Hurricane Ridge Road
Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge winter schedule has been announced for the 2012-2013 season. Weather permitting, the Hurricane Ridge Road will be open Friday - Sunday 9 a.m. to dusk through the winter season, except for December 25, Christmas Day.
January 12, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
BEACHCOMBERS OR BIRDERS WANTED!
Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska. Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month.
Red Wine and Chocolate: Olympic Peninsula Winery Tour
February 9, 10, 2013 and
February 16, 17, and 18, 2013
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are taking the quintessential pairing of red wine & chocolate to new heights this year, featuring a host of never imagined sweet and savory combinations during the annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour, Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 16-18 (Presidents’ Day Weekend) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event. The $30 ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and delectable samples of chocolate at each winery during the Red Wine & Chocolate Weekends. This event does not take place at one location. You travel from winery to winery, visiting the ones you are interested in exploring. Tickets are not required to attend this event. A $5.00 wine tasting fee will be charged at each winery for non-ticketed visitors. You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets and/or participate in wine tasting. All ticket sales are non-refundable.
Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby – on Presidents Day Weekend
February 16-18, 2013
This fishing derby is run each year on Presidents Day Weekend by the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association.The event spans a wide geographic area, from west of Port Angeles to Whidbey island, and is centered on Gardiner Washington. Gardiner is located in Jefferson County on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – on beautiful Discovery Bay which opens onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The nonprofit salmon derby generates funds to support emergency and other services that benefit the community.
Plans for the 2013 derby are now being made! It will run from Saturday February 16th 2013 through Monday the 18th. This website contains a mixture of 2012 and 2013 information. The 2013 picture will be complete over the coming weeks.
We are looking forward to a great 2013 derby. Highlights include:
$10,000 first prizeMany other great prizes donated by our generous sponsorsFive launch rampswith weigh stations:Freshwater BayEdiz Hook Boat Ramp (Port Angeles)John Wayne Marina (Sequim)Gardiner Boat RampPort Townsend Boat Haven
Over 500 square milesof fishing areaFrom Tongue Point in the west……through Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Marrowstone Island, Port Ludlow, to Whidbey Island in the east……north past Smith Island to Hein Bank
Stew & Brew~ St. Patty's Day Celebration with Expeditions NW!
March 17, 2013
After a long chilly Winter...what's the best way to welcome in Spring? With a St. Patty's Day Stew & Brew Celebration Cruise of course! No matter what the weather is outside... inside the Expeditions it's warm and cozy, with the laughter of friends, the enticing smell of Irish Stew and local brew pouring.... the evening has just begun! Take advantage of our early bird special! Valid through February 15, 2013
Bi-Annual Juan de Fuca Quilting Retreat
Friday – Sunday, March 22 – 24, 2013
Storm at Sea Pattern
with guest teacher Kim Burke
of Golden Needle Quilting
Must Call to sign-up **Limited to first 16 participants
**See Retreats Page for more info
7am – 9pm PST
Olympic Birdfest 2013
April 5 - 7, 2013
Birdfest is excited to announce this year’s banquet speaker, award-winning international wildlife photographer and author Kevin Schafer. If you are a reader of National Geographic, Smithsonion, National Wildlife, Audubon and Natural History, you may already be familiar with his spectacular images of birds and other animals. Kevin’s passion for nature and his special interest in little- known and endangered wildlife have taken him all over the world, from penguins in the Antarctic to river dolphins in South America and polar bears in the Arctic. His incredible vision and photographic skill have won him many honors, including North American Nature Photography Association’s Outstanding Photographer of the Year in 2006, and recognition for one of the ten best National Geographic pictures in 2009. He has written and photographed more than ten books about wildlife around the world. To view last year's schedule of events -click here
NW Wine & Cheese Tour
Each Olympic Peninsula winery will host a local northwest cheese maker, pairing artisan cheeses with specially selected local wines and ciders. A wonderful culinary travel experience! 11am-5pm
13th Annual Kayak Symposium
April 12 - 14, 2013
Three Days of kayak instruction, clinics, slide shows and demos of kayaks and accessories from leading manufacturers. Hotel discounts, fun events and kayak and gear sales.10am to 5pm
Join paddlers, instructors, and adventurers from around the Northwest as Olympic Raft and Kayak hosts a weekend of kayak and SUP paddling fun. Sunday’s Rescue Competition, presented by Bluewater Kayak Works and Kayakers Go Coastal, features a Grand Prize – a Bluewater Kayak Pump! Boat and gear demos from top paddling companies, and a host of “wet” and “dry” programs, for paddlers at every level. Article from 2011 symposium - click here
Mustang and Cougar Car Show
May 4 - 5, 2013
North Olympic Mustangs hosts the Spring Show N’ Shine for Mustangs, Cougars, Rods and Customs plus teen & fixer upper classes. Raffles…Door Prizes…Games…50/50 drawing…Food all part of the fun! Trophies for 1st & 2nd places in Mustangs & Cougars division as well as the Rod & Custom division. Starts at 9am.
