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Summertime is Music Time on the Kitsap Peninsula

If you love music, come to the Kitsap Peninsula. There are free waterfront concerts most nights of the week during July and August. Not only will you see an amazing array of musical styles - we've got rock, country, jazz, salsa (with dance lessons), Elvis impersonators and more - but the settings are straight off a picture postcard. There's something magical about being outside on the waterfront as the light softens and the sun sets on our long summer days. Add music, a picnic with your family or sweetheart, and the chance to dance and sing along with old friends and new, and you've got the makings of a memorable evening.

Read our blog to learn more about what each Kitsap Peninsula city and town has scheduled and then head to the VKP website to plan a music-filled getaway.  You'll find a variety of family- and pet-friendly lodging options and things to do around the Kitsap Peninsula region.

Here are dates and links to Kitsap Peninsula free summer concerts: 
- July 7-Aug. 25 - Performances at the Passage, Suquamish Clearwater Casino & Resort
- Through Aug. 16 - Summer Sounds at Skansie, Gig Harbor
- July 6-Aug. 3  Sounds of Summer , Bainbridge 
- Through Aug. 27   Rock the Dock , Bremerton    
- Through Aug. 27  Concerts on the Cove , Kingston
- Through Aug. 18  Music in Manette , Bremerton          
-Through Sept. 4 Concerts on the Bay, Port Orchard 
-Through Aug. 9 Summer Nights at the Bay, Poulsbo 
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Featured Destination - Hansville
Beaches, Trails & Views
Hansville is an outdoor recreation paradise with beaches, trails and some of the best Puget Sound views on the Kitsap Peninsula. At the Point No Point county park, there's an officially designated historic lighthouse open on weekends during the summer.  Buck Lake offers picnic areas, swimming, fishing  and non-motorized boating. And Foulweather Bluff is a nature preserve, where visitors can see a pristine bird marsh, sand dollar beds, clumps of anemones, crabs and other sea life. The Hansville Greenway offers 264 acres of wetlands and wildlife habitat with easy trails open to hikers and bikers. Don't forget to stop at the Hansville grocery and grill for ice cream, provisions or a meal with a view.   Read our blog  for more information and click here  to plan your Hansville getaway.
 Things To Do in July

Kitsap Peninsula Festivals
July is festival month on the Kitsap Peninsula and we have something for everyone. There's small-town fun at Silverdale's annual Whaling Days July 29-31 with music, carnival rides, a street fair, canoe races, rubber duck races and fireworks. The Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival is on July 16-17, and the 3-day, Gig Harbor Food & Wine Festival July 21-23, celebrates the region's finest wine, spirits, brews and food. Highlights include a wine walk through downtown, special dinners and a Grand Tasting with classes and a sunset dinner at the Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. Kingston hosts the 57th Annual Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival  July 29-31 at the Village Green. There will be artisan craft booths, juried and student art shows and local food vendors.  Click here  to check the VKP calendar for more events.
Featured Trips & Tours
Golfers Welcome
The Kitsap Peninsula is home to three of Washington's top 10 golf courses, which means you can enjoy world-class golf while you get away from it all to the Natural Side of Puget Sound. White Horse Golf Club is home to a challenging course surrounded by natural beauty. It offers a free shuttle and full service bar and restaurant. Gold Mountain Golf Club is one of America's finest municipal golf courses with rolling terrain and wide fairways. The club offers a Championship Experience package that includes Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 U.S. Open. Golfers at McCormick Woods Golf Club and  Trophy Lake Golf & Casting  enjoy views of the Olympics and Mt. Rainier while navigating sloping fairways and expansive greens. Now is a great time to plan your golf getaway. Golf and lodging details at Visitkitsap.com/golf.
Featured Foodie Finds

