’s sure to be an enchanting and joyful night. The show is at the Harstine Island Community Hall and donations will be accepted.
“Songs of Joy!” - December 15
Women of Note will singing classic Christmas carols at Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. "Songs of Joy!"
promises to be an inspiring performance from these 20 women from around the Puget Sound region, and admission is free!
“Winter’s Heart” - December 19
The Kitsap Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert is coming to Port Orchard’s Adventure of Faith Church for an afternoon show and an evening show. Titled “Winter’s Heart,”
the suggested donation for tickets is $10.
All of these shows are within an hour’s drive from our hotel, meaning that you’ll have lots of choices for how to best spend your holiday in Kitsap Peninsula. Book your room
at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel and get the most out of this beautiful region this holiday season!
Christmas is next month, and that means that it’s time to start looking for gifts for everyone on your list. To help you stay on top of your shopping this holiday season, there are a few bazaars taking place in Kitsap Country, where you’ll be able to have fun and buy unique items all at the same time.
2015 Suquamish Holiday Bazaar - November 14 & 15
For two days this month, the Suquamish Tribe will present its Holiday Baazar at the Suquamish House of Awakened Culture. It’s free for the public, and the event promises to offer “unique holiday gifts made by local artists." What’s more, if you want to sell anything, booth space is free. Find information about the event on Facebook
Tracyton's Bazaar by the Bay - November 21
Tracyton United Methodist Church will bring the Bazaar by the Bay to nearby Bremerton. Local artisans will be selling their handmade arts and crafts, and there will also be a book sale, baked goods, free gift wrapping and more. There will even be hot soup and sandwiches, so attendees can eat lunch while getting their shopping done. This is an annual event, so don’t miss it! Details can be found here
Burley Bazaar - December 5
The Burley Bazaar will take over two stories of the Burley Community Hall. In addition to offering items from a large amount of vendors — whose products range from art to pet-themed gifts to household items and much more — the event features food (both sweet and savory) and Christmas-themed attractions. The Burley Glenwood Elementary School Choir will sing carols and play instruments, and patrons can get their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Learn more at the event's website
For your warm, comfortable accommodations this holiday season, be sure to book a room
at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Whether you’re here in time for Thanksgiving or are staying with us into the Christmas season, we’ve got the perfect room to meet your needs. We’ll see you soon!
Who says that learning can’t be fun? Proving that some of the best educational experiences happen outside of the classroom, the Kitsap Peninsula will be hosting excellent family-friendly activities this November. Adults and kids can learn while having a blast at the same time!
Red Yard @ the Bloedel Reserve
Born in Austin, TX, and based in Portland, OR, Red Yarn is musician and puppeteer Andy Furgeson. His dynamic performances integrate folksongs with puppet shows, and he introduces younger generations to classic American folklore. Full of positive messages, he is a regular performer at libraries and community events, and he tells stories of his magical universe the Deep Woods and its animal characters. With two albums and even a TV pilot to his name, Red Yarn is an experienced artist and educator with a reputation for engaging live performances. Tickets range from $6 to $15, depending on your age and whether you’re a member of the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island; they are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
Mushroom Mania! @ IslandWood
is a 255-acre outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island, and on November 15, it will play host to a hike called Mushroom Mania! As the name suggests, this is a mushroom-foraging expedition, where patrons can roam IslandWood’s beautiful trails and learn all about the many mushrooms found on the grounds and trees. With the help of experts from the Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society, you’ll learn about different species of mushrooms and how to identify them, and you’ll discover which ones are toxic and which ones are good to eat. There are two separate hikes — a kid-oriented tour in the morning, and a 13-and-up one in the afternoon. Tickets cost $5 and include a complimentary homemade cookie. Purchase yours here
The Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel is conveniently located to enjoy everything that Kitsap County has to offer. Book your accommodations
today in order to make the most of this beautiful season!
The Kitsap Peninsula is known for its natural wonders, but there is also lots of man-made beauty to found on this side of Puget Sound. In October, there are great events celebrating a couple of the region’s best artists.
