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Visiting Silverdale this summer? Head over to the Kitsap County and experience a beloved tradition and the county's largest free event this summer—the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. The fair has been ongoing for over 60 years, serving as a staple summer event for the community.
From August 21-25, the annual Kitsap County Fair and Stampede is back, and it's not just for cowboys and cowgirls. The event-filled week features activities for the whole family, those who've attended for years, and strangers to the rodeo scene.
The fair includes a rodeo, live music performances, bull shows, and a pavilion of vendors. Headlining the evening concert series is country artist Craig Morgan, a multi-faceted musician, and veteran of the US Army. Also taking the stage serving country tunes are performers John Wesley Satterfield, John Gurney, Stevie Monce, and David Borné.
Get pet-friendly at the carnival with the daily Animals and Livestock shows and the Pet-Me-Barn where visitors can pet a chick, bunny, and miniature donkeys. Families and kids can get their face painted, enjoy arts & crafts, and of course get a thrill from the rides.
To get a load of rodeo, check out the numerous rodeo events happening each night of the fair. From Wednesday to Friday, see the PRCA pro rodeo in action and experience world-class rodeo action. Each night is an entertainment-filled evening where riders participate in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. On Saturday, kick it up a notch and attend the Xtreme Bulls Rodeo show. PRCA's top bull riders and strongest bulls compete for a $10,000 grand prize.
Newly announced is FREE admission to the fair. Mark your calendars and book your stay at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel—only a six-minute drive from fairgrounds. Its convenient location, luxurious rooms, and quality service can't be beaten.
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Nothing screams of summer like a lineup of outdoor festivals featuring food, music, and community. This summer, check out these three festivals in or near Kitsap County.
1) West Seattle Summer Fest
West Seattle Summer Fest returns this July for its 37th run to bring local music to the forefront. What better way to celebrate the city's booming music scene than gathering all of your beloved Seattle artists in one venue. Check out your favourite band or make new ones and support musicians from the local area. You can also find European cafes and food vendors, visit the Pet Junction, drop your kids off at the Kids Area, and shop at Vintage Alley. This Summer Fest has no shortage of activities in store for festival-goers and city-dwellers. Best of all—the event is completely free! Be sure to mark your calendars for July 12-14 for an event you won't want to miss.
2) Tour de Terrace
The Tour de Terrace is a volunteer-led festival with the mission of fostering a strong community through food, friendship, and fun activities. From July 26-28, the Mountlake Terrace community comes alive with a number of celebrations throughout the weekend including a parade, a fireworks show, and musical performances. You can also partake in the daily pancake breakfast, check out the car show, visit the street fair, or participate in the 5K fun run. This event gets the whole town up and on the street!
3) Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival
The Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival returns on July 26-28 for its 60th year, proof of its claim to being the second-longest running festival in Washington State. The festival takes place in Kingston's Village Green and features artisan craft booths, local food vendors, and Juried and Student Art Shows. Support the arts and discover your newest living room accent piece.
After spending your days wandering through the fairs, escape the activity of the city and be sure to book a stay at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Experience peace, serenity, comfort, and affordability at this beautiful beachfront location.
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If you’re heading to the Kitsap Peninsula this July, don’t miss Silverdale’s annual Whaling Days festival from July 26 to 28. Each year, the local community comes together for 3 days of fun in the summer sun in Old Town Silverdale.
One of the highlights of the festival is the live music performances. This year’s performer lineup includes The Sunset Grooves on Friday July 26 (stick around for fireworks over the Dyes Inlet at dusk) and daytime concerts by DooWop and the Shoo B Doos, Joel Gibson Jr and the Hired Guns, and Skinny Blue on Saturday and Sunday.
Beyond live music, each day’s festivities also includes carnival rides, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden for attendees 21 and up.
On Saturday morning, check out the Whale of a Run event benefitting Meals on Wheels Kitsap. The Whale of a Run event includes a 4 mile race, 1 mile run/walk, a Kids Dash for the little ones, and a non-competitive Fun Dash with Special Olympics athletes. Other Saturday events include a parade from 10 to 11 am and the Kitsap Destruction Derby from 4:30 to 8 pm.
On Sunday, don’t miss the Dyes Inlet Dash canoe races, where you can either participate in or sit back and watch the 500 meter Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe sprint race across the picturesque Dyes Inlet. If you wish to register to participate, the canoes, paddles, and steers person are all provided, as well as life jackets and snacks.
This community festival is family friendly and totally free to attend! By attending the festival, the proceeds of any money you spend on food, rides, or entertainment either benefits local charities or contributes to scholarships for high school graduates of the local school district. Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel is conveniently located less than a 15-minute walk away from the event grounds at Silverlake Waterfront Park. We’re so proud to support our local community and look forward to hosting our guests as they get to know the locals through this awesome event.
