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The premier cultural event on the Kitsap Peninsula, this is where the community really comes together! Taking place August 22-25 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton, there’s SO MUCH TO DO at the County Fair!
With dozens of exhibitors, vendors workshops, rides and more, any day you show up is going to a blast – but that’s not even accounting for the daily shows!
Throughout the 4 days of the fair, you can see Karen Quest, certified cowgirl, performing her trademark rope tricks in an entertaining show complete with hilarious banter! Or watch Rhys Thomas perform his “Jugglemania” show, a world-class spectacle of all sorts of juggling and balancing!
If you’re looking for something a little more mystical, then you need to check out Kevin Wolfe’s comedy hypnosis show, a fast-paced and hilarious testament to the power of the human mind! From there, be sure to see Trevor and Lorena Watters’ HILARIOUS magic show, where this married couple will wow you both their illusions and their chemistry!
What’s a stampede without a little bit of country? Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth will hold down the fort every day with their original brand of folksy tune, and different artists will take to the Cowboy Corrall stage every night to make you kick up your heels and dance! This year’s line-up includes Jessie Leigh, Dakota Poorman, The Bootlegs and MORE! Check here for full line-up and schedule.
And that’s not to mention the real reason for the stampede – the rodeo! Come Wednesday, August 22 to check out the PRCA Xtreme Bullriding show! This is not one to miss – these are some of the world’s wildest bulls and most talented cowboys!
The Kitsap County Fair and Stampede is truly exciting, and we look forward to it every year. If you’re thinking of attending, book a room at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel for a relaxing oasis away from the action… so you can rest up and return the next day!
The Kitsap Peninsula is a summer playground! Come visit this beautiful natural setting to make the most of the summer before it’s over!
SUMMER AT THE TRAILS
Silverdale’s “The Trails” is part mall, part shopping complex, and part community hub! Featuring a variety of locally-owned businesses and hot franchises and brands, this is where Kitsap comes to shop! But that’s not all – all summer long there are events happening in the shared space, like free concerts, festivals, and more! Check here for a full schedule of events happening at The Trails!
We’re looking forward to the Malo Combo Latin music ensemble playing on the MOD Pizza patio on August 3 and 5, as well as the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Party on August 13! But that’s not all – check out the schedule and experience something fun while picking out hot new summer fashions!
TUCK EVERLASTING IN THE WOODS
Kitsap Forest Theater is a “Theater inspired by a magical place!” Located in a copse of trees outside Bremerton, this one-of-a-kind theater space allows for family-friendly shows under an open sky, surrounded by mother nature! It’s one of our favorite experiences in the area, and we can’t recommend it enough.
This summer, they are putting on a production of Tuck Everlasting, the beloved children’s story about a family of immortals imparting their wisdom, and mistakes, to a young girl who needs it. With eight performances over four weekends at the end of July and the first weeks of August, there are plenty of chances to catch this spellbinding piece of theatre – but once they’re over, you’re out of luck, so get your tickets now!
When visiting Kitsap, there’s no better way to appreciate the natural beauty of this one-of-a-kind setting than to book a room at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Enjoy our indoor heated pool with its immense windows overlooking the shore for a luxurious combination of comfort and beauty!
Call us biased, but we’re pretty sure Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula is the most gorgeous place on Earth. We love living here, and we hope you’ll love visiting! Check out some of these upcoming events just in case you need further convincing.
OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Taking place July 14 and 15 in nearby Port Townsed, the Olympic Music Festival is a celebration of classical music. Featuring some of the best musicians in the world performing the greatest music ever written, this is two days of incredible music in a remarkably intimate setting. See up and coming starts like Tessa Lark, one of America’s most acclaimed violinists, or emotionally provocative cellist Pablo Ferrández! This is a remarkable union of natural and musical beauty – check it out!
BREMERTON SUMMER BEER FEST
What could be a better complement to the salty breeze coming off of the Pacific Ocean than a delicious craft brew, lovingly prepared with local ingredients by master brewers? How about your choice of over a 100 beers from 36 Washington breweries? That’s exactly what you’ll get at the 8th Annual Bremerton Summer Beer Fest! Expanded to take place over two days, from July 20 to 21 at the Bremerton Boardwalk, this is your chance to really experience the best that Washington has to offer: great lagers and ales perched against the Pacific! A 21+ event (obviously), this festival also features live music and great food. Don’t miss out.
Of course, when visiting the Kitsap Peninsula you want accommodations that reflect the beauty of the area. Stay at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel and enjoy cocktails at our in-building bar, the Beach Front Martini Lounge, for an elegant way to spend a gorgeous Washington summer evening while watching the waves lap at the shore. Book your room today!
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Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula is one of the most gorgeous places on Earth. The lush greenness of the Pacific Northwest combined with the dark mystery of the Ocean makes for a wild, natural beauty that makes it a great place to visit for a relaxing, rejuvenating stay.
Make no mistake, you can fill your visit with exploring the coastline or relaxing in a lawnchair watching the Pacific crash on the rocks, but here are some events coming up in Kitsap that will are even more reason to visit!
