MONTHLY CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS
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.
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.
BLUEGRASS FROM THE FOREST. 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.
THE FOREST FESTIVAL. 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.
THE MASON COUNTY HISTORICAL CAR SHOW is 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.
THUNDER ON THE CANAL at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union is traditionally on July 3rd. Live music, champagne, beer, BBQ, Oyster-Eating Contest and a spectacular fireworks show. Admission is required for show and parking. Free for hotel guests.
CELEBRATE HOODSPORT occurs the first weekend in July. The Hoodsport Community Events Association and area merchants host the annual Celebrate Hoodsport Independence Day Event. The weekend celebration features a street fair with over fifty vendors, live auction and an amazing fireworks display at the Port of Hoodsport.
TAHUYA DAY is the first Saturday of the month of July. The Tahuya Day Festival and parade is hosted each year by the town, celebrating their unique and quirky heritage. The event draws 1,500 to 2,000 people each year and is the major fund-raiser for the Tahuya Community Club’s North Mason High School scholarship fund. The event includes activities for kids, homemade arts and crafts, vendors, and live music.
ALLYN DAYS SALMON BAKE & GEODUCK FESTIVAL is 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.
GRAPEVIEW WATER & ART FESTIVAL is held the last Saturday of July. 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.
MASON AREA FAIR AND RODEO is the last weekend in July. For over 100 years and counting, the Mason Area Fair has been a gathering place for friends, visitors, family and neighbors to show off their best produce and animals to baked goods and artwork. The Fair includes a Rodeo, beer and wine gardens, live entertainment, and family friendly activities.
TASTE OF HOOD CANAL is 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 is 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.
RAPSody is an annual bicycle riders’ event that supports statewide bicycle advocacy and education. The 170 mile loop tours the scenic back roads and bike trails of five Washington counties and includes lots of rolling hills, water and mountain views. This is two days of challenging fun.
THE FIRST SALMON CEREMONY is presented by the Squaxin Island Tribe. This annual event takes place in August at the Arcadia Boat Launch. According to ancient Indian tradition, if the first salmon caught each season is treated with reverence, his spirit will return to the salmon village under the sea where he will gather his relatives and lead them back to the rivers and streams. If the salmon is not treated with proper reverence, his people will not return. The Tribe invites the public to join in celebrating the salmon’s return in the annual sacred ceremony. The tribe will serve hundreds of pounds of alder-smoked salmon along with other traditional delicacies; including clams, mussels and fry bread. There is no charge for attending the traditional event, but guests are asked to refrain from taking photographs while the salmon’s spirit is being released.
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.
OYSTERFEST AND THE ANNUAL WEST COAST OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP AND WASHINGTON STATE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL is 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.
PUMPKIN FEST is 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.
FANTASY FOREST FESTIVAL is the 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 takes place 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 is 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.
CHRISTMAS SAIL is an event 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 is 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.
THE LIGHTS OF UNION in winter is 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.