Community May 9, 2022

Greater Kingston Area Events to Enjoy Every Year

The greater Kingston area, which includes Port Gamble, Suquamish, Indianola, Hansville, and Kingston, is home to many fun annual and recurring events. Here is a list to give you an idea of what this vibrant community offers in terms of festivals, live music, outdoor activities, and more.

Annual Events in Spring and Summer 

Story Walk: The Kingston Curiosity Tour

Village Green Community Center on May 14, 2022

This Saturday, May 14 will mark the first annual Kingston Curiosity Tour. Go on a scavenger hunt through Kingston, collecting stories and artifacts from the town’s past and present. This unique event is hosted by the Kitsap Sun’s Josh Farley and is open to kids and adults. It will start at 10:00 AM at the Village Green Community Center. You’ll get a free map and will walk a total of about two miles, so wear comfortable shoes. If you complete the scavenger hunt, you’ll be eligible for a raffle with prizes from local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

 

Kiwanis Brew Fest & Benefit Concert 

Kingston Marina Park on June 4, 2022

Food trucks, live music, kids’ activities, five breweries, and one cidery make this 7th annual event a great way to enjoy warmer weather in Kingston. 

Cost: $20 for 7 beer tastings; food and activities separate

 

Summer Sounds 

Live Music at The Point Casino in Kingston

Weekends, Memorial Day to Labor Day: view full schedule

A summer favorite since 2016, these outdoor concerts are held in the courtyard of the Point Casino with first-come-first-served, BYO lawn chair seating. Located behind the main casino and hotel, the Spindle Whorl Courtyard is dedicated to the late Tribal Chairman for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Ronald G. Charles. Dance or sing along to music from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. There’s also a bar & BBQ from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

Cost: Free to Attend; Food & Beverage Costs Vary

 

Swing For Rotary Golf Tournament

White Horse Golf Club on June 10, 2022

Now in its 15th year, this annual tournament hosted by Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary, is a great community fundraising event and a perfect way to network or meet other golf enthusiasts. Held at the beautiful White Horse Golf Club, this event showcases the natural beauty that surrounds Kingston. Our office is a proud sponsor. 

Cost: Registration starts from $99 for a single player 

 

Lumberjack Endurance Run

Port Gamble Trails on June 11, 2022

This annual endurance run takes participants on a 12.5-mile loop through the Port Gamble Heritage Trail and surrounding areas. There are three distances: 100M, 100K and 50M options. Register online or attend to cheer on these excellent athletes.

Cost: $75+ Registration closes May 31st

 

Kingston 4th of July Celebration

Downtown Kingston on July 4, 2022

Fun Fact: Kingston’s parade is “the longest-running 4th of July celebration west of the Mississippi”! There will be a parade, live music, and a fireworks show. Kiwanis Tiny Town is also a fun part of the festivities. There’s a music festival at Mike Wallace Park in the Port of Kingston and a beer garden for those 21+. The Kingston 4th of July committee is working hard to create a wonderful, safe celebration. Visit the event’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. 

Cost: Free to Attend, Activities Vary

 

Hansville Garden Tour

Multiple Gardens in Hansville on July 9, 2022

Garden enthusiasts unite for this self-guided driving tour of various Hansville gardens. It is an annual fundraiser for Hansville Helping Hands. Pre-purchased tickets are required, and limited quantities are available. For ticket information, please call 360-328-8170.

Cost: $20

 

Salish 100

Multiple locations, Kingston included, on July 15 – 21, 2022

The Salish 100 is the largest small-boat cruise in North America, spanning 100 nautical miles, which is the length of Puget Sound. One of the stops on this voyage is the Port of Kingston, and it’s a great chance to see some of the boats!

Cost: Free to Watch

Performances At The Passage

Suquamish Clearwater Casino & Resort on Thursdays in July and August 

These popular outdoor concerts are back after a hiatus. Each week features a different musical act including tributes to ABBA, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, and more. All attendees must purchase a ticket. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcomed, but no outside food or beverages are allowed. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Cost: $15 (ages 5 and under free)

 

Kingston Concerts on the Cove

Mike Wallace Park on Saturdays from Mid July – Mid August, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Presented by the Greater Kingston Community Chamber of Commerce, this concert series at Mike Wallace Park is a summer favorite. Invite friends and family and be sure to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Have a picnic or enjoy the food vendors on site. Beer garden available on select dates. 

Cost: Free to Attend, Purchases Separate

 

Kingston Wine & Brew Fest

The Point Casino Hotel and downtown Kingston on July 29 & 30, 2022

Celebrate local breweries and wineries while enjoying delicious food vendors, craft vendors, live music, and an all-around good time. This year, there’s a special VIP event on Friday night that includes a wine and brew-pairing. It’s coordinated by the event vendors and the chefs at The Point Casino Hotel. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, a hand-painted wine glass, and a swag bag. On Saturday, head to downtown Kingston to enjoy the full festival with various beer and wine tastings, food, and more. A ticket for Saturday includes a designer-printed glass, 10 tasting tickets, and more. You can buy your tickets on Eventbrite. Follow Kingston, WA on Facebook for the latest event information.