ANN WILSON OF HEART
Back in the 80s, few bands were as daring, or rocked as hard, as Heart. On July 7, Heart’s lead singer and primary songwriter Ann Wilson will be playing the Admiral Theater, reminding you why she was one of the most commanding stage presences of the 80s. Come see hits like “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “What About Love” and “If Looks Could Kill” LIVE in an intimate setting. Buy tickets for Ann Wilson here!
BILLY BOB THORNTON & THE BOXMASTERS
Long before his starring role in Sling Blade made him a household name, Billy Bob was the frontman of a rock group that knows how to make people PARTY. Playing a souped-up version of rockabilly known as “psychobilly,” Billy Bob & The Boxmasters are going to put on a heck of a show at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton on July 10!
SUMMER SOUNDS AT GIG HARBOUR
For 16 years now, Gig Harbour has been hosting an outdoor summer concert series at Skansie Park on Tuesday nights. Featuring some of the best acts that Washington State has to offer, this is sa fun, family-friendly want to get out and explore the community. On July 10, you can catch The Beatnicks, one of Kitsap’s favorite party bands, and on July 17 you can check out the sweet American and blues of Sweet T and Justice! Check here for a full summer line-up!
Visiting the Kitsap Peninsula! There’s no better place to stay to enjoy the natural splendour of the region than at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Featuring stunning beachfront views and a luxurious complimentary pool with gigantic windows that let in all the natural light, we’re your portal to the peninsula. Book your room today!
Since 1974, Whaling Days has been the highlight of summer in Silverdale! Thousands of people, locals and visitors alike, come together in Silverdale’s “Old Town” to enjoy activities and entertainment and raise money for the local community. This year’s event takes place from July 27th to 29th, with lots of events for people of all ages, including families and kids! You won’t want to miss this beloved annual tradition.
On Friday, head over to Silverdale Waterfront Park at 5 pm when the festivities begin. Silverdale Waterfront Park is less than a 15 minute walk away from Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, walking along scenic Bay Shore Drive with views of the Dyes Inlet. There will be carnival rides from 5 pm to 10 pm, as well as a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over. At 6 pm, check out the main stage for a performance by The Tonze, followed by a show by Chapter 5 from 8 pm to 10 pm. Don’t leave after the show! Stick around for a dazzling fireworks show over the Dyes Inlet starting at 10 pm.
Saturday’s schedule is even more jam-packed, with musical entertainment going all day from noon until 10 pm. There will be 6 concerts on Saturday, ending with the Dusty 45’s from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. Before the music starts, be sure to check out the Silverdale Rotary Pancake breakfast from 7 am to 11 am, followed by the “Kitsap Whale of a Run” presented by Meals on Wheels. This race has 4-mile, 1-mile, and special kids’ routes so everyone can participate! At 10 am, check out the First Federal Lions/Kiwanis Grand Parade, plus more carnival rides, a street fair, as well as the start of Saturday’s musical entertainment and a beer and wine garden open from noon till 10.
Sunday’s activities include canoe races on the Dyes Inlet starting at 9 am, another street fair and more carnival rides, the beer and wine garden, and more musical entertainment. At 1:30 pm, check out the Silverdale Rotary Duck Races to mark the end of this year’s Whaling Days festival!
Be sure to check out the festival website for more details as the event approaches! We’re so looking forward to this year’s Whaling Days and are hoping to see you there too!
Looking for some summer fun? Try your hand at the Great Kitsap Scavenger Hunt, a county-wide activity that’s fun for all ages and a great way to explore the local area! The scavenger hunt takes place on June 24th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
Find as many of the items on the list provided the day of the game in the allotted 2-hour window. Just snap a pic with a digital camera or phone to “collect” the item! The scavenger hunt is open to all ages, with those under 18 years old requiring an accompanying adult on their team.
The rules are simple! Your team must stay together at all times - so no dividing and conquering! When you take your photo of the item you “found”, all team members must be visible to prove that everyone was there. Return to the starting point by 3:30 pm and the team who has found the most items/has the highest number of points wins!
Didn’t quite gain the top spot? You have one more chance to beat your competition! get bonus points by participating in the event after-party at MOD Pizza in Silverdale - just a 20-minute bus ride or 30 minute walk away from Best Western Silverdale Beach.
You must register for the scavenger hunt by June 15th at 6 pm to participate in the game! You can register as an individual for just $10, or register as a team. Register a team of 2 to 4 people for $30, or a team of 5-10 people for just $40. The Great Kitsap Scavenger Hunt is truly a great way to meet locals and visitors and to explore the county of Kitsap while having an amazing time and creating lasting memories.
If your special day is on the way, don’t miss the next Kitsap Wedding Tour happening on May 20th! This is a self-guided, “choose your own adventure” tour where you can explore the Kistap and Olympic Peninsula for inspiration to make your wedding day truly unforgettable.
From 10 am to 5 pm, you’ll get the chance to explore various venue options that are as unique as you and your sweetheart. From expansive waterfront views and lush gardens to shady groves and charming rustic barns, you’re sure to find something that speaks to your heart.
