Bremerton lies east of the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound from Seattle. It is the largest city in the region and terminal for one of four WA State Ferry routes from the Seattle area to the Kitsap Peninsula. It is famous for its historic Naval and maritime heritage. Please visit the City of Bremerton website for more information on the city's attractions, events and things to do.
August 31-September 2. Join the festivities on the waterfront boardwalk in downtown Bremerton. This FREE, family-friendly festival takes over Bremerton's picturesque waterfront over Labor Day weekend and is considered THE summer-ending extravaganza for the Puget Sound. Lots to do including the Berry Fun Run, Chalk the Block, Live Entertainment throughout the weekend, Food and Craft Booths, Children's Stage, Beer and Wine Garden and more. Info: www.blackberryfestival.org
Also happening August 21-25 is the infamous Kitsap County Fair and Stampede. Fun for the whole family including carnival, rodeo, Xtreme Bulls, Destruction Derby, live entertainment, kids zone, live stock exhibitions and more.
Children will enjoy a visit to the popular Valentinetti Puppet Museum & Evergreen Theatre and, just to the west of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, look for the Bug Museum & Nature Gift Shop filled with crawly creatures. For more kid-friendly places, visit our Kitsap Loves Kids page.
Just across the bridge is the hip little community of Manette, a local favorite for visitors, boaters and cyclists. You will find arty shops, restaurants, bars and bakery.
The Bremerton Community Farmers Market is a wonderful community gathering place where visitors and locals alike can enjoy farm fresh produce, hot food, artisan crafts and live music. The market is open May through October every Thursday, 4 - 7pm. Check out our Kitsap Peninsula Farmer's Market Guide which provides other locations throughout the Kitsap Peninsula.
The Bridge to Bridge Urban Trail is a nearly 3-mile loop which connects neighborhoods and the Manette and Warren Avenue Bridges. The route offers runners, walkers, and riders scenic views of vast waterways and the majestic Olympic Mountains. The trail winds through parks and streets revealing hidden treasures, historic houses, and the opportunity to enjoy the farmer's market, playgrounds, shops, and community events happening throughout the year. The trail also leads to local business and art districts in downtown Bremerton and Manette. Click here for more info including videos & articles, a handy map and description of recent Bridge to Bridge Tour that took place in June.
Kitsap Transit now has two convenient locations on the Kitsap Peninsula to provide passenger ferry service to Seattle and back: Bremerton-Seattle and Kingston-Seattle. The weekday schedule serves commuters, residents, and visitors with early morning and late afternoon runs.
Visit the fabulous fountains, public plazas, parks and memorials around the Bremerton waterfront and Arts District. The Harborside Fountain Park includes the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza dedicated to shipyard workers and the shipyard founder, Lt. Ambrose Wycoff. The historic USS Turner Joy is located at the Harborside/Mentor Boardwalk. There are dozens of historic military and memorial sites in and round the Kitsap Peninsula region. For more information, visit our Military & Veterans section.