The Kitsap Peninsula is the perfect place for a summer getaway, and everyone knows that a summer getaway is never complete without a trip to the market. Be it a farmer’s market, flea market, or artisan market, there’s no better way to spend a morning than strolling with your friends or family, coffee in hand, through stalls of fresh produce, vintage treasures, or beautifully crafted works of art. Here are just some of the markets happening around the Kitsap Peninsula this summer:
Bremerton Community Farmer’s Market | Every Thursday from May to October
Beyond the usual fresh produce and locally-grown eggs you can expect from a farmer’s market, the Bremerton Community Farmer’s Market also features live music, activities for kids, and lots of other cool local vendors to shop and explore. This market strives to make high-quality local food accessible to the entire community, including low income families, and also provides education about food and sustainable agriculture. Pick up some fresh berries and other goodies and lounge in the sun at the Bremerton Community Farmer’s Market every Thursday this summer, all while supporting the local community. This market is conveniently located just a 15 minute drive away from our hotel, so you can buy as much fruit, cheese, and other perishable treats as you want.
June Bug Flea Market | June 1
The June Bug Flea Market is perfect for a day of shopping with a cause, with 100% of the proceeds from this market benefitting local animal rescue groups. This market and fundraiser features “50 vintage and artisan vendors will be selling recycled, repurposed, and antique items, as well as awesome collectables and unique handmade creations!” There will also be great food vendors on site with delicious treats, including lots of healthy and/or vegan options, plus a live jazz band for entertainment. Find the June Bug Flea Market at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, less than a 10 minute drive away from Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel.
Gig Harbor Night Market | First Saturday of each month
Not an early riser? You don’t have to miss out on the fun of a summer market in Kitsap! The Gig Harbor Night Market happens on the first Saturday of every month from 4 pm to 9 pm. You can shop for local hand-made jewelry, clothing, edible goodies and treats, and much more. Grab a beer or other drink of your choice and mingle with members of the local community as you enjoy those long summer evenings we all know and love. The night market is approximately a 30 minute drive away from our hotel, and you can enjoy the late summer sunset as you drive back to your comfortable, cozy room at Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel.
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Looking for ways to spend quality time with your family? Well there’s no better place to do that than in Kitsap!
It’s tough to get out for runs – you know it’s good to do, but it’s so daunting some times.
If you’re looking for a reason to get out, get active, and have a great time, then come to Port Orchard in Kitsap County for the Fathoms O’ Fun 5K Color Run! Taking place May 25, this is a short run that’s just over three miles. With multiple categories for age and gender, it’s fun for the whole family!
The big difference here is that instead of just plodding around, there will be multiple “seagull splat” zones where you’re splashed with colored water! Get out there and wear something white and disposable so you can cool down in a fun way!
This yearly tradition marks the opening of boating season on the Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-26! Come out and enjoy vendors, live music and face painting, and even go on a tour of the USS Turner Joy! Every year it’s a fun day in the sun and we think your family will love it.
A beloved Kitsap family tradition, Kitsap Forest Theater is a kid-friendly, one-of-a-kind theater experience! Instead of taking place in a boring, stuffy old theater, Kitsap Forest Theater takes place under the sun and the trees! Come to the natural ampitheater outside of Bremerton on May 27 and watch a production of the Broadway classic Newsies! This is the kind of exerpeince your kids will remember forever – definitely check it out!
Kitsap is full of family fun. If you’re travelling with your family then book a room at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel. Your kids will love exploring the beach and swimming in the indoor heated pool, and you’ll love enjoying a cocktail at our Beach Front Martini Lounge!
There are a lot of words for what Kitsap County looks like in spring. Beautiful, obviously, but also stunning, gorgeous, awe-inspiring. We’re even partial to splendid.
There’s really no better time to visit Kitsap than May because everything is just so overwhelmingly scenic – but if you need another reason, maybe some of these upcoming events will appeal!
Best known as one of the principle songwriters and singers of Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is a talented songwriter who brings incredible, infectiously upbeat energy to his Celtic-influenced songs! On May 4, you can catch Doyle at the Admiral Theater for a special performance with his touring band, The Beautiful Gypsies. Doyle is on record saying “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down” and we’re sure he won’t fail to deliver!
A wedding show with a difference! Instead of taking place in a stuffy convention centre, Kitsap Wedding Tours takes you to multiple scenic venues and shows you the vendors vying to create your special day doing what they do best – creating unforgettable weddings! It’s a more relaxed take on the traditional Wedding Expo, letting you go on a romantic tour while making your plans!
It doesn’t matter who you are, or how above it you think you are. When you see an old, beaten up sedan drive HARD into another car in a destruction derby, you flinch – then you CHEER. There’s something viscerally entertaining about a destruction derby, and the Kitsap Destruction Derby Association are kicking off their 2019 season on May 19 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds!
If you want to experience the best of Kitsap, book a stay at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel! We’re perfectly situated in the landscape of Kitsap to show you all its incredible beauty from your room!
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Now that spring is here, it’s time to get outside and get moving! Kitsap county is blessed with some of the most beautiful locales in the world, nestled as it is between the Pacific ocean and the lush green and spectacular mountains of Washington state! If you’re looking for some hikes that will help you appreciate the changing of the season, come to Kitsap for some of these awesome walks!
