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!
The 26th Annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival will take over Bremerton's beautiful waterfront from Saturday, September 5th to Monday, September 7th for the best street party of the whole year.
From its humble beginnings in 1990, the Blackberry Festival has grown into one of the most anticipated summer-ending events of the Puget Sound. Last year, the festival saw more than 50,000 attendees turn up for its berries and family-friendly atmosphere. This year, the gathering is expected to bring in even more blackberry lovers and fun.
As always, the Bremerton Blackberry Festival will be jam-packed with excellent entertainment and delightful activities. Over 100 vendors will display a vast array of foods, drinks, and art. Some of the best local musicians and entertainers will perform live throughout all three days. Other festival mainstays are back again this year, including the Berry 5 Kilometer Fun Run and the Blackberry Criterium Bike Race.
As you make your way down Bremerton's boardwalk, make sure you stop and sample the best blackberry jams, jellies, pies and cobblers this side of the Pacific Northwest. The beer garden will also offer blackberry cider and, making its return again this year, the very popular blackberry wine with the festival label. For children, there will be magicians and music, interactive games, and face painting. Little artists can even grab some colored chalk and create their own masterpieces on the sidewalks.
Check out the Blackberry Festival’s full schedule here.
If you’re going to be visiting the area, be sure to book your stay with us here at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. Along with a convenient location, our hotel offers a variety of guestrooms, each which come with luxury features like adjustable air conditioning and heat, a 42’’ LCD TV, and a refrigerator to store all the blackberries you collected from the festival.
Photo Credit: Pierr Morgan via BIMA
The Bainbridge Museum of Art is collecting museum that primarily focuses on artists and collections from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, along with those from the broader Puget Sound region. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, the museum features contemporary art and craft, while interpreting, preserving, and promoting works of cultural value as well as supporting new works by emerging artists. The exhibitions rotate regularly with the seasons and usually amount to about 16 shows per year. Take a look at what’s on this month at the BIMA!
Pierr Morgan: Imagine - June 27 to September 20
The work of award-winning children’s book illustrator (and Seattle native) Pierr Morgan (The Squiggle, Dancing Dragon) is featured in this diverse exhibition. Imagine features over forty works drawn from regional art collections and Morgan, as well as presents the entire portfolio of original paintings used to illustrate The Nine Days Wonder, written by Marilyn Hollinshead. In the spirit of children’s books, the exhibition will also include two hands-on arts activities for all ages.
Horst Gottschalk: Personal Myths - June 27 to September 20
Born in Hanover, Germany in 1928, Horst Gottschalk was forced to join The Hitler Youth at the age eight, was evacuated to a military “education” camp in Poland at twelve, assigned to SS military high school at fourteen, and then ended up in the Germany Army during World War II. After the war, he decided to pursue art and studied at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig and the Künstakademie Düsseldorf. In 1959, he moved to the United States with a plan to become an artist. In 1989, Horst and his wife moved to Bainbridge Island where his painting continued to evolve, inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
This exhibition, Personal Myths, reflects Gottchalk's artistic journey and examines how he found personal expression, escape, strength, and joy by immersing himself in the contemporary art movements of his day.
If you’re visiting the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula this summer, don’t forget to book your stay with us here at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. We have a wide variety of guestrooms available, including those with spectacular views of the city or waterfront, in-room Jacuzzis, and spacious balconies, as well as full-service on-site amenities to make your stay as relaxing and convenient as possible. We look forward to welcoming you today!
Located at the northern end of Dyes Inlet, Silverdale makes a wonderful home base for visitors exploring Washington’s Kitsap Penisula. Here are a few fantastic festivals happening within a half-hour’s drive from Silverdale this August:
Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival: August 15 in Olalla
About half an hour from Silverdale, Olalla comes alive with local and national bluegrass, folk, and jam bands on August 15 with the Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival. Enjoy the music, as well as awesome food, an arts and crafts market, craft demos, kids’ activities and the delicious Berry Pie Contest. Tickets are cash-only at the gate - adults are $17, kids ages 6-18 are $12 and anyone under age 6 in free. Advance tickets can be purchased here.
Kitsap Wine Festival: August 8 in Bremerton
Happening at Harborside Foundation Park in Bremerton, about 15 minutes by car from Silverdale, the 7th annual Kitsap Wine Festival celebrates all things grape. An impressive showing from 30 wineries and more than 10 local restaurants will guarantee you won’t be leaving hungry or thirsty. Tickets are $65 at the door, or $55 in advance and can be purchased ahead of time at the wine festival website. Your ticket includes 15 wine pours, food and beer tasting. You can also more “tastes” onsite if you need.
