Arts and History
This section contains so many interesting things to do! Live music events, community theater, drive-in movies, history museums, art walks, and more! Art and history buffs can drive from Discovery Bay to Port Townsend to see attractions like the Port Townsend Art Deco Museum, or to Neah Bay to see the world class Makah Museum. Music lovers can find live outdoor concerts all summer long in the nearby towns of Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles.
- Olympic Music Festival
- Port Townsend. July - September. The Olympic Music Festival presents internationally acclaimed musicians performing selections from many different cultures for the pleasure and edification of our community.
- Music in the Park
- Sequim. Held outdoors on Tuesday evenings all summer.
- Concerts on the Pier
- Port Angeles. Free concerts on Wednesday evenings from June through September.
- Olympic Cellars Summer Concert Series
- Port Angeles. July and August. Concerts held in July and August with the proceeds benefiting non-profit organizations in the local area.
- Key City Public Theater
- Port Townsend. KCPT produces a variety of theatrical productions to a community and regional audience, making them a cornerstone of the cultural life of Jefferson County.
- Olympic Theater Arts
- Sequim. Community theatre that emphasizes collaboration in a variety of productions.
- Kitsap Forest Theater
- Bremerton/Seabeck. A magical outdoor setting where you can experience performances such as The Sound of Music.
- Rose Theater
- Port Townsend A little jewel of a movie house, the Rose presents movies as well as broadcasting plays, ballets and operas from around the world.
- Wheel-In Motor Movie
- Port Townsend In a serene forest clearing, this old-school drive-in also has a snack stand. Read review
- Port Townsend School of the Arts
- Port Townsend Art classes and workshops on Acrylics, Oils, Watercolor, Drawing, Collage, Fiber Arts, Mixed Media, Assemblage, Photography, and much more!
- Northwind Arts Center
- Port Townsend Located in the heart of the historic Waterfront District, they offer an incredible variety of classes and workshops on creating visual art, including mixed media, acrylics, oils, fiber arts, watercolors, photography as well as shows and exhibitions.
- Port Townsend Monthly Art Walk
- Port Townsend On the first Saturday of every month, the downtown Waterfront District hosts an art walk to show the work of local artists in galleries and other venues. (Currently cancelled)
- First Friday Art Walk
- Sequim. This self-guided tour takes you through many of the local art spaces in Sequim.
- Port Angeles Fine Arts Center & Webster's Woods Sculpture Park
- Port Angeles. This hill-top gallery, originally a private residence, has a changing series of exhibitions throughout the year and magnificent views of Port Angeles and the Salish Sea. Trails through the surrounding grounds, Webster’s Woods Art Park, invite you to discover artwork hanging in the trees, tucked into the shrubbery, and burrowing in the ground, and rising out of the clearings. Truly unique!
- Jefferson Museum of Art and History
- Port Townsend Jefferson County arts and lore are on display in exhibits and collections, available for research and presented to the public in a variety of programs designed to educate and engage the community.
- Rothschild House Museum
- Port Townsend Frozen in time, this century old house has been left intact, according to family memories, providing a snapshot into history.
- Commanding Officer's Quarters
- Port Townsend One of Fort Worden’s most remarkable homes, the furnishings in the house provide a glimpse into the family life of a military officer in the early 1900’s.
- Port Townsend Aero Museum
- Port Townsend The Jefferson County International Airport’s museum houses a collection of aircraft that range from antique to classic.
- Kelly Art Deco Light Museum
- Port Townsend There are over 400 light fixtures in this Art Deco collection of wall sconces, table lights and chandeliers. In the Great Depression these fixtures enhanced the homes of the well to do.
- Sequim Museum and Arts Center
- Sequim. The history of Sequim and the surrounding area is displayed here, along with permanent and changing art exhibits. The center also provides a meeting space and gallery.
- Carnegie Museum
- Port Angeles. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has created a space dedicated to showcasing some of the artifacts that inform the history and culture of the tribes on the Olympic Peninsula.
- Elwha Klallam Heritage Center
- Port Angeles. Artifacts that had been held in The Burke Museum in Seattle were returned to the Heritage Center in 2013. In 2016 the tribe added and exhibit the Elwha River Dam.
- Makah Museum
- Neah Bay. Open year round, this fascinating museum contains and provides context for 300-500 year old artifacts unearthed from the Ozette Archaeological Site. The history of the Makah Tribe is on display at this jewel of a museum and it provides an intimate glimpse at pre-contact Makah life.