Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Sept. 5-7, Bremerton.
Tasty blackberries in wine, smoothies, pastries and more star in festivities on the waterfront at the Bremerton Blackberry Festival on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 5 to 7.
Blackberry Dessert Wine, a new variety this year, and classic Blackberry Wine are available for 25 cents a taste on the boardwalk, and by the bottle. Another new feature, Blackberry Beer, is available at the beer garden. Everything you need to know about festival activities is at Berry Central, also offering festival-themed souvenir T-shirts, wineglasses, totes and a stuffed-toy Blackberry mascot.
Saturday starts with the Berry Fun Run 1-mile and 5K, followed by the USS Nimitz Color Guard and official festival kickoff at 10:30 a.m. on the Main Stage. Bremerton Airport hosts a Fly-In and Car Show Saturday with antique, classic, contemporary and war-bird aircraft, flight demonstrations, classic cars and World War II vehicle and equipment encampment. Shuttle service between the festival and the airport is available for $2 Saturday.
Bremerton Blackberry Festival
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
Location: Louis Menton Boardwalk, 100 Washington Ave., Bremerton.
Fly-In and Car Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Bremerton National Airport.
More info: 360-377-3041 or blackberryfestival.org.
USS Turner Joy U.S. Naval Destroyer Museum
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Cost: $12/adult, $9/ages 62 and older and 13-17; $7/ages 5-12, Sept. 5-7 only.
Location: 300 Washington Beach Ave., Bremerton.
More info: 360-792-2457 or ussturnerjoy.org.
Entertainment at the Main Stage all weekend offers jazz, country, Motown and rock music including Jr. Cadillac at 5 p.m. Saturday and Pay Day Daddy at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Children’s Stage entertainment includes comedy, magic shows and music by Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth daily.
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Food and craft vendors fill the Boardwalk all weekend. Monday starts with a 5K or 1 mile Kitsap Charities Walk at 10 a.m.; register online or Saturday, Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday at the festival.
The Blackberry Festival is on the waterfront adjacent to the ferry terminal, handy for walk-on passengers from Seattle’s Colman Dock terminal.
Downtown Bremerton parking is available on streets, in pay lots and at the Olympic College S-4 parking lot, with a $2 shuttle to and from the festival. The Bremerton/Port Orchard foot ferry runs throughout the festival for $2 each way.
Bremerton Rotary sponsors the festival, and all proceeds benefit the community.
Dogs and other pets aren’t allowed on the Louis Mentor Boardwalk during the Blackberry Festival.
The Bremerton waterfront is also home to year-round tours of the USS Turner Joy, a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy destroyer preserved as a floating museum, with special admission discounts this weekend. Parts of the ship require navigating walkways and ladders, so wear flat shoes with rubberized soles; boarding and part of the main deck are handicap-accessible.