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The Kitsap Peninsula in Washington is timelessly beautiful, as well as a place out of time. Although we have all the conveniences of modern life, this is also the kind of place where you can connect with something everlasting, from the profound beauty of the forests and the ocean to the tight-knit communities that dot the coast of Puget Sound, Kitsap County is a place you can take your kids to show them a glimpse of what life was like before smart phones, Netflix and video games! Here are some upcoming blasts from the past that you and your kids will love.
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, this stage adaptation of Peter Pan needs little introduction. Introduce your family to the wonders of Neverland and a very special boy who can fly through the air with only a happy thought! Sneak peaks suggest that this is going to be a doozy of a show that captures the magic that makes this such a classic tale! This spectacular production will run from November 1-18 in the North Kitsap Auditorium in Poulsbo and should not be missed!
The laser show was one of the most iconic experiences of the 1970s. Combining the best of psychedelic rock with live animation as lasers trace their way across a screen, creating dynamic and powerful visuals that perfectly matched the music, this was one of the best ways to sit back and enjoy the music of the day. Now, 40 years later, it’s a fantastic way to recapture the spirit of that time. You can catch the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton on November 2!
If you’re visiting Kitsap with your family you can have a timeless trip by staying at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Just steps from the beach, there’s so much to do and explore in the hotel’s back yard! Book a room for you and your family today.
Haunted houses are an all-American tradition! There’s something about the mix of falling leaves, cool air and the approach of Halloween that makes folks creative, crafting experiences that range from Scooby-Doo spooky to absolutely terrifying; we here in Kitsap love them every year.
We’ve already told you about the Kitsap Haunted Fairground, but there are plenty of other family friendly, spookerific activities on the Kitsap Peninsula this October!
Located in Port Orchard, the Therrien Manor Yard Haunt is a fun display of exactly how incredible local ingenuity can be! Inspired by Disney’s Haunted Mansion tour, the Therriens have crafted a family-friendly tour through the exterior of their home with all the spills and chills of the Anaheim original in the Pacific Northwest!
Pheasant Fields is an operating farm that offers educational tours about how people live and work on the farm! During October, they decorate with classic Halloween ornaments, lining their footpaths with creative Jack O’Lanterns and more – but the real draw is Kitsap county’s first living corn maze! It’s a fun, educational daytrip for the whole family.
Featuring one of the biggest corn mazes in the Pacific Northwest, hay bale rides, a huge pumpkin patch and more, Minder Farms Halloween events are a definite must-visit for any family visiting the Kitsap Peninsula. Located in Bremerton, this is a short trip from Silverdale that is well worth taking!
The pumpkin is the unofficial emblem of October and Halloween, and Creekhouse Farms produces the finest in the area! Specializing in heirloom varieties of squash and pumpkins, they are even able to grow personalized pumpkins with special messages emerging in the flesh of the fruit itself!
The season for personalizing pumpkins is over, but you can still visit Creekhouse for a haunted walk through some of the most abundant pumpkin fields in the state!
Of course, when you spend a day in the crisp air of fall, it’s always nice to return some where warm and cozy. The Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel has a welcoming fireplace in its lounge, and comfortable beds that are extra cozy in the fall! Book your room today!
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October is coming, and that means scores of fun, family-friendly events here in Kitsap! If you’re looking for something to do that’s safe and wholesome that your whole family will love, then you owe it to yourself to come to the Pacific Northwest!
Bainbridge Island, a short drive from Silverdale, hosts a conservationist’s dream. The Bloedel Reserve is a 150 acre plot of land dedicated to conserving the ecosystems and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Created by Prentice Bloedel and his wife Virginia, the couple strived to aim for the elegant simplicity of the Japanese garden, espousing that zen philosophy of harmony with nature in a purely Northwest style. It’s a wonder to behold at any time of year, but the changing of the leaves in autumn makes it an especially beautiful sight.
