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. Port Orchard Marina is located on the pristine waters of Puget Sound. This convenient greater Seattle area location offers easy access to boating locations from Olympia to the San Juan Islands and beyond!
Marina Park, with its boardwalk and covered gazebo, offers beach access and is the site of the summer outdoor Farmer's Market.
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.
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Downtown Port Orchard offers a variety of shopping including antiques, gifts and crafts, and a variety of dining options.
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Smaller sub-communities south of Port Orchard include:
2013 - MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENTS
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.
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