Juan de Fuca Festival
May 24 - 27, 2013
This 4 day Memorial Day weekend festival features over 125 performances of music, dance and theater from around the world, including musical workshops, a street fair, public art, and special activities for children
May 24 - 25, 2013
10th Annual Halibut Derby, a two day event with $20,000 in cash prizes. Tickets are $40. Saturday Daylight-2pm Sunday Daylight-2pm
North Olympic Discovery Marathon
June 2, 2013
The North Olympic Discovery Marathon and Half-Marathon are run on a unique point-to-point course that incorporates the Olympic Discovery Trail - with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and a five mile finishing stretch along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The race is a USATF sanctioned event that is a Boston Marathon qualifier and will be chip timed. The rails to trails course is a wide, mixed, hard surface trail. Cool June weather next to the ocean can be expected.
De Fuca Downwind Race
July 7, 2013
De Fuca Downwind Race is held in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and participants paddle from Freshwater Bay to Port Angeles. The conditions can vary but race officials do a great job for participant support and safety.
Sequim Lavender Festival
July 19-21, 2013
Three-day summer celebration of the joys of lavender. Festival includes eight Farms on Tour, each offering a variety of lavender-centered activities, including, lavender lore, demonstrations, agricultural history, workshops, horticultural programs, and the opportunity to spend time in the fields. The Street Fair features more than 125 craftspeople and vendors of lavender and other Olympic Peninsula specialties. Also at the Street Fair is fine musical entertainment, great local foods and an Olympic Peninsula wine tasting.
Ride The Hurricane
August 4, 2013
Ride The Hurricane This unique event allows cyclists to have the famed Hurricane Ridge Road free of vehicles from 7AM-noon. Hurricane Ridge Road is considered one of the premier cycling uphill rides in the country and offers spectacular views. www.portangeles.org
Sequim Balloon Festival
Aug 31 - Sept 2, 2013
A Hot Air Balloon Festival Race spanning three days and lots of events! Hot Gas and Gears Car Show, Music and Food day and night, Street Fair and best is Twilight in the Olympics – a Sunset Balloon Glow on a 1/2 acre lake! Something for everyone!
Dungeness Crab Festival
October 11th, 12th & 13th, 2013
Under the Big Top
Friday, Saturday. Sunday
Friday 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday 11:00am to 8:30pm
Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
Here you’ll find our old-fashioned crab feed complete with large kettles of fresh crab, fresh organic corn and coleslaw. Eight of the finest local restaurants compliment the crab feed with more than 25 seafood dishes and great desserts. There will be wine tasting by award-winning local wineries, a beer garden, and music.
Juan de Fuca Quilting Retreat
November 1 - 3, 2013
Annual Fall Quilting Retreat
Join us at the Juan de Fuca Cottages in Sequim, Washington for three days and two nights of relaxing, companionship, laughter, and of course quilting!(All night if you want!)
So popular last year, we are hosting again – no teaching – we will all be working on our own projects at our own pace. Also, this will be a “barebones – ala-carte weekend” ~ meaning no meals, prizes, activities or massages included but available at cost. You will be organizing meals together on a “potluck” type basis using the Lodge kitchen.Your package includes:
* 2 nights lodging for two– cottage/room (3-diamond rating) w/all bed/bath linens -private baths, whirlpool tubs, some fireplaces,
and full kitchens – daily maid service!
Must Call to sign-up **Limited to first 16 participants
**See Retreats Page for more info
7am – 9pm PST
First Night Port Townsend New Year's Eve Party
December 31, 2013
The Jefferson County Historical Society is pleased to present the sixth annual edition of First Night, Port Townsend’s happiest new tradition. First Night is an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve community celebration focusing on art, culture and heritage. It is organized by JCHS and sponsored by First Federal Savings and Loan. All activities take place in and around Port Townsend’s historic City Hall between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
JCHS Executive Director Bill Tennent said, ”First Night is for everyone. It has something for families, singles and couples of all ages.” A maritime theme will tie many of the events together.