May's Top 5 Port Townsend Activities

Photo Credit: Steve Mullensky

Photo Credit: Steve Mullensky

Port Townsend Wearable Art Show

Every year in May on the day before Mother’s Day, Port Townsend celebrates women & girls, fashion & art, and creativity with the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show! Expect to see dresses crocheted out of videotapes and aluminum cans sewn together to create a skirt.  

This wildly artistic and impressive show is an annual fundraiser to support The Fund for Women and Girls, a local nonprofit. Their mission is both simple and important, “a world where women and girls are safe, secure, equal and empowered.” All funds raised from the PT Wearable Art Show go towards deserving nonprofits supporting female empowerment.

The show takes place at Fort Worden on Saturday, May 12th with two show times - 2pm and 7pm. Get your tickets at!

Sail Aboard the Lady Washington

Boating season is here and I can’t think a better way to celebrate than with a sail aboard the Lady Washington!

Washington State’s official tall ship was built in the late-1980s as a replica of original ship  to celebrate Washington State’s centennial. The original Lady Washington was the first American ship to visit Japan, Hong Kong, and Honolulu! If the boat looks familiar it’s because the ship has been featured in movies & TV including Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and more.

The Lady Washington will be offering Vessel Tours (suggested $5 donation) or two-hour Adventure Sails ($42-$49) from the Northwest Maritime Center. Click here to view the schedule and pricing.

And, if you miss the Lady Washington at the Northwest Maritime Center, catch up with her & the Hawaiian Chieftain in Port Ludlow (approx. 30 minutes from Port Townsend) May 9th - 14th!

Farm Suppers

The Fireside is a delicious Pacific Northwest restaurant overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains located in the Inn at Port Ludlow. The restaurant prides itself sourcing local ingredients whether it be seafood, produce, meat & poultry, cheese, or craft beer, cider, and wine.

From now until the end of September, The Fireside is offering Farm Suppers every Wednesday starting at 4pm. Enjoy a 3-course farm fresh dinner celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s farmers, foragers, and fisheries. On the previous Sunday, you can preview the the menu on their Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Make your reservation online or call The Fireside at 360-437-7412.

Photo c/o The Resort at Port Ludlow

Photo c/o The Resort at Port Ludlow

Rhododendron Festival

Every May in Port Townsend we celebrate all that is rhody with the Rhododendron Festival! This community festival celebrating the Washington State flower has an interesting history dating back to 1935.

For those who aren’t familiar with rhododendrons, they are same flowering plant family as cranberries, blueberries, and azaleas. Rhodies can be as small as 4-40 inches tall or as large as 100 feet(!) and everything in-between.

From Wednesday, May 16th to Saturday, May 19th, the Rhody Festival is in full swing with events like a pet parade, tricycle race, and for a finale the Grand Parade complete with rhody royalty. Click here to view the schedule of events.

Artisan Food Festival

Photo c/o Jefferson County Farmers Market

Photo c/o Jefferson County Farmers Market

Celebrate our local foods, foragers, fishermen, and farmers at the Artisan Food Festival on Saturday, May 26th. The annual food festival takes place at the Port Townsend Farmers Market from 9am to 3pm.

Enjoy chef demos including Deborah Taylor, Co-Owner/Chef at Finistere and Jesse Rose, Chef at Silverwater Cafe, cheese and wine pairings from Mt. Townsend Creamery and Port Townsend Vineyards, live music, and of course the 70+ booths featuring our local farms, craft beer, wine & cider, and arts & crafts.