Experience North Kitsap, located directly west of Seattle across Puget Sound. Take a short, scenic Washington State Ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island or from Edmond's to Kingston. Or come by bridge over the world’s largest floating bridge from the Olympic Peninsula, or the Tacoma Narrows Bridge near Gig Harbor.
Nature is our playground. Whether it’s a tour of the world-renown Bloedel Reserve garden or a view of the Olympic Mountains across the Hood Canal, you’re surrounded by natural splendor wherever you go. Thousands of acres of forest cover much of North Kitsap, offering miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding as well as wildlife and bird watching opportunities.
The Native Americans’ settlements were located on the shores for thousands of years. Today, following that tradition, our communities are also nestled between the forest and the water. Once connected to each other only by "Mosquito Fleet” steamships, they are now part of the Kitsap Water Trails system covering more than 300 miles of shoreline. A number of marinas welcome boaters and kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are available for rent in most communities.
North Kitsap is a food and beverage lover’s dream. Farmers’ markets showcase the wide variety of local crops and restaurants offer Northwest regional and international menus, many with locally grown ingredients and priced for every budget. Visit the tasting rooms of the many small wineries and breweries, and even an organic distillery. And like our big city sister Seattle, we have an espresso stand, bakery, or café on practically every corner.
For a group of small communities, there is certainly a lot going on year-round. Art walks and art galleries, live music and theater, fiber arts, books, cinemas, museums and cultural centers designed to engage locals and visitors of all ages. And festivals. Every community has at least one major festival each year. Please check out the individual community pages and the events calendar for details.
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Cruise Port Gamble
Car buffs bring out their classic, new, or unique cars to show off on the lawns beside Mike's Four Star BBQ. Free and open to everyone.
Kingston Summer Concerts
Every Saturday in July and August
5pm - 8pm
Port of Kingston
Free Concerts, Beer & Wine Garden, Food Vendors every Saturday in July and August.
Maritime Music Festival
Saturday August 9th 12pm -5pm
A day filled with sea shanties and pirate-themed fun for all ages. The concert will be held on the natural amphitheater lawn between the General Store and the famed Walker-Ames House.
Alive After 5 ~ Free Summer Concert Series: Soul Siren
Thursday August 14th 5PM - 8PM
Experience the Port Gamble water front like never before with live music, dining, shopping, and cool tunes! All ages welcome for this family-fun event.
Early Irons NW Car Show
Sunday August 31st 8AM - 3PM
Port Gamble, WA (next to Mike's Four Star BBQ)
2014 marks the 15th year of car shows in Port Gamble for the Early Irons NW club. All cars and motorcycles are welcome. $20 registration fee and you can register as early as 7am. All proceeds will benefit the West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, WA. Who will win best in show?