October's Top 6 Port Townsend Activities

 Photo c/o Rose Theatre

Photo c/o Rose Theatre

Catch a movie in Starlight Room

 

Purchase your movie tickets at the historic Rose Theatre box office and head to the third floor to discover The Starlight Room. Take in the incredible views of Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet, order tasty food and cocktails provided by Silverwater Cafe, and snuggle up on the theater’s cozy couches and loveseats. Doors open 45 minutes before showtime so it’s best to arrive early to order your food and find a seat. The Rose Theater opened as a vaudeville house in 1908 and in addition to feature films, shows ballet, opera, classical music, and theater.


pumpkin, u-cut, organic farm

Pumpkin Patch at Wilderbee Farm

Nothing says October like a visit to a pumpkin patch. Wilderbee Farm’s patch typically opens the first week of October and provides a wide variety of pumpkins and squash ranging in size from small to humongous! Some of Wilderbee Farm’s favorite pumpkins include Howden (best for jack o’lanterns), Sugar Pie (perfect for pies and stores for months), and Casper (white pumpkins that are great for painting or baking). Wilderbee Farm is an organic, family farm that specializes in u-pick pumpkins, lavender, blueberries, and cut flowers.


Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

If you love all things seafood, you won’t want to miss the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival the weekend of October 6th - 8th in nearby Port Angeles (approximately an hour drive from Port Townsend). The festival celebrates the aquaculture and maritime traditions of the Olympic Peninsula and incorporates food carts, art, and Native American history and traditions into the festivities. Enjoy events throughout the weekend including a crab derby, oyster bar, welcoming ceremony performed by The Lower Elwha Drum Group, cooking demonstrations, and more.

 Photo c/o Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

Photo c/o Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival


Jefferson Museum of Art & History

 Photo c/o Jefferson Museum of Art & History

Photo c/o Jefferson Museum of Art & History

Curious about the history of Port Townsend (aka “The City of Dreams”)? Look no further than the Jefferson Museum of Art & History. The museum is located in the heart of downtown Port Townsend at the 1892 Port Townsend City Hall and is open daily. Exhibits are located in the historic building’s former municipal court room, fire hall, and jail. Starting October 6th, the Wearable Art Exhibit opens to the public. Check out the amazing wearable art created from items such as wire, paint chips, caution tape, muscle shells, and so much more!


Olympic Peninsula Cider Route

Taste a wide variety of hard ciders and enjoy a beautiful drive through Jefferson County by exploring the Olympic Peninsula Cider Route. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the different orchards, farms, and tasting rooms at Alpenfire, Eaglemount, and Finnriver cideries - all located within 10 miles of each other. As you taste ciders and talk with the hosts in the tasting rooms, you’ll be impressed by the cider making process, the history of agriculture in the region, and chances are you’ll leave with a few bottles to remember the experience by.

 Photo c/o Eaglemount 

Photo c/o Eaglemount 


 Photo c/o  flickr/fluxn

Photo c/o flickr/fluxn

Bunkers at Fort Worden

Grab a flashlight and explore the historic military bunkers at Fort Worden. Climb the ladders, descend the stairs, and travel through the tunnels of the dark, abandoned fortress. For those looking to get into the Halloween spirit, rumor has it that paranormal activity has been spotted and experienced in the bunkers and throughout the park.  

Fort Worden was originally a military base designed to protect Puget Sound. Visit the Coast Artillery Museum within the park to learn more about the Fort’s history or to take a guided tour through the Fort’s park and bunkers.