Cost: $45 for Saturday only; $125 for Saturday and Sunday

 

Indianola Days

Downtown Indianola on July 29, 30 & 31, 2022

This three-day festival typically includes a salmon bake, a pet parade, a talent show, a street fair, a sandcastle contest, and more. Check out this article on Indianola Days from a few years ago and stay tuned for specifics about this year’s festivities by following the Indianola Facebook page.

 

Port Gamble Summer Faire

Downtown Port Gamble on August 7, 2022

This afternoon event of family fun showcases some of Port Gamble’s history. Visitors can enjoy live music, vendors, food, a Birds of Prey show by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, and pony rides by Merry Meadows Farm. 

Cost: Free to Attend, Activities Separate

 

Chief Seattle Days

Downtown Suquamish, the 3rd Weekend of August

This free annual event is open to the public and honors Chief Seattle, the famous Suquamish leader for whom the city of Seattle is named. It typically includes a parade, canoe races, a powwow, a gravesite ceremony, a fun run, and more. Plans for this year have yet to be announced, but check the Suquamish Tribe’s website and follow their Facebook page to stay up to date.

 

Annual Fall and Winter Events

Fall Garden Sale at Heronswood

Heronswood in Kingston on September 10 & 11, 2022

Nurseries from all over the Pacific Northwest come together for this epic plant sale that is back after a two-year break due to the pandemic. Food vendors will be on-site as well. Admission to the garden is free during the plant sale, so shoppers can enjoy the beauty of Heronswood, including two new additions: the Traveler’s Garden and the S’Klallam Connections Garden. For a glimpse of Heronswood, watch our video below.

Cost: Free to attend, Plant sales and food separate

Pumpkin Patch at Fat Turnip Farms

Fat Turnip Farms in Eglon from Mid-September to Late October

Out in the little community of Eglon, Fat Turnip Farms sells certified organic produce at their farm stand and has a u-pick pumpkin patch with tons of different options as well as late-season, u-pick flowers. Their setup offers many great places to take photos with friends or little ones, and they periodically host events. Be sure to check their Facebook page for details.

 

Port Gamble Ghost Conference

Downtown Port Gamble the Weekend after Halloween

Did you know that Port Gamble is home to one of the most haunted places in Washington? This year will be the 12th annual conference which has three days of speakers, paranormal investigations, and lots of history. 

Cost: $10 – $45 (depending on event)

 

Hansville Arts & Crafts Market

Hansville Community Center on November 13 and 14, 2022

Another fundraiser for Hansville Helping Hands, this annual market at the Greater Hansville Community Center features 30 independent vendors as well as baked goods, a gift basket raffle, and a toy drive for local children in need. 

Cost: Free to Attend; Product Prices Vary

 

Kingston Cove Christmas

Kingston Marina from December to Early January

This event kicks off in early December with a tree lighting ceremony and an appearance by Santa. There’s also live music and food vendors. The incredible display includes light sculptures of everything from an octopus to a dragon, and the Port of Kingston reportedly uses over 500,000 lights to build it each year. You can stroll through the Kingston Marina to marvel at it throughout the holiday season and into early January.

Cost: Free to Attend, Activities Vary

 

 

Port Gamble Country Christmas

Downtown Port Gamble on the 2nd Weekend in December

House-drawn carriage rides, crafts in Santa’s Workshop, special appearances by characters, and over 100,000 twinkling lights are topped off by Western Washington’s only holiday season fireworks show. Donations are encouraged to benefit Kingston’s Sharenet Food Bank.

Cost: Free to Attend, Activities Vary

 

Recurring Events

Kingston Public Market

Mike Wallace Park on Sundays from May through October

Just steps from the Kingston Ferry Terminal, this open-air market features local produce and flowers as well as locally-made crafts and goods. You can often listen to live music and it’s a fun way to connect to the community.

Cost: Free to Attend; Products Vary

Port Gamble Paranormal Tours

Downtown Port Gamble with Various Dates/Times Throughout the Year

Grab your flashlight and a camera and head to Port Gamble for a ghostly, fun night out. Head into town early and grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious restaurants in town. Resident expert Paranormal Pete is a great resource for local paranormal activity.

Cost: $25

Live Music and Karaoke

You can often find live music events at small local spots like Hood Canal Brewery, Downpour Brewing, D’Vine Wines, and Sully’s Bistro & Bar. Recently, an Oldies Piano Bar & Cafe opened in Kingston, offering live tunes, tapas, and drinks from Wednesdays to Sundays (must be 21+). Additionally, The Kingston Ale House hosts fun karaoke sessions every Friday and Saturday night.