The Kitsap Harbor Festival — the annual kick-off of the summer boating season — celebrates its 8th year this Memorial Day weekend on May 28 and May 29. This family-friendly affair attracts boaters and visitors from surrounding communities to enjoy the many activities that take place on the boardwalk and the waterfront.
Opening ceremonies will be hosted by festival fan-favorite, Carrie Kay, who’ll perform the Star Spangled Banner and more crowd-pleasing patriotic songs. There will also be plenty of entertainment taking over the Main Stage, with bands like the Bobbers, Pirates of the Coast, Pint N Dale, and Second Addition playing live and dance performances by groups including Synergy Dance Group, the Bremerton High School Drill Team, and the Hula Halau Polynesian Dancers.
All weekend long, the Venture Crew 1517 will be diving the water for sea creatures and telling festivalgoers all about what they find. Kids can see these creatures up close and even touch them. Also for children, there will be special interactive booths where youngsters of all ages are able to experience technology, engineering, math, and science hands-on.
The boardwalk will host over 50 vendor booths that will offer everything from fair food to crafts to purchase. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a beer from the beer garden located on the marina viewing platform, which also boasts a beautiful view of the Port of Bremerton Marine as well as the Main Stage.
If you’re spending this Memorial Day weekend in Kitsap, be sure to book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. We’re conveniently located, with luxurious accommodations (with options for sweeping views and pet-friendly rooms), upscale on-site amenities, and affordable rates.
Welcome to Washington! And welcome to the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, featuring a gorgeous waterfront patio and seasonal firepit, large indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, and more. You’ll love coming home to our comfortable rooms and stunning grounds, so book your stay today and check out these amazing local events on the May calendar in the Kitsap area:
Epic One-Day Only Plant Sale: May 7
Calling all green thumbs! One of the inspiring aspects of spring is the endless opportunity of your soon-to-be garden. Coming from Canada or elsewhere in Washington to get in on the Master Gardener Foundation’s Plant Sale at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on May 7? You won’t be alone – the one-day only extravaganza for flora for all is a popular local event and you’ll want to be close by. Our Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel is less than 10 minutes from the garden sale.
Wine Tasting on Bainbridge Island: May 7 -8
A nice half-an-hour drive from our waterfront hotel, Bainbridge Island is home to the charming Rolling Bay Winery and the perfect setting for a casual afternoon sampling vino with family and/or friends. This small winery specialized in limited quantities of hand-crafted premium wine. The grapes come from Snipes Mountain, one of Washington States newest AVAs and oldest vineyards. The winery is only open twice a month, with the next wine tasting event happening Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8 from noon to 5:30 p.m. This experience includes premium wine tastings, barrel samplings, local artisan appetizers and a stunning view.
Free Comic Book Day: May 7
Pop into Avalon Comics near Kohl’s at Kitsap Mall here in Silverdale for Free Comic Book Day to pick up a treat for your kiddo – or maybe yourself? There are several titles to choose from, as well as a chance to meet local artists and comic-inspired activities. Get there early – select comics are free while supplies last!
The art of beading really took off here in the U.S.A. about 10 years ago, and it’s still a hot trend today. If you have plans to get your bead on this summer to craft your own personal jewellery, you’ll want to come to Silverdale at the end of April for the amazing bead show presented by Beauty in the Bead. These guys have really beefed up their bead stock and will bring 20,00 new strands and 1,500 new pendants and cabochons to their already impressive selection. It’s the perfect chance to make a gorgeous one-of-a-kind piece for yourself, or stock up on all the essentials for your beading business.
From Tigereye to opals freshwater pearls, you’ll be able to find everything you need for your upcoming jewellery, craft and art projects. The show includes something for every budget and requirement, from stone to chips, dyed magnesite shell, coral, Chinese-cut crystal and a Private Collection Grid for unique and exquisite beads. Collect all your favorite stone beads
New to the show are trays of stone beads selling for $4.99 and $6.99 – a fantastic deal!
This year’s show happens April 28, 29 and 30. Thursday and Friday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why not stay where all the action is? The Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel offers amazing accommodation and impressive hotel amenities, all at incredible rates. Fuel up for a full day of browsing by enjoying a complimentary breakfast buffet, and rest your aching feet after the show closes in our gorgeous whirlpool and sauna. Book your room online today and get ready to fill your boots with all the beads, charms and pendants you could ever dream of!
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is home to contemporary art and crafts locally made in the Puget Sound. The museum exhibits, collects, and preserves works of both proven cultural value as well as those of up and coming artists, which makes for a well-rounded array of presentations that well-represents the region. Take a look at what’s currently on display below and, if you’re visiting Silverdale, this museum located in nearby Bainbridge Island makes for a great day trip. Book your stay with us here at the Silverdale Beach Hotel for a wide variety of accommodation styles, fabulous on-site amenities such as our Beach Front Martini Lounge and daily breakfast buffet, and affordable rates.
This exhibition, which runs from now through until June 5, was curated by BIMA founder Cynthia Sears using her own collection. In Artist’s Books, the books of various artists are used as works of contemporary art. Mostly mixed-media, the books are composed of many different steps and progresses, and are encouraged to be experienced and touched so that visitors may get “the whole story.”
