MONTHLY CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS 2015
6TH ANNUAL POLAR BEAR PLUNGE February 7
The Polar Bear Plunge is an annual fundraising event. The plunge takes place in the Hood Canal at the Alderbrook Resort in Union. More information - Polar Bear Plunge website
SHELTON OLD TIME FIDDLE FEST
Shelton’s annual Fiddle Fest music extravaganza brings talented fiddlers and other musicians from across Washington. Fiddlers perform in a series of concerts every April at the Shelton High School Auditorium.
HAMA HAMA OYSTER-RAMA
The Rama is a celebration of all things intertidal: feasting, exploring and more. The Shuckathalon; local music from Port Townsend-based Blue Holiday, Union-based C-strings, Science; Oyster Trivia and Cooking Demos. Proceeds from the Rama benefit the Hood Canal Education Foundation, among other local charities.
TRAVELER DAYS - Union
A festival welcoming the return of The Traveler and Spring. The annual festival is a special arts-focused public celebration held in Union, from Earth Day through Mother’s. Traveler Days celebration features a wide variety of events, all designed to help visitors sample Union’s breathtaking views, cuisine, and arts culture. Highlights begin with a series of “Green Acts” celebrating the Earth Day kick off.
MATLOCK OLD TIMERS HISTORICAL FAIR
Every year Matlock hosts the Old Timers Fair at the Mary M. Knight School campus the first full weekend in May. Admission is free. Fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, delicious food, interesting displays, and a variety of crafts. Featured exhibit of an authentic Civil War era military camp; a reproduction of a mountain man camp with Dutch oven cooking, expert horse backpacking encampments; and black powder shooting demonstrations. Other attractions include kids train rides, Future Farmers of America vegetable starts and plant sale, antique and classic cars, tractors and steam engines.
The centerpiece of the event is the community spelling bee where teams of 3 adults compete for first place bragging rights and best costume. Delicious dessert buffet; door prizes, and bidding on a variety of experiences and items in a silent auction. All proceeds from the event benefit the educational programs offered by Sound Learning.
BLUEGRASS FROM THE FOREST May
An annual festival showcasing the best in bluegrass music from around the country. A fundraiser produced in part by the Kristmas Town Kiwanis Club along with generous sponsorship from local businesses. Musicians participate in workshops and jam sessions all weekend long.
FOREST FESTIVAL AND FOREST FESTIVAL PARADE
The festival is held annually the first weekend in June. For over 65 years Mason County has been proud to welcome friends, families, neighbors, and visitors from all over to celebrate forest traditions. Events include a carnival, car show, family fun night, logging show, vendors and festival displays, live entertainment, fun run and the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade.
RELAY FOR LIFE
American Cancer Society Relay For Life event is a great place to take action and fight back against cancer. The Relay For Life movement features community and campus events that offer an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer.
THE MASON COUNTY HISTORICAL CAR SHOW
The last Sunday in June. The Mason County Historical Society presents the annual car show which is held on Railroad Avenue in downtown Shelton. See all makes and models of over 300 antiques, classic cars, rods, and motorcycles. Special events like raffles, music a pie and ice cream social make this a fun, family event.
Information on 2014 Fireworks Sales and Bans HERE
HOOD CANAL OYSTER CHALLENGE AND THUNDER ON THE CANAL
At the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union. Live music, champagne, beer, BBQ, Oyster-Eating Contest and a spectacular fireworks show. Admission is required for show and parking. Free for hotel guests.
SHELTON ELKS BBQ & FIREWORKS WATERMELON CRAWL
A celebration to Honor our Veterans and to Say Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.
Fun and adventure celebrating the history of the tiny town of Tahuya, located on the North Shore of Hood Canal.
MCCLEARY BEAR FESTIVAL
Carnival, car show, parade, games, & bear stew.
CAPITAL LAKEFAIR JULY 15 - 19, 2015
Olympia's Annual Summer Festival Hosted by the Capitalarians. Grand Parade, Arts & Crafts Booths and Car Show. 50+ in the Park, Arts & Crafts Booths, Battle of the Bands, Car Show, Summer Sidewalk Sale, Entertainment, Fireworks, Food Concession Booths, Funtastic Carnival, Grand Parade, Lakefair Voice, Kids' Day, Lakefair 3k & 8k Runs, Volleyball Tournament & Community Events.
ALLYN DAYS SALMON BAKE & GEODUCK FESTIVAL
Held the third weekend in July. The Allyn Community Association sponsors this event on the Allyn Waterfront Park. Allyn Days is a sumptuous weekend of live music and entertainment with more than 80 vendor booths and attractions. Events include an alder-smoked salmon dinner, an oyster roast, local crafters and art booths, beer and wine gardens, dancing under the gazebo, face painting, model boats, an art show, hole-in-one golfing prize, oyster shucking contests and a special chalk art tournament.