Port Orchard Crus Car Show: August 9 in Port Orchard
Classic car buffs, this one is for you! Classics, street rods, custom cars, trucks and motorcycles are all rolling into Port Orchard for the 28th annual Saints Car Club’s Cruz Car Show. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Poulsbo Arts Festival: August 14 in Poulsbo
Spend the afternoon perusing handmade arts and crafts, and enjoying great food, live music and dancing. Kids can have a blast at the Children’s Art Corner while the grown ups check out original design jewelry, metal, ceramic, wood and fabric art, as well as live demonstrations. The Poulsbo Arts Festival is open from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
After exploring the Kitsap Penisula and everything its beautiful little towns have to offer, come back and settle down in our waterfront hotel, the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel. With stunning accommodations, an onsite martini lounge and a luxurious pool (or the refreshing ocean) to cool off in this summer, we can offer you a stay you are sure to remember.
Book your room or suite with us today and experience the beauty and fun of Washington’s coast.
If this isn’t on your bucket-list, then put it on - and cross it off! Now is your chance to experience the gorgeous Dyes Inlet in Washington’s Puget Sound in an authentic Hawaiian outrigger canoe.
It’s the 2015 Silverdale Whaling Days Dyes Inlet Dash Outrigger Canoe Races Sunday, July 26, and all you need to bring is ... you and four other people up for a good time! Hui Heihei Wa’a (Sliverdale’s Outrigger Canoe Association) provided everything else. Really - they’ll give you a PFD, the boat, the paddles, and even an experienced steerer to guide you. There is no experience necessary, and family teams are welcome.
The races happen at Silverdale Waterfront Park, in 500-meter sprints in three separate divisions: Men, Women and Family. Book your team before July 19 for $125, or after for $150. All team members get a thrilling canoe experience and a commemorative T-shirt.
For more race information or to register your team (c’mon, we know you wanna!), check out the official website. The park is less than 15 minutes from our hotel, which is also located along the beautiful beachfront at the northern end of Dyes Inlet.
Where’s Waldo? A Classic Search For A Classic Guy
It’s a challenge none of us can resist ... find Waldo! If you are up for a scenic 20-minute drive up to the next inlet of Liberty Bay, you can stop off at the town of Poulsbo and hunt for the funny looking guy in the striped shirt, blue pants, and black-rimmed glasses.
Pick up your Where’s Waldo passport at Liberty Bay Books and head out on the big search in 33 businesses along Front Street. The hunt is on for the entire month of July.
If you’re heading to our lovely area this summer, we invite you to stay with us at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Experience our great rates, friendly staff and gorgeous location by booking your room online. We look forward to hosting you!
Just a short drive north of our cozy, Silverdale hotel, you’ll find The Point Casino. Alongside a fantastic roster of gaming and gambling options, the casino is also home to frequent concerts, any of which make for a great night out for our valued guests.
Here are a few Casino shows we think you might enjoy!
Johnny Cash Tribute | July 11
On July 11th, the talented Philip Bauer takes the Casino stage as Johnny Cash in a can’t-miss tribute event. For tickets that cost as little as $10, catch all your favourite cash songs, from Ring of Fire to Walk the Line. Enjoy the show!
Greg Rolie | July 17
Santana, The Storm, Abraxas Pool, and Journey—just a few of the bands that talented keyboardist and vocalist Greg Rolie has been a founding member of. On July 17th, this accomplished musician takes the stage at the casino for a concert that you don’t want to miss.
Woodstock Revisited | August 7-8
On the second weekend of August, head down to the casino for an unbeatable trip down musical memory lane. Woodstock Revisited is a two-night event highlighted by tributes to some of Woodstock’s most iconic performers—Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tickets to this one cost just $10 a night or $15 for both nights. Don’t miss it!
Yes, thanks to The Point Casino, guests of our comfortable hotel never have to look far for terrific, live music. This summer is perfect evidence of that claim as the aforementioned acts and others are set to take the casino’s stage!
Book a room at our hotel today to enjoy these awesome concerts, and everything else that beautiful Silverdale and surrounding Kitsap County have to offer. You won’t regret it!
It’s almost that time of year again!
From July 24th to 26th, Whaling Days returns to sun-soaked Silverdale, Washington. The festival, which is summer staple for those who reside in the area, is also a can’t-miss experience for visitors to the region—including guests like you!
So, what’s this festival all about? Here’s a quick rundown of the details.
Whaling Days, which makes its 40th return to the Kitsap region this year, is a not for profit event with a simple goal: providing fun for guests of all ages. Operated entirely by volunteers, with all profits being distributed to worthy charities, Whaling Days aims to be as family friendly as possible—great news for guests traveling with children.
