Have any fun plans for the weekend?

Brynn Grimley writes:

If you’re like me, the thought of battling traffic, long ferry lines and obnoxious drivers is enough to make you want to stay home over a long weekend.

Now unlike me, I’m assuming most of you out there don’t have to work this weekend. If that’s the case, and if you want to get out of the house this weekend but don’t want to deal with the traffic and ferry lines, I would suggest putting the Kitsap Harbor Festival on your weekend planner. (No, I have not been paid by the Port of Bremerton to write this. And yes I realize Chris Henry has also written a post about the event, but mine’s got a little more detail about what’s planned, which is why I’m posting it).

I realize not everyone’s into boating, so if you don’t like water this might not “float your boat.” (Sorry I couldn’t resist the pun). But I have to warn you there’s more to the weekend than just boating-related activities. So for those of you who like to get outside and see what’s going on in your community, take a look at what they’ve got in store for the weekend.

Highlights include: A pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday hosted by the Bremerton Lions Club on the boardwalk; Boast Afloat Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas; Vendor booths and live entertainment along the Bremerton boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Port Orchard’s waterfront will be the place for the annual Seagull Calling Festival and the Seagull Wings Cook-Off from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.; downtown Bremerton will be the place for the Kitsap Arts and Antique Show/4th Street Market between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the Kitsap Car Cruz and Historic Military Vehicle Show and P619 Exhibit will take over downtown Bremerton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and during the same time people can partake in Kitsap Harbor Tours which will depart from the USS Turner Joy.

Here’s something interesting. If you’ve never seen a reenlistment ceremony (I haven’t) you can see one happen from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Lone Sailor Memorial on the Bremerton Marina breakwater.

And what would a weekend festival be with out its beer gardens? There will be two, one on the Port Orchard waterfront, and one along the Bremerton boardwalk. Because there are just too many activities to list, a complete list can be found here on the event’s website.

Festivities begin Friday around noon when the Virginia V and some of the Tall Ships come into the Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas. The Schooner Lavengro, the official Tall Ship of Kitsap County, will be arriving Friday to the Bremerton marina.

For those who haven’t visited the Brownsville Marina yet to see the Lavengro, this is your chance to check her out. She’ll be accepting passengers who want to transit to and from the event from Brownsville. (It may be a little late to sign up for the transit Friday since they leave at 11 a.m., but if you want to try to ride from Bremerton to Brownsville on Monday, May 31, the cost is $35 a person and departure is 1 p.m. from Bremerton. Call (206) 577-7233 to schedule a ride).

The schooner is expected to arrive in Bremerton at 3 p.m. Friday and will give dockside tours from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday’s schedule of events: Dockside tours from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Waterfront excursion from 1 to 1:45 p.m. — tickets for the excursion are $5 and can be bought on the ship, or by reservation by calling (206) 577-7233; Dockside tours 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Sailing Adventure 4 to 6 p.m. — tickets are $25 per person and can be bought on the ship or by reservations using the above phone number.

Monday’s schedule of events: Dockside tours 10 a.m. to noon; Transit to Brownsville Marina departs at 1 p.m. arrive Brownsville Marina at approximately 5 p.m. (And the disclaimer: Waterfront excursions and sailing adventures are weather dependent, no refunds; Transits, must provide own transportation to and from departure and arrival port).

For those looking to honor Memorial Day on Monday, there will be a ceremony aboard the USS Turner Joy from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

I hope everyone has a great three-day weekend. Be safe out there, and if you decide to come to Bremerton or Port Orchard for the festival, have a great time — and think of me stuck inside working away to report the news while you’re outdoors having fun.

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