CRUISE AT THE CREEK
This all ages event welcomes all makes and models with special tribute to Mustang & Chevelle, both celebrating their 50th this year! Bring your Antique, Classic, Rod, Truck, Rat Rod, Rare, Corvette, Mustang , Chevelle or whatever you got to show off! In addition to the outstanding classic car show, registrants are invited to enjoy theGolf Tournament, Poker Run, as well as BBQ & Beer Garden (available for purchases. must be 21), and FREE CONCERT for ages 21/over.
GRAPEVIEW WATER & ART FESTIVAL
This event is hosted by the Grapeview Community Association and the festival boasts a large art show featuring pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodworking and photography. There is delicious food, golfing contests, lots of free activities for families and live music. This elegant festival is held at the Fair Harbor Marina on Grapeview Loop Road.
ANNUAL KITSAP ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
The summer festival brings together the best in art, crafts, food, music, entertainment and fun for every member of the family. Located in the Puget Sound coastal town of Kingston, Washington.
TASTE OF HOOD CANAL
The second Saturday of August and is sponsored by the North Mason Rotary Club in Belfair. The day’s events include a classic car show, beer and wine tastings, local restaurant specialty items, art and craft booths, family entertainment, live music and local artists.
TAHUYA SALMON BAKE
The third Sunday of August. This event is the major fundraiser for Fire District 8, the Firefighter’s Association and the Tahuya Community Club. The Salmon Bake offers fresh caught salmon, baked potatoes, coleslaw, pickled beets, garlic bread, cake and refreshments and a lot of local culture.
HARBOR DAYS MARITIME FESTIVAL & TUGBOAT RACES, OLYMPIA, WA September 4 -6 in Olympia WA
For four decades, Olympia has celebrated its long maritime heritage — and the big-shouldered working boats that made it happen — with the Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tug Boat Races.
HOOD CANAL HIGHLAND CELTIC FESTIVAL
Occurs the first weekend in September in Belfair. This is an annual gathering of the Clans. Enjoy Highland & Celtic entertainment; including pipe bands, Celtic dancers, Scottish & Celtic vendors, delicious food, and a skills competition.
THE ANNUAL WEST COAST OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP & WASHINGTON STATE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
The first weekend in October. The event is hosted by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club. The community festival boasts a more than 100 community partners, face painting, live entertainment, and an art and photography competition.
A month long annual harvest festival and fall celebration culminating each year with pumpkin picking, hay mazes, wagon rides, and a pumpkin catapult contest at Hunter Farms. There are costume contests for children of all ages, haunted house, trunk or treat, wine tastings and other spooky events to amaze everyone. The Pumpkin Fest takes place in Union.
Third week of November. The Mason General Hospital Foundation hosts this fantastic holiday celebration, showcasing sparkling designer trees, live and silent auctions, gift shops, holiday bazaar, and evening entertainment.
NIGHT OF THE LIGHTS
The first Friday of December in downtown Shelton, presented by the Kristmas Town Kiwanis. A traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony starts the night. Burn pits line the center of Railroad Ave. for marshmallow roasting; downtown merchants stay open; local choirs sing Christmas carols at Post Office Park and kids anticipate a visit from Santa Claus.
CHRISTMAS TOWN USA PARADE
The first Saturday in December in downtown Shelton. This event is sponsored by the Kristmas Town Kiwanis to celebrate all that is Christmas Town USA. Marching Bands, decorated logging trucks, floats, and Santa Claus. The parade is the official kick off of the Christmas Season.
Sponsored by the Shelton Yacht Club and is a show of spectacular lights all sailing by in a lighted boat parade that travels from Hammersley Inlet and Oakland Bay. This is a delightful way to help everyone see, hear and feel festive holiday spirits by the bay.
CHRISTMAS TOWN USA’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Held at the Transit Community Center. The Shelton Christmas Bazaar is held the first Saturday and Sunday in December at the Transit Community Center, 601 West Franklin. Crafts, holiday gifts and decorations, local vendors, food, Santa Claus, photo opportunities, fellowship, and more round out the activities of the annual Christmas Bazaar.
LIGHTS OF UNION
A magical time on Hood Canal. Celebrate as the city of Union “Lights Up”!! Enjoy the sweet sound of Anna’s Bay Choral as they harmonize their way through Union. This annual event starts in Union Square, heads to the Robin Hood Restaurant, going across the street the Cameo Boutique and Wine Shop then on to the main event at The Alderbrook Resort where Santa is welcomed.