Each year, the event features dozen of great live bands—including the winner of the festival’s recent battle of the bands series. In addition, guests can expect to enjoy festival mainstays like a canoe race, a pancake breakfast, a 21 and up club, a funky street fair, a hypnotizing fireworks display and, of course, plenty of delicious food and cool vendors. Needless to say, Whaling Days has something for everyone.
Here’s where the news gets even better. All the fun goes down just a short distance from our hotel at Silverdale Waterfront Park. You can walk there in about 10 minutes, or drive there in less than five! The important thing is that you get there, because this is an event that you don’t want to miss. Head over to the festival website for all the information you need.
When the fun has wrapped up, head back to our hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep, alongside unbeatable amenities like a waterfront patio, an indoor pool and hot tub, a well-equipped fitness centre, and a sauna. Book your room today for an unforgettable visit to Silverdale. We look forward to welcoming you to town!
The KiDiMu—that’s the Kids Discovery Museum—is an incredible place that combines imagination and education. The museum holds plenty of fun activities, ands kids can climb the Pirate Tree House, take a drive in a real electric car through “Our Town”, become a scientist-in-training in the Science Hall, and plenty more. The KiDiMu also hosts some great events, so next time you’re visiting the peninsula, let your child’s imagination soar with these awesome camps.
Ahoy, Matey! Pirate Training – July 6th-9th
As the KiDiMu is home to the peninsula’s only Pirate Tree House, it’s the perfect place to get your certification in professional pirating. At this four-day camp, kids will learn to speak the language of the pirates and sing their songs, build a true pirate ship, make a map (treasure optional), and much, much more. If your kid prefers a hook to a hand, this is the camp for them. Learn more here.
Junior Firefighters – July 13th-16th
If pirates are out setting ships on fire, someone has to be around to put those fires out. If your children prefer donning an oxygen mask and fire-suit over buccaneer garb, they’ll love the junior firefighters camp. Over four days, the junior firefighters will get to climb aboard a real fire truck and get real tips from real firefighters. They’ll also visit the police department to learn how the two departments work together. There will also be emergency training, games, and much more. Learn more here.
Mad Scientists – July 27th-30th
Roving the seven seas and fighting fires are very exciting, but if your children prefer to work within a controlled lab, they’ll love the mad scientists camp. All junior scientists will get to explore various chemical reactions and kitchen experiments. They’ll learn how to test theories and undertake scientific observation. This fun blend of science and math just may uncover the next Einstein—will it be your kid? Learn more here.
Your kids may be more than happy to sleep in a hammock on a pirate ship, but most parents prefer something a little more comfortable. Fortunately, you can still enjoy an ocean view from our comfortable beds. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
In Europe, football—or soccer—is more of a religion than a sport. Stadiums fit tens of thousands, and friend-groups are often determined by the colour of the jerseys they wear. Soccer in North America has yet to reach this status, but this is far from a bad thing. In fact, soccer fans should see this as a huge positive: tickets are inexpensive, seats are usually great, and the crowds are not only more intimate but are often just as passionate about the game they love. Nowhere is this more evident than in Kitsap, where the local football club, the Kitsap Pumas PSC, reign supreme.
We don’t mean that lightly either. The Pumas are currently head of their league, with nine wins, four draws, and only one loss. Not only that, the Pumas’ signature defence and goalkeeping have kept their goals-against to nine, only 0.65 a game. This is Kitsap’s year to take home the trophy, so what more are you waiting for? It’s time to get your tickets and join the club! To make it even easier, we’ve compiled the upcoming home games. Take your pick—we’ll see you in the stands!
May 22nd – Kitsap Pumas vs. Calgary Foothills
The Calgary Foothills are coming off a win against the Puget Sound Gunners. Will the Foothills’ momentum block the Pumas’ paths, or will the Pumas climb over the Calgary team?
May 31st – Kitsap Pumas vs. Puget Sound Gunners FC
The Pumas face off against their coastal rivals. Both places are known for their beautiful scenery, but which will prove the better soccer scene?
June 27th – Kitsap Pumas vs. Lane United FC
The Pumas recently bested Lane United in a 2-0 matchup. Will they be able to defend their title, or will red-sweatered Lane United find a way to exact revenge?
The forests of Kitsap are a beautiful green, but for these three days all the peninsula will be seeing are the blue and yellow of the Kitsap Pumas. So don your scarf, get out your book of chants, and get your tickets today. While you’re in town, be sure to stay with us at our hotel. It’s no coincidence that our logo is also blue and yellow! And while you’re here, you can enjoy our ocean view, jacuzzi, and indoor pool. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!