Groovy Hi-Lo's 15th Street Cafe
This Bremerton diner serves American classics in a quirky setting that's a blast from the past for Baby Boomers and fun for the whole family. A retired Volkswagen Van holds an outdoor booth and the rear of another van forms a coffee station inside the restaurant, where the walls are lined with retro Thermoses. You can find Spam, Ovaltine and Tang on the menu, along with Hi-Lo's famous moon biscuits - biscuit dough cooked in a waffle iron to create "craters" for sausage gravy. Another whimsical dish is the Dr. Seuss-inspired Green Eggs & Ham, a pesto, ham and mozzarella scramble. Hi-Lo's is the hub of a growing foodie district with Irish restaurant Bualadh Bos and the new Hale's Ales tasting room nearby. Read our blog and go to VisitKitsap.com to learn more .
Bremerton Brewfest
The sixth annual Bremerton Summer Brewfest has expanded to two days,  July 15-16,   and will be held on the Mentor Boardwalk at Harborside marina. The event features 30 WA breweries pouring 200 craft beers. To celebrate summer, brewers will  focus  on fruit infusions. Learn from experts while enjoying live music and local food.  Learn more.  
Summer STEAM 
Jump start your kids' summer learning at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport  every Wednesday through Labor Day. Youngsters will explore a new topic each week through hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math-based activities. Topics include diving, rescue and recovery, and rockets and torpedoes.  Learn more.
Tour de Kitsap
This  July 31  race is fun for families and cyclists of all skill levels. Start/Finish in Silverdale, Bremerton or Kingston and choose from eight routes, ranging from 20 to 100 miles. There are seven themed rest stops and strawberry shortcake at the finish line. Discounts for families and military. Free t-shirt with sign-up until July 23. To register or  learn more.
More Things to Do in July   
July 7-10 - Port Orchard Marina   
Paddle Bainbridge - July 9 - 10 - Bainbridge Island
Family Art Day -  July 9 - Bainbridge Island Museums
Kitsap Live Steamers July 9, 23, S. Kitsap Regional Park
Destruction Derby  - July 9, 30, Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Kitsap Pride 20 - July 16 - Evergreen Park - Bremerton 
Picnic in the Park & Car Show - July 17 - Buck Lake 
Heronswood Garden Open  -  July 23 - Kingston  
Indianola Days  July 22-24 - Indianola Beach      
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Special Summertime Foot Ferry Schedule: It's even easier to travel between the Bremerton and Port Orchard waterfronts with extended summer hours for the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry. The fare is $2 for a scenic 10-minute ride. Click here for details.   
Chief Seattle Days, Aug. 19-21, Suquamish
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Learn about the culture of the Suquamish Tribe during this annual festival that includes a ceremony to honor Chief Seattle at his grave site, a powwow, traditional song and dance, canoe races, salmon dinner and more. Click here for more info.

Obliteride Bike Ride - August 13-14 - Puget Sound 
This popular regional bike ride to benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center now offers three rides, the 85, 100 and the 2-day 165-miler, that travel through the scenic Kitsap Peninsula region. Local organizations including the VKP are supporting the Hutch to help obliterate cancer! Find all details and how to sign-up at www.Obliteride.com. 

Kitsap County Fair & Stampede, Aug. 24-28
Celebrate the best of summer at the annual fair and rodeo. Highlights include the carnival, Xtreme Bulls, Destruction Derby, 4-H kids and their animals, live music and other family-friendly entertainment. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Arrive By WA State Ferry, Tacoma Narrows or Hood Canal Bridge, Bus, Boat or Bike   
The Kitsap Peninsula is just 30-60 minutes from downtown Seattle and Tacoma via one of four WA State Ferry routes, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the south, Hwy 3 from the south, and the Hood Canal Bridge. Find more info 24/7 at Things to Do, Events , Places to Go , Eat & Drink , Recreation and Plan Your Visit.   Check visit our new Blog, and stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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Offices are located in Silverdale, Washington 800-337-0580 * info@visitkitsap.com 
The mission of Visit Kitsap Peninsula is to create positive economic growth on the Kitsap Peninsula by marketing the region as a major destination and for visitors and events. The VKP, founded in 1983, is recognized by WA state as the official visitor information and destination marketing organization for the Kitsap Peninsula. The VKP is a board member of the Washington Destination Marketing Association (WSDMO), member of the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), Visit Seattle, WA Water Trails Association, Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails Alliance and many local and regional business, recreation and environmental groups.