October's Top 5 Port Townsend Activities

Photo Credit:  MyPortTownend.com

Photo Credit: MyPortTownend.com

The Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race

Port Townsend is quirky and I love that about our sleepy seaport town. This year is the 36th year of the wacky kinetic sculpture race taking place the weekend of October 6th.

This is a two-day race where mediocrity is of the highest accolade and where racers must create a human-powered vehicle that can go through sand, mud, float on water, and get up the city’s hills! The race is a celebration of engineering and isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. Bribes are encouraged and cheating is considered a privilege.

Port Townsend isn’t the only place to enjoy a kinetic sculpture race, in fact, it’s international.

Apple & Cider Festival

Celebrate all things apple and cider with the Apple & Cider Festival the weekend of October 13th! Apples are Washington State’s official fruit so honor nature’s sweet treat with a weekend of cider tastings, live music, food trucks, and orchard tours.

On Saturday the 13th, Eaglemount Wine & Cider is hosting a Cider Saloon with over 40 regional hard ciders, cider pressing, and live music and on Sunday the 14th, Finnriver Cidery is hosting World Apple Day with orchard tours, live music and incredibly scrumptious apple cider donuts.

Pumpkin:  Wilderbee Farm  Photo Credit:  MJ Photography

Pumpkin: Wilderbee Farm
Photo Credit: MJ Photography

Wilderbee Farm Pumpkin Patch

One of my most favorite places in Port Townsend is Wilderbee Farm. I love going in the dead of summer to pick lavender, later in the summer for blueberries and their stunning & zen-like u-pick flower garden, and in October for pumpkins! Wilderbee grows a variety of pumpkins like the Howden that makes for the perfect Jack ‘O Lantern or my personal favorite the baby boos!

Owners, Casey and Eric, designed their farm with visitors in mind. So stroll the groups and visit their sweet sheep and farm dog, check out their farm store stocked with gifts grown and handmade at the farm, and even bring a picnic!

Photo Credit:  The Rose Theatre

Photo Credit: The Rose Theatre

Catch a Movie at the Starlight Room

As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, there is no better way to spend a date night than at the movies. And there is no better place to enjoy a movie than in the Starlight Room at the historic Rose Theatre.

Snuggle up with your person on one of the couches and loveseats as you sip on a cocktail and eat delicious treat or meal from The Silverwater Cafe.

The intimate, 21+ theatre is perched at the top of a grand staircase where you can arrive 45 minutes before your movie starts to enjoy your drinks, snacks, and gorgeous views of downtown Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet. This Saturday, October 6th at 10pm the Starlight will be playing one of my favorites, the classic When Harry Met Sally.

The Haunted Walker Ames House in Port Gamble Photo Credit:  PortGambleParanormal.com

The Haunted Walker Ames House in Port Gamble
Photo Credit: PortGambleParanormal.com

Port Gamble Ghost Tours

If you’re looking to get spooked in the spirit of Halloween, head over to Port Gamble!

Legend has it, most of the homes in this sleepy town are haunted! Just 45 minutes from Port Townsend, Port Gamble offers guided ghost tours (6 dates in October, including one on Halloween!) Here is some of the evidence that has been gathered to prove paranormal activity in the small seaport. Head over before your tour to eat lunch at the delicious Butcher & Baker Provisions.