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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~Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot~ November 28th
5K and 1 Mile Fun Runs benefiting Helpline House. Runners and walkers of all ages - start your Thanksgiving Day right with a fun, active community event that supports local families in need. Don't miss Bainbridge Island's newest tradition - packet pickup and race start lines near the Transmitter Building in Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive, Bainbridge Island.
~Community Tree Lighting~
Come out for the FREE event - tree lighting will take place at 7 pm on Friday, November 29th at the corner of Viking Ave and Lindvig Way. For more information contact or call 360-779-9898
~Hayrides & Father Christmas~ November 29th - December 21st
Hayrides start Friday, November 29th and will continue on Saturdays through December 21st, from 11 am to 3 pm. Please bring along a non-perishable food item for Fishline. Visits with Santa will be at the Poulsbo Marine Science Center (18743 Front Street) every Saturday, starting November 30th at 11 am. And Santa's Mailbox will be located on Front Street and children may post letters until December 19th. For further information or to find out about the "Breakfast with Santa" visit www.historicdowntownpoulsbo.com
~Kingston Country Christmas~ November 30th
Once again the Port of Kingston will come alive with 4 acres of light sculptures using over 5000 strands of lights creating light sculptures of flowers, trees, sea creatures and birds. From 9 am to 5 pm a variety of holiday themed activities will be taking place in Kingston. Make evergreen swags and decorate light poles at the stage at Mike Wallace Park, browse the Friends of the Library Pop-up Book Sale at Bradley Center Plaza, participate in Santa's Workshop at Kingston Cove Yacht Club and enjoy bonfires, music, Santa's arrival and lighting of the tree and light sculptures at the Port of Kingston.
~Small Business Saturday~
Support your local community and small business owners by participating in Small Business Saturday.