You’ll also get the opportunity to meet the local pros of the wedding industry and even see them in action! Planners, caterers, florists and more will be showing off their skills by creating “wedding day experiences” and various venues during the tour. This means you can meet all the pros without feeling like your already busy schedule is bursting with appointments, plus you get to see their work first-hand to determine the best fit for you – always better than meeting in an office or studio!
Be sure to also check out the tour after party, held at the Kitsap Conference Center from 5 pm to 7 pm. You’ll get to meet other couples, reflect on the tour, and of course celebrate your love and your exciting upcoming day! One lucky guest at the after party will even win a special cash prize – always nice when you’ve got a wedding to plan!
Advance tickets purchased online are just $12 +tax, or $15 at the door at the Kistap Conference Centre on the day of the tour (cash only).
Of course, you can also have your wedding right here at Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel! Our 5000 square foot event space is impressive and versatile, with incredible waterfront views. So even if you can’t decide which flowers, cake, or music to choose – at least you know you’ll have a wonderful place to tie the knot!
The arrival of spring means there’s going to be plenty of fun events popping up in and around Silverdale. If you’re taking a trip to the Kitsap County region from mid April and beyond, then you’ll have a whole host of fun events waiting to be enjoyed; coming up we have new theatrical productions, two great music concerts, and a chance to explore the beautiful outdoors without paying a penny.
A classic tale
Who’s up for a trip to the theatre? From April 6 - May 6, you’ll be able to catch performances of Beauty and the Beast at the Bremerton Community Theatre. If you’re traveling with children, then it’s a must - they’ll love seeing such a classic story performed live in front of them.
Master fiddler Charlie Daniels and his band will be in town on Sunday, April 22, to perform their special brand of rock boogie and blues at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton. Get ready for a fun night!
An afternoon of music
If you like your music a bit more brassy - and free - then get down to the Undersea Naval Museum in Keyport for the Navy Band Northwest Free Concert. The perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Free outdoor fun
Finally, don’t remember to head outdoors on April 14 - it’s ‘free entrance to State parks day’ everywhere in Washington! Everyone’s invited to see the beauty of the region.
Want to make your trip extra special? Then make sure you book your accommodations at the best hotel in Silverdale. When you select the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, you’ll have all the luxuries of staying in a hotel that’s located right on the water, and which also includes bags full of amenities - including an indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, and high speed wireless internet.
Anticipating that you’re going to fall into a post-Christmas slump come January? While saying goodbye to the highs of the festive season is never easy, you’ll find that it’s all the more straightforward if you have a trip to Silverdale to look forward to. Our town and wider Kitsap County area offer bags of fun events that the whole family can enjoy, including historical museums, outdoor activities, and special exhibitions. Check out the details below, and get ready to have a January to remember.
Exploring naval history
How would the kids like the sound of visiting an actual U.S. Naval Destroyer? You can do just that by visiting the USS Turner Joy, which is moored in Bremerton and open to the public. From there, you can go straight to the Puget Sound Naval Museum, where you can learn everything you’d want to know about the area’s rich naval history.
Lost in the woods
Make sure you bring some walking boots with you, because you’re going to be nearby to plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces. Take a trip over to Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forest, and you and the family can enjoy the magic of Kitsap County’s extensive beauty. Hit the trails, try to spot wildlife, and all-around have a fun time!
Finally, test your resolve in the face of creepy crawlies at Bug Museum, which is located in Bremerton. Ants, bugs, reptiles, and much more: you might not think they’re cute, but they sure are interesting.
Treat yourself to a stellar start to 2018 by booking accommodations at the best hotel in Silverdale. At the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, you’ll have everything you and your family need to enjoy your trip away from home, with rooms available that include views of the water and fireplaces.
Planning to visit Kitsap County during the early part of 2018? Then you’re in luck, because there’ll be plenty of goings in the city and the wider region, ensuring that you’re able to start the year having plenty of fun. Coming up we have music concerts, comedy nights, and a celebration of a very special figure in this nation’s history. In all, there’ll be something on hand to make sure the whole family has a memorable trip to Silverdale!
Celebration of an iconic figure
Head on over to Bremerton’s Presidents' Hall on January 15, and you’ll find a fitting tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the day of the holiday that bears his name. During the celebration, which runs from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, you’ll find choirs, speakers, a color guard, and vendors.
Music at the Admiral
There’s always something to see at the Admiral Theatre, and January is no different! Coming up there’s a host of terrific concerts that’ll cater to all types of music lovers. Five For Fighting will be playing on January 20th; Howard Jones on the 26th; and Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen on the 28th. Though don’t worry if you can’t make those nights: there’s plenty more concerts taking place!
A night of comedy
Want a laughing start to 2018? Who doesn’t! Get down to Bainbridge Performing Arts on January 20th, and you’ll be able to see live stand up that promises to have rolling in your seat.
Make sure you’re staying at the best hotel in Silverdale by booking your stay at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. You’ll have everything you need to have a comfortable, relaxing stay during your trip. And if you don’t believe us, just look at our amenities: onsite we have an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre, and sauna!