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Events Taking Place in July on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island residents and visitors, alike, enjoy a packed events calendar throughout the year. Our island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, prides itself on having a strong sense of community spirit. This spirit is often best on view during our annual festivals, parades and other events. To help you plan your overnight visit or extended vacation on Bainbridge island, here is our list of popular events taking place in July on Bainbridge Island.

Grand Old Fourth of July Parade on Bainbridge IslandGrand Old Fourth

July is a wonderful time of year on Bainbridge Island, with long sunny summer days, and a busy events calendar. Without a doubt, the Island’s biggest event of the year is our Grand Old Fourth festival. Nicknamed “Bainbridge Island’s biggest party,” the Fourth is highlighted by what’s been named the “Best Small Town Parade in America!” That’s right, and you can find it on our little island! In addition to the parade, the fun includes a pancake breakfast, all-day street fair, foot races, classic car show, music, food and lots of entertainment. (Visit the official website)

Bainbridge Island Days Street Dance and BBQIsland Days Street Dance & BBQ

As a warm up to the Fourth, on the third, there’s another favorite Bainbridge Island tradition. The Island Days Street Dance & BBQ brings together food, live music, dancing, sidewalk chalk and tons of fun on the night just before the Grand Old Fourth’s festivities.

Bainbridge-in-Bloom-Garden-TourBainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour

The Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour is a long-time Island favorite, and an event that out-of-towners are willing to travel great distances to attend! Come see some of the best private gardens in the Puget Sound area plus lectures, food & and art fair. Organized by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. (Visit the official website)

Bainbridge BluegrBainbridge Bluegrass Festivalass Festival

What better way to wrap up the month than one of Bainbridge Island’s newest events. The Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival is a fun-filled outdoor music festival held at Battle Point Park. The Festival’s mission is to bring diverse music to Kitsap County and to donate festival profits to family-focused charities. (Visit the official website)

There you have it, our quick run-down of some of the very best events taking place in July on Bainbridge Island. More reasons why our island is becoming one of the country’s favorite overnight destinations at any time of the year!

You can see the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association’s full events calendar here.

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Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – July 22-28

It’s another big week of events here on Bainbridge Island. It kicks off with a great summer camp for kids at the Kids’ Discovery Museum, and wraps up with the 7th annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival. In-between, chat with Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief… or read your own story at the Bainbridge Island Story Slam! As you can see, there’s always lots to do on beautiful (and active) Bainbridge Island! Here’s our list for this week.

Monday, July 22

Camp: Picture This
9:00 – 11:30 am @ Kids’ Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
Discover the world of wonder created by the “picture writer” and artist Eric Carle! Campers, ages 3-5, will create art inspired by his picture books, from paper marbling to collages. They will learn about color theory with the Mixed-up Chameleon; set out on a nature scavenger hunt with the Very Busy Spider; discuss their feelings with the Grouchy Ladybug and see the story come to life, as they meet a real Rooster Off to See the World… or at least the Kids’ Discovery Museum. The camp runs from July 22-25. Admission: $

Tuesday, July 23

Bainbridge Chorale Summer Sings Series
7:00 – 9:30 pm @ Bethany Lutheran Church (7968 Finch Road NE)
Come immerse yourself in the power of the choral experience! Bainbridge Chorale invites the community to join together for their second annual Bainbridge Sings! a series of three open choral reading sessions in July and August. All are welcome, regardless of ability and experience, to come and sing through a variety of choral music in a relaxed setting with no performance pressure lead by Bainbridge Chorale’s Music Director Michael A. Miller Jr. Dates are July 23, July 30 and August 7. Admission: $10

Wednesday, July 24

Bainbridge Library Book Group Reads The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N)
This month, the Bainbridge Library Book Group will review Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Admission: Free

Thursday, July 25

Bainbridge Island Story Slam
7:00 pm @ Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road)
Come see (and even share your own) 5-minute true story at Field’s End’s summer Bainbridge Island Story Slam. Prizes will be awarded for the top three storytellers. Hosted by the hilarious Bhama Roget of The Edge improv group. Sorry, audience limited to those over 21. Email info@fieldsend.org to sign up. Admission: $5 suggested donation

Friday, July 26

Nature Photography for Kids with David Perry
9:00 am – 12:30 pm @ The Bloedel Reserve (7571 NE Dolphin Drive)
Maybe it’s because of their shorter stature or their sense of wonder, but kids have the most amazing eye for photography. Drop the kids off at the Bloedel Reserve for an artful and action-packed morning in nature with noted Northwest garden photographer David Perry. Great for kids ages 8-12, they’ll learn basic photography skills like composition and have hours of fun exploring the grounds from behind the lens. Bring your SLR, point-and-shoot, or fully-charged smart phone, memory cards, and spare batteries. Admission: $25 for members; $30 for non-members; Limited to 20 participants

Saturday, July 27

7th Annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival
9:00 am – 9:30 pm @ Battle Point Park (Address)
Join Wayne Taylor & Friends, Joy Mills, Smalltime String Band, Boys of Greenwood Glen, and more at the 7th annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival! Taking place at the gorgeous Battle Point Park, this year’s event is bigger and better than ever. The family-friendly event offers more than music – festival goers can also enjoy an astronomy tour, food galore, arts and crafts, a huge jungle gym and acres of grass fields for kids to run it out. Free shuttle service between the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal and the festival. Proceeds benefit PAWS of Bainbridge Island at North Kitsap, a well-loved nonprofit that advocates, educates, and provides direct services to nurture the bond of companionship between pets and their people, for the health and well-being of both. Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for teens, $25 for 2 parents with kids under 14

Sunday, July 28

Sensory Sunday at Kids’ Discovery Museum
10:00 – 11:30 am @ Kids’ Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
On the fourth Sunday on the month, families with children affected by autism or a similar sensory processing challenge are invited to explore KiDiMu, while enjoying a safe environment and therapist support. The program is offered on the fourth Sunday each month, between 10 and 11:30 a.m., before the Museum opens to the general public. Made possible by Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please register at: 206.855.4650 as space is limited to provide the best experience for visiting families. Last-minute registration welcome if space available. Admission: $2 for members, $3 for non-members.


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of  25 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.
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