If you’re looking for a fun thing to do with the kids, then be sure to visit anytime in October after the 2nd for Bloedel Squash Scavenger Hunt! Kids are given a list of squash to look for throughout the reserve, turning a lesson about plant ecology into a fun game! It’s amazing how much kids love this learning opportunity, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous setting for it. Don’t miss out!
Of course, the real family fun of October is completely spookified! If your kids are up for a bit of a scare (nothing truly frightening, we promise), then take them to the Kitsap Fairgrounds in Bremerton all October for a spooky good time! Experience haunted houses, a twisted fairy tale, paintball zombie hunting and more! We look forward to it every year, and one trip will show you why.
Looking for family accommodations on the Kitsap Peninsula? The Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel is a great destination for families! Featuring an indoor heated pool and close access to the beach for tidal exploration, kids love it here and so will you!
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It’s never a bad time of the year to visit the Kitsap Peninsula, but here are some events we’re looking forward to this September that might make you want to book that trip you’ve been meaning to take!
Located a gorgeous drive away from Silverdale, the Suquamish Clearwater Casino features all kinds of great concerts at a great price!
On September 5, you can see Joel McHale perform the signature brand of sarcastic commentary on pop culture he honed over years of performing on The Soup and The Joel McHale Show! Maybe best known for his starring role in the cult favorite comedy series Community, Joel McHale offers biting, no nonsense breakdowns of what’s happening in the big world of celebrities! He is completely hilarious and not to be missed.
Dwight Yoakam plays September 6. If you’re a big fan of country, then Dwight Yoakam needs no introduction, but if you’re a more casual fan than suffice to say that none other than Johnny Cash called Yoakam his favorite country singer! Known for hit songs like “Suspicious Minds,” “Streets of Bakersfield” and “Honky Tonk Man,” this is going to be a great concert.
Miss the 80s? Then you NEED to go see these legends of the 80s on September 15th: Grandmaster Flash, Tone Loc and Color Me Badd. Grandmaster Flash is one of the original architects of hip hop, a DJ who helped define the sound of the next three decades, while Tone Loc’s deep voice and hit songs like “Funky Cole Medina” won over a new generation a decade later. Thow in Color Me Badd, the original R&B boy group, and you have an incredible night of nostalgia!
If you ask us, that’s something for everybody! And another treat everyone will love is a stay at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Located on a picturesque beach on the sheltered waters of Dyes Inlet, we’re your portal to the beauty of the Kitsap Peninsula.
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The end of summer is almost here! If you have kids, you’re probably trying to make the most of summer, trying to make memories before they go back to School for the year.
If that’s you, come to the Kitsap Peninsula for Labor Day weekend to have an unforgettable vacay your family will remember forever! Here are just a few of the reasons to visit this September 1-2.
Does your kid love to be a Princess? Then make sure you make to the Trails shopping complex on September 1st for Princess Time! This free festival is a chance to dress up, make royal crafts and discover values like fair play and fun! This will also be a great opportunity to finish back to school shopping in a fun, relaxed way! Skip the stress and come to the Trails!
The Pacific Northwest is famous for its blackberries! These delicious berries are dark and deeply flavorful, and the end of summer is the perfect time to harvest and enjoy these delicate morsels!
Taking place September 1-3 on the Waterfront Boardwalk in Bremerton, you can enjoy sweet treats prepared by locals who know just how to take advantage of blackberry season (if you haven’t had a Bremerton blackberry pie, you haven’t lived!), listen to live music, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Kitsap Peninsula!
Located in Bremerton, Wayzgoose Art Festival commemorates a tradition of print! A way of signalling the changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall, print artists collaborate on HUGE woodblock prints that are absolutely inspiring! Show your kids what you can achieve when you put your imagination to work!
If you are planning a family trip, your kids will love a stay at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel! Not only are we steps from the beach (which makes for all kinds of adventures, we also offer a huge indoor pool that’s lots of fun for the whole family.
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It’s here! It’s finally here again! That’s right, it’s time for the…
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!