Full of various trails that are open to hikers, horseback riders, bicycles and more, Green Moutain State Forest is absolutely beloved by everyone lucky enough to live in Kitsap. The trails are well-kept, but it should be noted that it is quite hilly. On the plus side, that means you’ll have spectacular views on the end of your hike! On the down side, if you’re exploring with very young children you may have some sulky campers to contend with. Still, if you’re up for it this network of trails is well worth your time!
Okay, this one isn’t so much a “hike” as an INCREDIBLE sight! Located a short drive from town, Rocky Brooks Falls is a short walk into the woods that rewards you with a glimpse of a magnificent waterfall! Take a picnic and enjoy the rush of the water.
Located in Silverdale, Clear Creek Trail is a long walk with great trails! Perfect for walking your dog, this trail will take you across all sorts of varied terrain including forest and coastline and is so beautiful that anyone you run into on the trail will absolutely be smiling! Please appreciate that we’re sharing one of the area’s best-kept secrets with you here… try to keep it under your hat!
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Book a room with the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel and our friendly staff will be sure to direct you to their favorite spots on the peninsula!
Take part in a fun scavenger hunt that lets you take home original pieces of art! Local artists handmake original, one-of-a-kind posters and distribute them throughout the locally owned shops of Bremerton, Washington here in Kitsap county! The best part? Once you find one of these posters, it’s yours to take home!
The name comes from a typo in an old educational poster for how to dress in the Navy shipyards in the area, made for the women who took to that industry in the advent of World War II. The organizers say that “it stands for hard work, education, and of course is a tip of the hardhat to our beloved shipyard.” In any case, it’s a fun event that takes place on the first Friday of every month in the spring and summer that will let you discover local stores and local art! Check it out in April on the 5th!
Gilbert and Sullivan are in many ways the creators of what we now call “The Musical,” combining fun and unforgettable song numbers combined with colorful and entertaining stories! Their classic The Mikado is one of their best, a hilarious fusion of British culture and Japanese folklore that has tickled audiences for nearly a century and a half! Featuring classic songs like “Three Little Maids” and “The Hour of Gladness,” The Mikado is an utter delight!
Catch New York’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players at The Admiral Theater on April 12 for a truly stunning production of this classic piece of musical theater!
Great art is great, but is there any art greater than the coastline of the Pacific Northwest? Book a room at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel and experience spectacular views that would put the Sistine Chapel to shame!
We love living on the Kitsap peninsula, and are told that it’s a great place to visit too! We wouldn’t know – the Pacific Northwest is home.
When the winter ice finally melts and spring is here, you want to be READY for it with all the gardening supplies to make the most of your growing season! If you have a green thumb you need to be at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton on March 15-17 for the Home & Garden Expo! Featuring nearly 100 experts and vendors who can help you plan your garden and home renovations, this is your chance to make your home the cosy paradise it was always meant to be! Take part in informative workshops, buy value-priced bulbs, learn handy garden maintenance tips and more!
As part of the Home & Garden Expo, the Kitsap Building Association is putting on a HUGE Antique show and sale! “Say Hello to Yesterday” is a showfloor full of antiques, vintage furniture and repurposed art! Transform you home and garden with a stunning conversation piece or a tasteful piece of teak – and remember, the fun is in the find!
If you love acts like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers then do yourself a favor – pick up some tickets to see The Hunts at The Admiral Theater in Bremerton on March 29! This band of seven siblings have been playing music with each other their entire lives, and have perfected a brand of uplifting Americana that will make you want to dance and singalong! They’re bound to be stars and this is the perfect moment to catch them in a magical theatre performance.
If you’re visiting Kitsap, then you can call the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel your home on the beach. Just steps from the gorgeous Pacific waters we aim to make you feel like you belong here. Book your room right now!
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They don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore! What are “’em”? EVERYTHING! If you love quality craftsmanship and great materials, you owe it to yourself to to check out the Redeemed Revival Festival in at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in nearby Bremerton, this March 1 and 2.
This is the LARGEST vintage market in the Kitsap peninsula, and it only takes place once a year! Boasting over 50,000 square feet of fair ground and over 95 vendors, you’re going to find something you love. Vintage apple crates, gorgeous antique lamps, forgotten gems and more! Whether you’re decorating your new home or just hoping to find the jewel of your collection of antique Stanley hand-planes, this is a must-visit. It’s fun just to browse! Don’t miss out.
As winner of season 2 of American Idol, Ruben Studdard won the hearts and minds of America! Possessing an angelic voice and incredible stage presence, Studdard is one of the few performers who could even HOPE to take on the works of one of R&B’s true originals, Luther Vandross! See Ruben perform hits like “Any Love,” “If Only For One Night,” “Dance with My Father” and more at the at Clearwater Casino in Suquamish on the Kitsap Peninsula on March 7th!
Lots of bands cover the greats – but this is your chance to catch a band that BACKS one of the greats! The Lords of 52nd Street are, and have always been, Billy Joel’s band. Featuring some of the best musicians in the biz, these incredible performers don’t have to copy greatness – they ARE that greatness! See them play some their signature hits for two shows at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton on March 8 and 9.
Kitsap County has a lot going on – and if you want to experience it all, make sure you book a room at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Located close to Kitsap’s hottest spots and nestled in the natural beauty of Silverdale, we’re where you want to be!