Hurricane Ridge Road
Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge winter schedule - 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.
2nd weekend of every month @ 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 - Valentine Weekend and the weekend after
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are taking the quintessential pairing of red wine & chocolate to new heights each year, featuring a host of never imagined sweet and savory combinations during the annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event. The $40 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
February – on Presidents Day Weekend
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.
$10,000 first prize. Many other great prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Five launch ramps with weigh stations:Freshwater Bay, Ediz Hook Boat Ramp (Port Angeles, )John Wayne Marina (Sequim), Gardiner Boat Ramp, Port Townsend Boat Haven
Over 500 square milesof fishing area From 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
Soroptimist Gala Garden Show
March - third weekend in March each year
This is a 2-day garden show with approximately 80 vendors. We also present the Master Gardener speaker series on both days. Available will be light breakfast and lunch. We will be raffling off a huge array of garden items and silent auction of the art of our featured artist.
The Soroptimist Gala Garden Show has its roots in fund raising for community scholarships for local graduates. This is our 18th year!
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, free for children under 12.
This festival provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula. Field trips are planned for Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and at Neah Bay, as well as trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls in the evening. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching. The day of the Olympic BirdFest is timed to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration.
In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. A tour explaining the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal totem poles at the Tribal Center and the Seven Cedars Casino will also be offered.
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
May - First two weekends
The oldest continual festival in Washington State! Over 120 years!! Our festival celebrates the initiation, development and support of the irrigation ditches which brought water to the once dry prairies of Sequim. Each year we have more events and more community involvement than ever, making it a spectacular festival. Parade, car shows, rides, Lumberjack Show, kiddie parade and more!
NW Wine & Cheese Tour
May - first weekend
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
Mustang and Cougar Car Show
May - first weekend
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 - Memorial Day Weekend
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 - Memorial Day Weekend
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 - first weekend
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.
Sequim Lavender Festival
July - third weekend
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 - first weekend
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
October- first weekend
The Pacific North Coast Surf Kayak Festival! Located at beautiful Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay, Washington, the Hobuck Hoedown features phenomenal surfers from across the world. Join us this year, for a chance to participate in the awesome surfing in this gorgeous location! Spectators welcome and encouraged.
Individual registration includes your choice of two events, a delicious Saturday night dinner and t-shirt of your choosing. Use the above link to purchase additional t-shirts and dinner passes.
Annual Clallam County Farm Tour
October - first weekend
Join us on the Annual Farm Tour to explore the rich farming heritage and amazing landscapes that make this area so unique. We are excited to showcase a range of diverse stops on the tour this year, including organic lavender, vegetable, and raw milk dairy farms, as well as a cattle farm and riding school, organic orchard and tree farm, a school with a budding farm program and a local independent farm store. There will be fun for adults and children alike: farm-fresh food, live music, and lots of family activities at just $10 per carload.
The stops on the tour represent just a sampling of the incredible diversity the farm community in Clallam County has to offer. Join us on the Annual Farm Tour to explore the rich farming heritage and amazing landscapes that make this area so unique. Visit clallam.wsu.edu for a list of participating farms and activities and a printable farm tour map. The tour is sponsored by WSU Clallam County Extension and the North Olympic Land Trust.
Dungeness Crab Festival
October- second weekend
Join the fun at CrabFest, one of the most acclaimed food festivals in the country! The festival celebrates not only the aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions of the breath-taking Olympic Peninsula, but brings food, art, music, Native American activities, and children’s events into one spectacular 3-day event for everyone! Located on the gorgeous Port Angeles waterfront next to Olympic National Park and a short ferry ride from sparkling Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the event celebrates the world-famous Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness, and the bounty of the sea. Featuring 14 restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-a-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft and merchant vendors, live music, and many more events. Rain or shine, this is the “party” of the season and, admission, as always, is FREE!
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.
November - third weekend
Annual fundraiser to support winter sports education at Hurricane Ridge. Event includes a prime rib dinner by Next Door Gastropub, live and silent auctions, live music by Bill and Rudy, and top films from the VideOlympics, a local outdoor film festival.
Community tables for 8 are $320, advance tickets $45, tickets at the door $50 and children under 12 $25. Tickets can be purchased at in Port Angeles at Necessities & Temptations, Brown's Outdoor, Swain's and in Sequim at Brian's Sporting Goods and More