A Story Place
A Story Place, BIMA's exhibition of clay artist Nancy Thorne Chambers, is a ceramic installation that features 30 life-size animals and insects sitting in a forest, listening to a child reading a story that’s about them. Creating a sense of story within visual relationships is what inspired Chambers, a former family therapist who here explores the simple yet complex notion of “relationships.” Each sculpture has been hand-built, fired glazed, fired again, and then painted with layers of color to depict hair and fur. Their gestures, expressions, and position in the group setting has been carefully chosen.
With themes ranging from fantasy to personal loss, this group exhibition showcases the ideas and experiences of various journeys. Including in Journeys, which runs until June 5, are local artists Marita Dingus (Auburn), Denise Harris (Bainbridge Island), Steve Jensen (Seattle), Phillip Levine (Burien), Susan Lowrey (Vashon Island), Ann Morris (Lummi Island), Steve Parmelee (Poulsbo), and Kay Walsh (Bainbridge Island).
With a mission to protect, educate, and preserve the history and culture of the Puget Sound Salish Tribes (with a particular emphasis on the Suquamish Tribe), the Suquamish Museum Mission strives to provide all of its visitors with a newfound understanding of the Native Peoples of the Puget Sound.
With the assistance of Tribal elders, scholars, and other professionals, the museum, which opened in 1983, is home to a wide variety of exhibits that showcase photography, artifacts, replication, and audio/visual productions.
Until May 8, the Suquamish Museum is presenting Woven: Contemporary Salish Wool Weavings by Danielle Morsette. The exhibition is designed to introduce the viewer to the techniques of Coast Salish Wool Weaving and presents individual small woven panels of each style. Alongside the panels, contemporary designed blankets, skirts, shawls, and more by crafted by Morsette, the artist will also demonstrate how a weaver translates knowledge of traditional styles into their work. Her loom with a work in progress will also be on display in accompaniment, to allow the viewer an intimate view of the process. Together, these two elements will create both a journey in time and the journey of a student.
The Suquamish Museum is just a 20-minute drive from us here at the conveniently located BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. Book your stay with us today for comfortable, spacious accommodations (with options for water views and jetted tubs) and affordable rates.
There is never any shortage of great things to do here in the Kitsap and this month is a testament to that. Whether you’re into antiques, roller derby, or just want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the family, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel to make the most of it all. Our beautiful guestrooms offer options for breathtaking water views, jetted tubs, and fireplaces, and be sure to take advantage of our fabulous on-site amenities including the Beachfront Martini Lounge, complimentary bicycle rentals, and daily breakfast buffet.
Josephine’s Redeemed Revival Spring Market
Make your way down to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 for the very first annual Josephine’s Redeemed Revival Spring Market. Hosted by beloved local vintage shop Josephine’s Redeemed Boutique, this exciting event showcases more than 50 of the region's best vintage artisans, crafts people, and businesses. The two-day event celebrates also includes classes, food, music, and a special book signing on Saturday with New York Times best-selling author and blogger Melissa Michaels, who will be on hand to sign copies of her latest, The Inspired Room.
Wild West Showdown
From March 4 to March 6, the Kitsap County Fairgrounds will be filled with hard-hitting action with some of the best role derby leagues in the nation for the 2016 Wild West Showdown. The jamboree will be holding spots for six WFTDA Women's teams, six MRDA Men's teams, six JRDA All-Female teams, and six JRDA Open (co-ed) teams. See the full list of registered teams here. Tickets are $15 per day or $40 for all three. They can be purchased online.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Put on your greenest and head over to Bremerton’s 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. The parade kicks off at 11:00AM at 6th and Pacific and heads down south. This fun-filled day will also feature booths, crafts, face painting, and food vendors.
Photo Credit: Keith Brofsky
Love is in the air in the Kitsap Peninsula! If you’re spending Valentine’s Day with us, you’ll have plenty of romantic activities to choose from, from stage performances to sweet strolls around beautiful gardens. Start it all off by booking your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. Our convenient location means you’ll be able to easy access all the festivities and our guestrooms, with options for breathtaking water views, jetted tubs, and fireplaces, will provide you with both comfort and luxury. Reserve today!
Hand Painted Valentines
Artist and calligrapher Mary Lynn Smaaladen will be set up at the Verksted Gallery in nearby Poulsbo on February 11 and February 12 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM selling her gorgeous hand painted Valentines and personalizing them for your sweetie. If you can’t make it to the gallery, Smaaladen will also be stationed at the Art Walk on February 13 from 5:00PM to 7:30PM.
The beautiful Bloedel Reserve, located on Bainbridge Island, is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve. The 150 acres consist of a special blend of natural woodlands and landscaped gardens, including Japanese Gardens, a Moss Garden, and a Reflection Pool. On February 13 and February 14, the Reserve invites you and yours to take a romantic walk around the beautiful landscaped gardens. This special map highlights all the best spots to steal a kiss along the trails. Couples will receive a special entry discount.
Prize-winning playwright A.R. Gurney paints a rich portrait of artist Melissa Gardner and politician Andrea Makepeace Ladd III as they navigate through decades of love letters in this hilarious and bittersweet story of two hearts bound together from childhood. Love Letters runs at Bainbridge Performing Arts until February 14 and is presented in a three-cast rotation. The two-person production featured actors Marilyn Dearsley and George Shannon on February 4 and 5; Barbara Deering and John Ellis on February 7 and February 13; and Victoria Brown and Jack Armstrong will play the parts on February 12 and February 14. Tickets are available online.
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!