Norm Hix @ Verksted Cooperative Art Gallery
Artist Norm Hix has been a lifelong woodworking hobbyist, but he only dove into it full-time in retirement. Since then, he’s been making up for lost time by creating stunning pieces that mix the functional with the artistic. He makes bowls, dishes, pens and barbecue forks, along with purely decorative pieces. The artist said in a statement on the gallery’s website, “Ironically, in the middle of this, I found out I was allergic to wood. However, whether it’s a passion, an obsession or an addiction, there is no going back or stopping.” Verksted Cooperative Art Gallery is located nearby in Poulsbo, WA. Hix is the featured artist all month; get the full details here
Steven Maslach @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Glass sculptor Steven Maslach hails from Bainbridge Island, located just adjacent to Silverdale. The island’s art museum will be hosting him for a talk on October 21. Running from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Maslach will discuss his inspirations, methods and future artistic vision. Admission is $6 and the talk will be followed by a reception with refreshments in the Lovelace Gallery. This is part of the museum’s Eye on Artist Lecture Series, more information about which can be found here
. Examples of Maslach’s gorgeous glass creations (such as the one in the above photograph) can be seen at his website
There are always lots of great events in Kitsap County in addition to our gorgeous scenery. To enjoy all that the region has to offer, book your accommodations
at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. We’ll see you soon!
As a misty peninsula, Kitsap is a little eerie. Perhaps this is why there are so many great Halloween events in our towns—in fact, there are so many that it can be hard to choose! That's why we've picked out a few of our favourite, including, of course, our very own Halloween Bash. So if you're in Silverdale this October, don't miss these spooky spots.
Bainbridge Garden 18th Annual Pumpkin Walk – Oct. 21-22
For those not as interested in outright scares, this Pumpkin Walk is sure to be the perfect way to spend an October evening. Wind your way through almost 300 carved and lit pumpkins and take notes for your own jack-o-lanterns. Then, give your kids some time in the Harvest Hay Maze and the Bounce House, and get their pictures taken with the Great Pumpkin. There will also be live music, face painting, and carnival games, and all proceeds go to the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club, so don't miss out! Learn more here.
Port Gamble Victorian House of Horrors Dessert Tea – Oct. 31
Port Gamble is home to many well-known haunted houses, which makes your experience in this Victorian team room an ethereal one—are those creaking floors and flickering candles caused by something you can't see? In addition to dessert and tea, this event will include theatrical interpretations of haunting horror stories from the past. It's enough to say that the performers don't recommend bringing your children. Learn more here.
Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds – Every Fri. & Sat. Thru Oct.
This year the big story at the Haunted Fairgrounds is the Hell's Motel. But don't make your reservations yet—your stay at this motel will probably only last ten minutes before you run out screaming! With evil dolls in the conference centre and with homicidal staff at the front desk, this haunted house is sure to frighten even the most grizzled scare veterans. Learn more about the haunted fairgrounds at their website.
Of course, don't forget to join us at our very own Halloween Bash on Oct. 29th! Wear your costumes for our costume contest, and make sure that costume includes dancing shoes because there will be live music. There will also be a maze and mini haunted-house, so don't miss out! And while you're at the bash, be sure to stay with us in one of our rooms. We promise they are now spirit free! We look forward to your visit.
Vegetarians beware: the “meat” of this meet-up is 100% pig! Welcome to Hog Fest, the 1st ever Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association-sanctioned professional BBQ competition. This event is sure to leave your hunger cravings satisfied. With a huge array of BBQ-themed events for all ages, no one gets to hog the fun, so grab your friends and family and come join us on the Kitsap Peninsula for this great event.
Main Course: BBQ Competitions
The main event at Hog Fest is, of course, the BBQ competitions. The main BBQ team competition will pit 16 top professional teams against eachother as they prepare their best pork, from ribs to chops to full roasts, and everything in-between. There is also an amateur event, including almost $6,000 in prizes, so I you think you can grill with the best of ‘em, sign up!
Appetizer: Entertainment on the Side
When you get tired of eating some of the best BBQ in the country—or rather, when your stomach simply can’t fit any more—be sure to check out some of the event’s entertainment. With five live bands, including the smoky sounds of the Tammy Frost Band, you’ll be dancing all night. It’s a good thing too—you’ll need a way to work off all that pork! There will also be a Harley Hog Rally and a meat cut demo by a professional butcher.
Dessert: Beer Gardens and More
What’s a plate of BBQ if not washed down with a cold brew? Once you’ve eaten your fill, settle down at the beer garden where you can taste the area’s finest ales and lagers, including options for a tasting ticket, allowing you to find a match made in heaven for your plate of pork. Learn more about Hog Fest and all its great events and features at their website here.
At this point, you’re probably hungry enough to eat your computer, so make sure you don’t miss your spot at Hog Fest by booking a hotel room in the area today! You can even try your own hand at barbecuing in our therapeutic sauna. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!