Annual Events

Annual events are sponsored by various community organizations throughout the year. These events add to the vitality of island living and contribute to that deeper sense of community we enjoy on the island.

January

Sorry, there’s not much going on in January, I think folks are resting up from the holidays.

February

Arts Walk
Quarterly celebration of the island’s creative community

Cabin Fever Dance and Auction
Chamber of Commerce midwinter dinner dance and auction

Chilly Hilly Bike Event
A challenging opening of the northwest biking season that temporarily inundates the island with thousands of colorful bicyclists

Wild Hearts
A celebration of volunteerism in the arts

March

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Cabaret
A fun fund raiser for community arts organizations

Japanese American Teriyaki Dinner
Sponsored by the Japanese-American Community

St.Patrick’s Day Parade
A spontaneous fun filled (sometimes rowdy) Main Street parade

April

Farmer’s Market (until October)
Fresh organic garden produce, local crafts, etc.

Huck Finn / Becky Thatcher Fishing Derby
A children’s event sponsored by the Sportsman Club

Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt
Hosted by Team Winslow

Spring Concert
Performed by the Bainbridge Chorale

Toe Jam Hill Mini-Marathon
A foot race around the hilly South end of Bainbridge Island

Port Madison Yacht Club Opening Day
Local sailors parade their sailboats around Madison Bay and Port Madison

May

Arts Walk
Quarterly celebration of the island’s creative community

Bainbridge Home Tour
Sponsored by Bainbridge Performing Arts

Music and Art Spring Tea
A fund raiser for music and arts scholarships for students

Scotch Broom Festival
Veneration of the golden weed in an impromptu parade down Winslow Way

Spring Music Festival
Performances, concerts and exhibits by high school artists

June

Island Days (through July)
An old fashioned street dance for the entire family

Rotary Auction
Biggest and best garage sale of the season

Strawberry Festival
Sponsored by the Filipino-American Community

Volunteer Fireman’s Ball
Community dance, music from the 50’s to the 70’s

July

Bainbridge in Bloom
Tour six local gardens, sponsored by Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council

Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival
All-day bluegrass music on a single stage with a family fun fair including food, children’s games and merchant’s booths.

Summer Concerts in Waterfront Park
Every Wednesday evening

Grand Old Fourth
Parade and street fair in downtown Winslow

Old Timers Picnic
Picnic and museum open house at Strawberry Hill Park

Park District Summer Program
Better than Day Camp

August

Arts Walk
Quarterly celebration of the island’s creative community

Concerts in Waterfront Park
Every Wednesday evening

The Great Cross Sound Race
This race started years ago as a challenge between two Bainbridge residents; it begins at Alki, rounds Blakely Rock and the Decatur reef buoy, and returns to Alki. Recent years have seen a hundred or so assorted boats, from fast shells and Olympic kayaks, to rowboats, pedal boats and outrigger canoes (8/25/01 at 9 a.m.).

Island Grown Dinner
Hosted by the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Grange

Outdoor Arts and Music Festival
At the Waterfront Park

September

Oktoberfest
A traditional German festival hosted by Bainbridge Winery … Yep, just what you would imagine

Around Bainbridge Island Rowing & Paddling Marathon
A grueling race for conditioned and seasoned rowers and paddlers which circumnavigates the island from Faye Bainbridge Park (9/15/01 at 9 a.m.).

October

Bainbridge Foundation Drive
Our local version of United Way

Halloween Trick or Treat Ghostly Evening
A traditional downtown event

Harvest Fair and Apple Days
Public cider press, chili feed, farm animals and other festivities hosted by Bay Hay & Feed

November

Arts Walk
Quarterly celebration of the island’s creative community

Suquamish Cultural Celebration
Native American cultural event sponsored by the Suquamish Tribe

December

Artist’s Studio Tour
Early December exhibit and sale by local artists

Christmas Concert
Performed by Bainbridge Chorale

Christmas in the Country
Tour country homes featuring a sale of crafts and seasonal creations

Hanukkah Party
Jewish Chavurah

Japanese Mochi Tsuke
Sponsored by Japanese-American Community

Winslow becomes Santa’s Workshop
Evening shopping and celebrations in downtown Winslow … Santa arrives by fire truck

Santa’s Sailors
Santa and his helpers circumnavigate Bainbridge Island calling out the names of children in each waterfront community (names provided by parents, of course)

For more information regarding any of these events, please contact:

Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce
590 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tel: 206-842-3700
Email: bichamber@worldnet.att.net