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Port Orchard

Port Orchard’s identity is anchored in its connections to the past. Originally a booming lumber town called Sidney, Port Orchard became Kitsap County’s first incorporated city in 1890. It wooed the county seat away from Port Madison on Bainbridge Island in 1893 and remains the center of county government.

Arriving by water, you'll find a large public marina making Port Orchard a favored boating destination. The Port Orchard Marina is located on the pristine waters of Sinclair Inlet on the Puget Sound. 

Port Orchard is easily accessible by the Southworth-Vashon/West Seattle Ferry. An ideal destination for cyclist looking for a scenic route along beautiful shorelines. Port of Manchester is a favorite spot for launching a kayak and other boating and Water Trail activities.

Port Orchard Waterfront Marina Park, with its boardwalk and covered gazebo, offers beach access and is the site of the the Farmer's Market, Concerts by the Bay, and numerous community, marina events and activities. 

Port Orchard is located just south of Bremerton across the Sinclair Inlet. The passenger-only ferry, known as the "foot ferry", links the two cities. Click here for a link to extended foot ferry service available during Friday Night Art Walks, and other major visitor events on the weekend. 

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Click the green button on the left for events happening in Port Orchard right now!

Downtown Port Orchard offers a variety of shopping including antiques, gifts and crafts, and a variety of dining options.

View our video - "Journey to Port Orchard"

  • Colby, In the mid-1880s, lumps of coal were discovered along a small stream, giving rise to the name of Coal Bay, which was later shortened to Colby. Colby History.
  • South Colby, Along a backroad that leads to the Southworth Ferry dock overlooking Yukon Harbor.
  • Harper, The town on the south shore of Yukon Harbor was renamed in 1902 for state Sen. F.C. Harper, who helped the town secure a post office. The action was taken despite protests to retain the original name of Terra Vaughn.
  • Manchester, A charming waterfront village with spectacular views of Puget Sound, a public boat dock, bike routes, shopping, and a restaurant. 
2013 - MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENTS

FARMERS MARKET: Every Saturday from April 6 through October 12, from 9am to 3pm.

April 26-28: Opening of boating season at the Port Orchard Marina

ARTWALK: 1st Friday of every month from May through October, 5pm to 9pm.

May 3: Ladies Night Out, downtown Port Orchard, in conjunction with the 1st Friday Artwalk.

May 25-27: Kitsap Harbor Festival - Port Orchard Waterfront
     includes May 25-26: Fathoms O' Fun Murder Mystery Event
     includes May 26: 25th Anniversary of Seagull Calling Contest
     includes May 26: Seagull wings cook off

May 31-June 1: South Kitsap Relay for Life

CONCERTS BY THE BAY: Every Thursday June 6 through September 1, in the Port Orchard Marina Park

June 28-30:Fathoms O' Fun Summer Festival in downtown Port Orchard.
     includes June 29: Fathom O' Fun Parade

July 4: Fathoms O' Fun Grand Fireworks on Sinclair Inlet

July 10: South Kitsap Chamber Golf Classic - Trophy Lake Golf & Casting

July 11-14: Chris Craft Rendezvous at the Port Orchard Marina

July 28: Mustangs on the Waterfront - Waterfront Park, Port Orchard

August 9-11: Steamboat Meet at Port Orchard Marina

August 11: The Cruz-Classic Car Show on Port Orchard waterfront

August 11: Fathoms O' Fun Festival by the Bay at the Cruz

August 17: Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park, Bremerton

August 17: Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival

September 1: The Taste of Port Orchard on the waterfront in Port Orchard

November 8-10: Fathom O' Fun presents Chocolate Festival at the Port Orchard Pavilion, beginning with a Chocolate Ball

December 7 - Festival of Chimes and Lights, downtown Port Orchard
     includes: Port Orchard Chamber Holiday Pet Parade
     includes: Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club Christmas Lane
     includes: Jingle Bell Run

 

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